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Coulee Region picks up first win of season in weekend split

The 2017-18 North American Hockey League season isn’t even a month old yet but the Coulee Region Chill just cracked the win column for the first time. And they did it in impressive fashion this past Saturday night in Cloquet against the Minnesota Wilderness.

First things first, though, was the matchup on Friday night. The Chill and Wilderness went head-to-head for the first time on the season in what’s an out-of-division matchup with the Chill located in the Midwest Division and the Wilderness in the Central.

Often with the home team, the Wilderness came out fresh and ready to play from the drop of the opening puck, scoring just 59 seconds in. Emil Zetterquist got the call in net for Coulee Region but the 4+ hour trek North looked to play a factor right out of the gate.

The second period was when the Chill made the most of their noise as Andy McGlynn (Tyler Ebner, Marshal Plunkett) scored on a power play in the first three minutes of the period. The rest of the game was all Wilderness, scoring two more goals throughout the contest.

Zetterquist, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, saw a lot of action throughout, 43 shots total – but picked up the loss.

Saturday night is what head coach Ryan Egan has been waiting for. With just eight returning players from last years team it’s taken some time for the new crew to get the feel for one another. In the first period it was two newcomers – Nick Bowman (Jacob Dirks, Brandon Koch) and Connor Szmul (Koch, Tomas Vochozka) – that got Coulee Region on the board.

In the second and third periods is when the Chill veterans took over. Matt Hines (Pontus Jigemark) and Tyler Ebner (McGlynn, Billy Duma) both scored in the second to put Coulee Region up 4-0 and Duma (McGlynn, Plunkett) finished the scoring out in the third.

After the tough loss on Friday night Zetterquist came back to stonewall the now 3-5-1 Wilderness, saving 35/35 shots on the night.

This weekend the Chill return home for the first time since last season’s home playoff loss to the Janesville Jets to face, you guessed it, the Jets. Saturday nights opener starts at 7pm with the Sunday matchup at 4pm. You can order your tickets by clicking here.

Go Chill!

Former Chill goalie Kivlenieks signs NHL contract

The Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL) have signed former NAHL and Coulee Region Chill goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to a three-year Entry Level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Kivlenieks, 20, spent the 2015-16 campaign with the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), posting a 16-10-1 record with a 2.41 GAA, .925 SV% and two shutouts in 29 games played. He finished fifth in the league in SV% and 12th in GAA.
The Riga, Latvia native was also selected to and played in the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the Midwest Division team.  During that season, Kivlenieks committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Minnesota State-Mankato.
This past season, Kivlenieks went 36-7-4-2 with a 1.85 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and five shutouts in 49 games to help the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers capture the 2016-17 Anderson Cup as the league’s regular season champions.
He was named the USHL’s Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year and to the First All-Star Team after leading the league in wins, GAA, SV%, shutouts (tied) and finishing second in minutes played (2,991). His GAA was the second lowest mark for a season in USHL Tier 1 history and his SV% was the second highest in USHL Tier 1 history.
He led the Musketeers in the playoffs to Game 5 of the Clark Cup final before falling 2-1 in overtime of the deciding game. He finished the postseason with an 8-3-2 record, 2.08 GAA, .925 SV% and two shutouts in 13 contests, leading the USHL in minutes played (807) and ranking second in shutouts and third in GAA and SV%.
The 6-2, 184-pound netminder has represented Latvia at several international tournaments. He was named the best goaltender at consecutive IIHF Division I Group A World Junior Championships after leading Latvia to a bronze medal in 2015 with a 1.75 GAA and .928 SV% and to a gold medal in 2016 with tournament-bests in GAA (1.71) and SV% (.941).

