ST. LOUIS JR. BLUES PLAYOFF PREVIEW: MARCH 22-24

St. Louis Jr. Blues vs Coulee Region Chill

VENUE: Green Island Ice Arena, La Crosse, Wisc.

GAME TIMES: March 22 at 7 pm, March 23 at 7 pm, March 24 (if needed) at 2 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 made quick work of Milwaukee in their Central Division Semi-Final series, winning 3-1 and 4-2 in front of boisterous home crowds at Affton Ice Rink last weekend. Top performers included goalie Mikaël Foucher (2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .963 SV%) and forwards Ivan Galaguzov (2 G) and Jake Wiethaupt (1 G, 1 A).

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 CHILL: Coulee Region overcame both a Game 1 loss and conceding first in both Games 2 and 3 to dispatch Peoria by a 2-1 margin in their Central Division Semi-Final. The top line of Tom Magnavite (3 G), Brady Lindauer (3 A), and Brandon Ratzloff (3 A) performed as expected, while Keaton Caplis (2 G, 1 A) provided a crucial contribution from the blue line. Goalie Devin Naidow went 2-1-0 against the Mustangs, with a 1.68 goals-against and a save percentage of .929. St. Louis won the regular-season series between the two clubs by a 3-2-1 margin: however, all three games of the playoff series will be played at La Crosse due to the Chill’s superior overall record. The Jr. Blues will, though, be the home team for purposes of uniforms and line changes for Game 2 of the series.

JUNIOR NOTES: This series will be a re-match of last year’s Fraser Cup Semi-Final, when the Jr. Blues ran away with a 5-0 shutout victory over the then-La Crosse Freeze….The Jr. Blues would like to thank all our fans, billet families, and volunteers on a great 2018-19 home campaign. More information on our season-end function will be posted at a later date following the conclusion of the Jr. Blues’ post-season.