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Jungwirth Named Runner-Up For NAHL Forward of the Month

It's safe to say Larry Jungwirth found his groove in a Coulee Region Chill uniform during the month of February.

Jungwirth, native of Bloomington, MN, was part of a four-player trade at the end of December that sent forward Michael Wilson to the Minnesota Magicians in exchange for himself and fellow forwards Alex Lambacher and Kevin Dineen.  After appearing in his first game in a Chill uniform on New Years Eve against the Austin Bruins – scoring one assist – and on January 2nd against Janesville he took a few weeks off to nurse an injury.

Once February rolled around Jungwirth was ready to go, scoring two goals – not including the game winner in a shootout – against his former team on the 5th.  He went on to score in five more consecutive games compiling four goals and five assists across the six-game scoring streak.  Jungwirth then capped off the month with two assists against the Minnesota Wilderness as the Chill defeated the defending Robertson Cup Champions three games out of four to end the month.

He and the rest of the Chill have their sights set to make the Robertson Cup Playoffs after a slow start to the season.  Since coming to the organization at the end of December, the Chill are 10-2 in which games Jungwirth has played, and he's scored in eight of those contests; the Chill as a team are 15-4 since the Christmas break.  

As the standings sit today the Chill are just six points back from the Springfield Jr. Blues for the 4th and final spot in the Midwest Divisional playoff race with three games in hand.  They look for the weekend sweep and another two points against the Kenai River Brown Bears tonight at 7pm.

 

 

Kivlenieks Named NAHL Goalie of the Month

It was a great month of February for the Coulee Region Chill.  For Chill goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, February was the best month of hockey he's played all season and was rewarded by being named the NAHL Goalie of the Month.

Entering February, Kivlenieks, a 6'2", 190lb native of Riga, Latvia, was sitting a game under .500 at 7-8.  Fast forward a month and he's helped revive the Chill's 2015-16 campaign and is now sitting at 12-8 with a 2.98 GAA (goals against average) and his .926 save percentage has him ranked 4th among all NAHL goalies.  

In the month of February he went 5-0 with a 1.8 GAA and .948 save percentage.  He kicked off the month with wins against the Austin Bruins on the 6th and 13th and held Midwest divisonal rival – the Minnesota Wilderness – to just four goals on 122 total shots.  On the 20th he held his own as he bested the defending Robertson Cup Champions to just one goal in a shoot-out to keep the Chill undefeated (now 8-0 in overtime and shootouts) in extra hockey and to give the Chill the 2-1 weekend series.

Sitting just eight points behind the Springfield Jr. Blues for 4th place in the Midwest division, Kivlenieks and the Chill are gearing up for a push to make the Robertson Cup Playoffs after a slow start.  With just 15 regular season games remaining there's still time to clinch a playoff berth and it all begins this weekend when the Kenai River Brown Bears come to town.

Kivlenieks, Jungwirth Receive Honorable Mentions

Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks and forward Larry Jungwirth both received honorable mentions from the NAHL after their 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wilderness.

Kivlenieks, native of Riga, Latvia, successfully beat the defending Robertson Cup Champions for the third consecutive time in seven days last Friday night.  In the 4-1 victory he stopped 41/42 pucks, letting in his lone goal of the game in the second period at the 16:30 mark.  Kivlenieks is now 9-1 (12-8 on the season) since New Years Eve with one no decision.  

Jungwirth, native of Bloomington, MN, continues to prove to be one of the missing pieces the Chill needed when he was acquired in the late-December trade with the Minnesota Magicians.  After a goal and two assists last weekend he added another two helpers in this weekends victory against the Wilderness.  His first assist came on Matt Doran's first-period goal to put the Chill up 1-0 and on Justin Kendall's empty netter to cap the night off with four goals for the Coulee Region.  Jungwirth now has four goals and eight assists since joining the Chill right before the New Year.

The Chill are back in action this weekend in La Crosse as they welcome the Kenai River Brown Bears to town for a two-game series.  Puck drops at 7pm both Friday and Saturday night.  Head over to the ticket page and receive your ticket for $1 off the gate price!

Go Chill!