Schroer makes his D1 commitment to Northern Michigan University

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Caleb Schroer has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Northern Michigan University.
Schroer, 21, had his career-best season in 2016-17. The native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, finished tied for 3rd in NAHL scoring this season with 67 points (26 goals, 41 assists) in 59 games played. He was named the Midwest Division Most Valuable Player and Forward of the Year for his efforts, along with being named to the All-NAHL 2nd Team.
Schroer (5’9/168) also had three points in three playoff games.
“The Coulee Region Chill organization is very excited for Caleb and his commitment to the University of Northern Michigan. Caleb has worked very hard for this opportunity and that work has paid off this year as he played a large role in our on ice success.  We wish Caleb the best of luck and we know that coach Potulny and his staff will be happy to call Caleb a Wildcat,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
Schroer has spent three seasons playing in the NAHL. He made is NAHL debut in 2014-15 with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The 2015-16 season began with Fairbanks, where he was then traded to Coulee Region after 10 games. In 136 career NAHL games, Schroer has recorded 97 career points.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Schroer played three seasons for Wisconsin Rapids High School.
“I’m excited for this great opportunity and am going to go in and work as hard as I can every day to prove I belong,” said Schroer.
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Chill return home with threat of elimination

The opening round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs pitted the Chill against their divisional rival in the Janesville Jets. The first game of the best-of-five series played out in Janesville Friday night where there were no shortage of fireworks. The game was opened with a Jets goal in only 14 seconds. This goal was answered by both Caleb Schroer (Kendall, Doran) on a power play and Steven Quagliata (McGlynn) scoring before the first period came to a close to give the Chill a 2-1 lead. A second-period goal for the Jets tied the game up where it stayed until Janesville scored with 3 minutes left in regulation. The Jets held the lead which handed Brad Arvanitis the loss after saving 38 of 41 shots. The Chill’s shot total proves a unique statistic as the team’s two goals came in the period with only 6 shots on goal and couldn’t find the net in the following two periods where 26 shots on goal were registered.

 

In game 2 the following night, Janesville brought its offensive firepower right off the bat scoring two goals in the first period separated by a goal from Billy Duma (McGlynn, Bryant). The last regulation goal was put in by Matt Doran 38 game minutes later to bring the score to a 2-2 tie. The first overtime went by without a score leading to the second overtime period. The Chill struggled offensively in this final period only adding 4 shots to their total compared to 12 from Janesville. Ultimately, a poorly-timed penalty for the Chill led to a power-play goal from Janesville to clinch the win and put Coulee Region in a 2-0 hole in the series.

 

This coming weekend the Chill will fight for their survival at home where they hold a 3-3 record facing the Midwest Division powerhouse. The Chill will host game 3 (and game 4 if necessary) on Friday and potentially Saturday night. The puck will drop on a crucial game 3 Friday night at 7:00 at Green Island Ice Arena and will start at the same time Saturday night if game 4 is needed. In the case of the Chill knocking off the Jets for both of these games, the fifth and final game of the series will take place at 7:00 Sunday night in Janesville.

Chill firing on all cylinders in final month of regular season

Coulee Region took advantage of a full weekend on home ice as the Chill won against the Magicians before taking two wins over the Jr. Blues. Thursday night’s contest saw the Chill host the Magicians who they had struggled against this season with a 4-6 record coming into the game. The Chill dominated the Magicians following a 1-1 first period with 6 goals in the final two periods. Kevin Dineen (2) (Kendall, Doran) (Theisen, Quagliata) led the scoring for the Chill with other goals scored by Joey Sofo (Schmidt-Svejstrup, Schroer), Isaac Theisen (Plunkett, Dineen), Justin Kendall (Theisen, Doran), Taylor Trapp (Kendall, Schroer), and Caleb Schroer. The 7-1 victory showed the strength of the Chill’s special teams units with a power-play and two short-handed goals. Brad Arvanitis saved 33 of the Magicians’ 34 shots en route to his 8th win of the season. Arvanitis now holds a .945 save percentage when facing the Magicians this season.

The Chill followed this win with two games against the Springfield Jr. Blues in the following two nights. The first game was a 4-3 win as Joe Marcoullier held off the Jr. Blues offense as the Chill led for all but 15 minutes and 21 seconds of the game. His 37 saves picked up the win which brings him to 11-4 on the season. Andy McGlynn (Duma, Martin) netted his 10th goal with the Chill this season. Also scoring were Taylor Trapp (Stevens, Plunkett), Joey Sofo (Plunkett, McGlynn), and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (Sofo, Carlson).

