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Mass, Williams Earn Honorable Mentions for SOTW

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that Philipp Mass and Jack Williams were each named an Honorable Mention for Bauer Hockey’s Midwest Division Star of the Week.

Philipp Mass, 18, joined the Jr. Blues last week just in time to take on the Minnesota Magicians. In two games played over the weekend he recorded two assists for the Jr. Blues and was a +2 overall. Mass is from Heidelberg, Germany and comes to Springfield by way of the Central Illinois Flying Aces (USHL) where he appeared in 10 games.

Jack Williams, 17, picked up his 14th win of the season and his 2nd shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Magicians on Friday night. Williams stopped all 37 shots that he faced, and has now won four of his last five starts.

Ben Schmidling Named Star of the Week

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Ben Schmidling has been named the Bauer Hockey Star of the Week for the Midwest Division for his play this past weekend against the Janesville Jets!

Schmidling, 20, helped the Jr. Blues to a weekend home split with the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/172 lbs. native of St. Joseph, Missouri, put up three goals in two games, which helped the Jr. Blues stay solidly in a playoff spot in the Midwest Division. On Friday, Schmidling scored two goals in a 4-2 win, and then on Saturday, he added another goal in a 4-2 loss. For the season, Schmidling is 2nd on the team in scoring with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 38 games played.

“Ben has been hot for us lately. He is committed to being a leader on and off the ice for us in the second half and it has shown the last couple of weeks,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

Schmidling is the 2nd Jr. Blues player this season to be named the star of the week with the other recipient being Nikita Kozyrev earlier this month.