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Chill’s Season Ends in Division Finals

The Chill were able to get a home series against the St. Louis Jr. Blues for the Central Division Finals. The first game was Friday, March 22nd at 7 PM. The Chill knew this was going to be a tough series, they had battled for first place in the Central Division all season with the Jr. Blues and split each series against them evenly.

Friday’s game would begin feeling like playoff hockey, a back and forth game until midway through the period, where the Chill were the first to get on the board. A goal from Connor Losen, with assists from Thomas Magnavite and Brandon Ratzloff would give the Chill the 1-0 lead. Their lead wouldn’t last long unfortunately, just a few minutes later the Jr. Blues tie it up 1-1. Then less than a minute later they take the 2-1 lead over the Chill. The period will end with the Jr. Blues adding one more goal to their score to make it 3-1 as they headed into the locker room for the first intermission. The second period would see no scoring from either team. Then much like the first, the third period would see the first goal from the Chill. A goal from Marco Escobar midway through the third period, with help from Toon De Schepper, would cut the Jr. Blues lead to one and make it 3-2. A couple minutes later, the Jr. Blues would take the two goal lead once again, making it 4-2 and then not long after, scoring again to make it 5-2. The Chill would pull the goalie with a minute left in the game in hopes to make a comeback but the Jr. Blues would gain control of the puck and score on the empty net to make the final score 6-2 in favor of St. Louis. Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 29 of the 34 shots he faced during the game. The Chill needed to win their next game in order to force a game 3 in hopes to make it to the Fraser Cup.

On Saturday, the Chill started the game out much like the night before, getting on the board first at the 7:22 mark of the first with a goal from Brandon Ratzloff, assist to Thomas Magnavite and Brady Lindauer, to give them the 1-0 lead. That would be the score heading into the first intermission. The second period was a very even period between both teams, but in the last five minutes of the period the Jr. Blues came alive and score 3 back to back goals to take the lead 3-1 going into the final period of play. The third period was back to very even play, but even with the Chill pulling their goalie in the final minute it still wasn’t enough to get a comeback on the red hot Jr. Blues. The final score would remain 3-1 and St. Louis was heading to the Fraser Cup. Goalie Michael Janke stopped a total of 29 out of 32 shots he faced.

Besides the loss in the Central Division finals, the Chill ended with an amazing season. For the first time in franchise history they finished in the #1 spot in the Central Division during the regular season. They ended with a regular season record of 36-9-1-1 and 74 points. They went 2-3-0-0 during the playoffs.

We would like to thank all of the players, coaches, staff, volunteers, billets, parents, and fans for a fantastic season and it would not have been possible without all of you! We will see you next season!

Chill Comeback to Win Semifinal Series

After a tough loss on the road in Peoria, IL in Game 1 of the Central Division Semifinals, the Chill were looking to make a big change on home ice and stretch the series to 3 games.

On Saturday, the two teams would remain tied 0-0 for the first two periods of play. At the 6:33 mark of the third period, the Mustangs would finally be the first to get on the board and take the 1-0 lead. 3 minutes later, Keaton Caplis comes to the rescue and ties it up 1-1 at the midway point in the third period with helpers from Brady Lindauer and Brandon Ratzloff. Then at the 11:31 mark of the third, Thomas Magnavite would score to give the Chill the 2-1 lead with help from Brandon Ratzloff and Brady Lindauer. The Mustangs didn’t give up, making it tough for the Chill but the boys were able to hold onto their lead and get the much needed win to extend the series to game 3 on Sunday. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping 18 out of 19 shots faced.

On Sunday, the Chill still had home ice advantage over the Mustangs and were looking for the win to seal their spot into the Central Division Finals. The Mustangs were the first to get on the board early in the first period to make it 1-0. That would remain the score going into the first intermission. The Chill knew they had to come back the next period and outplay the Mustangs. They did just that, just 8 minutes into the second period the Chill would tie it up 1-1 with a goal from Sam Dabrowski, assists from Brady Lindauer and Brandon Ratzloff. Two minutes later, Thomas Magnavite becomes the hero for the Chill and gives them a 2-1 lead with an assist from Keaton Caplis. Heading into the second intermission, the Chill would hold their lead and hope to be able to fend off the Mustangs for the final 20 minutes. The third period was starting to get rough, as both teams tempers flared in their hopes of making it to the next round. In the final minute of play, the Mustangs would pull their goaltender for the extra attacker, but the Chill would take advantage of the empty net once they got control of the puck and Thomas Magnavite would seal the deal to make it 3-1 with a great pass from Connor Losen in the final 30 seconds of the game. Goalie Devin Naidow would get the win in net, stopping 31 of 32 total shots faced during the game. 

