The busy month of February got off to a solid start for the Coulee Region Chill. Sitting ten points out of a playoff berth they’ll need to continue winning over the course of the next seven games to have a chance for a push in March, the final full month of the NAHL season.
The team they’re chasing for that final spot, the Springfield Jr. Blues, were welcomed to La Crosse last Thursday and Friday night and walked out of the rink with two losses to their resume.
Coulee Region put up seven goals Thursday night with both teams trading two goals a piece through the first two periods. The player of the night was forward Tyler Ebner; a La Crosse native, Ebner had his best night in the North American Hockey League. He secured his first career hat trick, ending the night with a single-game career-high three points.
Friday night’s victory wasn’t as flashy on the offensive side of the puck for Coulee Region, winning 4-1, but was dominated by Emil Zetterquist between the pipes. After saving 39/43 shots the night before he followed it up with a 47/48 saves Friday night.
The sweep didn’t cap the weekend with the Chill having a date with the Janesville Jets, an in-state rival sitting second in the Midwest Divisional standings.
After scoring 11 combined goals the two nights prior Coulee Region scored just one off the stick of Collin Price on Saturday night. It was the team’s lone goal off the power play in which they had seven total chances compared to just four for Janesville. Josh Graziano gave way to Zetterquist for the night saving 27/29 shots.
It’s a 2-1 start for the Chill in February and this week they’re slated for a road series against Springfield, looking to continue to gain ground on the fourth and final Robertson Cup playoff spot.