Congratulations to Jr. Blues goalie Tommy Nappier, who has committed to Ohio State University.
Nappier is the fourth Springfield player to commit to an NCAA Division I school this season, joining Sam Craggs (Bowling Green), Teddy Rotenberger (Alabama-Huntsville), and Mike Houle (Bowling Green).
Read more on the official Jr. Blues website.
Nappier and defenseman Erich Fear remain on the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Central Scouting’s Preliminary 2016 November Players to Watch list.
Springfield was swept for the first time this season, losing to Topeka 3-1.
The Roadrunners got goals from Marcus Russel and Luka Maver to get to a 2-0 lead. Carlos Fornaris took a shot that appeared to hit the crossbar and bounce straight down, but after ruling it no-goal and a lengthy follow-up discussion, referee Cameron Fleming reversed his call.
Sam Craggs scored the lone Jr. Blues goal. Roadrunners goalie Tyler Johnson stopped 43 of 44 shots.
It’s the Blues at the Runners next week for the fifth series of the season between the two teams next weekend on FastHockey.com.
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Springfield lost 6-3 to Topeka Friday night. Sam Craggs scored twice, and Brennan Blaszczak scored a power play goal. Springfield lost for the first time this season after scoring first, and lost just their second regulation game at home. Topeka put up five goals in the second period.
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We talked to Tony Zasowski ahead of this week’s two-game series with Topeka. Puck drops at 7:05 tonight and tomorrow on FastHockey.com.
A statement sweep of a two-game series versus the defending Robertson Cup champions is the most the Jr. Blues could ask for this weekend, and they got it. Springfield won 7-4 against Minnesota Wilderness Saturday night.
Trevor Stone scored just 11 seconds in, and the Blues scored three goals on their first three shots. Petr Kuznetsov and Danny DiGrande scored the second and third goals, with DiGrande notching his first NAHL goal in just his second game. Minnesota goalie Luke Kania was pulled in favor of Chase Munroe following the third goal.
The Wilderness would answer with two goals to cut it to 3-2. The Blues responded with two from Brennan Blaszczak and Matt Long, and the Wilderness got two more to once again cut it to a one-goal lead for Springfield. But Jeff Skinner played a carom off the end boards from a Trevor Stone shot to put the Blues up 6-4, and Brady Tomlak scored the empty-netter to seal the game.
This was the only weekend the Wilderness were scheduled to visit Springfield. If the postseason began today, the Wilderness would host the Blues in the first round, but the Blues are now just one point behind Minnesota for second place.