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Isaac Theisen Makes NCAA D1 Commitment

Coulee Region Chill forward Isaac Theisen has made his NCAA commitment to play D1 hockey at the Air Force Academy.

Theisen is playing in his second season with the Chill.  In his first season last year, Theisen accumulated five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 56 games played.  This season he's tallied 12 goals and 18 assists in 26 fewer games.

Due to his commitment, Theisen will no longer be participating in the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Plymouth, MI.  He'll be replaced by Chill teammate Alex Lambacher.

For the full story as well as a statement from head coach AJ Degenhardt, head over to the press realease on the NAHL website by clicking here.

Congratulations Isaac!

Florian, Theisen, Kivlenieks Heading to Top Prospects Tournament

Forwards Dom Florian and Isaac Theisen along with goalie Matiss Kivlenieks will represent the Coulee Region Chill at the 2016 Top Prospects tournament.

Florian has appeared in 26 games this season, recording a team-leading 12 goals (three game-winning goals) and 10 assists for a total of 22 points on the season. 

Theisen has found the back of the net 11 times in 33 games while contributing a team-leading 17 assists for a total of 28 points to this point.

Kivlenieks is 7-8 on the season, recording two shutouts (all in January).  His 2.45 goals-against-average leads the team and is only .001% behind teammate Hunter Vorva with a .922 save percentage.

The tournament is set to take place February 15th and 16th at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI.  Last week the coaches for each division were announced; coaching the Chill players along with the rest of the selected players from the Midwest division will be Trevor Stewart of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Corey Millen of the Minnesota Wilderness.


NAHL Sets Schedule, Team Breakdown For Top Prospects Tournament

Today the NAHL released the schedule as well as the team breakdowns for each division for the annual Top Prospects Tournament.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, is an annual tournament showcasing the top prospects throughout the entire league teaming up with opposing players throughout each division.

This year the Coulee Region Chill will be sending three players to the tournament set to take place February 15th and 16th in Plymouth, Michigan.   Top prospects head coaches have until 5pm CT on January 22nd to finalize their rosters.  The NAHL is expected to announce the rosters on Monday, January 25th on nahl.com.

The schedules for the tournament is as follows:

Monday, February 15th

Florian, Theisen Named Honorable Mentions

Forwards Dominik Florian and Isaac Theisen were named honorable mentions for their work on the ice this past weekend.

Florian, native of Vlasim, Czech Republic, was quiet in Friday nights contest against the Janesville Jets but was clutch Saturday night.  After failing to record any points the night before, Florian recorded both an assist and goal that proved to be the game winner in overtime to bring the weekend series to 1-1.  Florian now has 10 goals and nine assists in a season that started off slow due to injury.  He need 14 points to tie his point total from last year which ended at 33.

Theisen, native of Monroe, MI, had similar statistics as Florian as he also contributed a goal and an assist this past weekend.  Theisens lone assist came in the 1-4 loss on Friday night at Janesville and his goal came at the start of the 2nd period to get the Chill on the board in a game that'd eventually end in a 4-3 victory in overtime.  He, too, has 10 goals on the season to go along with 14 helpers as well, both of which are career bests in a season for the 2nd year player.

Weekend Recap: Chill Split Weekend Series With Jets

Coulee Region Chill 1, Janesville Jets 4

The first game of the home-and-home series took place at the rink of the Janesville Jets in Janesville, WI.  Janesville got off to a quick start with three goals on only 10 shots in the 1st coming from Adrian Holesinsky, Peter Bates and Kip Hoffman.  

Coulee Region tightened up ship in the 2nd and tallied one goal of their own courtesy of Matt Doran (Shane Kusmeski, Isaac Thesien assisted).  The Chill couldn’t find any offensive firepower throughout the 3rd after being forced to kill off four separate power plays throughout the frame.  Dawson DePietro scored one late for the Jets with the empty net  to give Janesville a 4-1 victory in a game that snapped a four-game win streak for the Chill.

Matiss Kivlenieks was in net for the Chill, saving 27 of 30 shots on the night.  Blake Weyrick picked up the win for the Jets with just 21 saves on 22 shots.

