SBK HOCKEY/CENTRAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
David Ripple – Coulee Region Chill
Coulee Region forward David Ripple struck for two goals and three assists as the Chill skated to a 2-0-1 record. On Thursday, the Winter Springs, Fla., native tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Alexandria Blizzard. The next night, the 19-year-old picked up two assists as Coulee Region fell to Janesville in a shootout, 5-4. Rippled scored another goal in the Chill’s 2-1 triumph over the Jets on New Year’s Day. He was also a plus-3 for the week.
“David is getting better each game,” said Chill head coach Garrett Strot. “He plays a physical game and likes to play in front of the net, and he always knows where his linemates are to get them the puck.”
SBK HOCKEY/GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK
Paul Moberg – Coulee Region Chill
Coulee Region goaltender Paul Moberg backstopped the Chill to a 1-0-1 record against Janesville in his two starts last week, turning aside 83 of 88 shots. On New Year’s Eve, the Forest Lake, Minn., native made 52 saves in regulation and overtime and four of five in the shootout in a 5-4 loss. The next night, the 19-year-old Air Force Academy recruit stopped 31 shots as the Chill bested the Jets, 2-1.
“Paul has been playing very well all year,” said Chill head coach Garrett Strot. “Last weekend, he was really focused and poised and we’re looking for him to have an even better second half of the season.”