Last week was a busy one for the Coulee Region Chill. Just three days after returning from two weeks in Alaska they had to hit the road once again for a game against Midwest Division rival Minnesota Magicians.
The first two periods were back-and-forth affairs, Nick Bowman putting home both goals for Coulee Region with the help of Connor Zilisch. Down two late in the third, the roles reversed as Zilisch scored with the help of Bowman and Marshal Plunkett on their sixth power play of the night.
That would be Coulee’s third and final goal of the night and the last chance for Emil Zetterquist to avoid the loss.
The action didn’t stop last Wednesday night. After playing both Kenai River and Fairbanks the prior two weekends, both opponents found themselves in La Crosse in Friday and Saturday night, respectively.
For the Chill it was a chance to crack the goose egg they came home with, a chance to redeem themselves on their home ice. And through the help of five different players – Matus Havrila, Andrew McGlynn, Gavin Holland, Jackson Decker, and Collin Price – the Chill sent the Brown Bears on the road with the loss.
The win not only came behind a strong effort on the offensive side but also in net; Zetterquist had a strong night, saving 40/44 shots and picking up the win.
Saturday night the offense slowed, scoring one goal thanks to the stick of Jackson Decker. The offense as a whole put up just 18 shots on Fairbanks while Zetterquist looked solid stopping 36 shots in the 1-2 loss.
This upcoming weekend proves to be crucial for the Chill going up against the Springfield Jr. Blues Thursday and Friday night. Down just 12 points from the Jr. Blues and a potential playoff spot, getting four points from Springfield would be a great step as they enter the final couple months in the 2017-18 season.