By the Tribune staff | LaCrosse Tribune | Saturday, December 18, 2010
AUSTIN, Minn. — The Coulee Region Chill ran out of steam in the third period Saturday and lost for just the second time since Thanksgiving, 5-3 to the Austin Bruins.
Coulee Region plays at Janesville at 2 p.m. today before a 10-day holiday break.
The Chill (16-8-2) won at Austin in Friday’s weekend series opener, giving them five wins in six games. Coulee Region then took a 1-0 lead in the first period Saturday on Connor Gaarder’s goal.
But Austin (9-17-1) scored three goals in a 6½ minute span in the second period to take a two-goal lead.
The Chill evened the score as Zac Frischmon buried his 19th goal of the year and Gaarder added his second of the game and 11th of the season.
Austin didn’t allow Coulee Region to keep its momentum, as Alex Tesensky scored 19 seconds after Gaarder to give Austin a 4-3 lead.
Jordan Greenberg added an empty-net goal for the Bruins.
Coulee Region’s Aaron Davis stopped 37 shots in the loss.