St. Louis Jr. Blues (5-7-1, 11 pts) vs. Rochester Grizzlies (16-3, 32 points)
VENUE: Affton Ice Rink, Affton, Missouri
GAME DATES AND TIMES: Two-game set. Saturday, January 9 at 4:00 pm and Sunday, January 10 at 1:00 pm.
WHERE TO FOLLOW: All Jr. Blues games are streamed live and in high definition on www.hockeytv.com (subscription required). Follow our Twitter @JrBluesHockey for live updates.
NOTES RETURN HOME: St. Louis returns to home ice this weekend, welcoming the division-leading Grizzlies to Affton Ice Rink. The Blues are 2-3 in the Saint Louis area so far this season. The team has played its previous home games at the Wentzville Ice Arena and the St. Peters Rec-Plex, where it hosted the Grizzlies Oct. 1-2 to open the season. The Blues dropped both contests vs. Rochester, falling by finals of 4-1 and 3-1. The Blues travel to Rochester next weekend for Jan. 15-16 matchups with the Grizz. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 pm.
BLUES SLIP IN PEORIA: The Blues are coming off of a doubleheader loss last weekend in Peoria. In the Friday night matchup, the Blues got off to a hot start. The team built a 2-0 lead behind a shutout first period from Owen Carlson. He would finish with 34 saves, but the Blues fell 4-3. St. Louis dropped the weekend closer 4-0.
SCOUTING THE GRIZZLIES: Rochester has been the Central Division’s best team this year, winning 16 of its first 19 games. Its 32 points rank third overall in the NA3HL. Goalie Zach Wiese has proven to be the best in the league. He leads the NA3HL in GAA with a 1.00 mark and is second in save percentage at .951. The Grizzlies have won seven of their last eight games and are coming off a 6-1 thumping of Wausau Jan. 2.
JUNIOR NOTES: Watch the Jr. Blues social media pages for information on games that will be rescheduled in 2021. The Jr. Blues can be found on Facebook @STLJrBlues. The team is also on Instagram @stljrblues and now on TikTok @stljrblues. On behalf of the entire Jr. Blues team, coaching staff, support staff, and family, we wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and, most importantly, safe new year!