The Jr. Blues picked up the win against the Kenai River Brown Bears tonight by the score of 4-0.
The Jr. Blues took the lead when Brady Tomlak got the goal off a Jeff Skinner assist at the 10:45 mark of the first period. In the second period, Brennan Blaszczak scores at the 6:10 mark off assist from Matt Long and Kyle Meeh to make the lead 2-0. Brady Tomlak then scored for the second time on the night off assists Erich Fear and Blaszczak to push the lead to 3-0. Josh Bell then added one more insurance goal at the 10:13 mark of the third period to make the score 4-0, which would be the game’s final.
Tommy Nappier had 11 saves in the shutout win.
The same two teams play again on Saturday night.
Atlantic Hockey released its All Conference team today and Jr. Blues fans will recognize a familiar name. Jr. Blues alumnus Lester Lancaster, now at Mercyhurst University, has been named Atlantic Hockey First Team All Conference.
Lancaster is one of two freshmen to be named First Team All-Conference recipients, marking the first time in conference history a freshman has been voted a First Team All-Conference player. Lancaster tied for the Atlantic Hockey lead in freshman scoring and led all Atlantic Hockey defensemen with 26 points in conference play.
Lancaster played 76 games over the course of two seasons with the Jr. Blues and had 39 points.
The Jr. Blues fell to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, in the first game of the weekend set, by the score of 3-1.
The Ice Dogs gained the lead by scoring two goals in the first period and holding the Jr. Blues scoreless. Both teams were held scoreless in the second period, giving the game a 2-0 score going into the third. In the the third period, Sam Scraggs found the back of the net off assists from Josh Bell and Matt Long to cut the Fairbanks lead to 2-1. Fairbanks then scored a power play goal to push the score to 3-1 which woul dbe the games final.
Tommy Nappier had 19 saves in the loss.
The same two teams play again Saturday to finish up the weekend set.
Jr. Blues defenseman Erich Fear has committed to play college hockey at the University of Denver.
Fear, a Winnetka, IL native, is in his first year with the Jr. Blues and his first year in the NAHL. He has 9 points on the season and is +7. Fear was selected to compete at the NAHL Top Prospects tournament for the NAHL Selects team. “I’m excited for the opportunity to play at Denver. I’m excited to get there and start working and developing to earn a chance to play.” said Fear “I’m thankful for Springfield and the Jr. Blues for helping to develop me and get me to this point.”
The University of Denver plays in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and is a member of the NCAA Division I.
Erich Fear is the eighth Jr. Blues player to make a college commitment this year including: Sam Craggs – Bowling Green University; Tommy Nappier – Ohio State; Michael Houle – Bowling Green University; Teddy Rotenberger – University of Alabama Hunstville; Brady Tomlak – Air Force Academy; Hunter Schneider – Wisconsin River Falls; Trevor Stone – Air Force Academy.
The Jr. Blues swept the Kenai River Brown Bears over the weekend with a 2-1 shootout win Friday night and a 4-1 win Saturday night.
Friday night, the Jr. Blues got the lead first when Luke Radetic scored off an assist form Jeff Skinner to give the Jr. Blues a 1-0 lead at the 18:39 mark of the first period. Both teams were held scoreless in the second period. In the third, the Brown Bears scored to tie it up at 1-1 and force and overtime. After both teams were held scoreless in overtime the game headed to a shootout where Joey Lupo and Anthony Scarsella both scored and Niko Della Maggiore had two saves to give the Jr. Blues the 2-1 win.
Della Maggiore had 31 saves in the win.
Saturday night, both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but the Jr. Blues got things going in the second with a Matt Long goal off assists from Joey Lupo and Nate Viberg to get the 1-0 lead.Less than two minutes later, Brennan Blaszczak found the back of the net off assists from Brady Tomlak and Erich Fear to push the lead to 2-0. Kenai River scored to cut the lead to 2-1, but then the Jr. Blues scored two goals in less than 30 seconds to push the lead to 4-1. The first was a Trevor Stone goal off assists from Petr Kuznetsov and Kennan Sabatini. The second was a Nate Viberg goal off assists from Joey Lupo and Matt Long. Neither team scored in the third period and 4-1 was the final.
