By the Tribune staff | LaCrosse Tribune| Saturday, February 5, 2011
AUSTIN, Minn. – The Coulee Region Chill took advantage of two power-play opportunities on Saturday to seize control from Austin and maintain their lead in the Central Division of the NAHL.
Connor Gaarder and Micky Knox converted power-play goals in the second period to spark the Chill to a 3-1 win over the Bruins in front of 1,900 people at the Riverside Arena.
Coulee Region (25-13-4) still leads second-place Owatonna (24-15-5) by one point after the Express went to a shootout before beating Alexandria on Saturday.
Gaarder's goal, which was set up by Andrew Pitts and Matt Blomquist, tied the game at 1 before Zac Frischmon and Lucas Dillon moved the puck to Knox for the go-ahead goal at the 17-minute, 42-second mark in the second period.
Knox added another goal, his 15th, in the third to make it two straight nights with two goals. Frischmon had two assists to run his season total to 22 for the Chill, who have won eight of 10 games against Austin.
The Chill play three games against Owatonna next week, including one at home Friday.