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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!

NAHL Showcase Less Than 2 weeks Away!

 

 

 

 

The 15th annual NAHL Showcase, begins in less than two weeks and will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota from September 20-23, 2017. All 23 NAHL teams will play regular-season games at the Showcase, which is junior hockey’s most prominent and popular event of the entire season.

One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. A record number of 305 players made an NCAA commitment during the 2016-17 season, with 70% of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
The NAHL is also pleased to announce that the United States National Team Development Program 17-Team (NTDP) is playing two games at the NAHL Showcase as part of the event. On Friday, September 22nd they will face off against the Austin Bruins and on Saturday, September 23rd, the will face the Minnesota Magicians. The NAHL and the NTDP have a rich and productive history together, as the NTDP was a full-time member of the NAHL from 1997-2009 and has been a regular part of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The NTDP and NAHL will once again team up for the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on February 26-27, 2018.
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All NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase from September 21-24. Now entering its ninth season, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I teams that compete in the 18U, 16U and 15U levels. The event will also feature 16 additional teams from the Tier I, High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). This marks the third straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnership between the NAHL and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts.  For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.
The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.

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.