The Coulee Region Chill played host to the Springfield Jr. Blues over the past weekend in front of a record weekend crowd, surpassing last seasons home opening weekend and last years Steppin Out in Pink weekend. 2,200 fans were in attendence over a weekend that had a tale of two different Chill performances. Friday night the Chill went full throttle right out of the gate scoring 2 in the 1st period and getting a pair of goals out of Mac "Attack" Jansen on the night for a 5-3 victory.
Saturday night started with fireworks as well if front of the record 1,284 in attendence as Micah Ranum dropped the gloves before the opening faceoff and dropped Stewart Bell with an overhand right to start the night. The CRC even got on the board first with a Tyler Klein goal just over half way through the 1st period from Lushanko & McCartan and were tied 1-1 after 1, but then the flood gates opened on David Heflin. Springfield scored 7 unanswered goals after Klein started thing off for the Chill and registered the KO in a second period fight. The CRC were down 5-1 late in the 2nd period and Swedish Defensemen Eric Swahn wanted to give his team a lift by stirring it up with the Jr. Blues biggest player in 6'4 223 lb Tyler Rehm. Swahn admittedly had never faught before, which is not part of the European style of play, but he's also a big guy and wanted to give it a shot. It was not the wisest choice to start with Rehm, who pounded Swahn's left eye with countless shots that required him to take 30 stitches and a return visit to the hospital.
More bad news came after the game when David Ripple discovered that he had a knee injury that occured towards the end of the 3rd period when he caught a bad edge. Ripple was scheduled to play in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament in Troy MI the next 3 days. Benny Jaremko was flown out to MI to replace Ripple in the lineup and the extent of Ripples knee injury is unknown at this point.
There was one upside other than the great crowd on Saturday night and that is that the Chill along with Firefighters Credit Union & Days Hotel, raised $4,355.00 for area fire departments with the sale of those special jerseys worn over this weekend's games.
The Coulee Region Chill would like to thank all the fans that came out to the Omni Center this past weekend!