Tag Archives: Junior Hockey

Janke Makes ACHA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Matt Janke has committed to play ACHA Division II hockey for University of Mary.

Janke, 21, joined the Chill in November. While with the Chill this season, the 5’10/175 lbs. native of Weston, Wisconsin, recorded 22 goals and 27 assists in the regular season for a total of 49 total points. Janke was also selected for the Top Prospects Tournament where he recorded 1 goal and 2 assists.

We wish Matt the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Babineau Named Head Coach/GM For The Chill

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, and owner Michelle Bryant have named Don Babineau as the team’s new Head Coach and General Manager.

Babineau’s hiring comes immediately following the departure of former Head Coach Jon Vaillancourt, who was hired on Wednesday as the new Associate Head Coach for the Minnesota Wilderness of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Babineau is no stranger to the NA3HL or the Bryant family.  He was previously the Head Coach and General Manager for the NA3HL’s Euless Jr. Stars when the Bryant’s owned the team from 2015 through 2017.

“We are very excited to have Don back coaching in our organization.  He understands our mission to develop players and move them on to the next level.  Don has extensive experience coaching junior hockey, particularly at the Tier III level, and understands what it takes to develop players at this level and help them reach their goals,” stated Chill owner Michelle Bryant.

A Minnesota native, Babineau brings 19 years of junior coaching experience to the Chill. Babineau began his career at age 21, after playing three years of juniors in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MNJHL).   Babineau brings passion for teaching the game with respect and integrity along with drawing out the highest potential in young men on and off the ice. He has a proven track record of excellence, being a part of six National Tournament teams while playing and coaching; moving over 100 players on to the college ranks, including one NHL player and was named coach of the year twice while coaching in the MNJHL.

Babineau is excited to continue his career in Wisconsin where his head coaching career started. “I’m excited to be a part of the Chill program. I believe Coach Vaillancourt and staff have done an exceptional job over the years strengthening the program. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity to coach in such a great location for college and NAHL exposure,” said Babineau. “I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of player development, advancement, and winning as Coulee Region Chill has always done. This is the Chill’s 10th Anniversary in Junior Hockey, it will be an exciting season. The first order of business is reaching out to the returning players, tenders, and draft picks and putting their individual development plans in place.”

Schultz Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Donny Schultz has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Johnson and Wales University.

Schultz, 21, has played two seasons with the Chill/Freeze in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 5’7/150 lbs. native of Marquette, Michigan, recorded 18 goals and 32 assists in the regular season for 50 total points in 42 games.

“We are very excited for Donny’s commitment to Johnson and Wales, he is a player that will bring speed and grit to that club along with a goal scoring touch. Donny came ready to work everyday this season and played a large role in our success”.

Jon Vaillancourt-GM/Head Coach Coulee Region Chill

We wish Donny the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Tilmon Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that Forward Marcus Tilmon has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Trine University.

Tilmon, 20, has played the last two seasons with the Chill/Freeze in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’4/200 lbs. native of Rockford, Illinois, recorded 3 goals and 6 assists in the regular season for 9 total points in 25 games. During the two seasons with the Chill/Freeze, Tilmon played a total combined 72 games. He recorded 17 goals & 13 assists for a total of 30 points.

“Marcus came into our squad halfway through the season with the goal of gaining the opportunity to commit NCAA as a 1999 birth year. He has worked extremely hard on the ice and off to gain this opportunity and I am very excited to watch his continued growth and success as a young man”.

Jon Vaillancourt- GM/ Head Coach Coulee Region Chill

We wish Marcus the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Akervik Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Aslan Akervik has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Gustavus Adolphus College.

Akervik, 20, played this last season with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’1/210 lbs. native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, recorded 24 goals and 20 assists in the regular season for 44 total points in 47 games.

We wish Aslan the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Caplis Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that defenseman Keaton Caplis has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for King’s College.

Caplis, 19, has played the last two seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’/180 lbs. native of Gilbert, Arizona, recorded 5 goals and 27 assists in the regular season for 32 total points in 47 games. In the Central Division Playoffs, Caplis played in all 5 games, recording 2 goals and 1 assist.

