NAHL Central Division finals preview: (2) Coulee Region vs. (4) Bismarck

By the Tribune Staff | LaCrosse Tribune | Thursday, April 14, 2011


Key player vs. Chill: F Matthew Gates — Gates led Bismarck in scoring during the regular season (27-31-58), including six goals in seven games against the Chill. Gates has a team-best three playoff goals. Bismarck will lean on Gates for more points in this series.

Bismarck playoff leaders: Scoring—D Daniel Ray (1-4-5); F Matthew Gates (3-1-4); F Daniel Zawacki (1-3-4); F Tyler Richter (0-4-4). Goaltending—Tommy Burke (2-1, 1.71 GAA, .946 save pct.; Ryan Faragher 

1-1, 4.92, .883).



Key player vs. Bismarck: D Matt Blomquist — The Chill need their defensemen to make smart decisions on breakouts against Bismarck’s neutral-zone trap. Blomquist’s size and puck-moving savvy means he’ll be a key trap-buster. He also scored two goals against the Bobcats during the regular season.

Coulee Region playoff leaders: Scoring—F Zac Frischmon (4-2-6); F Lucas Dillon (1-4-5); F Berkley Scott (1-2-3); F Connor Gaarder (1-2-3); F Micky Knox (0-3-3); Goaltending—Aaron Davis (3-0, 2.16 GAA, .927 save pct.; Paul Moberg 0-1, 2.00, .909).