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Chill will try to rebound in series against Magicians

Holiday weekends can put a stress on any athletes. Every season on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving the Coulee Region Chill find themselves on the ice mere hours before enjoying a large buffet of great food with their families and/or billet families.

The odd-off day in the latter half of the week puts a spin on their routine. And it just so happens that Thanksgiving this year fell in the middle of a three-game weekend starting off with the Janesville Jets this past Wednesday.

After a slow first period for both teams Coulee Region’s Bailey Martin (Nick Bowman, Tomas Vochozka) took advantage of a slashing minor committed by Janesville’s Justin Bofshever early in the middle frame to go up 1-0. They held the lead up until the 16:32 mark before the Jets tied the game up at one.

Same story in the third period except this time it was Connor Zilisch (Brandon Koch, Martin) scoring on the power play with Bofshever serving a slashing minor. Janesville once again tied the game and eventually forced overtime.

In what was a very offensive game – Jets and Chill with 49 and 40 shots, respectively – neither team could convert in overtime. Forced into their sixth shootout in the month of November, neither Marshal Plunkett or Andrew McGlynn could pick up a goal as the Jets forced two past goalie Josh Graziano who finished with 47/49 saves on the night.

After the off day the Chill hit I-90 West bound for Austin for a home-and-home series with the Bruins. Coulee Region surrendered two goals — one shorthanded — in the first period despite seeing just eight shots. Plunkett (Vochozka, Matt Hines) made it 1-2 just 25 seconds into the second period and it stayed that way until the 14:01 mark. Austin proceeded to score two more goals, taking a 4-1 lead into the third period.

Coulee Region’s Tyler Ebner (McGlynn, Jackson Decker) gave the Chill a last hope with 7:53 remaining but Austin’s Travis Kothenbeutel scored late on an empty netter to prevent any hopes for a comeback.

Graziano got the call for the second consecutive night.

Fast forward to Saturday. The Chill brought the series back to La Crosse where they beat the Bruins 2-1 just 15 days prior. The contest had little action when you look at the box score; just three penalties committed by each team. And the one goal scored all night came way of Austin’s Evan Cholak with 12:07 left in the game.

It was another solid effort from Graziano but he’d be tallied for the loss, saving 29/30 shots in just over 58 minutes of action.

Coulee Region plays host to the Minnesota Magicians this Thursday night in what’s the first college night of the year. All students get in free with proof of their college ID. Then it’s off to Richfield Saturday night to finish the home-and-home series against the Magicians.

Coulee Region splits series in Springfield

It’s been awhile since the Coulee Region Chill spent the weekend away from the Green Island Ice Arena. In fact, since their home opener on October 21st the Chill hadn’t played more than one consecutive game away from their home ice, playing a total of seven straight contests in La Crosse, WI.

The trip down to Springfield, IL is by no means a short one, a mile short of a 400 mile road trip. That didn’t mean much to the Chill last Friday night, however, taking down their Midwest Divisional opponent 7-1.

Coulee Region’s Billy Duma (Marshal Plunkett, Bailey Martin) starting the scoring route just 5:51 into the first period. Shortly thereafter Springfield tied the game at one just before Martin (Tomas Vochozka, Nick Bowman) and Brandon Koch (Vochozka, Bowman) scored on consecutive power plays to end the first period.

Domination continued for the Chill through the second period as they continued to take advantage of the power play. Veteran Andrew McGlynn (Plunkett, Tyler Ebner) and Martin (Bowman, Vochozka) made it a 5-1 Chill lead at the second intermission. Jesper Solomon Frisell (Ebner, Jackson Decker) and Connor Szmul (Connor Zilisch, Louis Helson) scored in the third to round out Friday night action.

Friday nights game was an all-around effort in every aspect. Coulee Region stayed out of the box, committing just one minor penalty in the first period. The Chill were outshot 24-44 but Josh Graziano held Springfield in check stopping 43 shots.

On Saturday night the Jr. Blues got out to a quick start, scoring the first two goals of the game within the first three minutes in both the first and second periods. Down 0-2 with 3:30 left before the second intermission Bowman, the Midwest Division Star of the Week, got the Chill on the board with helpers from McGlynn and captain Matt Hines. Hines (Bowman, Vochozka) followed up his assist 38 seconds later to tie the game, and Zilisch (Vochozka, Bowman) gave the Chill the 3-2 advantage before the second intermisison.

