It was a strange game between the Springfield Jr. Blues and Kenai River Brown Bears last night in Springfield, but ultimately the Blues came away with an important two points.
The Blues got goals from Luke Radetic and Brady Tomlak in the first five minutes to stake out a 2-0 lead. The Brown Bears responded with a goal in the first from Gunnar Goodmanson, followed by a mid-second period goal by Billy Nichol.
Following a shot that went just wide of the net, Brennan Blaszczak jammed the puck into an open net on a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-2. The Brown Bears tied it with 9 seconds left in the second on a goal from Jordan Hank.
The Blues scored three times in the third period, including a 5-0n-3 power play goal from Sam Craggs after a too-many-men call on Kenai River. Dylan Naumovski scored a shorthanded goal on a turnover at the Blues’ blue line, but Trevor Stone finally gave the Blues a two-goal lead that stuck late in the third.
The Jr. Blues went winless in their first five games when tied after two periods, but since then, have won two straight, including last Saturday’s win against Coulee Region, and now last night’s game.
The Blues peppered Kenai goalie Nicholas Nast with 56 shots, and he played well, even though he gave up six goals. Tommy Nappier stopped 21 shots for the Blues.
The puck drops from the Nelson Center for tonight’s second game against the Brown Bears on FastHockey at 7:05. We jump in with pregame about 10 minutes prior.
Audio highlights of last night’s game:
Back to the Nelson Center for another pair of home games for the Springfield Jr. Blues. The otherwise-woeful visiting Brown Bears split a pair against Springfield on the Blues’ recent Alaska road trip.
Pregame begins at 6:55 on FastHockey tonight, Central Time. Here’s our pregame chat with Tony Zasowski:
Trailing 2-0, the Springfield Jr. Blues found themselves on the opposite end of a multi-goal deficit Saturday night against the Coulee Region Chill following a big comeback win by the road team the previous night.
And, like the Chill, the Blues turned the deficit into a lead, and won 4-3 at home.
Nathan Viburg scored twice, his first two North American Hockey League goals, and Anthony Tzveyn tallied his first NAHL score for the game-winner. Joshua Bell also scored for Springfield.
Viburg’s first goal came after he and Jeff Skinner had both been penalized to create a 5-on-3 power play for the Chill. Springfield was able to kill it off, and following their release from the penalty box, Viburg and Skinner eventually worked a 2-on-1 to generate the score to get the Blues back in the game. Viburg would score again on a goalmouth pass from Brady Tomlak to tie the game.
Check out the highlights from tonight’s game below. The Blues stay home for a two-game series against Kenai River next week.
The Jr. Blues will try to salvage a series split with the Coulee Region Chill tonight at the Nelson Center. The puck drops at 7:05 Central Time from the Nelson Center. Tune in to FastHockey.com.
Coulee Region scored five unanswered goals tonight in beating Springfield.
The Jr. Blues went up 3-0 on goals by Drew Richter, Kyle Meeh and Joey Lupo, chasing Coulee Region goalie Matiss Kivlenieks. Hunter Vorva replaced him and pitched a shutout while his team completed the comeback.
It’s the fourth time this season the Blues have lost when scoring first, and the second time doing so against the Chill, who have now won four straight to pull to a .500 record.
Check out the highlights:
We’re very excited to be back to action tonight in Springfield as the Jr. Blues take on the red-hot Coulee Region Chill.
Here’s what we’re airing in a special pregame segment prior to tonight’s game on FastHockey: an interview with Jr. Blues Head Coach Tony Zasowski, plus a recap of the last three weeks of road action for the Blues. Check it out, and join us on FastHockey for pregame starting at around 6:40.
Tonight’s game is free. All you have to do is sign up for FastHockey, but you don’t have to purchase a viewing package. See you soon!
According to a story in the Springfield Journal-Register on Monday, the Jr. Blues were on a bus going to the airport in Anchorage yesterday morning when an earthquake with a 6.8 magnitude hit southern Alaska.
Head coach Tony Zasowski told the paper no one on the bus felt the quake, which happened at around 1:30 a.m. local time. However, a power outage at the airport delayed the team flight to Seattle. The team was re-scheduled to arrive in Springfield last night.
The Blues split a pair of regulation 3-2 decisions with Kenai River this weekend, finishing their three-week road trip with a 1-5 record. Coulee Region visits the Nelson Center on Friday and Saturday as the Blues now start a three-week homestand against the teams they just played on the road.
Tune in to FastHockey about 15-20 minutes prior to the puck drop for a special pregame segment recapping the Blues’ road trip, followed by an interview with Zasowski.