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Springfield defenseman Mickelson makes NCAA commitment

JUNE 20, 2018
The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Chase Mickelson has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at St. Norbert College.
Mickelson, 21, is another great example of the NAPHL to NAHL to NCAA ladder of development success story. The 6’4/220 lbs. native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, just completed his second and final season playing in the NAHL for the Jr. Blues.
Mickelson recorded 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) in 47 regular season games. He was also selected to and played in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.
During his two-year NAHL career, Mickelson recorded 40 points in 103 career games. Prior to playing in the NAHL, Mickelson spent two years playing in the NAPHL for the Madison Capitols 18U team in the NAPHL from 2014-16. During the 2015-16 season, he was selected to the All-NAPHL 18U 1st Team and helped the Capitols to a Dixon Cup Championship.
During his time in the NAPHL, he played in one Top Prospects Tournament and the 18U All-Star Game in 2015-16.
“I’m really proud of Chase on his NCAA commitment. He has a ton of talent and will be a great student athlete in college,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

Weekend Preview – Springfield vs. Janesville Jets

The Springfield Jr. Blues won one of the three games in last weekend’s series against the Minnesota Magicians. All three games went to overtime, earning your Jr. Blues at least a point from each game!

Springfield is at home this weekend, facing the Janesville Jets. Springfield scores on the Power Play 27% of the time, while Janesville only finds the back of the net 19.6% of the time. This is Springfield’s 27th home game of the season, with a home record of 14-9-2-1.

This weekend is our 25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend, as well as Hockey Across America weekend! Friday night at Nelson Center will be our Throwback Jersey Night, and Saturday night will be our special Alumni Event! Be sure to call the office and secure your tickets to this special day!


Janesville Jets


Tale Of The Tape:


Record: 30-10-3-2, 45 pts.

Goals Per Game: 2.84/Game (12th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.27/Game (5th in NAHL)

Scoring Leaders: Jakov Novak (42 GP,  25 G – 31 A – 56 Pts.), Kip Hoffmann  (45 GP,  18 G – 32 A – 50 Pts.), Tanner Polgaze (35 GP, 8 G – 20 A – 28 Pts.),


Forward To Watch:


Jakov NovakThe Janesville forward has 56 points so far this season, averaging over a point per game. He is already beating his 28 point total from last season. Six of his points come from Power Play goals, so Sprignfield will have to watch his ability to capitalize on the one man advantage.

Manning the Blue Line:


Carter EkbergThis blue liner has recorded 20 points this season, 16 of which are assists. Springfield will have to keep an eye on his two-way play, and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:


Garret Nieto:  This goalie hailing from sunny CA is 17-4-1-1 this season. His GAA is 2.05 and he has a save percentage of 0.929. He’s seeing significant improvement from his time last season with your very own Jr. Blues.




Tale Of The Tape:


Record: 23-19-5-1, 48 pts.

Goals Per Game: 2.81 /Game (14th in NAHL)

Goals Against Average: 2.88/Game (10th in NAHL)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (48 GP,  17 G – 19 A – 36 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (46 GP,  13 G – 22 A – 35 Pts.),  Jeff Skinner (39 GP,  15 G – 18  A – 33 Pts.)


Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart logged 20 points last season with the Kenai River Brown Bears, and already has 36 points this season for Springfield. He has scored six power play goals and one game winning goal this season. He will look to continue his momentum this weekend against the Janesville Jets!


Manning The Blue Line:

Chase Mickelson: This blueliner put up 3 goals – including one power play goal, plus 11 assists so far this season. He is on pace to match, or even exceed, his 20 points from last season.


Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .922 this season, with 2.63 GAA. He is 12-10 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!