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Joey Lupo Commits to Amherst

Joey Lupo has committed to play college hockey at Amherst College.

 

Lupo, a St. Louis, MO native, is currently in his third year with the team and has played in 125 games for the Jr. Blues. He has been an all around skilled player, playing center, wing, and has even spent time on defense. Lupo currently has 21 points on the season including 5 goals.

 

“I’m really excited about it.” Said Lupo “It’s a great school. It’s got great academics, a great coaching staff, and a great history. I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

 

Amherst College is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference in NCAA Div-III.

 

Joey Lupo is the 11th Jr. Blues player to make a commitment this season, joining: Anthony Sacrsella – Michigan State; Kyle Meeh – Saint Mary’s; Erich Fear – Denver; Trevor Stone – Air Force; Hunter Schnieder – Wisconsin River Falls; Sam Craggs – Bowling Green; Brady Tomlak – Air Force; Ted Rotenbeger – Alabama Huntsville; Michael Houle – Bowling Green; and Tommy Nappier – Ohio State.  

Jr. Blues Fall to Janesville

The Jr. Blues fell to the Janesville Jets by the score of 6-2 Saturday Night. 

The Jr. blues jumped out to the lead first when Trevor Stone score off of assists from Josh Bell and Anthony Scarsella to make it 1-0. Janesville then scored 4 unanswered goals to gaina 4-1 advantage. Brdy Tomlak then broke the Janesville scoring streak with a goal off assists from Kyle Meeh and Trevor Stone to cut the lead to 4-2. Janesville then scored two or goals to give the game its 6-2 final score. 

The Jr. Blues clinch a playoff spot with three Coulee Region losses next weekend. 

Playoff Push Update

The Jr. Blues head into their regular season finale tonight 3 points ahead of the Coulee Region Chill in the Midwest Divsion Standings. Coulee Region plays tonight and has 3 games remaining next weekend.  

A Jr. Blues win and Coulee Region loss tonight would put the Jr. Blues 5 points ahead heading into next weekend, meaning a Coulee Region loss in regulation would clinch a playoff spot for the Blues. If both teams win or both teams lose the Jr. Blues would have a 3 point lead meaning 2 Coulee Region regulation losses would clinch a playoff spot for the Jr. Blues. A Jr. Blues loss and the Chill win would mean the Jr. Blues would have a 1 point lead, and three Coulee Region losses would clinch a spot for the Jr. Blues. 

For the up to date NAHL standings:

http://nahl.stats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=14328

Jr. Blues Top Janesville

The Jr. Blues picked up an important 3-0 win over the Janesville Jets Friday night. 

The Jr. Blues jumped out to the lead early in the first period when Matt Long scored a short handed, unassisted goal to give the Jr. Blues the 1-0 lead. Later in the first period, Trevor Stone found the back of the net off of assists from Josh Bell and Keenan Sabatini to extend the Jr. Blues lead to 2-0. In the second period Erich Fear extended the lead to 3-0 when he socred off assists from Stone and Josh Bell, which would be the game's final. 

Tommy Nappier had 26 saves in the shutout win. 

Jr. Blues Fall to the Jets

The Jr. Blues fell to the Janesville Jets by the score of 6-2 on Thursday night.  

Janesville jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Sam Craggs found the back of the net off of asists from Matt Long and Petr Kuznetsov for his 17th goal of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. The Jets then scored again to make the game 4-1 but then Joey Lupo scored his 5th goal of the season off of assists from Brady Tomlak and Zach Balodis to cut the Jets lead to 4-2. Janesville then added on two more goals to give the game its 6-2 final. 

Tommy Nappier had 15 saves in the loss and Niko Della Maggiore had 6 saves in relief. 

The same two teams play again tomorrow and Saturday night for the Jr. Blues last two home games of the regular season. 

Jr. Blues Take Down Jets

The Jr. Blues picked up a big win against the Janesville Jets Friday night by the score of 3-2.

 

The Jets took the lead first scoring in the first period to go up 1-0. Brady Tomlak then scored off assists from Nikolai Knyzhov and Petr Kuznetsov to tie the game up at 1-1 at the end of the first period. In the second period Luke Radetic scored off assists from Trevor Stone and Josh Bell to give the Jr. Blues a 2-1 lead. Janesville tied it up to make it 2-2 at the end of the second period. Both teams were held scoreless for most of the third period until Josh Bell found the back of the net off assists from Drew Richter and Matt Long to give the Jr. Blues a 3-2 lead which would be the games’ final score.

