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Weekend Recap: Chill Get Big Wins in Austin, Janesville

Coulee Region 5, Austin Bruins 2


This last weekends games got an early start on New Years Eve as the Chill traveled to Austin, MN to take on the Austin Bruins. In a series that has seen both teams successful at each others home ice it was going to be anybody’s game as Chill looked to finish 2015 with a win!

There was little action in the first with the exception of a goal from Justin Kendall (Larry Jungwirth assisted) to put Coulee Region up 1-0 early.  Austin made necessary adjustments during the first intermission and came out firing, scoring goals at 6:32 and 7:40 (power play) into the second frame.  Dominik Florian scored one halfway through the period to take the Bruins into the second intermission knotted up at two.

The third was all about the Chill.  Nico Luka (Davis Zembergs, Scott Corbitt), Florian, and Caleb Schroer (unassisted) all scored at 5:30, 6:52, and 16:41, respectively, in the third to give Coulee Region a 5-2 victory over their out-of-division rivals from the West.

Matiss Kivlenieks, fresh off of leading his home country of Latvia to the championship title of the IIHF World Junior Div. 1 Group A Championship and being awarded as the Best Goaltender of the Tournament, got the win after saving 28 of 30 shots through the contest.

Coulee Region 5, Janesville Jets 0

After a day off on New Years Day the Chill traveled to take on their Wisconsin divisional foe, the Janesville Jets.  

Coulee Region used their explosive third period from two nights before to take an early 2-0 lead on the Jets in the first off of goals from Aussie Miller (Alex Falconer, Shane Kuzmeski) and Florian (Theisen).  The Chill didn’t stop there as they put two more pucks in the back of the net in the second thanks to Nico Luka (Kevin Dineen, Justin Kendall) and a power play goal from Dineen (Luka).  There was no scoring in the third until Matt Doran scored – unassisted – on a power play with an empty net to move the score to 5-0.

That’s all the scoring that there’d be Saturday night as Kivlenieks stonewalled the Jets offense, saving 24/24 shots.  After this weekend he improved his GAA to 2.72 and save percentage to .916%.

The Chill are back in action as they open up their 2016 home games this Friday and Saturday night against the Springfield Jr. Blues!  Both pucks drop at 7pm.  Go Chill!

Note: Saturdays game will be a La Crosse Freeze/Coulee Region Chill doubleheader with the Freeze game starting at 3pm.  Be on the lookout for ticket deals this week!

Matiss Kivlenieks Leads Latvia to IIHF World Juniors Div. 1 Group A Championship

Current Coulee Region Chill and NAHL netminder Matiss Kivlenieks was selected as the Best Goaltender of the Tournament 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.  Kivlenieks, a native of Riga, Latvia, led the event with a 1.71 goals against average and a 94.1% save percentage, helping Latvia win and advance to next year’s main IIHF World Junior Championships against the likes of the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, etc.

Kivlenieks returned home and started in the Chills' two wins this past weekend saving 28/30 shots last Thursday in a 5-2 win against the Austin Bruins and 24/24 shot in Saturday nights shutout against the Janesville Jets.

Chill Hope to End 2015, Start 2016 on Positive Note

After what seemed to be a long week off with all the players enjoying their time back home for the holidays, they're back in the building preparing for what they hope to be a successful end to 2015 and start to 2016.

The Chill travel to Austin, MN to take on the Austin Bruins this Thursday on New Years Eve.  It will certainly be a solid test for the Chill going up against the Central-Division leading Bruins but it's not a feat they'll step down from.  On November 6th the Chill went into Austin and handed the Bruins a 6-2 loss.  They'll be looking to do the same Thursday night when the puck drops at 7:05pm

A win on Thursday evening would provide a great feeling to the players as they prepare for their first game in 2016 against the 16-8 Janesville Jets.  The game will be played away from the Green Island Ice Arena in Janesville, WI.  Puck drops at 7pm 

The Chill return home the following weekend on January 8th and 9th as they will go head-to-head in a weekend series against the Springfield Jr. Blues.  You can guarantee your seat early by heading over to the tickets page and pre-purchasing tickets for that weekend!

Weekend Recap: Chill Fall To The Wilderness Last Friday

Friday Night: Coulee Region Chill 1, Minnesota Wilderness 5

The Coulee Region Chill couldn't hold off the Minnesota Wilderness in hopes of getting the only two points available this past weekend.

The first period in Friday nights contest was competitive with no scoring and only one penalty (Aussie Miller, check from behind).  The second period is when the Wilderness turned it up a notch and started getting pucks on net, a total of 20 in the second period compared to just 8 for the Chill.  The Wilderness converted on two of those shots with Tristan Rostagno and Tyler Cline both putting pucks in the back of the net.

It was just a 2-0 lead heading into the third period.  Aaron Miller scored with just 1:24 into the period and Brian Hurley scored on a power play goal for the Wilderness after Nico Luka was sent to the penalty blox after being called for head contact.  The Chill reached the scoreboard 13:12 into the final frame on a Dom Florian goal with helpers from Isaac Theisen and Jackson Charlesworth.  Brett Heikkila finished the scoring off for the night with under two minutes to play and the Wilderness went on to win 5-1.