After an early Springfield goal in the third no one could crack either goalie up until it was time for a shootout. Springfield scored first in the shootout followed by McGlynn. From there it was all about the goalies as the Chill went through eight shooters before Springfield could capitalize and win game two, 4-3.

Emil Zetterquist had his busiest night of the year thus far playing 65 minutes of action and facing a total of 54 shots.

The Chill face a three-game weekend starting Thanksgiving Eve against the Janesville Jets at home before entering a home-and-home series with the Austin Bruins on Friday and Saturday night.

Chill work to gain points in three-shootout weekend

If you like extra hockey, this past weekend was your kind of weekend. If you’re a Coulee Region Chill fan you were on the edge of your seat in every game including one against the Minnesota Magicians on Thursday night and both against the Austin Bruins on Friday and Saturday night.

The long weekend began on the right foot with Kevin Bryant (Billy Duma, Sam Dabrowski) scoring his first NAHL goal this season 11:07 into action. Over the next period and a half the only action could be found in the penalty boxes with the Chill serving three and the Magicians serving two.

Chill goalie Emil Zetterquist held a shutout until 7:09 in into the third period when Minnesota’s Kyler Grundy broke the scoring drought on the man advantage. The momentum carried on for another 27 seconds as the Magicians scored once again, giving them the 2-1 advantage.

A goal at the 12:09 mark by Coulee Region’s Thomas Vochozka (Nick Bowman, Brandon Koch) tied the game at two and eventually forced overtime.

After both teams failed to score in the extra period the Chill entered the first-of-three shootouts on the weekend. Minnesota’s Matthew Stanton scored right off the bat and it’s all they’d need as Magician’s goalie George McBey blanketed all three Chill shooters. Zetterquist finished the night saving 34/36 shots.

Friday night it was on to the first match between the Chill and the Bruins in the 2017-18 season. The home-and-home series started off in La Crosse at the Green Island Ice Arena.

Austin scored the first goal of the night with 4:05 left in the final period and it wasn’t until 17 seconds remaining that Andy McGlynn (Matt Hines, Bowman) tied the game to force overtime.

After no scores in OT the Chill entered their second consecutive shootout. First up to hit the ice was McGlynn who gave Coulee the 1-0 advantage. The Bruins went through two shooters before their own Dante Zapata forced an extended shootout period. It took both teams four shooters before one man, Chill captain Matt Hines, came through to give the Chill their fifth win of the season. Josh Graziano got the start and the victory, saving 31/32 shots.

Saturday night the two teams faced off in Austin. Unlike the night before both teams didn’t go scoreless through the first two frames. Austin scored the only goal in the  first, 4:58 in. Coulee’s Lund (Duma) tied the game at one 56 seconds into the second period but Austin would regain the lead soon thereafter.

Into the third period, Bowman (McGlynn, Vochozka) tied the game at two as both teams needed more time to figure the other out, forcing overtime.

After both teams sent seven shooters each to the ice the night before, Austin would only need two this past Saturday night with the Chill coming up short on all three chances. Zetterquist would fall in his second consecutive shootout saving 33/35 shots on the night.

It’s been a while but the Chill are finally hitting the road for an extended road trip this weekend as they travel to Springfield to take on the Jr. Blues on Friday and Saturday night at 7:05pm and 6:05pm, respectively.

Zetterquist makes NCAA D1 commitment

The Coulee Region Chill, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Emil Zetterquist has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for St. Lawrence University in the ECAC.

Zetterquist, 19, is in his first season playing in the NAHL. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, has made an impact for the Chill since the start of the season, becoming one of the top goaltenders in the NAHL.

Zetterquist (6’1/182) currently ranks 3rd in the NAHL in save percentage with a 94% mark. He also boasts a 4-2-3 record with a 2.27 goals against average and one shutout.

“I’m really honored to get a chance to be a part of the rich hockey culture that St. Lawrence has built. I thank my family and everyone who has helped me on the way. I can’t wait to start my college career as a Saint,” said Zetterquist.