A tough fought series by both teams, but the Chill would come out victorious! Next up, the Chill will be taking on the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the Central Division Finals this coming weekend. All games will be played at Green Island Ice Arena, starting with Game 1 on Friday, March 22nd at 7 PM. Game 2 will be on Saturday, March 23rd at 7 PM and if needed, Game 3 will be on Sunday, March 24th at 2 PM.

Chill Fall to Peoria In 1st Playoff Game

The Chill played their first playoff game against Peoria on the road. However, the game did not go as planned for the Chill against the #4 seed. The beginning of the game was a back and forth battle until midway through the first, when the Chill get on the board with a goal from Flavien Fondadouze to make it 1-0 (Donny Schultz, Gadel Khismatullin). The Chill would head to the first intermission with the lead. The second period would see an early goal from Peoria’s top line on the power play to tie it up 1-1. Two minutes later the Chill would regain their lead with a goal from Keaton Caplis with help from Flavien Fondadouze and Chase McLaughlin to make it 2-1. Shortly after, the Mustangs would tie it up once again with a shorthanded goal. The two teams would start getting a little chippy as tensions rose. The Chill would remain tied at 2-2 heading into the second intermission. Things got even more heated as the third period started and Peoria would make it 3-2 with 5 minutes remaining in the final period. In the last minute of the game, Chill goalie Devin Naidow makes his way to the bench to give the Chill the extra attacker in hopes to tie it up once again but the Mustangs would take possession of the puck and score on the empty net to make it 4-2. Peoria would get the victory in game 1.  Chill will be back on home ice tomorrow night to seek revenge as they seek another trip to the Fraser Cup!

Chill Clinch 1st Place!

The Chill knew this was a big weekend, they had to win two out of their next three games to stay ahead of the St. Louis Jr. Blues in the standings to keep the #1 seed and become the Central Division Regular Season Champions. It wasn’t going to be easy, as they started the weekend off with a home-and-home with the Rochester Grizzlies and then were on the road on Sunday to play their final regular season game against the Wisconsin Whalers.

First up, the Chill had their final home game of the regular season against the Rochester Grizzlies. Rochester would be the first to get on the board, making it 1-0 just three minutes into the game. They would follow up with their second goal near the end of the first to make it 2-0. At the first intermission, the Grizzlies would hold the 2-0 lead, and the Chill knew they had some work to do in the next two periods to get ahead of the tough Rochester team. The second period would see another goal from Rochester just past the midway point of the second period to give them the 3-0 lead over the Chill. However, the Chill finally get their mark on the board with a goal from Thomas Magnavite to cut Rochester’s lead to 3-1 (15:58; Brady Lindauer). Less than a minute later, Brady Lindauer would get the Chill’s second goal of the game on the power play with help from Toon De Schepper and Brandon Ratzloff to make it 3-2. In the final minute of the period, Thomas Magnavite would tie it up 3-3 with assists from Brady Lindauer and Brandon Ratzloff and the two teams would remain tied at 3-3 going into the second intermission. The third period began, and just 5 minutes into the third, Rochester gets their 4th goal of the game to make it 4-3. The Chill battled hard with the Grizzlies, pulling goalie Devin Naidow out of the net for the extra attacker with a minute left in the period to try and tie it up again. However, the Grizzlies get ahold of the puck and score on the empty net to make it 5-3 and that would be the final score in the Chill’s home loss.  Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 29 out of 33 shots faced during the game. The Chill knew that the next two road games were crucial to win.