Tommy Nappier had 26 saves in the win.
The Jr. Blues fell to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs 3-2 in a shootout loss.
The Ice Dogs took the lead first with a goal early in the third. Only 8 seconds later though, Matt Long evened things up with a goal off assists from Bray Tomlak and Kyle Meeh. Matt Long then scored again in the first period, this time off assists from Brennan Blaszczak and Josh Bell. Fairbanks scored a goal in the third an force the game to overtime. In overtime neither team was able to find the back of the net so the game was sent to a shootout. In the shootout, Tommy Nappier was able to block 2 out of the 3 shots he face but Fairbanks blocked all three and picked up the 3-2 win.
Tommy Nappier had 30 saves in the loss.
The Jr. Blues head up to Alaska next weekend to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears.
The Jr. Blues fell to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs by the score of 4-2 in the first game of the two game weekend set between the two teams.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs started out with the lead when the scored in the first period. Sam Craggs then tied it up with a goal off assists from Kyle Meeh and Anthony Scarsella to tie the game up at 1-1 at the end of the first period. Both teams wer held scoreless in the second period. In the third the Ice Dogs scored two goals to creat a 3-1 lead but then Johs Bell scored a power play goal off an assist from Matt Long to cut the lead to 3-2. Fairbanks scored again to push the lead to 4-2, which would be the final.
Niko Della Maggiore had 30 save in the loss.
The same two teams play again tomorrow night.
The Springfield Jr. Blues moved into 3rd place over the weekend with a home sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears. Defenseman Kyle Meeh, 20, had a big weekend from the blueline as the native of St. Louis, MO, recorded four points and was a +6 in the two wins. On Friday, Meeh (6’1/190) had a pair of assists in a 6-4 win and on Saturday, Meeh scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in a 4-0 shutout win. For the season, the NA3HL and St. Louis Jr. Blues alum has 19 points in 42 games played. “Kyle has been an anchor for us all season on the blue line. This weekend he was rewarded for doing things right all season with four points in two games, including the game winning goal Saturday night,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski.
Jr. Blues forward Trevor Stone was also named 2nd Star of the Week.
The Jr. Blues picked up a 4-0 win over the Kenai River Brown Bears Saturday night to sweep the weekend series.
The Jr. Blues grabbed the lead fand never looked back after two first period goals. The first was a goal from Kyle Meeh off assists from Brady Tomlak and Trevor Stone. The second was a Sam Craggs goal off of assists from Stone and Meeh. The Jr. Blues then fired off back-to-back goals in the second within a minute from each other to push the lead to 4-0. The first was a Josh Bell goal off of assists from Matt Long and Kennan Sabatini. The second was a Luke Radetic goal off of assists Josh Bell and Matt Long. Both teams were held scoreless in the third period and 4-0 was the final score.
Niko Della Maggiore had 24 saves in the shutout and win.
The Jr. Blues are back at home again next weekend to take on the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
The Jr. Blues get the win in game 1 against the Kenai River Brown Bears by the score of 6-4.
The Jr. Blues gained the early lead when Luke Radetic scored off the assist from Kyle Meeh at the 1:30 mark in the first period. Brady Tomlak then scored off assists from Meeh and Brennan Blaszczak to push the lead to 2-0. Kenai then scored back-to-back goals to tie the game up at 2-2. Springfield regained then lead when Brennan Blaszczak was able to find the back of the net unassisted to make the score 3-2. Kenai River would tie it up again until Trevor Stone gave the lead back to the Jr. Blues with a goal off assists from Brady Tomlak and Sam Craggs. Craggs then scored off assists from Stone and Tomlak to extend the lead to 5-3. The Brown Bears scored to cut the lead to 5-4 but then Stone scored again off assists from Tomlak and Stone to push the score to 6-4 which would be the game’s final.
Tommy Nappier had 16 saves in the win.
The same two teams play again tomorrow night.