Kivlenieks 1st Star of the Week; Dineen Honorable Mention

Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks was named 1st Star of the Week in the Midwest Division while forward Kevin Dineen was named an honorable mention after the Coulee Region Chill bested Minnesota Wilderness 2-1 in the three-game series.

Kivlenieks, native of Riga, Latvia, has continued his strong performance in the North American Hockey League since his dominating performance in the IIHF World Juniors Div. 1 Group A Championship, leading his home country of Latvia to a gold medal all while earning Goalie of the Tournament honors.  This weekend he shut down the defending Robertson Cup Champions' offense, winning 6-1 Friday night and 3-2 in a shootout Saturday night.  

Friday night Kivlenieks stopped 37/38 shots in the 6-1 win.  Saturday night he stopped 40/42 shots en route to the 3-2 victory.  In the shootout he came up big, stopping 2/3 Wilderness shooters.  Kivlenieks is now 11-8 (8-1 since 12/31) with two shutouts, a 2.47 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Dineen, native of Fairbault, MN, had a big weekend all coming in one night of work.  In Friday nights 6-1 victory he chipped in one goal and three different helpers throughout the course of the game.  His first assist came on the first Chill goal of the game to tie it at 1-1 and his first goal came in the 2nd period to put the Chill up 2-1 and ultimately be the game-winning goal.  His 2nd assist came just 1:53 and third on an empty-net goal, putting the game well out of reach for Minnesota. 

Since joining the Chill at the end of December, Dineen has three goals and nine assists.

The Chill are in action away from home taking on the Minnesota Wilderness once again.  The game is set to take place in Cloquet, MN Friday night at 7:30.  Go Chill!

Weekend Recap: Chill Fall to Wilderness, Top Bruins in OT

Coulee Region Chill 4, Minnesota Wilderness 6

The Chill came into the 2nd weekend in February with a lot of momentum.  Coming into a matchup against the Wilderness, however, the Chill knew they would need to continue to be in their top form against the defending Robertson Cup Champions.

Like the weekend before the Chill got off to a fast start, jumping into a 2-0 lead with goals from Justin Kendall (Kevin Dineen, Larry Jungwirth assisted) and Dom Florian (Jackson Charlesworth, Kevin Dineen).  The Wilderness got one of their own before the 1st intermission but the Chill held the 2-1 lead into the 2nd.

Things started going downhill for the Chill at the start of the 2nd when the Wilderness scored on a power-play goal 5:53 into the period.  The Chill broke the tie off of Kendall’s 2nd goal of the game but Minnesota struck back with their 2nd power-play goal of the period.  Another Wilderness goal at the end of the 2nd game them the 4-3 lead.

Penalties continued to haunt and ultimately hurt the Chill in the 3rd.  The Wilderness converted on two consecutive power plays before the Chill could get another goal in net.  Minnesota finished the night 4-7 on power plays compared to 0-4 for Coulee Region.

Hunter Vorva was in net for the Chill and took the loss while Chase Munroe got the victory for the Wilderness.

Coulee Region Chill 3, Austin Bruins 2 (OT)

Saturday nights matchup against the Austin Bruins in front of a packed house was full of momentum changes as the two teams faced off for the final time in their regular season series.  Jungwirth (Dineen, Kendall) scored early in the first and the Chill held onto their 1-0 lead into the 2nd.  Austin got on the board 14:42 in the the middle frame as the teams entered the 3rd deadlocked at one.

Jade Miller for the Bruins and Kendall for the Chill swapped goals in the 3rd and that’d be it for scoring in regulation.  Just 36 seconds into overtime Nico Luka converted to give the Chill the victory and a split on the weekend.

The Chill will have three chances for redemptions against the Wilderness as they welcome them into town for a three-game home series this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.  Each night the puck drops at 7pm; if you have a college ID Thursday night’s game is free thanks to The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and The Hive.

Go Chill!

 

Kendall Named 2nd Star of the Week; Dineen Honorable Mention

Forwards Justin Kendall and Kevin Dineen were both honored by the NAHL for their strong play this past weekend.

