With a 4-point lead over the Springfield Jr. Blues with two extra games in hand and one week left in the season, the Chill started last week’s trio of games against Janesville whose last meeting led to a 1-0 Chill shutout win. An explosive first period yielded five goals, only two of which were scored by the Chill. Justin Kendall (Duma, Schroer) and Andy McGlynn (Duma, Martin) got on the board for the Chill before another Janesville score was answered by a Caleb Schroer (Kendall, Plunkett) power-play goal to bring Coulee Region within a goal of the tie. An empty-net, power-play goal for the Jets in the final minute secured the final at 5-3 in favor of the Jets. Joe Marcoullier was saddled with the loss after allowing only 4 goals on 36 shots.
Springfield came into town the following night for the first of four remaining games between the two squads looking for the Midwest Division’s final playoff spot. A tie game after the first period was blown wide open through the final two periods. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (Schroer, Doran), Billy Duma (Carlson, McGlynn), Caleb Schroer (Schmidt-Svejstrup, Sofo), and Isaac Theisen (Dineen), Kevin Dineen (2) (Decker, Quagliata) (Sofo, Doran) scored before the Jr. Blues pulled their goalie with five minutes remaining. Justin Kendall (Doran, Theisen) and Marshal Plunkett (Trapp) both capitalized on this as the Chill coasted to an 8-3 victory with Brad Arvanitis picking up the win. The win gave the Chill the ultimate tie-breaker for a playoff spot and they secured the #4 and final spot in the Midwest Division for the Robertson Cup playoffs.
In Saturday night’s contest the Chill jumped out to an early lead with a pair of Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (Doran, Quagliata) (Sofo) goals in the first two minutes. After a pair of Jr. Blues goals tied the game at two a piece, Kevin Dineen (Theisen, Quagliata) broke the tie in the second period before Schmidt-Svejstrup (Quagliata, Decker) captured a hat trick to put the Chill up two once again. Brad Arvanitis allowed two goals in the final period to send the game to overtime. Caleb Schroer posted the game winning goal with the assist from Qualiata.
In the final week of the regular season, the Chill will play for momentum with an outside chance of winning out with the Minnesota Magicians losing their remaining two games to move the Chill up into the 3rd seed in the Midwest. The Chill will host Janesville once again on Thursday night before traveling to Springfield for another pair against the Jr. Blues to close out the regular season on Friday and Saturday nights. The puck will drop at Green Island Ice Arena at 7:00 Thursday night.