A Tough Start but a Great Finish

This past weekend, the Chill faced the #2 team in the division, the St. Louis Jr. Blues in a 3 game series in St. Louis. Friday night’s 7 PM game showed the Chill that the Jr. Blues meant serious business. The first period was dominated by the Jr. Blues, giving them a 2-0 lead over the Chill after one period of play. Early in the second period, the Chill cut their deficit by one with a goal from forward Brandon Ratzloff (1:02; Gadel Khismatullin). However, the Jr. Blues don’t let that last long, scoring two power-play goals in the rest of the second period to give them the 4-1 lead going into the third period. Late in the third period, the Chill are able to get their second goal of the game from defenseman Blake Holmes (13:32; Brandon Ratzloff). The Jr. Blues add an empty net goal at the end of the game to secure their 5-2 victory over the Chill.

Goalie Luke Weberg stopped 29 of 33 shots faced during the game.

The Chill were looking to redeem themselves on Saturday against the Jr. Blues, and at the start of the game it seemed like the Chill were ready to do just that. 29 seconds out of the gate, the Chill get on the board first with a goal from forward Gadel Khismatullin. The Jr. Blues tie it up near the end of the period, and both teams head to the locker room tied up 1-1. The second period was action-packed, the Jr. Blues getting their second goal of the game early in the period. Their goal followed up with two back-to-back power-play goals by the Chill from forward Thomas Magnavite (5:20; Connor Losen, Keaton Caplis) and forward Brandon Ratzloff (6:54; Brady Lindauer). Then it is all St. Louis’ game, as they score three unanswered goals in the second period that gives the Jr. Blues a 5-3 lead. A quiet third period comes and goes, giving the Jr. Blues the 5-3 win over the Chill in game two of the weekend.

Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 13 of 18 shots faced in the game.

Sunday’s game, the last game of the weekend, was the last chance for the Chill to be able to take home a couple points on the weekend before they headed home. The game started out much like the end of Saturday’s game. A no scoring first period leaves the teams locked at 0-0 going into the second period. St. Louis gets the lone tally in the second period to take the lead 1-0 after two periods of play. When the third period begins, the Chill finally erupt. Five goals, yes five, scored one after another for the Chill in the third. Scoring for the Chill included goals from captain Brady Lindauer (4:22; Toon De Schepper, Thomas Magnavite), forward Flavian Fondadouze (4:35; Gadel Khismatullin), forward Thomas Magnavite (6:33; Brady Lindauer), a second goal from Brady Lindauer (10:25; Brandon Ratzloff, Aslan Akervik), and a second goal from Flavian Fondadouze (11:35; Toon De Schepper, Blake Holmes). That gave the Chill a 5-1 lead. The Jr. Blues add two more goals at the end of the period but it wasn’t enough to come back from the Chill’s third-period domination. The final score of 5-3 in favor of the Chill give the boys two points on the weekend.

Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 29 out of 32 shots on goal and gets the win in goal for the Chill.