Kendall, a native of nearby Holmen, WI, had his best weekend thus far in his young junior hockey career.  It started Friday night against the Minnesota Wilderness – the defending Robertson Cup Champions – in Cloquet, MN where he contributed two of the four Chill goals.  On Saturday night Kendall and the the Chill returned home for the first time since January 23rd in front of a full crowd looking to best the Austin Bruins in the season series.  Kendall came up big including assisting on Larry Jungwirths goal in the first and scoring the tying goal in the third to force overtime. With four points on the weekend, Kendall now has 14 points on the season including seven goals and seven assists.

Dineen, native of Fairbault, MN, finally found his groove since joining the Chill organization at the end of December.  Friday night against the Wilderness he provided three helpers on four of the Chill goals, and another Saturday night against the Bruins.  In 12 games played with Coulee Region, Dineen now has two goals and six assists.

Weekend Recap: Chill Extend Strong 2016, Sweep Weekend

Coulee Region Chill 5, Minnesota Magicians 4

 

The Chill carried their success in January into last Friday night’s game against the Magicians.  10:37 into the game Scott Corbett – NAHL honorable mention this past weekend – scored (Alex Falconer, Matt Doran assisted) the first and only goal in the 1st period to put the Chill on top 1-0.

 

Things kept rolling for the Chill at the start of the period as Dom Florian (Alex Lambacher, Isaac Theisen) beat Minnesota goalie Will Ulrich just 1:50 into the period.  Former Magician and also an NAHL honorable mention from this past weekend Larry Jungwirth made it 3-0 with helpers from Jackson Charlesworth and Justin Kendall less than two minutes later.  The Magicians took advantage of a power play and converted on a short-handed goal in the back half of the 2nd but the Chill still carried a 3-2 lead into the 3rd.

 

Things got interesting at the start of the final frame as Minnesota converted on their 2nd powerplay of the night.  Jungwirth gave the Chill the lead again nine minutes into the period but Brady Heppner tied it back up at 4-4 with less than five minutes to go.  

 

Knotted up at four’s is how the two teams would begin overtime.  After both put three shots on net they went into a shootout.

 

Nico Luka started the shootout for the Chill.  After Luka failed to capitalize on his one-on-one showdown with Ulrich, Chill goalie Hunter Vorva turned his attention to Jake Cass of the Magicians.  Vorva gave up four goals on 24 shots during regulation but he was a wall on Cass’ shot.  Florian was up next; after carrying some confidence from his 2nd-period goal, he put another past Ulrich and gave the Chill the 1-0 advantage in the shootout.  After Vorva stopped another Magicians shooter, Jungwirth had the opportunity to put the final nail in the coffin against his former team.  Like Florian, Jungwirth came into the shootout with enough confidence in beating his former teammate that he did just that, giving the Chill the 5-4 shootout victory!

 

Coulee Region Chill 4, Austin Bruins 3

Next up was another showdown with the Bruins in Austin, a rink that the Chill have found success in all season long.  After coming off of a big shootout victory it was going to be key for the Chill to walk into a hostile environment – Pink in the Rink Night for the Bruins – with a level head.

 

Like the night before, the Chill got off to a fast start with goals from Kevin Dineen (Kendall, Jungwirth) and Joey Sofo (Lambacher, Luka).  Gilbert Gabor finished off the scoring in the first as the Chill went into the 2nd with a 2-1 lead.

 

After Sofo scored on a powerplay goal in the 1st, Isaac Theisen converted on one of his own 7:43 into the 2nd with help from Florian and Charlesworth.

 

Over the course of the rest of the 2nd and halfway through the 3rd the Chill let the lead slip through their hands as Bruins Jade Miller and Austin Rueschhoff tied it up.  But with 7:08 remaining Corbett (Caleb Schroer, Phil Erickson) converted on his 2nd goal on the weekend and the Chill would go on to win 4-3 and sweep the weekend.

 

After Vorva picked up the win Friday night, Matiss Kivlenieks would pick up the win Saturday night after saving 33/36 shots.  Kristofer Carlson took the loss for Austin, saving 15 of the 19 shots he faced.

 

The Chill will be away again this Friday in a showdown with the 2nd place (Midwest Division) Minnesota Wilderness.  Friday they’ll return home for the first time since January 23rd in a matchup against the Bruins, their final of the season.  Game-night will be presented by McDonald’s Courtesy Corporation with the puck set to drop at 7pm.

