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Commitment Alert

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that Forward Marco Escobar has committed to play ACHA Division I hockey for Iowa State University.

Escobar, 20, has played the last two seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL.  While with the Chill this season, the 5’11”/185 lbs. native of Plainfield, IL, recorded 25 goals and 37 assists for a total of 62 points.  Escobar has been an integral part of the Chills’ success in the last two years and we wish him the very best as he moves on to continue his education and play hockey.

Commitment Alert

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that Goaltender Devin Naidow has committed to play ACHA Division I hockey for Iowa State University.

Naidow, 21, has played the last three seasons with the Chill/Freeze in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’2”/180 lbs. native of Grosse Point, MI, recorded 16 wins, 7 losses and 1 shutout. His SV% was .911.  Naidow has been an integral part of the Chill’s success in the last couple of years and we wish him the very best as he moves on to continue his education and play hockey.

NA3HL announces cancelation of 2019-20 season due to COVID-19

The North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) has announced that the current 2019-20 season, including the remainder of the 2020 NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs and Championship, have been canceled due to the International medical emergency caused by COVID-19 and pandemic.
The NA3HL was entering the Divisional Semi-Final round of the 2020 Fraser Cup Playoffs when the cancelation of the season occurred.
“Today is truly a sad day for all of us, and we share the disappointment that all of our players, teams, parents, and fans are experiencing at the moment. We have some incredible players and teams in the NA3HL that are doing some great things on and off the ice. However, the safety of our hockey community is our top priority and the decision to cancel the remainder of the season was necessary and in the best interest of everyone involved,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.
In the coming weeks, the NA3HL will announce its 2019-20 season awards. The 2020 NA3HL Draft will take place online at na3hl.com on Thursday, April 23rd at 3pm (central) and can also be seen live on HockeyTV.
In light of the announcement, it is important to know that the NA3HL remains committed to providing opportunities to its players. Plans are already in place in the event that conditions have improved to present new and additional exposure and development events for players in the NA3HL.

Weekend Recap – March 6-7

This past weekend the Chill came up short in Alexandria during their final push of the regular season. The Chill fell twice to the Blizzard to secure the third seed in the Central Division by only one point behind the St. Louis Jr. Blues. 

On Friday, March 6th the Chill traveled to Alexandria for their final weekend series of the regular season. Alexandria came out flying as they scored the first two goals of the game. Sam VanderHoeven was the first to answer for the Chill with an unassisted goal. Alexandria would quickly answer with two more goals. To close out the first period, Ethan McCormack found the back of the net with assists from Jack Sumner and Dylan Dent. From here on out, the Chill were held silent. No team scored during the second period and only Alexandria tallied on the score sheet in the third period with five unanswered goals.  In net for the Chill was Michael Janke. Janke was able to stop 34 of the 43 shots he faced on the night. 

On Saturday, the Chill battled Alexandria in their final regular season game. Less than a minute into the game Marco Escobar struck first for the Chill with a power-play goal with assists from Gadel Khismatulin and Parker Severson. Alexandria would answer a few minutes later with a short-handed goal. To close out the first period, Brenden Fehlig tallied the Chill’s second goal of the game with an assist from Parker Severson. During the second period, Alexandria scored three unanswered goals. Early in the third period Parker Severson found the back of the net for the Chill’s third and final goal of the game with an assist from Sam VanderHoeven. Alexandria closed out the game with another three goals.  In net for the Chill was Devin Naidow. Naidow was able to stop 40 of the 47 shots he faced on the night. 

Up next, the Chill travel to St. Louis to take on the Jr. Blues in a best of three game series in the first round one of the Fraser Cup Playoffs. All games in the first round of playoffs will be held in St. Louis. Game one will be on Friday, March 13th at 7:00PM and game two will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30PM. If necessary, game three will be held on Sunday, March 15th at 1:30pm. Catch all the action on HockeyTV!

Weekend Preview – Mar. 6-7

This past weekend the Chill picked up a win on the road in Wausau and fell to the Grizzlies in their final regular season home game. With only two regular season games remaining, the Chill still find themselves in third place in the Central Division standings. There is still room to climb in the standings as they head to Alexandria for their final weekend series of the regular season. 

On Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th the Chill travel to Alexandria to take on the Blizzard. The two teams met earlier in the season in mid-November for a weekend series in La Crosse. In that series, the Chill took game one with an overtime goal. In game two, the Blizzard held on to take down the Chill by one goal. Now, the two teams meet again in Alexandria to decide the season series. Alexandria has clinched the 4th seed in the West division as the Chill sit in third place with hopes of climbing to second in the Central division after the weekend. Puck drops at 7:10PM both nights. Don’t miss out, catch all the action on HockeyTV! 

As it comes down to the wire, stay tuned to the Chill’s website and social media platforms on postseason updates! 

Weekend Recap – Feb 28th & March 1st

This past weekend, the Chill picked up a win on the road in Wausau as they battled the RiverWolves for the last time this season. Later in the weekend, the Chill were back on home ice as they hosted the Rochester Grizzlies. With a late game fall to the Grizzlies, the Chill were unable to crawl out of the third place spot in the Central Division standings. With only two regular season games remaining, the Chill sit only one point behind St. Louis. 

On Friday, February 28th the Chill traveled to Wausau to take on the RiverWolves in the two team’s final meeting of the season. Only a minute into the first period, Gadel Khismatullin struck first for the Chill with assists from Dylan Dent and Ethan McCormack. Later in the period, Wausau answered with their first goal of the night. Shortly after, Brennan Mason regained the lead for the Chill with assists from Dylan Dent and Joey Wiczek. Late in the first period, the RiverWolves answered again to tie the game up as the first came to an end. After one period of play, the Chill and RiverWolves remained tied. Into the second period, the Chill were able to find their stride and take control of the game. Opening up the second period with a goal was Brenden Fehlig with an assist from Brennan Mason. About mid-way through the second period Joey Wiczek found the back of the net to add to the Chill’s lead with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. To close out the second period, Jack Sumner scored the Chill’s fifth and final goal of the night with assists from Gadel Khismatullin and Marcus Robertson. Wausau was able to score the loan goal in the third period, but it was too little too late as the Chill defeated the RiverWolves 5-3. In net for the Chill was Michael Janke. Janke was able to stop 34 of the 37 shots he faced on the night. 

On Sunday, March 1st the Chill brought it back to home ice where they hosted the first place Rochester Grizzlies in an afternoon Central Division matchup. After one period of play, the game remained scoreless. The Grizzlies struck first in this game with a goal about mid-way through the second period. Late in the second period, Joey Wiczek answered for the Chill with a power-play goal to even the game back up. Assists on Wiczek’s goal came from Brenden Fehlig and Dylan Dent. The game remained even until about mid-way through the third period as Rochester took over, scoring four unanswered goals to close out the game. The Chill fell to the Grizzlies in their final meeting of the regular season of a score of 5-1. In net for the Chill was Devin Naidow. Naidow was able to stop 47 of the 52 shots he faced during the game. 

Up next, the Chill travel to Alexandria on March 6th and 7th to take on the Blizzard in their final weekend series of the regular season. Puck drops at 7:10pm both nights. Catch all the action on HockeyTV!

Weekend Preview – Feb. 28 & March 1

This past weekend the Chill jumped into second place in the Central Division standings with a win at home against Wausau. The Chill fell to the Grizzlies on Friday night, but got back on their feet on Sunday to now find themselves one point ahead of the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the standings. With four regular season games left, every point is precious to hold their playoff positioning. This upcoming weekend the Chill travel to Wausau on Friday then come home to host Rochester on Sunday. 

On Friday, February 28th the Chill travel to Wausau to take on the RiverWolves for one final meeting this season. Their most recent meeting was this past weekend as the Chill was victorious with a 10-1 victory at home. The Chill now look to further separate themselves in the standings with another win on the road. Puck drops at 7:30PM. Catch all the action on HockeyTV! 

On Sunday, March 1st the Chill come home one last time during the 2019-2020 regular season as they host the first place Rochester Grizzlies. In their most recent meeting the Chill were unable to get anything going in Rochester as they fell to the Grizzlies. Now, the Chill look to make a statement in their final home game of the regular season in order to hold their positioning for the postseason home ice advantage. Come support the Chill in their final regular season home game! Get your tickets now at: www.crchill.com. If you can’t make it, listen live at: www.couleeregionsportsnetwork.com.

