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Weekend PLAYOFF Preview: Springfield at Janesville

The playoffs are finally here and your Springfield Jr. Blues are feeling confident going into the weekend with two games on the road against the Janesville Jets.

*Please note the Official Watch Party is at Cooper’s AlleySide for these both games against Janesville starting at 7pm each night*

Be sure to mark your calendars for Friday 4/20 and (possibly) Saturday, 4/21. Your Springfield Jr. Blues are home for their home game of the post season. Be sure to come out on Friday for Happy Hour with $1. Coors Lite drafts from 5:30 until 6:45, with the puck drop at 7:05. We will also have $2 Blue Moon, Give-Aways, A Live Band, and Jersey Auction!


 Tale Of The Tape:

Record: (3rd in Midwest)

Top Scorers: Ethan Stewart (60 GP,  17 G- 30 A -47 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (57 GP, 15 G- 27 A -43 Pts.), Max Branin (57 GP,  17 G- 23 A -40 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Ethan Stewart has logged 47 points this season with Springfield. He has 17 goals and 30 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 28 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 .875 this season, with 2.39 GAA. His shootout save percentage is 0.929. He is 19-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot this weekend!

Schedule for Round 1 of the Robertson Cup Playoffs

Game 1 | Friday, April 13 | Janesville Ice Arena | 7:00 p.m. CST
Game 2 | Saturday, April 14 | Janesville Ice Arena | 7:00 p.m. CST
Game 3 | Friday, April 20 | Nelson Center | 7:05 p.m. CST
*Game 4 | Saturday, April 21 | Nelson Center | 6:05 p.m. CST
*Game 5 | Monday, April 23 | Janesville Ice Arena | 6:00 p.m. CST
*if necessary

Season Series (Springfield 4-8-1-1)

Sat 9/16 | Jets 5 @ Jr. Blues 3
Fri 11/10 | Jr. Blues 3 @ Jets 1
Sat 11/11 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 5
Sat 12/9 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 1
Fri 1/5 | Jets 2 @ Jr. Blues 0
Sat 1/6 | Jets 3 @ Jr. Blues 2
Fri 1/12 | Jr. Blues 1 @ Jets 2
Sat 1/13 | Jr. Blues 4 @ Jets 5 (OT)
Sat 1/27 | Jets 3 @ Jr. Blues 0
Fri 3/2 | Jets 0 @ Jr. Blues 1 (OT)
Sat 3/3 | Jets 6 @ Jr. Blues 3
Wed 3/28 | Jr. Blues 2 @ Jets 1 (SO)

Springfield Finishes Regular Season on Win Streak

The Springfield Jr. Blues came away with another win on Saturday night, making their win streak 8-0-0.

With Evan Fear in net, Coulee Region Chill scored in the first at 13:04 (B. Koch) and the remainder of the period was quiet, as was the second period. It was not until the third period when Dylan Rauh scored at the 1:22 mark with assists from Chase Mickelson and Ethan Stewart on the power play. Coulee scored next at the 10:00 mark, but Springfield didn’t wait long to score back-to-back goals within four seconds of each other at 12:45 and 12:49.

Nikita Kozyrev scored at 12:45 with assists from Max Brainin and Ethan Stewart. The trio quickly scored again at 12:49 with Max Brainin making the goal with assists from Ethan Stewart and Nikita Kozyrev just four seconds later to break the tie and win the game.

Saturday marked the end of the regular season for the NAHL, and Springfield is now in what head coach Tyler Rennette refers to as the “Second Season” meaning the playoff season.

Springfield will take on the Janesville Jets in Janesville on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th. Springfield will play at home on Friday April 20th, and if necessary, Saturday April 21st.

Here is the schedule for this round of playoffs between Janesville and Springfield:

#2 Janesville Jets vs. #3 Springfield Jr. Blues

Game 1: Friday, April 13 @ Janesville, 7:00pm

Game 2: Saturday, April 14 @ Janesville, 7:00pm

Game 3: Friday, April 20 @ Springfield, 7:05pm

Game 4: Saturday, April 21 @ Springfield, 6:05pm*

Game 5: Monday, April 23 @ Janesville, 6:00pm*

*if necessary

Game of Threes

Your Springfield Jr. Blues have been playing the Game of Threes this past week. With a win in Janesville over the Jets on Wednesday, and a home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians over the weekend, the Springfield Jr. Blues had three games, three wins, and secured third place heading into the playoffs!

