Chill gets win in Austin again

AUSTIN, Minn.—Lucas Dillon and the Coulee Region Chill have the Austin Bruins’ number this season.

Dillon scored his fourth game-winning goal against Austin in six meetings this season, leading the Chill to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Friday night.

Coulee Region is 5-1 against Austin. The Chill have won three straight and are 16-7-2 overall.

Dillon, a 20-year-old forward from Thief River Falls, Minn., has scored two game-winning goals in the third period and one in overtime against the Bruins this winter.

With the game tied 2-2 on Friday, Dillon put the Chill ahead for good with 1 minute, 25 seconds left in the third off assists from Zac Frischmon and Ben Gislason.

Austin took a 1-0 lead in the second period before Coulee Region’s David Ripple tied it on the power play, with assists to Dillon and Frischmon. 

The Chill took the lead early in the third on a Jake Useldinger goal, then Cory Ellis tied it midway, setting the stage for Dillon’s goal.

Coulee Region goaltender Paul Moberg made his 20th start and improved to 12-6-2, but had to work for the win. He stopped 42 of 44 shots, including all 18 in the first period and 16 of 17 in the third.

The Chill moved into second place in the NAHL Central Division with 34 points, one behind Bismarck. Austin hosts Coulee Region again tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Chill are at Janesville on Sunday, then return home for three straight games Dec. 30-Jan. 1.