The next night, the Chill were on the road to Rochester, MN to play the Grizzlies for the second time and they were hoping to be able to get the needed win. The Chill were the first to get on the board this time, just over 6 minutes into the first period Marco Escobar makes it 1-0 with assists from Gadel Khismatullin and Donny Schultz. The Chill would then make it 2-0 on the power play with a goal from Brandon Ratzloff (12:16; Brady Lindauer, Toon De Schepper) and they would hold that two goal lead going into the first intermission, much like Rochester had done the night before. The second period begins and Rochester is able to cut the Chill’s lead to one just 7 minutes into the second period to make it 2-1. The Chill weren’t about to let the Grizzlies take the lead however, as they make it 3-1 with a goal from Donny Schultz at 12:51 of the second period with help from Gadel Khismatullin. At the 17 minute mark, Sam Dabrowski would make 4-1 (Chase McLaughlin, Toon De Schepper) and then less than a minute later Sam Dabrowski would get his second goal of the game to make it 5-1 with help from Flavien Fondadouze. The Chill would head to the locker room for the second intermission with a comfortable lead over the Grizzlies, a much better place to be then they were the previous night. The third period would see two more Chill goals, one from Thomas Magnavite just 20 seconds into the period on the power play (Brandon Ratzloff) and then a short-handed goal from Toon De Schepper (12:53; Marco Escobar, Donny Schultz) for a final score of 7-1. A huge win for the Chill, now just needing to win their final game on Sunday to keep the #1 seed. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping an impressive 34 out of 35 total shots on goal.

Sunday, the team was on the road to take on the Wisconsin Whalers in their final regular season home game. The Chill would get on the board first this game with a goal from Keaton Caplis (12:56; Brandon Ratzloff) to make it 1-0. The two would then switch places, a goal from Brandon Ratzloff would make it 2-0 with an assist from Keaton Caplis just three minutes later. The two teams would head to the locker rooms for the first intermission with the Chill holding a 2-0 lead. The Whalers would come out and score early in the second period to make it 2-1, but the Chill would answer back with two more goals late in the period, one from Thomas Magnavite (16:54; Brady Lindauer) and one from Brady Lindauer (18:52; Brandon Ratzloff) to make it 4-1 to round out the second period. The third period would see another early goal from the Whalers to make it 4-2, but the final push from the Chill in the first half of the third would give them three more goals, one from Brandon Ratzloff (4:23; Brady Lindauer), another goal from Brady Lindauer (4:48; Thomas Magnavite, Brandon Ratzloff), and finally the last goal from Aslan Akervik (7:54; Brock Zukowski, Joseph Wiczek) to make the final score 7-2 and gave the Chill the win they needed to secure their #1 seed and become Central Division Regular Season Champions for the first time in program history! Goalie Michael Janke gets the win in net, stopping 23 of the 25 total shots faced.

With the playoff seeds set, the Chill will be starting playoffs against the #4 seed Peoria Mustangs in a best of three series. The first game will take place in Peoria, IL on the Mustangs home ice. Then the Chill will come back home and take Friday off before taking on the Mustangs at Green Island on Saturday night. If a third game is needed, it will be at Green Island on Sunday afternoon.

Chill Rolls with Another Win on the Weekend

The Chill had just one game this past weekend, a home game against the Milwaukee Power.

The first period began and the Chill were able to be the first on the board in front of a great crowd at Green Island Ice Arena. Connor Losen makes it 1-0 at 7:42 of the first period with help from Matt Janke and Flavien Fondadouze. Then Brandon Ratzloff gets on the board (15:26) with assists going to Brady Lindauer and Thomas Magnavite to make it 2-0. That would be the score for the Chill at the first intermission. Also, during the first intermission the Chill players were able to honor their Billet families that help make their junior hockey experience possible.

The second period was full of the Chill’s scoring flood. Connor Losen would get his second goal of the game early in the first (4:23; Matt Janke, Sam Dabrowski) to make it 3-0. Shortly after, Matt Janke would get on the board on the power play to make it 4-0 with help from Brady Lindauer and Toon De Schepper (5:04). Toon De Schepper would get a goal of his own to make it 5-0 at 16:46 of the second period, assists from Brady Lindauer and Connor Losen. Less than 30 seconds later, Thomas Magnavite gets one on the board with help from Brady Lindauer and Toon De Schepper to make it 6-0. To round out the second period, Matt Janke gets his second goal of the game on the power play with just 17 seconds left in the period (Toon De Schepper, Thomas Magnavite). Ending the second period with a 7-0 lead over Milwaukee, the Chill were feeling comfortable with their lead.

