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Bittersweet home opener for the Chill

Over 1700 fans came out to cheer for the new team in town as the Chill took the ice for the first time in the Onalaska Omni Center this weekend.  However the Chill were not able to give the win that would have made this opener shine.

Friday started out well holding 0-0 through the first period, but then penalty trouble in the second gave Aberdeen the chance to put some away.  The Chill’s Lucas Dillon, Andrew Pitts and Conner Gaarder had a couple good chances but could not get them in and the Wings won 3-0 on Friday night.

Saturday’s hunt for the net ended in an exciting second period for the 700 fans when Scott Bell tipped in Gaarder’s shot putting the Chill on the board.  Thirty seconds later, Zac Frischmon slipped past the Aberdeen Goalie’s lower left side to bring the Chill within one of the Wings.   Next was David Mylrea at eleven minutes into the second to even the score at 3-3.  Then a go ahead goal by Frischmon redirected from Matt Bloomquist’s shot at the point.

In the third, Aberdeen was able to tie up the game and force the OT four on four.  The Chill had posession for most of the five OT minutes, but could not avoid the shootout.  In the end the Chill were upset 2-1 in the shootout, losing two this weekend against the Wings.

Chill split with Bobcats and retain first place.

Although outshot 39-23, the Chill were able to hold on to their first place lead in the NAHL Central Division.  Zac Frischmon’s goal in the second period started the Chill in the lead and a third period tiebreaker by Berkley Scott gave them the win.

Similar story on Saturday, but this game did not end the same as Bismarck defeated the Coulee Region 3-1.   The game was tied 1-1 in the second period on another goal by Frischmon, but the Bobcats took advantage of the power play and went ahead with three minutes left in the second period.   One more with five minutes left in the third finished the game.

The Chill come off the split this weekend and get right to work for their 3 week home stretch including the home opener this weekend against the Aberdeen Wings.   Don’t miss it.

On the road again…one more time before home opener

The Chill are in Bismarck this weekend to defend their first place spot in the NAHL Central Division against the 2009-10 NAHL Playoff Champion Bismarck Bobcats on Friday and Saturday.  The Bobcats are currently in the number two spot just behind the Chill and will certainly looking to take the lead away from them.  Should make for some great hockey this weekend.

While the team is away, work continues at home to get ready for the first home stand next week against the Aberdeen Wings.   The excitement of what is to come drives the Chill staff to finish up the details before the first OmniCenter face off on October 29th

Be sure to catch the action this weekend on FastHockey.com or ESPN Radio (LaCrosse) and come out to catch the action live at home next weekend.

Chill split with Wings in Aberdeen.

Friday night, the Chill trailed 2-1 through two periods, until taking back the lead early in the third period as Matt Blomquist and David Ripple scored 57 seconds apart. Zac Frischmon made it 4-2 with a short-handed goal at the 7:09 mark.

The Chill entered the game ranked second in the NAHL in penalty killing (94.1 percent).               All five Wings power plays were put down by the Chill along with scoring two short-handed goals, the other by Ben Jaremko in the first period.

Saturday's game started off so nicely for the Chill, but then turned around as Wings rallied in the second. 

The Chill scored three goals to start, but Aberdeen scored the next five and held off a Coulee Region comeback for a 6-4 victory.

The series split puts the Chill record at 6-1-1, still holding on to the lead in the NAHL Central division.  Followed closely by last year's NAHL Champion Bismarck Bobcats which they will face next on Oct. 22nd in Bismarck.

Extra work on defense sets up scoring for veteran Chill trio

La Crosse Tribune | Joel Badzinski | Thursday, October 7, 2010

ONALASKA – Coulee Region Chill coach Garrett Strot knows all too well that some forwards couldn't find their team's end of the ice even with a GPS installed in their helmets.

That's why Strot appreciates the work Connor Gaarder, Berkley Scott and Zac Frischmon have done in the early portion of this season.

The veteran trio not only lead the Chill (5-0-1) in scoring but in plus-minus ratings, which reveals how many even-strength goals a team has scored or given up with a specific player on the ice.

"You have guys who are high-end scorers, and that's all," Strot said. "These guys play both ends. They take pride in their plus-minus and are really conscious of that part of it."

Gaarder has scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and is a plus-six; Scott (3-3-6) and Frischmon (4-2-6) are plus-five.

"All this success starts in the defensive zone," Gaarder said. "If you're doing your job there and in the offensive zone, points will come."

The three played on a line together for the Chill's first six games but have been split up for this weekend's series at Aberdeen (S.D.) as Strot continues to look at combinations.

"Plus-minus is a big deal to us," Frischmon said. "Coaches, especially at the next level, are looking for players who can play well not only offensively but defensively. It's just one more thing that adds to your game and separates you from the next guy."

Strot insists on defensive awareness from all five skaters on the ice, so Chill forwards know they have to help out in their own end. What Gaarder, Scott and Frischmon have done is take that philosophy to the next level.

"They're such determined players," Strot said. "They've been playing through the puck, not just to it, on defense. At the (NAHL) Showcase, an NHL scout said he'd never seen Berkley work that hard, and he was right. Berkley was backchecking, blocking shots."

Scott, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound wing, was acquired by the Chill from Alaska this past August to add size and scoring punch. His defensive awareness has fit right in, too.

