VENUE: Seven Bridges Ice Arena, Woodridge, Ill.
GAME TIMES: March 28 vs Binghamton Jr. Senators at 7 pm, March 29 vs Texas Jr. Brahmas at 7 pm, semifinal March 30 (time TBD), final March 31 at 1 pm (all times Central)
WHERE TO FOLLOW: All Jr. Blues games are streamed live on HockeyTV.com (subscription required). On Twitter, follow @JrBluesHockey for live updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes content, as well as on Instagram @STLJrBlues.
A QUICK RECAP: St. Louis went up to La Crosse, Wisconsin last weekend and came away with the Central Division championship, sweeping the Coulee Region Chill 6-2 and 3-1 to take home the crown. Mikaël Foucher (33 saves) and Jack Regan (47 saves) both picked up wins, while the stars amongst skaters were Ivan Galaguzov with 3 goals and Matt Monreal with 2 goals and an assist.
OWN A PIECE OF JR. BLUES HISTORY:The Jr. Blues are auctioning off our 2013-19 home and away sweaters following the conclusion of this post-season. They will be available either blank, as-is with a current player’s name, or if an alumnus wins the bidding they can request their own name to be sewn on the back of the jersey they wore during their time with the Jr. Blues. All bidding will take place on the DASH Auctions app, which you can download from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Stay connected to our social media channels for more information and when the bidding begins.
SCOUTING THE JR. SENS: Binghamton reached their third Fraser Cup Finals since moving to the Southern Tier of New York by making easy work of Niagara Falls and Oswego in the Northeast Division playoffs. Their top line of Greg Simmons (50 G, 53 A), Eric Melso (39 G, 75 A) and Mike Padgeon (51 G, 72 A) is undoubtedly one of the NA3HL’s most dangerous trios. All three have made college hockey commitments: Simmons to Alabama in ACHA Division I, while Melso (SUNY-Morrisville St) and Padgeon (Anna Maria) will both be going to NCAA DIII schools. The Jr. Sens will be hoping to not repeat last year’s Fraser Cup meeting against St. Louis, when they lost 5-0 in a group stage game that ended their season. However, having lost to Texas in their first Group B game by a 6-1 final, they will be entering their matchup with St. Louis knowing that their backs are against the wall.
SCOUTING THE BRAHMAS: Texas enters the Fraser Cup Finals for the third time in the last four seasons, having defeated Mid-Cities and Atlanta in South Division sweeps to punch their ticket to Chicagoland. In the regular season the Brahmas were defined by a remarkably balanced attack, with no players scoring more than 64 points but 19 players all scoring in double figures. Goaltender Bryce Runyan was central to the club’s success during the season, with the Top Prospects player compiling a record of 14-2-1 with a 2.25 goals-against and a save percentage of .921. St. Louis and Texas last met at the NA3HL Showcase last season: the Jr. Blues came out on top in that game by a score of 6-3.
JUNIOR NOTES: The Jr. Blues would like to thank all our fans, billet families, and volunteers on a great 2018-19 home campaign.