Coulee Region Chill 4, Springfield Jr. Blues 3

The two teams returned to La Crosse on Saturday night in what would be a back-and-forth contest throughout.  

Much like the night before, the Jets jumped on the board first with an Andrew Roye goal 16:44 into the 1st.  The Chill answered back 4:04 into the second with a goal from Isaac Theisen (Colin Theisen, Dominik Florian).  Janesville answered back quickly with a power-play goal from Holesinsky after Kuzmeski was called for a head contact.  The Chill would add two more goals throughout the 2nd period by Alex Lambacher (Justin Kendall, Nico Luka) and Phil Erickson (Kusmeski, Spencer Zweiner) finding twine, and Janesville would add another as well with Kip Hoffman connecting just under six minutes left to play before the 2nd intermission.

It was all crickets in the 3rd period with both teams tied at three apiece and that’s how they’d go into overtime.  After the Chill killed off a Kuzmeski penalty in OT Florian buried one through a small window just :48 seconds left to play before a shootout and Coulee Region split the weekend series 1-1 with a 4-3 final.

Hunter Vorva got the nod in net and picked up the win after saving 24 of 27 shots on the night.  Jack LaFontaine was given the loss for Janesville.

The Chill kick off this weekend Friday night in a game away from home against the Austin Bruins and return home Saturday night against Janesville.  Puck drops at 7pm on Saturday at Green Island Ice Arena.  Saturday will be Military night and if you have military ID you get in for FREE!

Go Chill!

Kivlenieks, Theisen Receive Honorable Mentions

Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks and forward Colin Theisen receive honorable mentions from NAHL after weekend sweep.

Kvlenieks, of Riga, Latvia, has been on a tear as of late.  Since returning to the Unites States after winning best goaltender of the tournament and leading his home country of Latvia to a Championship title of the IIHF World Junior Div. I Group A Championship he's won three games while stopping 85 of 87 shots in that span.  This last Saturdays game against the Springfield Jr. Blues he stopped all 33 shots he faced en route to his second straight shutout.

Theisen, forward from Monroe, MI, suited up for the Chill for the first time this season on Friday night and contributed right away.  His goal and assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Jr. Blues helped propel the Chill to their third consecutive win.

Weekend Recap: Chill Continue Win Streak, Sweep Jr. Blues

Coulee Region 4, Springfield Jr. Blues 2


The weekend series against the Jr. Blues started at 7pm Friday night at the Green Island Ice Arena.  The game started out slow as neither team could put a shot in net in the 1st period but the 2nd started out quick as Springfields’ Drew Richter chipped one in just :51 seconds in.  The Chill didn’t go into the 2nd intermission down, however, as Davis Zembergs (Justin Kendall assisted) tied the game at the 17:19 mark.

The third period was all about Coulee Region and their ability to get it past Jr. Blues goaltender Tommy Nappier.  Of the 12 shots throughout the period the Chill converted on three of them courtesy of newcomer Colin Theisen (Dominik Florian), Florian (C. Theisen), and Aussie Miller (Shane Kuzmeski, Joey Sofo).  

Chill goaltender Hunter Vorva allowed only two goals on 36 shots throughout the night and was awarded the 4-2 win on the night.

Coulee Region 1, Springfield Jr. Blues 0

Saturday was an all-around quiet night on the scoring side for both teams but it wasn’t quiet for either teams’ goalies.  Springfields’ Nappier was in net once again for the Jr. Blues and Matiss Kivlenieks was in net for the Chill.  The only puck that managed to find its way past either goalie was that of Joey Sofo (Alex Falconer, Shane Kuzmeski) at the 13:34 mark in the second period.

Nappier stopped a total of 46 shots on the night but it wasn’t good enough.  Kivlenieks stopped all 33 shots he faced on the night en route to his second consecutive shutout – only two on the season – and extended the Chill winning streak to four.

The Chill return to the ice Friday night in a home-and-home series with the Janesville Jets.  Friday nights game will be away in Janesville and saturdays back in La Crosse.  Puck drops at 7pm both nights!  Go Chill!


