By virtue of the Coulee Region Chill winning against Janesville Saturday night, the Springfield Jr. Blues have been knocked out of a spot in the NAHL Playoffs this year. Coulee Region had three games this weekend, while Springfield finished its regular season last week, and the Chill only needed to get one of the three games to overtime. They beat the Jets in OT in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, 3-2.
It was certainly an up-and-down roller coaster season that saw plenty of highlights and college commitments for the Blues. But, a 2-6-0 stretch to finish the season cost the Blues the final Midwest Division seed. The Chill will play the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the first round, while Janesville will play the Minnesota Wilderness.
Thanks for following all the action this season. Please take a look back at the audio and video highlights we’ve posted, as the Jr. Blues certainly gave us a lot to cheer about in the 2015-2016 campaign.
Springfield lost to the Jets Saturday night and watched as the Coulee Region Chill beat the Minnesota Wilderness in overtime, 4-3. Coulee Region has three games next week and needs only to get one game to overtime to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot in the NAHL Midwest Division. Stay tuned.
The Springfield Jr. Blues hope to go dancing in the NAHL playoffs as they close things out in the regular season against the Janesville Jets tonight. Puck drops at 7:10, and we’ll pipe in the in-house audio at around 6:55 to hear about the players who are leaving the team after the season concludes. Here’s our interview pre-game with Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski.
The Blues got a win Friday night and saw Coulee Region lose to the Minnesota Wilderness in regulation, 3-2. That means the Blues are now three points ahead of the Chill for the final playoff spot in the Midwest Division. Tonight is the final regular season game for the Blues.
We’ll see you on FastHockey. Enjoy last night’s highlights.
A couple of Blues defensemen committed to NCAA colleges this season.
Kyle Meeh will play Division 3 hockey at St. Mary’s University.
Meeh, a St. Louis, MO native, is currently in his third season with Jr. Blues. He has 23 points on the season including 7 goals. Meeh was named the NAHL Midwest Division Star of the Week for the week of February 8. “I’m really excited for the opportunity” says Meeh “I have to give thanks to my teammates for helping me get this. It’s always nice to see your hard work, on and off the ice, pay off”
Anthony Scarsella has committed to Michigan State University.
Playing at Michigan State will be a homecoming in a way for Scarsella, as East Lansing is only an hour drive from his home town of White Lake, MI. “It’s a dream come true and an honor” said Scarsella when asked what it will be like to play so close to home. “I feel like a hometown hero of sorts, so it’s extra motivation to work hard to make sure I’m earning playing time and doing well.”
It was a pretty busy week for the Jr. Blues as far as accolades go. Brady Tomlak was named the NAHL’s Midwest Division Star of the Week. Tomlak had a great weekend against Kenai River. Check out Tomlak’s great dish to Jeff Skinner over the weekend below on the NAHL Top 10 Plays.
The Blues have signed another tender.
It’s off to Cloquet, Minnesota for the Blues this weekend as they take on the Wilderness for two pivotal games. The Wilderness and Blues are two of four teams fighting for three NAHL Midwest Division playoff spots. Fairbanks clinched a division title this weekend.
Check out the audio highlights. We’ll update the playoff scenario this week as the Blues go on the road to play the Minnesota Wilderness next weekend.