Coulee Region entered this past weekend with just one game on the schedule: a rematch against the Janesville Jets who they’d just played and fell to twice the previous weekend.
Over a month into the season both teams found themselves Saturday night on different ends of the Midwest Division, an irrelevant statistic when both teams hit the ice. At the same time both teams couldn’t find the back of the net in a contest that saw zero goals scored in the first period. The only action from the opening frame was a minor hooking penalty on Janesville.
Things were much of the same in the second period, too. Coulee Region were on the end of three minor penalties, the third of which resulted in a late-period Jets goal to take a 1-0 lead. But it was the Janesville penalty with just 22 seconds left before the second intermission that set the tone for the rest of the game.
Just 1:20 into the final period Connor Zilisch tied the game 1-1 with assists from Brandon Koch and Tomas Vochozka. Zilisch’s goal game with just 18 seconds left on their second power play of the game.
The goal sparked something on the Chill bench; just over a minute later West Salem native Bailey Martin (Koch) scored to give Coulee the lead over their in-state rival. Another power play goal at the 13:19 mark by Nick Bowman (Koch, Jacob Dirks) was the only insurance the Chill would need, winning 3-1 for their first home win of the season.
While Bailey and Koch came home with the first and second star of the night, respectively, it was Emil Zetterquist that stole the show in net. The native from Stockholm, Sweden proved his pad skills are much better than his t-shirt tossing skills, stopping 42/43 shots over the course of 60 minutes en route to his second win of the season.
Chill fans get a treat this weekend with Coulee Region sticking around for a third weekend in a row, hosting the Brookings Blizzard Friday and Saturday night at the Green Island Ice Arena.