By Rick Solem | La Crosse Tribune | Saturday, November 13, 2010
It took 52 seconds for the Austin Bruins to get on the board. A few minutes later, they had the Coulee Region Chill down two. That was enough for the Chill, who followed with six unanswered goals and won the NAHL contest 7-4 on Saturday night.
“It was a sluggish start, but we got stronger as the game went on,” Coulee Region coach Garrett Strot said.
The win in front of 903 fans at the OmniCenter pulled the Chill to 3-3 during their inaugural homestand. They are 10-4-2 overall and head back on the road until Nov. 25.
“‘It’s really important to be tough on your home ice,” Coulee Region’s Zac Frischmon said. “It’s nice to get on a roll here.”
Like the Bruins (6-11) did in the first period, Frischmon followed in the second, scoring within the first minute to tie things up. It was his third game in a row with a goal and sixth in a row with at least a point.
“He’s been basically that from day one,” Strot said. “There haven’t been many games where he’s been shut out.”
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Blaine, Minn., native has recorded nine points over the past six games, including three points Saturday. He’s only been shut out three times this season, but he could care less if he’s scoring as long as the Chill keeps winning.
“It’s nice getting the points, but obviously I owe that to my team,” Frischmon said. “I’d be nothing without them.”
After his tying goal, Frischmon and Ben Jaremko assisted Connor Gaarder for the go-ahead score midway through the second period. After that, the rout was on — for awhile — but it wasn’t just the offense that helped the Chill come back.
Chill goalie Paul Moberg was inspiring in the second period. He elicited “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from the fans with a pair of glove saves from point-blank shots. He finished with 29 saves.
“He’s, in my opinion, the best goalie in the league,” said Lucas Dillon, who has scored a pair of goals in the past two games. “It’s nice to know you have a goalie that can stop pretty much anything that’s coming.”
Austin made things interesting down the stretch with a pair of goals to pull within 6-4, but then Dillon shut the door with another goal. It was a rebound goal after the Chill sent two off the post.
“Lucas Dillon has been one of our best players the last four games,” Strot said.
The win was the third in a row for the Chill, coming on the heels of a four-game losing streak.
“You have to win at home,” Strot said. “Hopefully that’s the only three we do lose at home, though in our league, that will be tough to do.”