"We all have to earn our spots," said Scott, who scored 30 points and was plus-seven for the Avalanche. "You can't just expect to be in the lineup and play. We all have to go 110 percent here every day."

Gaarder and Frischmon both played for North Iowa, which relocated to Onalaska, in 2009-10. The team went 15-37-6 as Gaarder (minus-six) and Frischmon (minus-34) played their first seasons of junior hockey.

"Everybody says defense wins championships," Frischmon said. "That's obviously what we're looking for. We want to succeed as a team as well as individually, and that'll get everybody more attention and a better chance to move on."

PAUL'S WALL: Chill goaltender Paul Moberg ranks third in save percentage (.946) and sixth in goals against average (1.93) in the NAHL. Strot said Moberg, a second-year junior player, has been contacted by a number of NCAA Division I schools, led by Air Force, Canisius and Michigan Tech. The National Letter of Intent early signing period is Nov. 10-17.

Extra work on defense sets up scoring for veteran Chill trio

La Crosse Tribune | Joel Badzinski | Thursday, October 7, 2010

ONALASKA – Coulee Region Chill coach Garrett Strot knows all too well that some forwards couldn't find their team's end of the ice even with a GPS installed in their helmets.

That's why Strot appreciates the work Connor Gaarder, Berkley Scott and Zac Frischmon have done in the early portion of this season.

The veteran trio not only lead the Chill (5-0-1) in scoring but in plus-minus ratings, which reveals how many even-strength goals a team has scored or given up with a specific player on the ice.

"You have guys who are high-end scorers, and that's all," Strot said. "These guys play both ends. They take pride in their plus-minus and are really conscious of that part of it."

Gaarder has scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and is a plus-six; Scott (3-3-6) and Frischmon (4-2-6) are plus-five.

"All this success starts in the defensive zone," Gaarder said. "If you're doing your job there and in the offensive zone, points will come."

The three played on a line together for the Chill's first six games but have been split up for this weekend's series at Aberdeen (S.D.) as Strot continues to look at combinations.

"Plus-minus is a big deal to us," Frischmon said. "Coaches, especially at the next level, are looking for players who can play well not only offensively but defensively. It's just one more thing that adds to your game and separates you from the next guy."

Strot insists on defensive awareness from all five skaters on the ice, so Chill forwards know they have to help out in their own end. What Gaarder, Scott and Frischmon have done is take that philosophy to the next level.

"They're such determined players," Strot said. "They've been playing through the puck, not just to it, on defense. At the (NAHL) Showcase, an NHL scout said he'd never seen Berkley work that hard, and he was right. Berkley was backchecking, blocking shots."

Scott, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound wing, was acquired by the Chill from Alaska this past August to add size and scoring punch. His defensive awareness has fit right in, too.

"We all have to earn our spots," said Scott, who scored 30 points and was plus-seven for the Avalanche. "You can't just expect to be in the lineup and play. We all have to go 110 percent here every day."

Gaarder and Frischmon both played for North Iowa, which relocated to Onalaska, in 2009-10. The team went 15-37-6 as Gaarder (minus-six) and Frischmon (minus-34) played their first seasons of junior hockey.

"Everybody says defense wins championships," Frischmon said. "That's obviously what we're looking for. We want to succeed as a team as well as individually, and that'll get everybody more attention and a better chance to move on."

PAUL'S WALL: Chill goaltender Paul Moberg ranks third in save percentage (.946) and sixth in goals against average (1.93) in the NAHL. Strot said Moberg, a second-year junior player, has been contacted by a number of NCAA Division I schools, led by Air Force, Canisius and Michigan Tech. The National Letter of Intent early signing period is Nov. 10-17.

The Chill duel Janesville for the Dairyland Trophy

The Janesville Jets and the Coulee Region Chill are the only two Wisconsin teams in the 26-team NAHL. This season, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) is sponsoring a travelling trophy for the winner of a competition between the two teams. The Jets and Chill will go face-to-face eight times during the 2010-2011 season, which kicked off earlier this month, and winner of the series gets the America’s Dairyland Milk Can Trophy and statewide bragging rights.

Their first face-off is tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Janesville Ice Arena and another game tomorrow night.  They play again Nov. 24, Dec. 19 and 31 of 2010, and Jan. 1, March 3, and March 19 of 2011.

For more team news, follow the Jets and Chill on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JanesvilleJETS1and www.twitter.com/CRCHILL.

Chill ice Brown Bears

LaCrosse Tribune | Tribune Staff | Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Coulee Region Chill can safely call their opening week a success.

For Chill goalie Aaron Davis, his opening day was a success, too.

The Chill defeated the Kenai River Brown Bears 6-3 on Saturday in their final game in the NAHL Showcase at Schwans Super Rink and finished their four-day road trip with a 3-0-1 record.

Davis, a year removed from starting for Mound (Minn.) Westonka High School, gave up a pair of first-period goals but settled down to record the victory in his first start. The 5-foot-8, 150-pounder finished with 30 saves and helped turn back all four of the Brown Bears' power plays.

The Chill put together a three-goal burst within a span of 61/2 minutes in the second period to seize control. Berkely Scott scored the first goal at 3 minutes, 30 seconds, and he assisted on a goal by Zac Frischmon that ended the surge with a power-play goal at the 10:07 mark.

Scott added another goal in the third period.

Connor Gaarder assisted goals by Matt Blomquist and Scott in the third period, giving him an NAHL-leading seven.