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.
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!
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) released the 2016-17 schedule this morning. The Coulee Region Chill have 28 home games, 20 of which are against opposing Midwest Division Opponents the Springfield Jr. Blues, Janesville Jets, Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River Brown Bears and Minnesota Magicians. Six home games will be played against the Austin Bruins (four) and old divisional foe, the Minnesota Wilderness (two). The remaining two home games will be played at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN.
Here are important dates to remember:
September 21-14: NAHL Showcase in Blaine, MN
October 22nd: Chill home opener vs. Austin Bruins
October 28th & 29th: Defending Robertson Cup Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs are in town
February 27th & 28th: 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament
April 6th: Home regular-season finale vs. Janesville Jets
The Coulee Region Chill acquired defenseman Marshal Plunkett in trade from the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
Plunkett, a native of nearby West Salem, WI, recently completed his first season in the NAHL where he competed in 38 games with the 2016 Robertson Cup Champions. He was the youngest player on the Ice Dogs roster and accumulated one goal and three assists and a +13 rating over the season. Before making the jump to the NAHL, Plunkett played for the Madison Capitols 16U team of the NAPHL. During the 2014-15 season he competed in 60 games for the Capitols and scored 12 goals and had 15 assists for a total of 27 points. During the season Plunkett was named to the 2015 NAPHL Top Prospects All-Star game where former Chill Coach AJ Degenhardt coached his team. He had two goals in the All-Star game including the game winning goal. Plunkett also participated in the the Jr. Chill AAA developmental program in past summers and will continue to develop and train this summer with the program under his new Coach Ryan Egan.
Coach Egan had this to say about Plunkett, “We are extremely excited about the acquisition of Marshal Plunkett from the Fairbanks Ice dogs. We are getting a fantastic person and a young veteran player that knows what it takes to win a championship in this league. The fact that Marshal is also from the Coulee Region is an added bonus to our organization.”