 

Tommy Nappier had 30 saves in the win. 

Anthony Scarsella Commits to Michigan State

Jr. Blues defenseman Anthony Scarsella has committed to play college hockey at Michigan State University.

 

Scarsella is currently in his second season with the Jr. Blues. He has 21 points on the season, including 5 goals, and is currently the team’s plus/minus leader at +13. Scarsella was a member of the Midwest Division’s team at the NAHL Top Prospects tournament this year. “I’m thankful for all of my teammates, coaches, and family that have sacrificed to help me achieve this opportunity” says Scarsella. “I couldn’t have done it by myself.”

 

Playing at Michigan State will be a homecoming in a way for Scarsella, as East Lansing is only an hour drive from his home town of White Lake, MI. “It’s a dream come true and an honor” said Scarsella when asked what it will be like to play so close to home. “I feel like a hometown hero of sorts, so it’s extra motivation to work hard to make sure I’m earning playing time and doing well.”

 

Michigan State is a member of the Big Ten Conference and a NCAA Div-1 program.

 

Scarsella is the tenth Jr. Blues player to make a college commitment this year joining: Kyle Meeh – Saint Mary’s University; Erich Fear – Denver; Sam Craggs – Bowling Green; Trevor Stone – Air Force; Tommy Nappier – Ohio State; Ted Rotenberger – University of Alabama Huntsville; Brady Tomlak – Air Force; Michael Houle – Bowling Green; and Hunter Schneider – University of Wisconsin River Falls. 

Kyle Meeh Commits to Saint Mary's

Jr. Blues defenseman Kyle Meeh has committed to play college hockey at Saint Mary’s University.

 

Meeh, a St. Louis, MO native, is currently in his third season with Jr. Blues. He has 23 points on the season including 7 goals. Meeh was named the NAHL Midwest Division Star of the Week for the week of February 8. “I’m really excited for the opportunity” says Meeh “I have to give thanks to my teammates for helping me get this. It’s always nice to see your hard work, on and off the ice, pay off”

 

St. Mary’s is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Div-III.

 

Meeh is the ninth Jr. Blues player to make a college commitment this season. Others include: Sam Craggs – Bowling Green; Tommy Nappier – Ohio State; Erich Fear, -University of Denver; Trevor Stone – Air Force; Michael Houle – Bowling Green; Ted Rotenberger – University of Alabama Huntsville; Hunter Schneider – University of Wisconsin River Falls; and Brady Tomlak – Air Force.

Brady Tomlak Named Star of the Week

Jr. Blues forward Brady Tomlak was named as the NAHL Midwest Division Star of the Week. Tomlak had 4 points this past weekend including 3 goals to help lead the Jr. Blues to a sweep over the Kenai River Brown Bears. He is currently the team’s leading scorer with 43 points in 52 games played on the season. Tomlak is committed to play next year at the United States Air Force Academy.  “It was great to see Brady step up and play his role as a power forward, scoring a rebound goal and two more on deflections.” says coach Tony Zasowski “He is a big component in our success and it showed this weekend.”

Jr. Blues teammate Jeff Skinner was named as an honorable mention for the award this week. 

Tomlak is the fifth Jr. Blues player to earn the Star of the Week honors, joining Michael Houle, Tommy Nappier (twice), Niko Della Maggiore and Kyle Meeh. 

Jr. Blues Sweep the Brown Bears

The Jr. Blues took down the Kenai River Brown Bears by the score of 4-1 to complete the weekend sweep.

 

Josh Bell got things going when he scored off assists from Trevor Stone and Sam Craggs to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead. In the second period Jeff Skinner scored off assists from Brady Tomlak and Luke Radetic to push the lead to 2-0. Brady Tomlak then scored in third period off assists from Petr Kuznetsov and Zach Balodis to push the lead to 3-0. Isaac Ceh added on an insurance goal off assists from Anthony Tzveyn and Petr Kuznetsov to make it a 4-0 game. The Brown Bears would get a goal to cut the lead to 4-1, which would be the game’s final.

 

Niko Della Maggiore had 23 saves in the win.