Hunter Vorva got the call in net once again with Matiss Kivlenieks gone to Latvia for the month.  For the third consecutive game Vorva faced over 40 SOG, this time saving 37/42.

The Chill are back in action this weekend at home with a game Friday night against the Minnesota Magicians and Saturday night against the Austin Bruins.  Both pucks drop at 7pm at the Green Island Ice Arena.


Weekend Recap:Chill Split Series Against Jr. Blues

The Coulee Region Chill got two of four points this past weekend as they split their series against the Springfield Jr. Blues.

Friday Night: Coulee Region Chill 3, Springfield Jr. Blues 1

It had been a month and a half since the Chill and Jr. Blues had faced each other on the ice, last playing in a weekend series on Oct. 10 and 11 in La Crosse, WI.  Both teams got off to a slow start after neither could find twine in the first period.  The second started off the scoring for the Chill as Scott Corbett scored with an assist from Phil Erickson.  Isaac Theisen made it 2-0 seven minutes later with a helper from Dom Florian before the Jr. Blues jumped on the board with their first and only goal via Brennan Blaszczak 16:38 into the second.  

The Chill capped off the scoring for the night and essentially the nail in Springfields coffin in the third after defenseman Matt Doran, playing in his 62nd NAHL contest, scored his first goal of his career. 

Hunter Vorva was in net for the Chill and had one of the best performances of his career as he saved 42/43 shots on the night for the win.  The 43 shots against tied a career high as he also faced 43 shots against Springfield back on Oct. 3 of this season.

Saturday Night: Coulee Region Chill 2, Springfield Jr. Blues 3

It's been a season of close games between the Chill and Jr. Blues and Saturday night was no different. Unlike the night before the Jr. Blues got on the board first but their lead lasted just over eight minutes before Brady Ferner tied the game at one's.  

The second period was a back-and-forth battle, Springfield scoring first and the Chill knotting it up at two with Ferner's second goal of the night.  The tie only lasted :23 seconds, however, and it'd be the final scoring of the game.

Vorva was in net once again and he saw another ambush of shots, 40 in total.  Niko Della Maggorie scored the win for the Jr. Blues after saving 30/32 shots on the night.

The Chill only have one game this weekend as they face the Minnesota Wilderness – away from home – Friday night.  Puck drops at 7:30!

Weekend Recap: Chill Struggle Back At Home

After going 3-1 in Alaska the two weekends before, the Coulee Region Chill fail to pick up a win this past week.

Coulee Region Chill 1, Austin Bruins 4

The first period in last Wednesday nights game saw both the Bruins and the Chill both score.  Austin scored first 15:39 into the period but the Chill knotted it up 12 seconds before the 1st intermission on a short-handed goal by Michael Wilson.

The story of the second period was the Chills ability to keep Austins' Gilber Gabor from scoring on the power play.  Of the two penalties committed by Coulee Region in the second, Gabor scored on both of them, one at 2:04 and the other at 12:08 into the period.  Evan Cholak finished out the scoring for the Bruins at the 16:56 mark in the second.

Both Chill goalies saw action throughout the contest.  Hunter Vorva saved 19/23 shots before Matiss Kivlenieks came in for relief at the 36:56 mark, going on to save 7/7 shots.  Robbie Goor picked up the win for Austin.

Coulee Region Chill 3, Minnesota Magicians 4

Friday nights contest started out fast and furious for the Chill.  Nico Luka and Brady Ferner both scored off of power-play goals to put the team up 2-0 but the Magicians handled the second half of the first, Pierce Crawford scoring on a power-play goal himself and Casey Jerry scoring with teams at full strength.

The only action in the second was a second goal from Jerry to put the Magicians up 3-2.  Mitch Slattery scored midway through the third to put Minnesota up 4-2 for 44 seconds. That's when Chill forward Shane Kuzmeski made it interesting down the stretch to come within one but that's all the Chill had for the Magicians on blue Friday at the Green Island Ice Arena.

Kivlenieks took the start for the Chill and saved 20/24 shots; Will Ulrich saved 34/37 shots for the Magicians and picked up the win.

Coulee Region Chill 2, Minnesota Magicians 5

The Magicians returned to La Crosse on Sunday afternoon and got off to the same fast start the Chill got off to a couple nights before.  Alex Lambacher scored first and Crawford scored his second power-play goal on the weekend to put the Magicians up 2-0 after one.  The second was a back-and-forth battle with Justin Kendall and Wilson both finding twine for the Chill and Owen Larson and Jerry both scoring for the Magicians.  The thrid period was quiet until Braxton Collins scored on an empty net goal with one second left in the contest to bring the final score to 5-2, Magicians.

The Chill continued to pepper Ulrich with shots just like the Friday night before, this time putting 47 on him.  He was too much, however, saving 45 through the night.  Vorva was in net for the Chill, saving 19/23.

The Chill are in action this weekend with a weekend series against the Springfield Jr. Blues away from home.  Friday and Saturday night games will both start at 7:05.

