After a loss against Wausau and a win against Milwaukee this past weekend, the Chill remain in third place in the Central Division with 8 points with many games in hand. With their 2019-2020 home opener under their belt, the Chill look to climb the Central Division ladder with a home and home series against the New Ulm Steel.
This Friday, October 18th the Chill travel to New Ulm to take on the Steel from the West Division for their first game of the weekend. During the 2018-2019 regular season the Coulee Region Chill and the New Ulm Steel had four meetings. During those four meetings, the Chill were able to accumulate three wins with only one loss to the Steel. Friday’s game begins at 7:10PM. Catch all the action on HockeyTV!
On Saturday, October 18th the Chill host the New Ulm Steel in their second game of the weekend. Come on down to Green Island Ice Arena to catch all the action and cheer on the Chill as they host their second home game of the 2019-2020 season! Puck drops at 7PM!
The Chill split their weekend series with an away loss on Friday and a home win against the Milwaukee Power in their 2019-2020 home opener.
On Friday, October 12th the Chill traveled to Wausau to face the RiverWolves in a Central Division matchup. Wausau struck first in this game with the only goal to be seen in the first period. During the second period, Wausau was able to find the back of the net two more times until the Chill finally hit the score sheet. At the 13:03 mark in the second period, Marco Escobar scored the first goal for the Chill with an assist from Sam VanderHoeven. After two periods, Wausau lead the Chill 3-1. With some momentum going for the Chill Sam VanderHoeven was able to net the Chill’s second goal of the night 17 seconds into the period with an assist coming from Marco Escobar. Wausau would end that momentum with their fourth goal of the night to close out the game.
On Saturday, October 12th the Chill hosted the Milwaukee Power in their 2019-2020 season home opener. During the 1st period, only the Chill were able to find their way onto the score sheet. At the 8:13 mark in the 1st, Christopher Drews scored his second goal of the season with assists coming from both Christopher Gilbert and Joey Wiczek. The momentum rolled into the second period for the Chill as Flavien Fondadouze was able to score with an assist from Marco Escobar. To extend their lead even more, the Chill were able to score on the power play with a goal from Jacob Best with assists from both Marco Escobar and Parker Severson. Milwaukee finally found themselves on the score sheet late in the second period. With a 3-1 lead going into the third, the Chill were able to push past Milwaukee’s goal and score for their fourth time of the night to secure the victory. The Chill’s fourth goal came from Parker Severson with assists to both Marco Escobar and Branwen Pollett. Devin Naidow was in net for the Chill and was able to help the Chill win their 2019-2020 season home opener while stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced.
Coming up next for the Chill is an away game on Friday, October 18th as they travel to New Ulm to take on the Steel. On Saturday, October 19th the Chill then host the Steel at Green Island Ice Arena. Catch all the action on HockeyTV and come down to Green Island Ice Arena to cheer on the Chill for their second home game of the season!
The Coulee Region Chill are on the road again this weekend as they take on the Rochester Grizzlies in a two-game series.
During the 2018-2019 season the Coulee Region Chill and the Rochester Grizzlies met four times during the regular season. The Chill were only able to secure one win against Rochester during the regular season as Rochester took three out of the four meetings. The Grizzlies are new to the Central Division this year after playing in the West Division during the 2018-2019 season. Rochester’s time in the Central Division has been used wisely as they sit in second place and currently ride a five game win streak.
This Central Division matchup will take place at the Rochester Recreation Center. Game one will be held on Friday, October 4th at 7pm and game two will follow on Saturday, October 5th at 7pm. Catch all the action on HockeyTV!
This past weekend the Coulee Region Chill opened up their 2019-2020 season with a three game road series against the St. Louis Jr. Blues.
On Friday, the Chill opened their season with a slow start as the Jr. Blues controlled the first two periods of the game with six goals to the Chill’s zero. During the third period of Friday’s game the Chill were finally able to find some momentum as Jacob Best scored the Chill’s first goal of the season on the powerplay with assists to both Marco Escobar and Parker Severson. That momentum was short lived as the Jr. Blues scored no more than one minute later. The Chill finished the period with one other goal coming from Parker Severson with assists to both Gadel Khismatullin and Drew Robertson. The Chill would fall in their season opener to a score of 7-2. Devin Naidow was in net for the Chill and was able to save 39 of 46 shots on the night.
On Saturday, the Chill bounced back strong as they scored two goals within the first two minutes of the game. The first goal coming from Flavien Fondadouze with an assist from Marco Escobar. Almost immediately after the first goal, Sam Vanderhoeven then found the net for the Chill with an unassisted goal. After two periods, the Chill led only by one and were looking to get their first win of the season. In the third period the Chill were able to seal the deal on their first win of the 2019-2020 season with a goal from Marco Escobar at the 19:36 mark. The assists for that goal coming from Flavien Fondadouze and Gijs De Schepper. Michael Janke was able to get the win in net for the Chill as he stopped 33 of 34 shots in his first start of the 2019-2020 season.
On Sunday, both teams came out fast looking to close out the series with a win as seven total goals were scored in the first period. After one, the Chill were slightly on top with a 4-3 lead. Goals from the Chill came from Flavien Fondadouze, Christopher Drews, and two from Parker Severson. With four goals in the period many other names hit the scoresheet with assists coming from Sam Vanderhoeven, two from Branwen Pollet, Marco Escobar, Jacob Best, and Gadel Khismatullin.
From here on out it was all St. Louis, though, as they scored three goals in the second period with nobody scoring in the third. The Chill fell short in the series as the Blues took a 6-4 victory. Gunnar Snyder was able to stop 33 of the 39 shots he faced in his first start of the 2019-2020 season.
Next up, the Chill will have a two game road series in Rochester, MN as they take on the Rochester Grizzlies. Both games will be played at the Rochester Recreation Center and will take place on Friday, October 4th @ 7pm and Saturday, October 5th @ 7pm.
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.
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.”
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.
NA3HL Coulee Region Chill tender Hunter Pappas has signed a tender agreement with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL.
The forward played this past season with the Colorado Springs Tigers 18U and recorded 4 goals and 9 assists in 20 games played.
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.
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.