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Springfield – Alaska Recap

Local Hockey Team is Playoff Bound for the First Time Since 2013

SPRINGFIELD, IL, March 19, 2018– The Springfield Jr. Blues are proud to announce they have returned home from Alaska winning 4-1 and having clinched playoff position. This will be the first time the team has gone to the playoffs since 2013, and the first time they will do so under Head Coach Tyler Rennette, who is a first-year head coach.

The Springfield Jr. Blues spent the last week and a half in Alaska, first taking on the Fairbank’s Ice Dogs for a two-game series before heading to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears. Their first weekend in Alaska resulted in a split with Springfield winning the first game 5-3, breaking the Ice Dogs 33 game-point streak. Brandon Puricelli led the way with two of the five goals. Puricelli also had two assists. Patrick Smyth had two goals, and Marcus Walter scored once. Goalie Jurja Ovecka stopped 26 goals for his 10th win of the season.

Saturday the Ice Dogs game back and won with a final score of 6-1. Max Brainin scored the lone goal for Springfield.

Springfield then traveled to Soldonta, Alaska for a three-game set against the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Thursday night Springfield came out ready to win. Chase Mickelson had one goal and an assist to kick off scoring in the 1st period. Max Brainin and Nick Schultze scored in the 2nd period, but it was Dylan Rauh who scored late in the 3rd, pushing Springfield closer to the playoffs. Goalie Evan Fear made 21 saves for the win.

Friday night, Springfield was hot with Jurja Ovecka in goal, making 29 saves and the team scoring 6 goals on the opponent. Ovecka let in 2 goals to Kenai, yet still landed his 10th win of the season.

Max Brainin led scoring with three points (two goals and an assist). Brandon Puricelli netted two goals as well, while Fabio Hollenstein had one goal and one assist. Nick Schultze also found the back of the net with one goal.

Feeling confident, the teams met again for the third time over the weekend on Saturday night when Giovanni Carabelli scored a short-handed goal assisted by Ethan Stewart and Marcus Walter. Brandon Puricelli then made the score 2-0 with assists from Nikita Kozyrev and Fabio Hollenstein. The Bears went on to score one point, stopping Evan Fear from having a shutout. Springfield still held on for the win, sweeping Kenai and locking themselves into a playoff position for the Robertson Cup.

Springfield will be playing their final two regular season home games Friday March 30th and Saturday March 31st. Springfield will play the Minnesota Magicians. The Springfield Jr. Blues are currently sitting in the third-place position in the NAHL Midwest Division, over the Magicians, who have two games in hand. Springfield will travel to Janesville for a single game on March 28th before returning home for a two-game home series against the fourth-place Minnesota Magicians on March 30-31.

Tentatively, the first playoff home game is set for the 20th of April, though this could change depending on the remaining five games of the regular season.

To purchase tickets for the next two home games on the 30th and 31st of March, visit www.JrBlues.com or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Springfield Starts Hot in Alaska

After a win, then a loss against the Alaska, the Springfield Jr. Blues bounced back during their first game against Kenai, winning 4-3.

A late shorthanded goal from Dylan Rauh moved the Jr. Blues to the brink of a playoff berth thanks to a 4-3 win on Thursday night. Chase Mickelson, who had a goal and an assist in the win, started the scoring for the Jr. Blues in the 1st period. Max Brainin and Nick Schultze scored in the 2nd period and Rauh added the game-winner late in the 3rd period. Brown Bears goals came from Sutton McDonald and Filip Karlsson in the 2nd period and Lukas Millen in the 3rd period. Evan Fear made 21 saves in the win, while Gavin Enright made 27 saves in the loss.

Weekend Preview

This weekend the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Ice Dogs in Fairbanks, Alaska. The teams will play Friday and Saturday evening before Springfield heads to Soldatna to play the Kenai River Brown Bears for a three-game series next week.

With the Ice Dogs already locked into a spot in the playoffs, and Springfield still on the hunt, this should be a physical and exciting weekend of hockey.

Please note there is no Official Watch Party at Cooper’s AlleySide for these games due to the time difference between Illinois and Alaska.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, March 30th and 31st. Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their final homestand of the regular season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 6:05 until 6:45, with the puck drop at 7:05. This will be our Fan Appreciation Event and Billet Family Night!

Saturday the guys are back in action with the doors opening at 5:05 and a puck drop at 6:05 on Jump Rope for Heart Night. Remember to send in your forms if you participated in Jump Rope for Heart this year and raised $50 or more!