Florian, Luka Receive Honorable Mentions From NAHL

Dom Florian, forward, and Nico Luka, defenseman, receive honorable mentions for their efforts this past weekend against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.  Florian, Luka and the rest of the Chill players split the series against the Ice Dogs, winning 5-4 in overtime on Friday night and falling by a score of 2-3 on Saturday night.

Florian, native of Vlasim, CZE, was a key component in the 5-4 victory against the Ice Dogs on Friday night.  He contributed two goals and two assists throughout the game for a total of four points. His goals came in the first period (power-play goal) and also late in the third to give the Chill the lead before the Ice Dogs scored late with an extra attacker to take the game into overtime.  Florian was then responsible for assisting forward Michael Wilson on the game-winning goal.  On Saturday night Florian contributed an assist on a Justin Kendall goal.  Florian finished with two goals and three assists for five points on the weekend with a -1 +/-.

Luka, of Bartlett, IL, was also an imporant asset to the victory on Friday night.  He assisted on the two Florian goals and finished the night with a +3 +/-.  On Saturday night Luka assisted along with Florian on Kendalls goal in the first period, finishing with three assists and a +3 +/- on the weekend split.

Chill Split Series Against Fairbanks

The Coulee Region Chill split their series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs this past weekend.

Friday nights game was an overtime thriller that resulted in a 5-4 win for the Chill.  The game was dominated offensively by Dom Florian (two goals, two assists) and Michael Wilson (one goal, two assists).  Wilsons’ lone goal – and only shot throughout the game – came in overtime to win.  Other goals scored by the Chill were Isaac Theisen in the first and Aussie Miller in the second.  Both Hunter Vorva (34/36 saves) and Matiss Kivlenieks (16/18 saves) were in net throughout the night with Kivlenieks picking up the win.

Saturday nights game was much like the night before.  The Ice Dogs scored first off of a power-play goal via Logan Coomes but Justin Kendall answered back with a power-play goal of his own.  The Chill took the lead midway through the second after Theisen – second on the weekend – while shorthanded.  Jakob Stridsberg of Fairbanks scored to tie the game up at two but Coomes scored his second of the night for Fairbanks with 1:02 left and it proved to be the game winner as the Chill fell by a score of 2-3.  Kivlenieks was in net once again, saving 39/42 shots on the night.  Gavin Nieto got the win for Fairbanks, saving 26/28 shots.

The Chill are back in action throughout the next week.  The following games will be played at the Green Island Ice Arena in La Crosse, WI:

  • Wednesday, November 25th vs. Austin Bruins at 7pm
  • Friday, November 27th vs. Minnesota Magicians at 7pm
  • Sunday, November 29th vs. Minnesota Magicians at 5pm

Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered now by following the link here.  Go Chill!

Schroer Receives Honorable Mention From NAHL


Caleb Schroer, forward from Wisconsin Rapids, WI, has gotten off to a fast start since joining the Coulee Region Chill at the end of October.  In only six games played it’s safe to say Schroer is certainly feeling at home in his home state, contributing five total points (three goals, two assists).  In his previous 32 games played with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Schroer had only tallied two goals and four assists.

It’s worth noting that since joining the Chill, Schroer has contributed a point in every game that the team has won, going 4-0.  Games he hasn’t scored an assist or goal?  The Chill are 0-2. 

This last weekend Schroer had arguably his best weekend in the NAHL, garnering honorable mention accolades in the Midwest Division.  On Friday night he assisted on a goal and Saturday night he assisted on another goal and put one of his own in.  The last time Schroer had scored a goal and an assist in the same night was on December 30th of last year.

Schroer will face his former team this weekend as he and the Chill travel to Fairbanks to take on the Ice Dogs on Friday and Saturday night.

Chill Sweep Brown Bears

The Coulee Region Chill got off to the start they needed for their four-game set against divisional foes in Alaska, the Kenai River Brown Bears and Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

This past weekend the Chill faced the Brown Bears first.  Kenai River jumped out on top of the Chill early in the opening period but the Chill answered back with a goal of their own courtesy of Dom Florian.  The second period was eventful as the Chill barraged three goals on the Brown Bears – two coming via the power play – in :46 seconds of game play.  Brady Ferner and Michael Wilson chipped in the power play goals and Justin Kendall scored the third for his first NAHL goal in his very first game.  The Nico Luka scored a goal early in the third to make the score 5-1 before the Brown Bears scored one late but it wasn't enough as the Chill held onto the victory.  Hunter Vorva was in net and saved 21/23 shots on the night.

Saturday night was much like the night before.  The Brown Bears scored the first two goals of the game but it was all Chill after that with three goals coming in the second from Phil Erickson, Isaac Theisen and Davis Zembergs and three more goals in the third via Joey Sofo, Will Reedy and Caleb Schroer.  Throughout the night the Chill pelted Brown Bear goalie Brian Baker with 51 total shots; on the opposite side of the ice, Vorva only saw 20 shots throughout the contest and went on to pick up his second consecutive win.

The Chill will be taking on Fairbanks this weekend with games on both Friday and Saturday night.