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North Star of the Week: Jon Carkeek – Springfield Jr. Blues
The Jr. Blues moved into a three-way tie for 5th place in the North Division thanks to a successful trip to Alaska. Part of that was a weekend split in Fairbanks, one of the toughest places to play in the NAHL. Defenseman Jon Carkeek, 19, was a big help from the blueline as recorded a goal and two assists for three points as Springfield took three of four points against the Ice Dogs. The native of Phoenix, Arizona was at his best in Friday’s 6-3 win as he recorded a three-point night and was a +3 in a 6-3 win. The next night, Carkeek (6’0/190) played well defensively in a 2-1 shootout loss. “Jon turned the corner in December and really started to get accustomed to the level of hockey that the NAHL plays at,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tony Zasowski. “He does the little things… works hard in the corners, blocks shots, makes good passes, which all have helped in our recent success as a team.”