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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: www.jrblues.com

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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 JrBlues.com or on the HappsNow app!

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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.

 

SPRINGFIELD JR. BLUES DROP FRIDAY NIGHT GAME ON SUPERHERO NIGHT 7-1

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.

 

Article by Tyler Novy. Find out more info at www.jrblues.com

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Jr. Blues split weekend series with the Janesville Jets winning Friday Night’s game 3-1

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The Springfield Jr. Blues received goals from 3 different players and defeated the 1st-place Janesville Jets 3-1 on Friday night in North American Hockey League action.

Springfield started the scoring early as Aiden Beck scored just 3:51 into the game. Beck finished off a pass from Cole Lawrence by beating the Janesville goaltender over his blocker to give Springfield a 1-0 lead. Springfield then conceded their only goal against on the night just before the 1st period ended.

Springfield was able to regain their lead midway through the 2nd period as Jeff Skinner re-directed a shot on the power play that got past the Jets goaltender. The lead stayed at 2-1 through the end of the 2nd period.

Springfield concluded their scoring in the third period as defenseman Fletcher Fineman’s point shot found the back of the net. Fineman’s goal now tied him with Jordan Muzzillo for the NAHL lead in goals by a defenseman.

Evan Fear was solid again in goal for Springfield, stopping 29 of 30 shots faced.

However, Springfield wrapped up their weekend series Saturday night with a loss to the Jets 5-4.

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