Weekend Preview vs Fairbanks Ice Dog

Springfield Jr. Blues vs Fairbanks Ice Dogs | Oct. 6th & 7th | The Nelson Center






The Springfield Jr. Blues are at home this weekend, hosting the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Springfield will look to rebound after capturing only 1 point of a possible 4 last weekend against Kenai River.

This Friday, the doors open at 6:00pm with Happy Hour drink specials until 6:45pm! Puck drops at 7:05pm

On Saturday, Springfield and Fairbanks battle again with the doors opening at 5:05pm and the puck dropping at 6:05pm. Fans can join players and coaches at Cooper’s AlleySide following Saturday nights contest for a meet and greet with the team! Cooper’s AlleySide is located inside King Pin Lanes at the corner of Sangamon & Dirksen, just 2 miles east of The Nelson Center!


Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 5-1-0-0, 10 Pts. (2nd in Midwest)

Goals Per Game: 3.16/Game

Goals Against Average: 1.67/Game

Scoring Leaders: Robert Blueger (6 GP, 3 Goals-4 Assists-7 Points), Caleb Hite (6 GP, 3 Goals-3 Assists-6 Points), Erkka Vanska (6 GP, 3 Goals-3 Assists-6 Points)

Forward To Watch:


Robert Blueger: The second year forward will be riding a hot-stick into Springfield this weekend. The Lake Superior State commit exploded this past Saturday for 3 goals and 1 assist against the Bismarck Bobcats. Springfield will have to keep a close eye on this dynamic forward.

Manning the Blue Line:


Nolan Schaeffer The Marshall, MN native is the veteran presence on the blue line for the Ice Dogs. At 6’3, 220lb. Schaeffer anchors a defense that has 4 second year NAHL players. He also has 4 assists on the season, which is well on pace to pass his total of 8 last season.

Between The Pipes:


Josh Benson: After serving as a back-up to now USHL goaltender Erik Gordon, Benson has taken over the starting role for the Ice Dogs. He has yet to fall to the pressure of being the number 1 goaltender. Benson has played in 4 games and has a 1.00 GAA to go along with a .951 Save % .



Tale Of The Tape:

Record: 3-3-0-1, 7 Pts. (3rd in Midwest)

Goals Per Game: 2.28/Game

Goals Against Average: 3.57/Game

Top Scorers: Jordan Muzzillo (7GP, 2 G-4 A-6 Pts.), Nikita Kozyrev (7 GP, 3 G-1 A-4 Pts.), Fabio Hollenstein (6 GP, 1 G-3 A-4 Pts.)

Forward To Watch:


Nikita KozyrevThe forward from Estonia has settled in nicely on Springfield’s top line. Kozyrev leads all Springfield forwards in goals with 3. Although not the biggest guy on the ice at 5’8″, Kozyrev does have some flash to his game as you can see below.

Manning The Blue Line:


Jordan Muzzillo: The 20-year old defenseman has stepped up his production in his second year with the team. Muzzillo currently leads the team in points and tied for the lead in assists, thanks to a productive weeked where the Capron, Illinois native tallied 3 assists against the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Between The Pipes:


Juraj Ovecka: There has not been a game that Ovecka has not seen at least 32 shots. This weekend saw him collect 35 saves on both Friday and Saturday night. Even allowing 5 goals in relief on Saturday night, Ovecka is still holding solid with a 2.23 GAA and a .941 save % for Springfield.