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Chill firing on all cylinders in final month of regular season

Coulee Region took advantage of a full weekend on home ice as the Chill won against the Magicians before taking two wins over the Jr. Blues. Thursday night’s contest saw the Chill host the Magicians who they had struggled against this season with a 4-6 record coming into the game. The Chill dominated the Magicians following a 1-1 first period with 6 goals in the final two periods. Kevin Dineen (2) (Kendall, Doran) (Theisen, Quagliata) led the scoring for the Chill with other goals scored by Joey Sofo (Schmidt-Svejstrup, Schroer), Isaac Theisen (Plunkett, Dineen), Justin Kendall (Theisen, Doran), Taylor Trapp (Kendall, Schroer), and Caleb Schroer. The 7-1 victory showed the strength of the Chill’s special teams units with a power-play and two short-handed goals. Brad Arvanitis saved 33 of the Magicians’ 34 shots en route to his 8th win of the season. Arvanitis now holds a .945 save percentage when facing the Magicians this season.

The Chill followed this win with two games against the Springfield Jr. Blues in the following two nights. The first game was a 4-3 win as Joe Marcoullier held off the Jr. Blues offense as the Chill led for all but 15 minutes and 21 seconds of the game. His 37 saves picked up the win which brings him to 11-4 on the season. Andy McGlynn (Duma, Martin) netted his 10th goal with the Chill this season. Also scoring were Taylor Trapp (Stevens, Plunkett), Joey Sofo (Plunkett, McGlynn), and Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup (Sofo, Carlson).

A back-and-forth battle in the Chill’s final game of the weekend came as the Chill and Jr. Blues exchanged goal after goal. Isaac Theisen (Kendall, Dineen), Shay Donovan (Schroer, Decker), and Caleb Schroer (Schmidt-Svejstrup, Sofo) scored for the Chill in regulation before Jacob Schmidt-Svestrup (Plunkett, Sofo) scored an overtime goal to pick up the 4-3 victory. Joe Marcoullier stopped the Jr. Blues once again with the win after saving 41 of 44 shots. Joey Sofo also reached the 20-assist mark on the season with two assists in the final period and in overtime.

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The red-hot Chill will continue their playoff push when they travel to Janesville Thursday night to use their momentum in the hopes of giving the Jets their 3rd loss in a row.  Following this road trip, the Chill will return home to face the Austin Bruins on Friday evening before traveling to Austin the following night. Friday night’s home contest for the Chill will begin with a puck drop at 7:00 at Green Island Ice Arena.

The Chill wrap up a successful road trip to Alaska

The Coulee Region Chill found themselves 5th in the standings amongst Midwest Division teams at the start last weekend. While they’re still on the outside looking in, things are starting to heat up as teams make a push for the Robertson Cup Playoffs.

After splitting the series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the Chill traveled to Kenai River for a series with the Brown Bears. Friday night was all Chill; after the Brown Bears scored late in the 1st period, Coulee Region wasted no time in responding. Justin Kendall (Kevin Dineen, Jackson Decker) and Joey Sofo (Caleb Schroer, Steven Quagliata) both scored in the final 1:06 of the 1st to put the Chill up 2-1 heading into the 2nd frame.

From there it was all Chill as they scored eight more goals over the final two periods. Sofo (Taylor Trapp, Matt Doran) and Trapp (Decker, Schroer) both scored in the 2nd period, Isaac Theisen (Schroer, Ryan Carlson; Dineen, Quagliata) scored two in the 3rd while Kendall (Carlson, Trapp), Bailey Martin (Billy Duma, Cale List), Schroer (Sofo, Trapp), and Dineen (Quagliata, Martin) finished out the scoring for Coulee Region.

Brad Arvanitis picked up the win for the Chill after saving 32-of-33 shots in the contest.

Like the night before, Kenai River jumped on the Chill first on Saturday night, scoring in the 1st period. Sofo (Decker, Doran) tied the game 5:46 into the 2nd period. The Brown Bear were able to tie it soon after but couldn’t hold onto the lead as Quagliata (Dineen, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup) and Schroer (Marshal Plunkett, Doran) gave Coulee Region a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd period.

The Chill didn’t stop scoring goals after the 2nd; Theisen (Schroer, Shay Donovan), Martin (Duma) and Kendall (Schroer, Doran) all added to the lead as Coulee Region went on to win by a score of 6-2.

In net again, Arvanitis picked up his 7th win on the season with another solid showing in net saving 37-of-39 shots.

After the weekend sweep of the Brown Bears, the Chill are just one point behind the Springfield Jr. Blues heading into this weekend. With a win over the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday they could be in the driver’s seat as they host the Jr. Blues in a two-game series – at home – Friday and Saturday. The two games will be the first-of-three different weekend series the two divisional opponents will play throughout the last month of the regular season.

Puck drops at 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Friday night’s game is presented by Organic Valley while Saturday night’s game is presented by Courtesy Corporation – McDonald’s.

Go Chill!

Chill players wrap up 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

For Coulee Region Chill players Kevin Dineen, Joey Sofo, and Steven Quagliata the 2017 Top Prospects Tournament has come to a close.  All three players were representing the Midwest Division of the North American Hockey League.

Monday was big for forwards Dineen and Sofo.  Both scored a point with Dineen’s coming as an assist on Sofo’s goal.  The Midwest, however, fell to the Central Division, 2-4.  On Tuesday the Midwest fell again by a score of 2-4, this time by the hands of the East Division.  No Chill players reached the box score in Tuesday’s action.

