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Jr. Blues and Pilots Split Final Series

Topeka, Kansas – The Springfield Jr. Blues ended the 2018 calendar year in Topeka, KS for their 4th and final series against the Pilots this season. It would prove to be a weekend filled with the unexpected, and would leave the Jr. Blues in the 4th and final playoff spot with a 12-14-2-1 record.

Friday December 21st: Jr. Blues 5 – Pilots 2

Friday proved to follow the trend of road teams winning in this season’s series as the Jr. Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st period and never looked back. Nick Techel scored his 8th goal of the season to open the offense for the Jr. Blues and just three minutes later Ben Schmidling would continue his solid play of late with his 12th goal.

Despite a 2nd period tally by the Pilots, the Jr. Blues would score three 3rd period goals to ground the Pilots 5-2. Caden Villegas, who just recently returned from a call up to the USHL’s Central Illinois Flying Aces, scored his 3rd of the season 1:36 into the final frame. Brandon Puricelli would add his 19th goal with just under five minutes left in regulation, and Aaron Swanson would score his first goal with Springfield to seal the deal.

Jack Williams made 24 saves in his 9th win of the season and third win against Topeka. In addition to his goal, Ben Schmidling added two assists and Max Brainin had three assists in Springfield’s most dominant performance since November 17th against Topeka.

Saturday December 22nd: Jr. Blues 0 – Pilots 7

Saturday showed that the NAHL has enough parody to shock everyone. After a dominant performance on Friday, the Jr. Blues came out looking for the sweep of Topeka and two much needed points. But McLean Dorr and the Pilots would have very different ideas.

Topeka opened up the scoring 2:45 into the game and would add a second momentum changing goal just :20 later to lead 2-0 three minutes into the 1st period. From there, five different Topeka players would score on both Williams and backup Caleb Hannon to shutout the Jr. Blues 7-0. It’s the first time this season that Springfield has been held off the score sheet, and the third game against Topeka that has seen one of the teams left without any goals (October 6th and November 17th).

Williams took the loss in the game, his 9th of the season, while stopping 8 shots. Hannon, who took over in the 1st period and played all of the 2nd period, made 9 saves.

By the Numbers:

  • After 8 games played against each other, Springfield and Topeka each have 4 wins. Each Friday game was won by the road team, and each Saturday game was won by the home team.
  • While Friday’s proved to be closer, hard fought games, Saturday’s showed to be a chance for the home team to flex their offensive muscles. Despite more goal being scored during the opening games than the second games (26 on FRI and 24 on SAT), the home teams outscored the visitors on Saturday’s 22-2.
  • Brandon Puricelli scored his 19th goal and added his 12th assist during Friday night’s contest for a total of 31 points on the season. In 28 games played this season Puricelli  has already eclipsed his point total from last year (24 in 27 games).
  • Max Brainin had three assists on Friday and has 18 assists and 28 points overall on the season.
  • Ben Schmidling had one goal and two assists on Friday and now has 27 points on the season.

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The boys are off for the Holidays, but will be home at the Nelson Center on January 4th and 5th to face off against the Minnesota Magicians. Make sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and website for more information on upcoming events, player news, and more!

Weekend Recap: Janesville Jets

Janesville, WI – The Springfield Jr. Blues split the weekend series with the Janesville Jets and took two important points in what proved to be a physical, hard fought matchup. Springfield is now 5-5-1-1 and remains in 5th place in the Midwest Division.

Friday’s game started out badly for Springfield as Janesville scored less than two minutes into the contest and would lead 2-0 before the period was over. But Springfield wasn’t down for the count. Caden Villegas (Plano, TX) would score his 1st goal in the NAHL and Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) would tie the game on his 4th goal of the season.

The game would head to overtime, but it wouldn’t take long for Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) to score his team leading 7th goal of the season to give the Jr. Blues the victory, 3-2. Caleb Hannon (Buffalo, NY) stopped 37 of 39 shots to claim his 3rd win of the season. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO), Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL), Kyle Gudme (St. Clair, MI) and Shane Haviland (Wall, NJ) all had assists on the evening.

With confidence high from the previous nights come from behind win, the Jr. Blues headed into Saturday’s game looking to sweep the Jets on their home ice. But Janesville had other ideas on how the game would go. Another 1st period goal by the Jets put them in front, and they added goals in the 2nd and 3rd period to down the Jr. Blues 3-1. The lone Springfield goal came from Nick Techel (Wausau, WI), assisted by Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Sam Sterne (Batavia, IL). Jack Williams stopped 21 of 24 shots and was handed his 3rd loss of the season.