A back-and-forth battle in the Chill’s final game of the weekend came as the Chill and Jr. Blues exchanged goal after goal. Isaac Theisen (Kendall, Dineen), Shay Donovan (Schroer, Decker), and Caleb Schroer (Schmidt-Svejstrup, Sofo) scored for the Chill in regulation before Jacob Schmidt-Svestrup (Plunkett, Sofo) scored an overtime goal to pick up the 4-3 victory. Joe Marcoullier stopped the Jr. Blues once again with the win after saving 41 of 44 shots. Joey Sofo also reached the 20-assist mark on the season with two assists in the final period and in overtime.

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The red-hot Chill will continue their playoff push when they travel to Janesville Thursday night to use their momentum in the hopes of giving the Jets their 3rd loss in a row.  Following this road trip, the Chill will return home to face the Austin Bruins on Friday evening before traveling to Austin the following night. Friday night’s home contest for the Chill will begin with a puck drop at 7:00 at Green Island Ice Arena.

The Chill wrap up a successful road trip to Alaska

The Coulee Region Chill found themselves 5th in the standings amongst Midwest Division teams at the start last weekend. While they’re still on the outside looking in, things are starting to heat up as teams make a push for the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

After splitting the series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the Chill traveled to Kenai River for a series with the Brown Bears. Friday night was all Chill; after the Brown Bears scored late in the 1st period, Coulee Region wasted no time in responding. Justin Kendall (Kevin Dineen, Jackson Decker) and Joey Sofo (Caleb Schroer, Steven Quagliata) both scored in the final 1:06 of the 1st to put the Chill up 2-1 heading into the 2nd frame.

From there it was all Chill as they scored eight more goals over the final two periods. Sofo (Taylor Trapp, Matt Doran) and Trapp (Decker, Schroer) both scored in the 2nd period, Isaac Theisen (Schroer, Ryan Carlson; Dineen, Quagliata) scored two in the 3rd while Kendall (Carlson, Trapp), Bailey Martin (Billy Duma, Cale List), Schroer (Sofo, Trapp), and Dineen (Quagliata, Martin) finished out the scoring for Coulee Region.

Brad Arvanitis picked up the win for the Chill after saving 32-of-33 shots in the contest.

Like the night before, Kenai River jumped on the Chill first on Saturday night, scoring in the 1st period. Sofo (Decker, Doran) tied the game 5:46 into the 2nd period. The Brown Bear were able to tie it soon after but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Quagliata (Dineen, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup) and Schroer (Marshal Plunkett, Doran) gave Coulee Region a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period.

The Chill didn’t stop scoring goals after the 2nd; Theisen (Schroer, Shay Donovan), Martin (Duma) and Kendall (Schroer, Doran) all added to the lead as Coulee Region went on to win by a score of 6-2.

In net again, Arvanitis picked up his 7th win on the season with another solid showing in net saving 37-of-39 shots.

After the weekend sweep of the Brown Bears, the Chill are just one point behind the Springfield Jr. Blues heading into this weekend. With a win over the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday they could be in the driver’s seat as they host the Jr. Blues in a two-game series – at home – Friday and Saturday. The two games will be the first-of-three different weekend series the two divisional opponents will play throughout the last month of the regular season.

Puck drops at 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Friday night’s game is presented by Organic Valley while Saturday night’s game is presented by Courtesy Corporation – McDonald’s.

Go Chill!

Chill players wrap up 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

For Coulee Region Chill players Kevin Dineen, Joey Sofo, and Steven Quagliata the 2017 Top Prospects Tournament has come to a close.  All three players were representing the Midwest Division of the North American Hockey League.

Monday was big for forwards Dineen and Sofo.  Both scored a point with Dineen’s coming as an assist on Sofo’s goal.  The Midwest, however, fell to the Central Division, 2-4.  On Tuesday the Midwest fell again by a score of 2-4, this time by the hands of the East Division.  No Chill players reached the box score in Tuesday’s action.

Over 220 NHL and NCAA Hockey Scouts were in attendance for day one of the tournament that took place in Plymouth, Michigan.  The tournament continues to be a great platform year-in and year-out for players to get added exposure in front of scouts.