Kivlenieks Awarded 2nd Star of the Week; Luka Awarded Honorable Mention

It was certainly a big weekend for the Coulee Region Chill and it just got a little bit bigger for two well-deserving players that helped lead the boys to a sweep over the Austin Bruins and Janesville Jets this past weekend.

Matiss Kivlenieks, goalie from Riga, LAT, has had a great last month.  After being awarded the best goaltender in the tournament while playing for his home team of Latvia in the IIHF World Juniors Div. 1 Group A Championship, Kivlenieks backed up his play with a weekend that saw him save 52/54 shots including a shutout against Janesville, the first of his career.  Kivlenieks is now 5-7 on the season with a 2.73 GAA and .916 save percentage.

Nico Luka, forward from Bartlett, IL, scored two goals and an assist over the weekend.  His first goal came against the Bruins on Thursday night and his second, along with his only assist on the weekend, was scored in the 5-0 shutout against the Jets on Saturday night.  His goal against the Bruins on Thursday night proved to be the game-winning goal.

Weekend Recap: Chill Get Big Wins in Austin, Janesville

Coulee Region 5, Austin Bruins 2


This last weekends games got an early start on New Years Eve as the Chill traveled to Austin, MN to take on the Austin Bruins. In a series that has seen both teams successful at each others home ice it was going to be anybody’s game as Chill looked to finish 2015 with a win!

There was little action in the first with the exception of a goal from Justin Kendall (Larry Jungwirth assisted) to put Coulee Region up 1-0 early.  Austin made necessary adjustments during the first intermission and came out firing, scoring goals at 6:32 and 7:40 (power play) into the second frame.  Dominik Florian scored one halfway through the period to take the Bruins into the second intermission knotted up at two.

The third was all about the Chill.  Nico Luka (Davis Zembergs, Scott Corbitt), Florian, and Caleb Schroer (unassisted) all scored at 5:30, 6:52, and 16:41, respectively, in the third to give Coulee Region a 5-2 victory over their out-of-division rivals from the West.

Matiss Kivlenieks, fresh off of leading his home country of Latvia to the championship title of the IIHF World Junior Div. 1 Group A Championship and being awarded as the Best Goaltender of the Tournament, got the win after saving 28 of 30 shots through the contest.

Coulee Region 5, Janesville Jets 0

After a day off on New Years Day the Chill traveled to take on their Wisconsin divisional foe, the Janesville Jets.  

Coulee Region used their explosive third period from two nights before to take an early 2-0 lead on the Jets in the first off of goals from Aussie Miller (Alex Falconer, Shane Kuzmeski) and Florian (Theisen).  The Chill didn’t stop there as they put two more pucks in the back of the net in the second thanks to Nico Luka (Kevin Dineen, Justin Kendall) and a power play goal from Dineen (Luka).  There was no scoring in the third until Matt Doran scored – unassisted – on a power play with an empty net to move the score to 5-0.

That’s all the scoring that there’d be Saturday night as Kivlenieks stonewalled the Jets offense, saving 24/24 shots.  After this weekend he improved his GAA to 2.72 and save percentage to .916%.

The Chill are back in action as they open up their 2016 home games this Friday and Saturday night against the Springfield Jr. Blues!  Both pucks drop at 7pm.  Go Chill!

Note: Saturdays game will be a La Crosse Freeze/Coulee Region Chill doubleheader with the Freeze game starting at 3pm.  Be on the lookout for ticket deals this week!

Matiss Kivlenieks Leads Latvia to IIHF World Juniors Div. 1 Group A Championship

Current Coulee Region Chill and NAHL netminder Matiss Kivlenieks was selected as the Best Goaltender of the Tournament as he backstopped his home country of Latvia to the Championship title of the IIHF World Junior Div. I Group A Championship, held in Vienna, Austria.  Kivlenieks, a native of Riga, Latvia, led the event with a 1.71 goals against average and a 94.1% save percentage, helping Latvia win and advance to next year’s main IIHF World Junior Championships against the likes of the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, etc.

Kivlenieks returned home and started in the Chills' two wins this past weekend saving 28/30 shots last Thursday in a 5-2 win against the Austin Bruins and 24/24 shot in Saturday nights shutout against the Janesville Jets.