We wish Keaton the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Ratzloff Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Ratzloff has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Augsburg University.

Ratzloff, 20, has played the last two seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 5’11/175 lbs. native of Rochester, Minnesota, recorded 27 goals and 57 assists in the regular season for 84 total points in 45 games. In the Central Division Playoffs, Ratzloff played in all 5 games, recording 1 goal and 4 assists.

We wish Brandon the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

De Schepper Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that defenseman Toon De Schepper has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Wilkes University.

De Schepper, 20, has played the last four seasons with the Chill in the NA3HL. While with the Chill this season, the 6’0/185 lbs. native of Nieuwenrode, Belgium, recorded 11 goals and 69 assists in the regular season for 80 total points in 45 games.

We wish Toon the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Dabrowski Makes NCAA Commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Sam Dabrowski has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey for Hamline University.

Dabrowski, 20, began the 2018-19 season playing in the NAHL for the Chippewa Steel. While with the Chill in the NA3HL, the 6’4/205 lbs. native of Onalaska, Wisconsin, recorded 10 points in just twelve games played.

Last season, Dabrowski played for the Coulee Region Chill NAHL Team. In 56 regular season games he recorded 14 points.  We wish Sam the best as he moves into this next level of hockey.

Chill’s Season Ends in Division Finals

The Chill were able to get a home series against the St. Louis Jr. Blues for the Central Division Finals. The first game was Friday, March 22nd at 7 PM. The Chill knew this was going to be a tough series, they had battled for first place in the Central Division all season with the Jr. Blues and split each series against them evenly.

Friday’s game would begin feeling like playoff hockey, a back and forth game until midway through the period, where the Chill were the first to get on the board. A goal from Connor Losen, with assists from Thomas Magnavite and Brandon Ratzloff would give the Chill the 1-0 lead. Their lead wouldn’t last long unfortunately, just a few minutes later the Jr. Blues tie it up 1-1. Then less than a minute later they take the 2-1 lead over the Chill. The period will end with the Jr. Blues adding one more goal to their score to make it 3-1 as they headed into the locker room for the first intermission. The second period would see no scoring from either team. Then much like the first, the third period would see the first goal from the Chill. A goal from Marco Escobar midway through the third period, with help from Toon De Schepper, would cut the Jr. Blues lead to one and make it 3-2. A couple minutes later, the Jr. Blues would take the two goal lead once again, making it 4-2 and then not long after, scoring again to make it 5-2. The Chill would pull the goalie with a minute left in the game in hopes to make a comeback but the Jr. Blues would gain control of the puck and score on the empty net to make the final score 6-2 in favor of St. Louis. Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced during the game. The Chill needed to win their next game in order to force a game 3 in hopes to make it to the Fraser Cup.

On Saturday, the Chill started the game out much like the night before, getting on the board first at the 7:22 mark of the first with a goal from Brandon Ratzloff, assist to Thomas Magnavite and Brady Lindauer, to give them the 1-0 lead. That would be the score heading into the first intermission. The second period was a very even period between both teams, but in the last five minutes of the period the Jr. Blues came alive and score 3 back to back goals to take the lead 3-1 going into the final period of play. The third period was back to very even play, but even with the Chill pulling their goalie in the final minute it still wasn’t enough to get a comeback on the red hot Jr. Blues. The final score would remain 3-1 and St. Louis was heading to the Fraser Cup. Goalie Michael Janke stopped a total of 29 out of 32 shots he faced.

Besides the loss in the Central Division finals, the Chill ended with an amazing season. For the first time in franchise history they finished in the #1 spot in the Central Division during the regular season. They ended with a regular season record of 36-9-1-1 and 74 points. They went 2-3-0-0 during the playoffs.

We would like to thank all of the players, coaches, staff, volunteers, billets, parents, and fans for a fantastic season and it would not have been possible without all of you! We will see you next season!