The three Chill players partaking in the tournament will join the rest of the team as they leave Wednesday morning for Alaska to play the and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Kenai River Brown Bears the next two weekends.

Sofo, Quagliata, Dineen invited to NAHL Top Prospects Tournament

Forwards Joey Sofo and Kevin Dineen along with defenseman Steven Quagliata have been invited to participate in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

Sofo is in his 3rd full season in the NAHL and 2nd with the Coulee Region Chill.  The Sylvania, OH native has a team-leading 19 goals and 12 assists through just 37 games this season.  With 21 games left to play he’s already surpassed his total points total of 21 last season.

Like Sofo, Dineen is in his 2nd season with the Chill after coming to La Crosse via trade around the New Years mark last year.  Dineen leads the team in both assists (25) and points (37) through 37 played games.

Quagliata, too, has a few years of NAHL experience under his belt.  Statistically he’s enjoying his best year so far; entering the season with a season high of three goals, Quagliata currently sits at eight on the season.  His 23 points (15 assists) are tied for a career high.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is set to begin Monday, February 27th in Plymouth, MI.  Sofo, Dineen, and Quagliata will begin play at 1pm on the 27th and finish the tournament the following day at 11am.

Chill and Magicians split weekend set, Bruins up next

A Friday-night thriller saw a back-and-forth game between the Coulee Region Chill and Minnesota Magicians. Caleb Schroer (McGlynn, List) closed out the first period with a goal after a pair of Magician power play goals to start the game. Matt Doran (Schroer, McGlynn) and Isaac Theisen (Plunkett) kept the momentum going to put the Chill up 3-2 before another Minnesota goal tied the game going into the third. Alex Falconer (Plunkett, Martin) and Kevin Dineen (Doran, Quagliata) added two more goals to put the game out of reach before a final Magician goal left the final score as a 5-4 Chill victory. Joe Marcoullier got the win for the Chill stopping 44 of 48 shots.

The following night saw only a single goal from Joey Sofo (Schroer, Donovan) despite Coulee Region’s 41 shots on the evening including 17 in the third period. Three Minnesota goals evened out the weekend series with a 3-1 Chill loss.

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This coming weekend sees a home and home series as the Chill travel to Austin Friday night to back to Green Island on Saturday night with a 7:00 puck drop at Green Island Ice Arena.

Chill drop home game to Bruins, pair on road to Jr. Blues

It was a rough weekend for the Coulee Region Chill who have lost four consecutive games for the first time this season.  The Chill were home this past Thursday as they took on the Austin Bruins.  Things started out well as forward Larry Jungwirth opened the contest with a goal in the first period (Doran, Plunkett).  Fellow forward Joey Sofo added to the total with a goal in the second (Carlson, Schroer) to give the Chill a 2-0 lead before Austin responded with four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead in the third.  Coulee Region forward Simon Sagissor brought the Chill within one midway through the third, but it was not enough as Austin added another late goal on an empty netter with six seconds left giving the Bruins a 5-3 road victory.

The Coulee Region Chill dropped the opener of their two game road series against the Springfield Jr. Blues Friday night at the Nelson Center in Springfield, IL.  It was a close contest throughout with the game. Both teams were tied at 2 a piece heading into the third period before forward Max Nylander gave the Jr. Blues the lead for good with a goal in the third as the Chill fell 3-2.

Saturday’s contest featured a slow start for the Chill as they surrendered three goals in the first.  Forward Kevin Dineen attempted to bring his team back with a pair of goals in the second (Sagissor, Sofo) (Theisen, Schroer), but it was not enough as Springfield added another goal in the third en route to a 5-3 victory.  

Chill look to rebound vs Magicians in home-and-home series

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The Coulee Region Chill will take the road to face the Minnesota Magicians this Friday night as they look to halt their four game skid.  Both teams have been evenly matched this year, splitting the season series 3-3.  Game time for Friday’s matchup is at 7:15 pm at the Richfield Ice Arena.

The Chill will return home this Saturday as they play host to their neighboring state rivals the Minnesota Magicians.  Coulee Region will look to gain ground in the Midwest Division, as they are currently eight points behind Minnesota.  Puck drop is slated for 7 pm at the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse, WI.