Playoff Atmosphere in 3 Game Homestand Against St. Louis

This past weekend the Chill took on the number one team in their division, the St. Louis Jr. Blues, in a 3 game homestand. Each game had a playoff vibe, that we will probably see again very soon.

Friday night was the first test between the two teams, who hadn’t played each other since early November. St. Louis was the first to get on the board early in the first period, just two minutes in, to make it 1-0. The two teams would go back and forth with shots until just over five minutes left in the first, when St. Louis scored again to make it 2-0. However, it doesn’t take long after that for the Chill to finally find the back of the net. Thomas Magnavite scores to make 2-1 (15:10; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer). Just over a minute later, the Chill tie it up 2-2 with a goal from Donny Schultz (Aslan Akervik, Chase McLaughlin). The two teams remain tied 2-2 heading into the second period. St. Louis scored twice in the second half of the second period to take the 4-2 lead going into the third period.  Going into the 2nd intermission, the Chill had a lot of work to do in the final period of the game. The Jr. Blues peppered the Chill with shots early on in the period but Goalie Devin Naidow kept the Chill in the game. Finally the Chill are able to make it 4-3 with another goal from Donny Schultz (11:18; Flavien Fondadouze, Sam Dabrowski). Then, Gijs De Schepper puts one past the Jr. Blues goalie at 16:53 to tie it up 4-4 (Matt Janke, Aslan Akervik). On to overtime, neither team is able to score. The Jr. Blues had a perfect chance too in OT on a penalty shot but Devin Naidow was able to steer it aside and send the two teams into a shootout. The Chill end up with one goal from Thomas Magnavite in the first three shooters, but St. Louis also gets one goal so it is on to sudden death. However, four shooters is all that’s needed, as Toon De Schepper puts it home for the Chill and gives them a 5-4 shootout victory! Goalie Devin Naidow stopped an impressive 30 out of 34 total shots on goal during the game to get the win in net!

On Saturday, the two teams squared off starting at 2:30 PM at Green Island. Much like Friday, the Jr. Blues got on the board early in the first to take the 1-0 lead. This time, that’s the only scoring in the first period. The second period begins and the Jr. Blues keep the early scoring streak going and make it 2-0 just three minutes into the second period. The Chill get on the board next to make it 2-1 with a goal from Donny Schultz on the power play (8:32; Toon De Schepper, Thomas Magnavite). St. Louis makes it 3-1 shortly after, then with two minutes left in the second the Chill are able to make it 3-2 with another power play goal, this time from Flavien Fondadouze (17:59; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer). In the third period St. Louis scores again to make it 4-2. At 10:20 of the final period, the Chill cut the lead to 4-3 with a goal from Toon De Schepper (Connor Losen, Donny Schultz). Unfortunately, the Chill can’t find the back of the net during the final period and take the close 4-3 loss against the Jr. Blues. Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 18 of 22 shots faced.

On Sunday, the Chill were looking to hopefully take another win from the Jr. Blues with a noon puck drop at Green Island. The first period begins, and this time it is the Chill who take the early lead! Flavien Fondadouze gets on the board at 2:35 of the first to make it 1-0 with an assist from Sam Dabrowski. Shortly after, Brady Lindauer makes it 2-0 (4:45; Thomas Magnavite, Keaton Caplis). St. Louis cuts the lead to 2-1 mid way through the first and both teams head to the locker room after the first period with the Chill leading by a goal. The second period would be an even battle against the two teams but results in no scoring. The Chill hold their 2-1 lead for most of the third period, until St. Louis ties it up with five minutes left in the game. However, newcomer Marco Escobar makes his mark, scoring his first goal as a member of the Chill at 16:15 with assists from Flavien Fondadouze and Sam Dabrowski to take back the lead, 3-2. In the final minute of the game, the Jr. Blues pull their goalie for the man advantage but it only creates another chance for the Chill and gives Flavien Fondadouze his second goal of the game on an empty net (19:17; Marco Escobar, Connor Losen). The Chill take the 4-2 win over the number one Jr. Blues to round out the weekend. Goalie Michael Janke gets the win in net, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced during the game.

The Chill have three games this upcoming weekend, one at home on Thursday, Feb. 14th at 7 PM and two games against Peoria on the road Friday, Feb. 15th and Saturday, Feb. 16th.

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