On Wednesday the team won in a shootout after spending most of the game down by one. With just 38 seconds left in the game, number 16, forward Nick Schultze fired one past former Jr. Blues goaltender, Garrett Nieto to tie the game. Each team earned a point  going into overtime, but it was a shootout goals by Nikita Kozyrev, and Brandon Puricelli along with 37 saves from Goalie Evan Fear that gave Springfield the win!

Friday night the team played in their home barn against the 4th place Magicians in a battle for the third seed in the Mid-West Dvivison. With an initial goal from Minnesota during the first period, Springfield stayed quiet into the second until 8:29 when Schultze scored for Springfield, tying the game. Just like in Janesville, the teams ended up in a shootout after a physical and confrontational third period, with several penalties for both teams.

In the shootout, Nikita Kozyrev again scored for Springfield and that was all Goaltender Evan Fear would need to secure the victory stopping every shot he faced. Fear stopped 33 shots in the win posting a  .969% save percentage.

Saturday night the team was quiet in the first, but came out determined in the second, and Sam Sterne scored the lone goal of the game at 18:08 with assists from Smyth and Puricelli. Fear stopped all 44 shots faced and locked Springfield into third place and a 1st round playoff matchup with Janesville.

This week the team will head out for their final two regular season games against the Coulee Region Chill on Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to come out to Cooper’s AlleySide to watch the game with other fans, eat amazing food, and possibly win prizes!

Springfield SWEEPS!

GAME RECAP 3/31/18


Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a WIN tonight against the Minnesota Magicians, sweeping the series. This weekend wrapped up our regular season home games, and the team will be on the road next weekend against the Coulee Region Chill. You can catch all away games at our viewing parties with Cooper’s AlleySide, located in King Pin Lanes!


The first period was quiet from both teams, with no score from either team. We ended the period tied at 0-0.

Springfield finally tallied first, at 18:08 of the second period. The goal came from Sam Sterne with assists from Smyth and Puricelli. After nearly 40 minutes of no scoring, we ended the second up 1-0.

The third period was scoreless until the end, leaving us with a score of 1-0.

Your stars of the game were Ryan Murray, Sam Sterne, and your first star, Evan Fear. He was on fire tonight, making 44/44 saves, for a weekend total of 76/77.

Game Recap – Springfield WINS!

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a shootout WIN tonight against the Minnesota Magicians. They will be back in action tomorrow night at 6:05 pm for the last home game of the regular season! Be sure and come out and support the team in this final home stand before the playoffs.


The first period began with a tally from Minnesota at 11:50. Springfield couldn’t find the back of the net this period, so we ended with a score of 0-1.


The second period started with Nick Schultze tying things up for your Springfield Jr. Blues at 8:29 of the period, with an assist from Rauh. We ended the period tied 1-1.


The third period was slow, with some tensions rising on the ice leading to some double penalties. We stayed 1-1 through the period, ending in an overtime and finally heading to a shootout.


Springfield shootout goal was from Nikita Kozyrev. Evan Fear made 33 saves tonight for a SVV of 0.969%.


We will be back in action against the Magicians yet again tomorrow night at 6:05 PM! Don’t miss our last regular season home game!

Fear leads Jr. Blues to come-from-behind shootout win

Springfield Jr. Blues 2 @ Janesville Jets 1 (SO) – The Springfield Jr. Blues edged out a last-minute shootout win in Janesville in the lone NAHL game on Wednesday night. Trailing for most of the game, the Jr. Blues scored the game-tying goal with 39 seconds left and then took the extra point in a shootout, helping their chances to capture the #3 seed in the division. Springfield got shootout goals from Nikita Kozyrev and Brandon Puricelli, along with 37 saves from Evan Fear in picking up the extra point in the standings. Fear swatted away both of Janesville’s shootout attempts. Janesville controlled play at both ends of the ice but had nothing to show for it after one period. The Jets finally broke through on Tanner Polglaze’s power-play goal at 2:46 of the second. The Beloit native and Michigan Tech recruit got assists from Sam Renlund and Simon Sagissor on the play. The Jets continued to apply pressure, but Fear was a brick wall in front of the net. He made two big saves in the third period to keep it a one-goal game, and then saw his team tie it late. The Junior Blues caught the Jets on a line change, and Nick Schultz fired a shot past goalie Garrett Nieto for the equalizer with 39 seconds to play. Carter Ekberg nearly won the game twice for the Jets in overtime. He saw Fear make a great save midway through the overtime to deny him and then hit the pipe with 11 seconds left. Janesville got 25 saves from Nieto in the loss.


