The Jr. Blues opened up their three game weekend with a hard fought loss to the Janesville Jets Friday night. The speedy, Jets struck first, as Ross Mauermann converted on a Springfield penalty. Five minutes later, Pijus Rulevicius capitalized on another power-play opportunity. Blues’ goalie Reid Mimmack was replaced by Andrew Martin after the Jets tallied their second goal. Springfield’s Stewart Bell fought Jet’s Pijus Rulevicius with 3:13 left in the period. Rulevicius was given a game ejection after throwing Bell’s head to the ice as officials were breaking up the altercation.
Ross Andersen gave the Blues a sign of hope, when he sent a shot past goalie David Jacobson. Springfield was penalized for eight minutes during the second period, but the Jets were unable to convert on any of their power plays. Ross Pavek finished up the period, giving the Jets a 3-1 lead. The Jets edged Springfield in shooting 8-7. Janesville closed out the game scoring one last power play goal to beat the Blues 4-1. Blues’ goalie Andrew Martin made 17 saves.
*3 Stars of the Game*
1. David Jacobson (Janesville)
2. Derek Jacobson ( Janesville)
3. Ross Andersen
The Jr. Blues suffered a 5-1 loss Saturday to the St. Louis Bandits at the Franklin P. Nelson Center. The Bandits struck first when Isak Quakenbush sent a shot past goaltender Andrew Martin. Ethan Nauman, then league’s second leading scorer, tied the score at 14:51 of the first period. Springfield’s Stewart Bell and Isak Quakenbush squared off and received a 5 minute penalty each, for fighting. Just 3 minutes later, Matt Gellatly of St. Louis scored the go-ahead goal, to end the scoring of the period.
In the second period, the Blues found themselves in penalty trouble. They were assessed a total of four penalties, totaling eight minutes of being shorthanded. St. Louis was unable to convert on the power play, as Blues’ goaltender Andrew Martin was up for the challenge. During the second period, the Bandits took revenge for the loss on Friday night. Three even strength goals were scored, ensuring that the mid-game onslaught would produce a victory. That was just the case, as a scoreless third period found the Blues falling short to a determined St. Louis team. Bandit’s goalie Ian Obrien recorded 16 saves and Andrew Martin made 22. The Blues fell to 4-6, and take on the Janesville Jets next weekend at home.
The Jr. Blues were up to the challenge Friday night, as they took on the St. Louis Bandits at the Hardee’s Ice Complex. The Blues were outshot 42-27 but won a hard fought battle. The game started with Joe Kalisz scoring first for the Bandits, just 3:59 into the first period. The Bandits seemed to control the first period, as the Blues employed a dump and chase method to their offense. T.J. Poganski was assessed two penalties, holding and hooking, but the Bandits could not capitalize. The Blues finished the period with gusto, as Ethan Nauman tied the game with just twenty-two seconds remaining in the period.
Continuing with the momentum from the first period, Wally Cossette came up the wing and fired a shot past goaltender Jimmy Hamby. The Blues maintained their control throughout the period, as their physical presence came out to play. The team continued their offensive control and had a powerful fore check through the neutral zone. Poganski was assessed another penalty, as well as teammate Ross Anderson. The two were both penalized for tripping. Although the second period was in the Blues’ favor, the period ended with the shots even at ten.
Just as the third period got underway, Ryan Stouffer netted a goal for the Bandits 51 seconds in. The goal would be the only one in the final period, with both teams playing neck and neck. St. Louis went 0-4 on the powerplay with the Blues’ defense and goaltender Andrew Martin playing at the top of their game. Springfield was out shot in the third 15-8. And overtime was evident. With just 20 seconds left in the overtime period, Jack Callahan blasted the game -winning goal past the St. Louis netminder. The penalties were slanted to the Blues side but were able to overcome on the road. The Two teams conclude their weekend, Tomorrow night at the Franklin P. Nelson Center in Springfield.
The Springfield Jr. Blues hockey team will be hosting the Chicago Hitmen in a
benefit game to assist the Loftus family with Danielle’s medical expenses. The game will
be held on Saturday night, September 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin P. Nelson Center in
Lincoln Park, Springfield, Illinois. The team is rallying around one of their board
members, Jeff Loftus, whose daughter, Danielle was critically injured in an accident on
Lake Springfield in July. Danielle, who has been in intensive care since the accident at a
hospital in Peoria, was recently moved to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to
continue her recovery.
Ticket prices are $3.00 and are available at McGuire Sports and the Nelson
Center. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the game. All proceeds
of the game will go to the Loftus family for medical bills. The community is invited to
come out and watch the newest edition of the Springfield Jr. Blues versus the Chicago
Hitmen, one of the new teams in the North American Hockey League. This is the least
expensive family entertainment ticket in town. Come out Saturday night, September 4th,
have a great time and help the Loftus family with medical expenses.
Goaltender and Jr Blues Alumni, Jared Demichiel, is now a Senior at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and up for the coveted Hobey Baker Award.
Go to http://www.hobeybaker.com/voting to vote for him today.