“The Coulee Region Chill is very excited for Emil and his commitment to St. Lawrence University.  Emil has been a large part of our recent success and gives us an opportunity to win every night.  St. Lawrence University is getting a young man who will they will be proud to call a Saint,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.

Prior to playing in the NAHL, Zetterquist played in Sweden, including AIK J20 team last season and the Huddinge IK program prior to that.

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Chill win first home game behind Koch’s three assists and outstanding goaltending

Coulee Region entered this past weekend with just one game on the schedule: a rematch against the Janesville Jets who they’d just played and fell to twice the previous weekend.

Over a month into the season both teams found themselves Saturday night on different ends of the Midwest Division, an irrelevant statistic when both teams hit the ice. At the same time both teams couldn’t find the back of the net in a contest that saw zero goals scored in the first period. The only action from the opening frame was a minor hooking penalty on Janesville.

Things were much of the same in the second period, too. Coulee Region were on the end of three minor penalties, the third of which resulted in a late-period Jets goal to take a 1-0 lead. But it was the Janesville penalty with just 22 seconds left before the second intermission that set the tone for the rest of the game.

Just 1:20 into the final period Connor Zilisch tied the game 1-1 with assists from Brandon Koch and Tomas Vochozka. Zilisch’s goal game with just 18 seconds left on their second power play of the game.

The goal sparked something on the Chill bench; just over a minute later West Salem native Bailey Martin (Koch) scored to give Coulee the lead over their in-state rival. Another power play goal at the 13:19 mark by Nick Bowman (Koch, Jacob Dirks) was the only insurance the Chill would need, winning 3-1 for their first home win of the season.

While Bailey and Koch came home with the first and second star of the night, respectively, it was Emil Zetterquist that stole the show in net. The native from Stockholm, Sweden proved his pad skills are much better than his t-shirt tossing skills, stopping 42/43 shots over the course of 60 minutes en route to his second win of the season.

Chill fans get a treat this weekend with Coulee Region sticking around for a third weekend in a row, hosting the Brookings Blizzard Friday and Saturday night at the Green Island Ice Arena.

Chill fall in season opener

Saturday night was the start to what all the fans have been waiting for since this past April when the Coulee Region Chill fell in the first round of the playoffs to the Janesville Jets. Coincidentally it was the same opponent entering the doors to the Green Island Ice Arena.

The Chill and Jets have a great rivalry and own the state at the NAHL level; both teams organizations’ are the only ones that call Wisconsin home. It’s always a toss up when both teams matchup regardless of overall wins/losses.

Janesville and Coulee Region entered this past weekend at either side of the division standings but that didn’t stop Chill head coach Ryan Egan from getting his young Chill squad ready.

The first period got off to a sloppy start. Veteran Andy McGlynn spent four minutes in the penalty box in the first six minutes of the game, serving one penalty for a too many men minor in the first minute of the game.

Janesville failed to convert on either penalty but still pushed the puck past Chill rookie goalie Emil Zetterquist twice in the first. Marshal Plunkett, native of nearby West Salem, WI, added his own goal 30 seconds into a power play with the help of Billy Duma and McGlynn.

The second period was about the Coulee Region penalty kill, killing off a 3-5 Janesville advantage midway through the period and another minor at 11:58. Plunkett added his second goal of the night (third of the season) with just 4:01 left to play before the second intermission.

Starting the third period with a 5-4 man advantage, the Chill couldn’t find the back of the net. The same can’t be said for Janesville, however, scoring at the 7:26 mark and never looking back.

Zetterquist faced 39 total shots over the course of the contest, saving 36 in 58:40 minutes of action.

A quick turnaround for both teams as they hit the ice at 4pm Sunday afternoon. Again it was the Chill hitting the box early but Janesville took advantage and scored just 2:13 in. Jackson Decker, the man guilty of the cross-checking minor, tied the game with his first goal of the season with passes from Pontus Jigemark and Jacob Dirks.

The second period saw a flurry of goals including three power play goals from Coulee Region and two goals from Janesville. Plunkett (Tyler Ebner, Decker) and Nick Bowman (2) Brandon Koch, Dirks (2), Jigemark) scored for the Chill.

