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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.