Springfield is at home this weekend against the Minnesota Magicians for a big three game series. Thursday and Friday’s games start at 7:05 pm and Saturday’s game starts at 6:05 pm.

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Techel, Brainin Named Midwest Division Stars of the Week

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are proud to announce that Nick Techel earned Midwest Division 2nd Star of the Week and Max Brainin earned an Honorable Mention.

Nick Techel (Wausau, WI) is in his first season with Springfield after playing last year with the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL. Through the first eight games of the season, Techel has scored three goals and two assists including two goals in Friday’s game against Topeka and one assist in Saturday’s game. Techel is the second Springfield player to have earned the 2nd Star of the Week honor already this season as Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) earned the honor in week one. 

Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) earned Honorable Mention this week after scoring twice in Saturday’s game and added an assist in Friday’s game. Brainin is in his second season with Springfield and has been an integral part of a veteran forward group that has been leading the team on and off the ice.

Springfield will look to continue their offensive momentum this weekend against a strong Minnesota Magicians team that already has two shutouts on the season. Catch the games live on HockeyTV Friday at 7:15 pm and Saturday at 7:00 pm.

Jr. Blues Blank Topeka to Split Series

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues shutout the Topeka Pilots 3-0 on Saturday night to split the weekend series and improve their record to 4-3-1-0. The Jr. Blues still sit in 4th in the Midwest Division but are just one point behind the Janesville Jets and Minnesota Magicians who are tied for 2nd place.

Saturday’s game was offense heavy in the 2nd period again as the Jr. Blues scored three times during the period. Max Brainin (Buffalo Grove, IL) scored 2:47 into the second frame for his first goal of the season, assisted by Nick Techel (Wausau, WI) and Ryan Reid (Phoenix, AZ). Brainin would strike again with a little less than five minutes left in the period to increase the lead to 2-0. Ben Schmidling (St. Joseph, MO) and Max Osborne (Anchorage, AK) assisted on Brainin’s second goal.

But the offense wasn’t through yet. With just :08 left in the period, Ryan Reid scored his second goal of the season from Ben Schmidling and Nick Techel to put the Jr. Blues ahead 3-0 heading into the second intermission.

That would be all the scoring Caleb Hannon (Bufallo, NY) would need, however, as he shut the door on Topeka to earn his first shutout and second win of the season.The 19-year-old Taft School alumni also made a huge save on a penalty shot in the 2nd period that would have tied the game. Hannon improved his Goals Against Average (GAA) to 1.33 which is good for 6th best in the NAHL.

The Jr. Blues travel to Minnesota this weekend to square off with the Magicians on Friday and Saturday. The Magicians have been paced by goaltender Ethan Haider, who has four wins and a 1.67 GAA. The Jr. Blues will look to solve Haider and the Magicians and climb higher in the standings and you can watch the games live on HockeyTV.

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Jr. Blues Rally Late, Come Up Short

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues late rally came up short against the Topeka Pilots last night and Topeka won 5-4. The Jr. Blues now sit at 3-3-1-0 and remain in 4th in the Midwest Division.

Springfield opened the scoring on Nick Techel (Wausau, WI) second of the season with :07 left in the 1st period to head into the 1st intermission leading 1-0. The 2nd period saw four unanswered goals by Topeka in 10 minutes to shift momentum completely in their favor.

The 3rd period started similarly to the 2nd as Topeka padded their lead just :20 into the frame to make it 5-1. But the Jr. Blues refused to roll over for the 1st place Pilots as they scored three goals in 1:11 to bring the game within one, 5-4. But that was all the offense the Jr. Blues could muster as Topeka held off the rally to claim the victory.

Brandon Puricelli (St. Louis, MO) extended his point streak to six games, Giovanni Carabelli (Shelby Township, MI) scored his third goal of the year, Jonathan Panisa (Irvine, CA) scored his second goal in a Jr. Blues jersey, and Techel added a second goal in the 3rd period to give him two on the evening and three on the year.

Tonight’s game will be our Scheels Family Night, Scheels will be in attendance to hand out coupons and a Family Fun Pack Giveaway. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and puck drop is at 6:00 p.m.

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