The Coulee Region Chill started out the weekend series against the leagues worst team, just the way they wanted on Friday night as Ross "The Boss" Luedtke(Air Force) scored 19 seconds into the game and it appeared the "En Fuego" line was ready to pick up where it left off the last two weekends. Luedtke scored again from the slot on perfect helpers yet again by Ripple and Miller, making it 2-0 just 3:15 into the 1st. Then Pat Steinhauser made a great trailer dish after having his stick tied up trying to shoot on a breakaway, feeding Mac "Attack" Jansen, giving the Chill a 3-0 lead that would last heading into the 3rd period.
Eric Drapluk (Lake Superior St) added a late goal on the powerplay, wristing one in from the blue line giving the Chill a 4-0 lead in the 3rd until Minot was able to score on a ppg as well just under for minutes later. David "Hungry Hungy Heffer" Heflin shut things down the rest of the way making 23 saves and collecting his first NAHL win 4-1.
The Chill were polar opposites on Saturday night, pardon the pun as they ran into a hot goaltender in Jake Hebda for Minot. Hebda came in as relief agains tthe Chill on Friday night when the Chill scored 3 early goals on newcomer Zach Woodman. Hebda stopped all 20 first period shots that the Chill fired on him and he finally got some scoring help from Jack McFarlane, who deked David Heflin with space just over 4 minutes in to the 1st period.
Mc Farlane struck again in the 2nd giving Minot a 2-0 lead and then added a ppg from Hunter Bergerson to go up 3-0. The Chill put on a late attack in the 2nd with Chris Hughes and Pat Steinhauser circling the net. Steinhauser wrapped around near side and pushed it past Hebda for his 1st goal with the CR with 49 ticks left in the 2nd.
With just 4:45 left in the 3rd period Ryan Jaremko found Tommy "Gun" Miller in front for a top shelf snipe that pulled the Chill to within 1 goal. Minot fans started to rumble as they had seen their team fall apart at the end of games to many times to count and then as they started to cheer for the 19 game losing streak to end, they felt the same sick feeling at the bottom of their collective stomachs as Jake Useldinger found the back of the Minot net with only 3 seconds left in regulation forcing this one to OT for the second time in four games for these two teams.
With this tremendous heart shown by the CR Chill in the 3rd period this had to be their game right? Wrong…….Minot's Denis Dalidovich received a perfect pass from Jadin Martin and weaved past the Chill D to the top of the far circle and sniped it past David Heflin 3:17 into OT for the GW, ending the miserable 19 game losing streak in fron of his home fans. The CR still took 3 of 4 points this weekend and 6 of 8 available agains the Minotauros.
Next up is the Chicago Hitmen on the road in Geneva Il at Fox Valley Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday night. Chicago trails the Coulee Region by 13 points in the Midwest Division. The Chill sit in 4th place, the last playoff spot and 5 points back of the Springfield Jr. Blues who come to the Onalaska Omni Center on Feb 17th & 18th.