Over 220 NHL and NCAA Hockey Scouts were in attendance for day one of the tournament that took place in Plymouth, Michigan.  The tournament continues to be a great platform year-in and year-out for players to get added exposure in front of scouts.

The three Chill players partaking in the tournament will join the rest of the team as they leave Wednesday morning for Alaska to play the and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Kenai River Brown Bears the next two weekends.

Chill players wrap up 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

For Coulee Region Chill players Kevin Dineen, Joey Sofo, and Steven Quagliata the 2017 Top Prospects Tournament has come to a close.  All three players were representing the Midwest Division of the North American Hockey League.

Monday was big for forwards Dineen and Sofo.  Both scored a point with Dineen’s coming as an assist on Sofo’s goal.  The Midwest, however, fell to the Central Division, 2-4.  On Tuesday the Midwest fell again by a score of 2-4, this time by the hands of the East Division.  No Chill players reached the box score in Tuesday’s action.

Over 220 NHL and NCAA Hockey Scouts were in attendance for day one of the tournament that took place in Plymouth, Michigan.  The tournament continues to be a great platform year-in and year-out for players to get added exposure in front of scouts.

The three Chill players partaking in the tournament will join the rest of the team as they leave Wednesday morning for Alaska to play the and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and the Kenai River Brown Bears the next two weekends.

Sofo, Quagliata, Dineen invited to NAHL Top Prospects Tournament

Forwards Joey Sofo and Kevin Dineen along with defenseman Steven Quagliata have been invited to participate in the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.

Sofo is in his 3rd full season in the NAHL and 2nd with the Coulee Region Chill.  The Sylvania, OH native has a team-leading 19 goals and 12 assists through just 37 games this season.  With 21 games left to play he’s already surpassed his total points total of 21 last season.

Like Sofo, Dineen is in his 2nd season with the Chill after coming to La Crosse via trade around the New Years mark last year.  Dineen leads the team in both assists (25) and points (37) through 37 played games.

Quagliata, too, has a few years of NAHL experience under his belt.  Statistically he’s enjoying his best year so far; entering the season with a season high of three goals, Quagliata currently sits at eight on the season.  His 23 points (15 assists) are tied for a career high.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is set to begin Monday, February 27th in Plymouth, MI.  Sofo, Dineen, and Quagliata will begin play at 1pm on the 27th and finish the tournament the following day at 11am.

Chill and Magicians split weekend set, Bruins up next

A Friday-night thriller saw a back-and-forth game between the Coulee Region Chill and Minnesota Magicians. Caleb Schroer (McGlynn, List) closed out the first period with a goal after a pair of Magician power play goals to start the game. Matt Doran (Schroer, McGlynn) and Isaac Theisen (Plunkett) kept the momentum going to put the Chill up 3-2 before another Minnesota goal tied the game going into the third. Alex Falconer (Plunkett, Martin) and Kevin Dineen (Doran, Quagliata) added two more goals to put the game out of reach before a final Magician goal left the final score as a 5-4 Chill victory. Joe Marcoullier got the win for the Chill stopping 44 of 48 shots.

The following night saw only a single goal from Joey Sofo (Schroer, Donovan) despite Coulee Region’s 41 shots on the evening including 17 in the third period. Three Minnesota goals evened out the weekend series with a 3-1 Chill loss.

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This coming weekend sees a home and home series as the Chill travel to Austin Friday night to back to Green Island on Saturday night with a 7:00 puck drop at Green Island Ice Arena.

Chill drop home game to Bruins, pair on road to Jr. Blues

It was a rough weekend for the Coulee Region Chill who have lost four consecutive games for the first time this season.  The Chill were home this past Thursday as they took on the Austin Bruins.  Things started out well as forward Larry Jungwirth opened the contest with a goal in the first period (Doran, Plunkett).  Fellow forward Joey Sofo added to the total with a goal in the second (Carlson, Schroer) to give the Chill a 2-0 lead before Austin responded with four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead in the third.  Coulee Region forward Simon Sagissor brought the Chill within one midway through the third, but it was not enough as Austin added another late goal on an empty netter with six seconds left giving the Bruins a 5-3 road victory.

The Coulee Region Chill dropped the opener of their two game road series against the Springfield Jr. Blues Friday night at the Nelson Center in Springfield, IL.  It was a close contest throughout with the game. Both teams were tied at 2 a piece heading into the third period before forward Max Nylander gave the Jr. Blues the lead for good with a goal in the third as the Chill fell 3-2.

Saturday’s contest featured a slow start for the Chill as they surrendered three goals in the first.  Forward Kevin Dineen attempted to bring his team back with a pair of goals in the second (Sagissor, Sofo) (Theisen, Schroer), but it was not enough as Springfield added another goal in the third en route to a 5-3 victory.  

Chill look to rebound vs Magicians in home-and-home series

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The Coulee Region Chill will take the road to face the Minnesota Magicians this Friday night as they look to halt their four game skid.  Both teams have been evenly matched this year, splitting the season series 3-3.  Game time for Friday’s matchup is at 7:15 pm at the Richfield Ice Arena.

The Chill will return home this Saturday as they play host to their neighboring state rivals the Minnesota Magicians.  Coulee Region will look to gain ground in the Midwest Division, as they are currently eight points behind Minnesota.  Puck drop is slated for 7 pm at the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse, WI.