Weekend Recap – Feb. 21 & 23

This past weekend, the Chill started their weekend off with a loss in Rochester on Friday but finished strong on Sunday at home as they took down the Wausau RiverWolves. With that win, the Chill officially jumped into second place in the Central Division standings. They now sit one point ahead of St. Louis with four games remaining in the regular season. 

On Friday, February 21st the Chill opened up their weekend on the road in Rochester to take on the first place Grizzlies. The Chill struggled to get anything going in this game as they fell to the Grizzlies 11-0. Starting in net was goaltender, Michael Janke. Janke stopped 11 of the 14 shots he faced in the first period. Finishing the game in net for the Chill was Devin Naidow. Naidow stopped 18 of the 26 shots he faced in the last two periods. 

On Sunday, February 23rd the Chill looked to get back on their feet as they hosted the Wausau Riverwolves in an afternoon game. The Chill scored early back to back goals in this game at the two and three minute mark into the period. Those goals came unassisted from Gadel Khismatullin and Ethan McCormack. Wausau answered late in the period to cut into the Chill’s lead. From here on out, it was all Coulee Region Chill. The Chill’s special teams shined bright in the second period as they netted a goal on the penalty kill and two goals on the powerplay. Parker Severson found the back of the net on the penalty kill with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. The first power-play goal of the second period came from Marco Escobar with assists from Brenden Fehlig and Gijs De Schepper. Next, Sam VanderHoeven tallied another power-play goal with an assist from Marco Escobar. After two periods of play the Chill lead 5-1. Early in the third period, Sam VanderHoeven kept the special teams rolling as he netted another power-play goal with assists from Marco Escobar and Gadel Khismatullin. Ten seconds later, Jeremiah Lebsack scored an unassisted goal. Marco Escobar finished the game strong with two more goals to complete the hat trick! Assists on Escobar’s two final goals came from Brenden Fehlig and Christopher Gilbert. Closing out the game for the Chill was Jeremiah Lebsack with his second goal of the game with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. Helping the Chill topple the RiverWolves 10-1 was Devin Naidow. Naidow stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the game. 

Up next, the Chill travel to Wausau on Friday, February 28th to battle the RiverWolves in their last meeting of the regular season. The Chill then come home on Sunday, March 1st to host the first place, Rochester Grizzlies in their last home game of the regular season. Don’t miss it! Get your tickets now at: www.crchill.com. If you can’t make it, listen to all of the action at: www.couleeregionsportsnetwork.com.

Weekend Preview – Feb. 21 & 23

This past weekend the Chill picked up a big win at home as they hosted the first place Rochester Grizzlies. They currently sit in third place in the Central Division standings with only one point separating them and St. Louis for second place. The Chill now look into a two-game weekend as they travel to Rochester on Friday night and host the Wausau RiverWolves on Sunday. 

On Friday, February 21st the Chill head to Rochester to take on the Grizzlies for the 2nd consecutive weekend.This past weekend the Chill were able to walk away with a shootout victory at home to even up the season series at 3-3.  Coming off this big win, the Chill now look to take another W from the first place Grizzlies on their home ice to take the edge in the season series. Puck drops at 7PM! Catch all the action on HockeyTV! 

On Sunday, February 23rd the Chill return to home ice as they host the Wausau RiverWolves. The RiverWolves currently sit in sixth place in the Central Division standings. In their previous four meetings the Chill have compiled a 3-1 record against the RiverWolves. They now look to add another tally to the win column in their hopes in climbing the Central Division standings before the postseason arrives. Puck drops at 12 o’clock noon! Get your tickets early at: www.crchill.com. Can’t be there? Listen live at: www.couleeregionsportsnetwork.com

Sunday’s game is packed full of special events! Sunday is Host Appreciation during the first intermission. We welcome Sparta Youth Hockey to our game AND it’s the last Skate with the Chill for the season!  Jump on the ice and skate with your favorite Chill players!