 

Go Chill!

 

Corbett, Jungwirth Named Honorable Mentions

Coulee Region Chill forwards Scott Corbett and Larry Jungwirth have been named honorable mentions by the NAHL after last weekends wins against the Minnesota Magicians and Austin Bruins.

Corbett, native of Carmel, IN, ended what was a long two-month scoreless streak last Friday against the Magicians.  His goal in the 1st period was his first since December 4th against the Springfield Jr. Blues.   He took that confidence into Saturday nights game against the Bruins and scored another goal with just over seven minutes to play.  His second goal of the weekend would ultimately be the game-winning goal that gave the Chill their 4th weekend sweep since New Years Eve.  Corbett now has five goals and five assists in his first season with the organization.

Jungwirth, native of Bloomington, MN, had possibly his best weekend as a junior hockey player thus far for a couple of reasons.  Not only did his two goals in Friday nights victory against the Magicians help lead the Chill to a victory, but he did it in his first game playing against his former teammates.  Like Corbett, Jungwirth followed up a great Friday night with a helping hand in Saturday nights victory against the Bruins, contributing an assist on Kevin Dinnens goal in the first.  With the two goals on Friday night and assist Saturday night, Jungwirth now has 2 goals and two assists in a Chill uniform.  

Corbett, Jungwirth and the rest of the Chill will need to carry their momentum into this Fridays game set to take place against the Minnesota Wilderness away from La Crosse.  They'll then cap off their season series against the Bruins at home Saturday night in a game presented by Courtesy Corporation.  Get $1 off your tickets now by heading over to the ticket page and pre-ordering!

Go Chill!! 

Kivlenieks Runner-Up, Florian Honorable Mention For Their Play in January

Today the North American Hockey League announced that goalie Matiss Kivlenieks was named the runner-up for Goalie of the Month in January, and forward Dominik Florian was named an honorable mention among forwards across the league.

Kivlenieks came into the month of January fresh off of a gold medal and Best Goaltender of the Tournament honors as he backstopped his home country of Latvia to the Championship title of the IIHF World Junior Div. I Group A Championship, held in Vienna, Austria.  

The 6'2" Riga native wasn't done then as his great work in net came back to the states with him.  Through the month of January, Kivlenieks posted a 3-1 (one no-decision) all while posting two shutouts and saving 118 pucks for a .941 save percentage.  His goals-against-average over the span of the month was 1.65.

Kivlenieks is now 7-8 on the season with two shutouts, a 2.61 GAA and .918 save percentage.

The accolades didn't stop there for the Chill players.  Playing in his second season with the Coulee Region Chill, Florian completed his best month to date.  Throughout January he broke three of his personal records and tied another.

Florian finished with six goals and seven assists for 13 points and a +6.  The latter-three stats were all a career best for a single month of work.  Florian previously scored six goals in one month back in November of 2014.  In the game this past Friday (1/29/2016) against the Springfield Jr. Blues he recorded three assists in one game for the first time in career.

Kivlenieks, Florian and the rest of the Chill are back in action Friday and Saturday night!  Friday they'll be traveling to take on the Minnesota Magicians and head South Saturday to face the Austin Bruins.

Go Chill! 

To view the rest of the awards around the NAHL, click here.

Lambacher Replaces Theisen in 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament

With the news coming out this past weekend of Chill forward Isaac Theisen making his NCAA D1 commitment to the Air Force Academy, there's been a change in the roster of the Midwest team for the 2016 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.  Due to his commitment, Theisen will no longer be participating.  Chill forward Alex Lambacher will be taking Theisens' spot in the tournament, representing Coulee Region and the NAHL as one of the top prospects in the league.

Lambacher, native of Val Gardena, ITA, was acquired by the Chill in a trade with the Minnesota Magicians right before the new year.  Playing in his first season of NAHL hockey, Lambacher has compiled nine goals and 15 assists, three goals and one assist with the Chill.  Three of his four points in a Chill uniform came in last Friday's come-from-behind victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Lambacher will be joining teammates Dominik Florian (forward) and Matiss Kivlenieks (goalie) at the tournament that's set to take place February 15th and 16th in Plymouth, MI.