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Ice Dogs

Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 50-39-5-3, 84 Pts. (1st in Midwest) 

Scoring Leaders: Samuel Ruffin (50 GP,  18 G – 34 A – 50 Pts.), Erkka Vanska (50 GP,  17 G- 32 A – 50 Pts.), Tanner Schachle (49 GP,22 G – 24 A – 46 Pts.),

 

Player To Watch:

Samuel RuffinRuffin has earned 52 points this season, 34 of which are assists. With 18 goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:

Logan Neaton:  The Fairbank’s goalie is 15-2 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.912 and a GAA of 1.84.

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES


Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 50-24-5-1, 54 Pts. (4rd in Midwest)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (50 GP,  17 G- 20 A -37 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (48 GP, 14 G- 22 A -36 Pts.), Max Branin (47 GP,  11 G- 19 A -30 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart has logged 15 points this season with Springfield. He has 17 goals and 20 assists, making him our highest scoring skater this year. He has six power play goals and one game winning goal.

 

Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 50 points this season, with 6 goals and 20 assists. He has one power play goal and two game winning goals.

 

Between The Pipes:

Evan Fear: Goaltender Evan Fear sports a save percentage of .922 this season, with 2.65 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.875. He is 13-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Weekend Recap

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with an overtime loss tonight against the Minnesota Magicians, making the final series 2-1 in favor of Minnesota. The Springfield Jr. Blues are home again next weekend on Friday and Saturday nights vs. the Janesville Jets.

 

The first period started off with the Magicians finding the back of the net at 16:07. We ended the period with a score of 1-0.

 

Springfield started off by tying up the second period with a Power Play goal from Brandon Puricelli, with an assist from Stewart, at 7:13. We ended the period with a score of 1-1.

 

The third period was uneventful, sending the game into yet another overtime. Minnesota found the net first, ending the game with a score of 2-1. Goaltender Evan Fear stopped 25 of the 27 pucks he saw tonight, earning him at SVV of 0.926% despite a tough loss.

 

Be sure to get your tickets early for next weekend. Friday night will be packed for our Hockey Across America celebration, and we will have an even bigger crowd for our 25th Anniversary Alumni event on Saturday, March 3rd.

Game Recap – Springfield vs. Magicians

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a loss against the Minnesota Magicians tonight. They will face the magic two more times this weekend; Friday night at 7:05 PM and Saturday night at 6:05 PM.

 

The first period was a quiet one, with nothing but penalties exchanged between the teams. Ovecka got the start in net and stopped the 7 shots he faced in the first period. Springfield ended the period leading in SOG 16-7.

 

Springfield started off the scoring in the second period with an unassisted goal from Patrick Smyth at 5:48 of the period! Minnesota responded with a goal of their own at 9:14. Fabio Hollenstein tallied on the power play at 11:25, with an assist from Kozyrev, giving Springfield the lead once again. We finished the period 2-1.

 

The third period started off with Minnesota tying things up at 14:15 of the period, which sent us into overtime. Your Springfield Jr. Blues fell in overtime to the Minnesota Magicians with a score of 3-2.

Weekend Recap – Springfield SWEEPS!

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a 6-3 win tonight against Coulee Region, sweeping the series. They will face the Chill again next weekend in Coulee Region. Be sure to stop by Cooper’s AlleySide to catch all of our away games!

 

Your Springfield Jr. Blues started off the scoring at 0:44 of the first period with a goal from Ethan Stewart, with assists from Haviland and Kozyrev. Coulee Region responded with two of their own, before Fabio Hollenstein lit the lamp one more time for Springfield. His goal was at 17:37 of the period with assists from Kozyrev and Walter. We ended the period 2-2.

 

In the second period, Springfield started off the scoring once again with a goal from Spencer DenBeste at 3:44, with assists from Brainin and Hollenstein. Coulee quickly retaliated, tying the game once again. The score stayed 3-3 through most of the period, until Brandon Puricelli found the back of the net with just 11 seconds remaining in the period. His timely goal sent us into the second intermission leading 4-3.

 

The third period was quiet for a while until both Ethan Stewart and Giovanni Carabelli found empty netters at 18:34 and 19:32, respectively.

 

Your stars of the game are Nikita Kozyrev, Fabio Hollenstein, and with two goals tonight, Ethan Stewart!