The third period would finally see a goal from the Power at 13:18 to make it 7-1. However, Brady Lindauer would get the last goal of the game less than a minute later with help from Brandon Ratzloff and Thomas Magnavite to make the score 8-1 and give the Chill the win over the Milwaukee Power.  Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping 26 of 27 total shots faced.

Rounding out regular season play, the Chill will have just one regular season home game on Friday, March 8th against the Rochester Grizzlies, followed by two away games, one against the Rochester Grizzlies on March 9th and the other against the Wisconsin Whalers on March 10th.

Big Win Over Milwaukee, Close Call Against Wausau

This past weekend, the Chill played a home and home set.  Friday they headed to play the Milwaukee Power and Saturday at home vs. the Wausau RiverWolves.

On Friday the Chill were taking on the Power, who are currently sitting in 3rd place in the Central Division. The Chill get on the board first with a goal from Brock Zukowski at the 6 minute mark of the first period, getting an assist from Christopher Drews, to give the Chill the 1-0 lead. Near the end of the period, Milwaukee is able to tie it up 1-1 on a power play. Starting out the second period tied 1-1, the Power are able to take the 2-1 lead midway through the period. Rounding out the second period, Marco Escobar is able to tie it  2-2 with just two minutes left. Assists go to Aslan Akervik and Chase McLaughlin. The first two periods were fairly even, however the third period was all Chill. Just 20 seconds into the third, Toon De Schepper gives the Chill the 3-2 lead with an assist from Brandon Ratzloff. The scoring floodgates officially opened for the Chill after the quick start, getting a goal from Brandon Ratzloff a few minutes later (3:50; Thomas Magnavite, Brady Lindauer). Two minutes later, the Chill make it 5-2 with a goal from Matt Janke (6:03; Connor Losen) and then quickly followed by a goal from Marcus Tilmon (6:31; Christopher Drews, Gijs De Schepper) to make it 6-2. Milwaukee adds another on the board at 8:24 in the third to make it 6-3, but the Chill decided they weren’t done scoring goals yet. At 8:50 of the third, Matt Janke gets his second goal of the game with assists from Marco Escobar and Aslan Akervik. Brady Lindauer gets the last puck past the Milwaukee goalie at 15:50 of the final period, assists from Brandon Ratzloff and Chase McLaughlin. Final score gives the Chill a 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Power and two more points to further their lead in the Central Division standings. Goalie Michael Janke gets the win in net, stopping 18 of the 21 total shots faced.

The next night, the Chill were at home taking on the Wausau RiverWolves. The Chill got the only goal in the first period of play, from Aslan Akervik at 5:29 of the first with assists from Matt Janke and Marco Escobar. The Chill would keep their 1-0 lead heading into the second period. At 6:42 of the second period, Aslan Akervik gets his second goal of the game to make it 2-0. Assists go to Matt Janke and Toon De Schepper. Wausau would make it 2-1 midway through the second period and that’s where the teams would sit after two periods of play. Early in the third period, Wausau ties it up 2-2 and then takes the lead 3-2 at the 15:36 mark. The RiverWolves goalie was having an incredible game, standing on his head to keep his team in the lead. The Chill were fighting to take the lead back, but time was ticking down quickly. However, just over a minute left in the period, Thomas Magnavite ties it up 3-3 with assists from Connor Losen and Brady Lindauer. Then the Hockey Gods were sure on the Chill’s side, as Brady Lindauer gets the GWG with just 30 seconds left in the game with help from Thomas Magnavite and Brandon Ratzloff. The Chill get the nail bitter win at home with the score of 4-3. Goalie Gunnar Snyder gets the win in net, stopping 19 of 22 shots faced.

