The Chill headed up to Blaine, MN this weekend to take part in the NA3HL Showcase. The Showcase consisted of all 36 NA3HL teams playing three days against other teams in the league that they might not get the chance to play. It also gives a central location for NAHL scouts, college scouts, and college coaches to watch all of the players and get a chance to talk with them. The Showcase opens up many great opportunities for the NA3HL players to move up to the next level.
Sunday was the first day of the Showcase and the Chill were matched up against the Long Beach Sharks from NY for game 1. There was no stopping the Chill from the moment the puck dropped. The first period, Brady Lindauer (2:52; Matt Janke, Blake Holmes) started things off on their first power play of the game. Flavien Fondadouze (10:46; Thomas Magnavite) strikes next on another power play. Brady Lindauer gets his second of the game (12:00; Brandon Ratzloff) followed by an unassisted goal from Donny Schultz at 13:32. Brady Lindauer completes his hat-trick on another power play (15:19; Toon De Schepper) followed up once again with a goal from Flavien Fondadouze (16:31; Blake Holmes). Brady Lindauer adds goal number four to his points for the night with 9 seconds left in the period and the Chill head to the locker room after the first period with a 7-0 lead over Long Beach. The second period isn’t much different than the first, the Chill getting the scoring started right out of the gate with power-play goal from Thomas Magnavite (2:57; Connor Losen). Brady Lindauer goal number five comes at the 5:10 mark of the second with the assist from Thomas Magnavite. Next, Chase McLaughlin tees one up on the blue line and scores (6:26; Brock Zukowski) followed by a goal from Christopher Drews (8:39; Gadel Khismatullin), his first of the season. Thomas Magnavite gets his second of the game next (9:44; Brady Lindauer), then Chase McLaughlin adds another absolute beauty bar down goal at 10:47 of the second with an assist from Matt Janke. The Sharks finally get on the board in the second period but the Chill continue to dominate on the ice, getting an unassisted goal from Gadel Khismatullin at 16:03 and Brady Lindauer gets his second hat-trick of the game (18:14; Blake Holmes) to round out the scoring in the second period. The Chill lead 15-1 going to the locker room. The third period slows down in scoring to finish up the game, Thomas Magnavite completes his hat-trick early in the third period (2:37; Brady Lindauer) and Brady Lindauer finishes the game with his seventh goal at 18:12 of the third period and the Chill end day one of the Showcase with an astonishing 17-1 win over the Long Beach Sharks. Final shots on goal were 60-10 in favor of the Chill.
Goalie Gunnar Snyder gets the win in net, stopping 9 of 10 shots faced.
Game 2 of the Showcase began with an early start for the Chill with a 10:15 AM puck drop against the Atlanta Capitals. The Chill get the lone goal of the first period from Aslan Akervik (5:19; Donny Schultz, Toon De Schepper). The two teams battle the rest of the period but the Chill hold strong and head to the locker room after the first period with a 1-0 lead. The second period gives the Capitals a chance to tie it up, but the Chill are able to take back their lead with a second goal from Aslan Akervik on the power play (11:48; Blake Holmes, Connor Losen). The second period ends with the Chill still holding a 2-1 lead over the Capitals. The third period begins and Blake Holmes adds another goal for the Chill just 34 seconds in with a one-timer from the point (Brady Lindauer, Brandon Ratzloff). Matt Janke is up next on the scoring run at 2:54 of the period (Brady Lindauer, Blake Holmes) and then Matt Janke again at 5:52 (Toon De Schepper, Brandon Ratzloff). The Atlanta Capitals spring to life, scoring three goals of their own to make it 5-4. Thomas Magnavite seals the win with 14 seconds left of the game with assists from Brandon Ratzloff and Blake Holmes. The Chill get the 6-4 win over the Atlanta Capitals and their second win of the Showcase.
Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping 19 of 23 shots faced.
Game 3 of the Showcase, the Chill faced the Alexandria Blizzard in the last game of the day at the Super Rink. Thomas Magnavite gets the Chill on the board first (8:12; Brady Lindauer). At 15:16 of the first period, Brady Lindauer (Toon De Schepper, Matt Janke) adds another to the board for the Chill. Near the end of the first, Donny Schultz makes it 3-0 (Aslan Akervik) and the Chill head to the locker room with the lead. The second period begins and Alexandria scores a short-handed goal just 1:09 into the period. It takes until midway through the period for the Chill to answer back, with another goal from Brady Lindauer. At the 17:44 mark of the second period, Brandon Ratzloff scores after a long puck possession by the Chill (Blake Holmes, Brady Lindauer). The Chill go to the locker room after two periods of play with a 5-1 lead. The third period gives Alexandria a chance to score on a power play, making it 5-2. Alsan Akervik seals the win with a goal at 11:45 in the third with an assist from Toon De Schepper. The Chill head home with a 6-2 win over the Alexandria Blizzard and leaving the Showcase as one of only nine teams that remained undefeated over the three days.
Goalie Michael Janke gets the win in net in his first start for the Chill.
The Chill are off for the holiday break, they will be back in action with a three-game homestand against the Evansville Jr. Thunderbolts Jan. 4th, 5th, and 6th at Green Island Ice Arena.