Recap by NAHL.com

Springfield vs. Janesville – Preview

Game-Day Preview

Tonight, the Springfield Jr Blues will be hosted by the Janesville Jets in Janesville, Wisconsin for a single game.

Springfield Jr Blues fans can meet at Cooper’s AlleySide located inside KingPin Lanes to watch the game. Cooper’s AlleySide is at 3115 East Sangamon Avenue, Springfield, IL 62702. The game will start at 7pm.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @SpringfieldJr.Blues if you can’t make it! We will also be updating the score on Twitter!

Come out for the last weekend of the Regular Season on Friday the 30th and Saturday the 31st. We will have games, giveaways, and more!


Janesville Jets

Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 55-36-11-6, 80 Pts. (2nd in Midwest)

Goals Against Average: 2.49/Game


Scoring Leaders: Jakov Novak (52 GP,  32 G – 37 A – 69 Pts.), Kip Hoffmann (54 GP,  21 G- 35 A – 56 Pts.), Tanner Polglaze (55 GP,14 G – 26 A – 40 Pts.),

Player To Watch:

Jakov NovakThis D1 player has earned 69 points this season, 37 of which are assists. With 32 goals, Springfield will have to keep an eye on his play, and limit his chances to set up assists.

Between The Pipes:

Garrett Nieto:  The former Springfield goalie is 20-4 so far this season. He sports a save percentage of 0.926 and a GAA of 2.11, making him 6th in the league.



Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 55-28-21-5, 62 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

Goals Against Average: 2.49/Game

Top Scorers:  Ethan Stewart (55 GP,  17 G- 24 A -41 Pts.),  Nikita Kozyrev (52 GP, 14 G- 24 A -38 Pts.) Max Brainin (52 GP,  15 G- 21 A -36 Pts.),

Forward To Watch:

Ethan Stewart Springfield forward Jeff Skinner has logged 41 points this season with Springfield, putting him on track to score more points than his 17 points earned last season with the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

Manning The Blue Line:

Jordan Muzzillo Springfield defenseman Jordan Muzzillo has logged 27 points this season, with 6 goals and 21 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 2.61 GAA. He is currently fourth in the league for shootout save %. He is 15-11 so far this season for the Springfield Jr. Blues, and he will look to stay hot today and going into this weekend!

Celebrating Students and Jump Rope for Heart

The Springfield Jr. Blues are excited to announce their upcoming home game on March 31st featuring Jump Rope for Heart participants. Students from around the Springfield area raised money for the American Heart Association (AHA). The Springfield Jr. Blues, in an effort to support the community and area schools, are offering FREE tickets to students who participated and raised at least $50.00.

If a student raised $50.00 or more for the AHA during Jump Rope for Heart (or Hoops for Heart) at their school, they will receive a FREE ticket to the Saturday, March 31st, 2018 Springfield Jr. Blues game!

Students who raised $100 or more will get a FREE ticket, be recognized on the ice during an intermission, have their photo taken on ice, and be entered to win a Springfield Jr. Blues Prize Package including tickets and merchandise.

The TOP overall fundraiser in attendance will get to drop the Ceremonial Puck at the beginning of the game AND keep the puck!

If your student participated in Jump Rope for Heart, or Hoops for Heart, check with their teacher for the form. Forms should be submitted by mail to the Springfield Jr. Blues office by Friday March 23rd. All tickets will be at Will-Call the night of the game!

On game night, the doors will open at 5:05 pm, warm-ups will start at 5:30 pm, and the puck will drop at 6:05 pm. Be sure to get your tickets NOW for the final regular season game, before Springfield heads to the PLAYOFFS!

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 Sweeps and Clinches PLAYOFF Spot!

The Springfield Jr. Blues will be returning home from Alaska this week with reason to be excited to return to their home barn.

Springfield won all three of their games against the Kenai River Brown Bears over the weekend AND secured their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and for the first time under Coach Tyler Rennette.

Springfield will play at home March 30th and 31st against the Magicians. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the office at 217-525-2589.