Link to box score here.
The Springfield Jr. Blues beat the Michigan Warriors again tonight with a score of 4 to 3. Tyler Rehm opened up the scoring for the game at 7:56 with a goal from inside the scrum. Matus Matis and Martin Gruse potted goals for the Warriors at 11:25 and 13:24 respectively, and a nasty fight between Stewart Bell and Matus Matis erupted at 17:11. Bell took a stick to the face and got cut over his eye, then continued to fight. He left the ice with the trainer running across the ice after him. Bell got 5 minutes for fighting and 2 for holding. Matis was also awarded 2 minutes for Roughing in addition to his fighting minor. Shortly after that, Warriors coach Moe Mantha got a two minute penalty at 17:21 for too many men on the ice. This allowed Ben Kramer to even up the game at 18:03 with a goal and end the first period. The teams went to the lockers tied 2-2. At around 19 minutes the call went out for a doctor to attend to Bell in the locker room.
Martin Gruse's goal deserves some mention here because it highlights the need to stay close and catch rebounds. The puck bounced off of Springfield goalie Gabe Antoni and Gruse managed to pop it right back in for the goal. So to All You Kids Out There: stay in front of the net when you've got pressure on your side.
The second period was about as sedate as the first with Bell returning to the bench about six minutes after the period started. He was getting stitched up and bandaged from the gash that opened when he took the stick to the face. As Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase would say "he's a hockey guy." Nick Townes scored at 7:33 to give the Jr. Blues the lead. Shortly thereafter another fight broke out this time between the usually calm Ethan Nauman and Michigan's Daniel Sakalian. Nauman got jerseyed but still managed to land a few good shots regardless. Warriors goalie developed an odd nervous disorder after that goal. It seemed that as soon as the Jr. Blues got a shot towards the goal, his leg would somehow kick backwards to dislodge the net. The officials took pity on poor Gorsuch and let him play after this odd disorder manifested itself. Bell played a few shifts after the ten-minute mark in the second and continued his regular shifts in the third. The second period ended with the Jr. Blues ahead 3-2.
The third period opened up with a goal from Josef Pontasch at 1:31. About all I could see was a scrum then Gorsuch flat on his face and the puck behind him in the goal. The teams played a relatively sedate third period. Matus Matis scored his second of the night at 19:28 after the Warriors pulled their goalie.The Jr. Blues couldn't get a good chip shot to go in the empty net, but managed to keep the puck away from the Warriors to run time out.
The Jr. Blues went 5-0-1 for the month of January and improve their record to 17-20-2. Their next set of games will be a 3-game appearance against the Chicago Hitmen in the fine suburb of Geneva, IL on Feb 3,4, and 5.
Attendance tonight was a robust 2147. Now, if we could only convince people here in town that this was more important than their kids' football and basketball games there'd be a packed house every night during the season.