Rick Solem | LaCrosse Tribune | Thursday, November 25, 2010
A year ago Keegan Asmundson was their goalie. Traded in May, Asmundson, for the second time this season, was back facing his old team Thursday and it was his former teammates that prevailed.
Asmundson was good, saving 40 for Austin, but Coulee Region Chill goalie Aaron Davis was better. Davis saved 36 shots in his fourth career game and led the Chill to a 5-1 win at the OmniCenter. After Davis survived four Chill penalties and 20 shots on goal in the second period, Coulee Region coach Garrett Strot knew his young goalie would be alright.
"They had those flurries, but that's one thing he's really good at, tracking the puck and you could see he was on it tonight," Strot said. "He played with a lot of confidence. He saw everything. He played relaxed."
Davis was nervous, up just 2-1 midway through the third period. Then the Chill put up three unanswered goals and Davis had a hard time containing himself.
"I was going nuts out there," Davis said. "I was celebrating 10 times harder than when I was on the bench after those goals."
The goalies put on a show in the first two periods, but the play of the game was the goal that ultimately decided the outcome. Right in front of Asmundson, David Ripple dumped the puck between his legs to Lucas Dillon, who slapped it in from six feet out.
"I yelled for it, and he knew exactly where I was," Dillon said. "He was falling over at the time, the (defense) was right on his back and he just dropped it right on the tape."
Zac Frischmon, who also assisted on that goal, opened the scoring 32 seconds in to the second period before the Chill (12-6-2) put it away in the third. Berkley Scott scored on a one-timer from Eric Drapluk and Connor Gaarder with 5:44 remaining in the game. Nine seconds later, the Chill had a three-goal lead when Chris Hughes found Jake Useldinger for another score. Useldinger found the back of the net again with 1:45 left for his second goal of the game and season.
"We started playing physical," Dillon said of the third period, "and when we do that, good things start to happen for us."