The third period began with a 4-3 Coulee Region lead and it stayed that way for 18 minutes and ten seconds before Janesville tied the game at four. Just 40 seconds later the Jets took a 5-4 lead and finished with an empty netter with 48 seconds left.

Zetterquist got the night off and gave way to Josh Graziano who saved 25/30 pucks on the afternoon.

Coulee Region plays host to Janesville for the third consecutive game this Saturday night at 7pm.

Coulee Region picks up first win of season in weekend split

The 2017-18 North American Hockey League season isn’t even a month old yet but the Coulee Region Chill just cracked the win column for the first time. And they did it in impressive fashion this past Saturday night in Cloquet against the Minnesota Wilderness.

First things first, though, was the matchup on Friday night. The Chill and Wilderness went head-to-head for the first time on the season in what’s an out-of-division matchup with the Chill located in the Midwest Division and the Wilderness in the Central.

Often with the home team, the Wilderness came out fresh and ready to play from the drop of the opening puck, scoring just 59 seconds in. Emil Zetterquist got the call in net for Coulee Region but the 4+ hour trek North looked to play a factor right out of the gate.

The second period was when the Chill made the most of their noise as Andy McGlynn (Tyler Ebner, Marshal Plunkett) scored on a power play in the first three minutes of the period. The rest of the game was all Wilderness, scoring two more goals throughout the contest.

Zetterquist, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, saw a lot of action throughout, 43 shots total – but picked up the loss.

Saturday night is what head coach Ryan Egan has been waiting for. With just eight returning players from last years team it’s taken some time for the new crew to get the feel for one another. In the first period it was two newcomers – Nick Bowman (Jacob Dirks, Brandon Koch) and Connor Szmul (Koch, Tomas Vochozka) – that got Coulee Region on the board.

In the second and third periods is when the Chill veterans took over. Matt Hines (Pontus Jigemark) and Tyler Ebner (McGlynn, Billy Duma) both scored in the second to put Coulee Region up 4-0 and Duma (McGlynn, Plunkett) finished the scoring out in the third.

After the tough loss on Friday night Zetterquist came back to stonewall the now 3-5-1 Wilderness, saving 35/35 shots on the night.

This weekend the Chill return home for the first time since last season’s home playoff loss to the Janesville Jets to face, you guessed it, the Jets. Saturday nights opener starts at 7pm with the Sunday matchup at 4pm. You can order your tickets by clicking here.

Go Chill!

NAHL Showcase Less Than 2 weeks Away!

 

 

 

 

The 15th annual NAHL Showcase, begins in less than two weeks and will take place at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota from September 20-23, 2017. All 23 NAHL teams will play regular-season games at the Showcase, which is junior hockey’s most prominent and popular event of the entire season.

One of the things the NAHL does better than any other junior league is seeing their players earn an NCAA opportunity while playing and being showcased in the NAHL. A record number of 305 players made an NCAA commitment during the 2016-17 season, with 70% of those being NCAA Division I commitments. The NAHL Showcase plays a big role in that success, with dozens of players each season earning an NCAA Division I opportunity during and following their participation in the event.
The NAHL is also pleased to announce that the United States National Team Development Program 17-Team (NTDP) is playing two games at the NAHL Showcase as part of the event. On Friday, September 22nd they will face off against the Austin Bruins and on Saturday, September 23rd, the will face the Minnesota Magicians. The NAHL and the NTDP have a rich and productive history together, as the NTDP was a full-time member of the NAHL from 1997-2009 and has been a regular part of the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. The NTDP and NAHL will once again team up for the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament to be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan on February 26-27, 2018.
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All NAHL Showcase games will be broadcast live in HD through HockeyTV, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
It will be the first event of the season for the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), which will also be played in conjunction with the Showcase from September 21-24. Now entering its ninth season, the NAPHL is made up of USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I teams that compete in the 18U, 16U and 15U levels. The event will also feature 16 additional teams from the Tier I, High Performance Hockey League (HPHL). This marks the third straight Showcase that the NAHL has partnered with the High Performance Hockey League. The partnership between the NAHL and the HPHL further enhances the Showcase since all see numerous players commit to NCAA programs each season.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts.  For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.
The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.

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.

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.