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SPRINGFIELD, IL |  The Springfield Jr. Blues scored early and often on Saturday night, defeating the Topeka Roadrunners 5-2 at the Nelson Center and completing the weekend sweep.

Springfield was lead by forward Jeff Skinner who tallied 2 goals and 2 assists for his first 4 point game of his career. Springfield also received 2 goals and an assist from forward Max Brainin.

Chase Mickelson finished off the scoring for Springfield with a power-play goal, assisted by Jordan Muzzillo and Ethan Stewart.

Patrick Smyth added 3 assists for Springfield as well.

In goal, Juraj Ovecka stopped 34 of 36 Topeka shots. During the weekend sweep, Ovecka made 82 saves on 86 opportunities for a .953 save percentage and a 1.93 goals against average.

Next weekend the Springfield Jr. Blues are away playing the Minnesota Wilderness. ALL road games can be seen LIVE on TV at Cooper’s AlleySide, located inside King Pin Lanes!



The Springfield Jr. Blues jumped out to an early lead, but gave up 2 late third period goals that sent the game to an eventual shootout. Springfield was able to rebound and defeat the Topeka Roadrunners 3-2 in a shootout Friday night at the Nelson Center.

The game did not see any scoring start until midway through the 2nd period when Ethan Stewart was able to beat the Topeka goaltender. Stewart’s goal was a team-leading 5th of the season, and was assisted by Fabio Hollenstein and Nikita Kozyrev.

Springfield then jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Giovanni Carabelli, making his Springfield debut, scored with assists to Jeff Skinner and Fletcher Fineman.

Topeka did get on the scoreboard with under 7 minutes to play scoring on a rebound, following a great save by Springfield goaltender Juraj Ovecka. Then, with their goalie pulled and 53 seconds remainin, Topeka got the equalizer they needed to send the game to overtime.

With no scoring in the overtime, the game went to a shootout. In the shootout, Ovecka stopped both of Topeka’s attempts, while Springfield received goals from Kozyrev and Riley Doyon.

Springfield will be back in action tomorrow night! It is our Halloween Costume Bash! Children 12 & Under that wear a costume will receive FREE admission! Also, stay after the game to go skating and trick-or-treating with the Springfield Jr. Blues! Visit to buy your tickets in advance and SAVE!!

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Jr Blues drop physical weekend game to the Janesville Jets 3-0

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Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a loss tonight against the Janesville Jets.

Janesville started the scoring first with a goal at 9:58 of the first period. The rest of the period was quiet, ending with a score of 0-1.

The second period started with another Janesville goal, this time at 16:28 of the period.

Similarly, the third period started with Janesville upping their tallies to 3-0 at 3:44 of the period.

Throughout the game, the teams exchanged some penalties, as well as some serious physical play. However, your Jr. Blues couldn’t come away with a win this time.

Their next game is away against the Coulee Region Chill, this Thursday and Friday! Make sure you stop by Cooper’s AlleySide for our away game viewing parties!

The Jr Blues are home next Saturday, February 3rd against the Kenai River Brown Bears! Get your tickets in advance at or on the HappsNow app!

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Dallas Stars recall former Jr. Blues goaltender Mike McKenna from their top affiliate team in Texas

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GK – Mike McKenna pictured with the AHL Texas Stars: a Dallas Stars affiliate team.

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Mike McKenna from the Texas Stars, Dallas’ top development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

McKenna, 34, has appeared in 12 games with Texas during the 2017-18 season, earning a 5-5-1 record with an .871 save percentage and a 3.51 goals against average. His five wins this season lead all Texas Stars netminders.

He started his career with the Springfield Jr. Blues for two seasons, and later spent time with Syracuse of the American Hockey League (AHL) during the 2016-17 regular season, posting a 14-15-10 record with a .905 save percentage and a 2.84 goals against average in 40 games played. During the Calder Cup Playoffs, he helped Syracuse reach the Calder Cup Final against Grand Rapids, posting a 13-9 record with a .911 SV% and a 2.68 GAA in 22 games. Over the course of his AHL career, he has appeared in 441 games, registering a 211-168-22 record with a .912 SV% and a 2.72 GAA with 26 shutouts. The netminder has logged a combined 22 NHL games with Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Columbus and Arizona, recording a 5-11-2 record with an .889 SV% and a 3.48 GAA.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound native of St. Louis, Mo. was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 1, 2017. McKenna was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

Every year, the Springfield Jr. Blues have turned out Division-1 hockey players and since their inception have produced many NHL and professional players. Find their full schedule and get game tickets here:

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Springfield defeats Coulee Region 4-3 after 10-round shootout to split another weekend series

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Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with a shootout win tonight against the Coulee Region Chill. Springfield started the scoring tonight with a goal from defenseman Marcus Walter at 2:21 of the first period. His assist came from Fineman and Haviland. They finished up the first period with a 1-0 lead.

Forward Nikita Kozyrev tallied for the Springfield Jr. Blues 1:51 into the second period, with assists from Osborne and Stewart. Coulee Region responded with three goals of their own in the remainder of the second, ending the period with a score of 2-3 in favor of the visiting team.

3:18 into the third, forward Ethan Stewart tied things up for Springfield, with an assist from Jeff Skinner. The rest of the third was quiet from both teams, sending the game to overtime, where Springfield gathered a power play opportunity. The two-minute minor gave them some momentum, but ultimately they were unable to capitalize.

In the shootout, Nikita Kozyrev hit the back of the net first, followed by the game winning goal by Bradley Marek after ten rounds of shooting by both teams.

Springfield goalie Evan Fear had 35 saves on 38 shots tonight, plus stopped 9 of 10 Coulee Region shootout attempts. Forward Ethan Stewart racked up two points with both a goal and an assist.



The Superheroes brought out a great crowd for “Superhero Night”, but couldn’t transition their powers to the Springfield Jr. Blues, as they fell to the Coulee Region Chill 7-1.

The story of the game was the Coulee Region power play. The Chill scored 4 goals on 6 power play opportunities, including goals on the first 3 penalties against Springfield. Springfield did not score on their only power play opportunity.

Springfield’s only goal came in the first period as defenseman Max Osborne found the back of the net on assists from Fabio Hollenstein and Cole Lawrence.

Evan Fear and Connor Poczos split time in net with Fear taking the loss, stopping 13 of 16 Coulee Region shots.

Next weekend your Springfield Jr. Blues will be away facing the Minnesota Magicians. We hope to see you at our next home weekend, December 1 and 2 against the Minnesota Wilderness! Puck drops Friday at 7:05 PM and Saturday at 6:05 PM. Don’t forget to check out the HappsNow app to get your tickets in advance.


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