Davis posts shutout as Chill wins hockey season opener

By the Tribune Staff | LaCrosse Tribune | Wednesday, September 14, 2011


BLAINE, Minn. — Aaron Davis stopped 28 shots for his first career shutout and Jimmy Hughes scored two goals as the Coulee Region Chill opened the season with a

4-0 victory over the Jamestown Ironmen in the NAHL Showcase Tournament on Wednesday.

Coulee Region scored all four of its goals in the third period.

“I’m really happy with the way we played,” Chill coach Garrett Strot said. “We played hard and moved the puck well. We kept plugging away and finally something went in and I thought we’d get a couple more after that.”

Davis played in 19 games last season as a rookie backup to Paul Moberg, going 11-4-1 with a 3.13 GAA. Sixteen of the 28 shots he faced Tuesday came in the third period.

“It was really big for him, his first shutout, and he played really well,” Strot said. “We had a couple breakdowns and he was right there. I think he’s going to be one of the better goalies in the league.”

Hughes scored at 1 minute, 37 seconds of the third period to make it 1-0. The Chill kept going on goals from Tommy Miller, Hughes and David Ripple’s empty-netter.

Three rookie players, Pavel Rott, Mac Jansen and Ryan Jaremko, had assists.

The Chill play Dawson Creek at 10:30 a.m. today.