The Chill are sitting in first place in the Central Division standings, now 5 points ahead of the St. Louis Jr. Blues, as they head into a one game weekend at home against Milwaukee on Saturday. Only 2 regular season games remain for the Chill before the playoffs begin.

 

Weekend Sweep of Whalers, Peoria & Top Prospects Tournament

This past weekend, the Chill played three games total. Thursday, Feb. 14th was at home against the Wisconsin Whalers and Friday & Saturday were on the road in Peoria, IL against the Peoria Mustangs.

Thursday night, the Chill took on the Wisconsin Whalers on home ice. The Chill are able to get on the board first with a goal from Sam Dabrowski early on (3:50; Thomas Magnavite, Brady Lindauer). Matt Janke gets on the board next to make it 2-0 in the first (7:36; Gadel Khismatullin, Christopher Drews). The Chill hold the 2-0 lead at the first intermission. The second period begins, and the Whalers add a goal to make it 2-1 early but the Chill answer back just 15 seconds later to bring their lead back up to two with another goal from Matt Janke (2:29; Connor Losen, Toon De Schepper). Near the end of the second period, Thomas Magnavite makes it 4-1 on the power play with assists from Toon De Schepper and Flavien Fondadouze. That will be the score heading into the second intermission. The third period begins and the Chill once again are able to get on the board early in the period, this time a goal from Flavien Fondadouze (1:24; Gadel Khismatullin, Matt Janke) to make it 5-1. 16 seconds later, Aslan Akervik makes it 6-1 with help from Marco Escobar and Sam Dabrowski. The Whalers add one more goal on a power play to make it 6-2 but they can’t catch up with the Chill’s red hot offense. Goalie Gunnar Snyder gets the win in net, stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced.

Friday night, the Chill were on the road to Peoria, IL to take on the Mustangs in a two game weekend series. The Mustangs are the first to get on the board early in the first period. Then the Chill are able to tie it up 1-1 with a goal by Flavien Fondadouze (9:53; Connor Losen, Toon De Schepper). The Chill then take the lead 2-1 with a goal from Toon De Schepper at 13:51 of the first period on the power play (Thomas Magnavite, Sam Dabrowski). The Chill hold the 2-1 lead heading to the locker room for the first intermission. The second period gives the Chill another goal, this time by Thomas Magnavite (8:07; Brandon Ratzloff, Sam Dabrowski) to make it 3-1. The Whalers get one late in the second to make it 3-2 but the Chill are able to hold them off to end the second period. The third period would result in no scoring for either team, which gave the Chill a close 3-2 victory over Peoria. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping 27 of the 29 shots he faced.

 

Saturday night, it took the Chill until the midway mark of the first period to get on the board, Brady Lindauer would get the goal with help from Thomas Magnavite. The two teams would head into the first intermission with the Chill holding on to the 1-0 lead. The Chill and the Mustangs battle back and forth during the second period with no scoring until Brady Lindauer is able to get his second of the game just a minute left in the second period to make it 2-0 (Chase McLaughlin, Toon De Schepper). The third period would see an early goal from Christopher Drews (3:26; Gadel Khismatullin, Connor Losen) to make it 3-0 Chill. At 12:47 of the final period, Brady Lindauer would complete his hat trick with help from Toon De Schepper and Matt Janke to give the Chill a 4-0 victory and a sweep of the weekend. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping all 18 shots faced to give him the shutout.

Coach Jon Vaillancourt and four of the Chill players were also selected to take part in the NA3HL Top Prospects tournament in Attleboro, MA on February 18th & 19th. Forwards Brandon Ratzloff and Matt Janke & defensemen Toon De Schepper and Connor Losen were selected to be a part of the Central Division team. Coach Jon was selected as one of two coaches of the Central Division team. The Central Division ended up sweeping the tournament, winning all three games played. They beat the Coastal Division 5-3 early Monday morning, Brandon Ratzloff (2), Toon De Schepper, and Matt Janke all had assists in the win. They then beat the West Division team later Monday evening 5-2, Brandon Ratzloff had a goal and an assist, Matt Janke had an assist in the win. Their final game was Tuesday morning, and they would get a 6-4 win over the Frontier Division team. Matt Janke had a goal and Brandon Ratzloff had an assist in the win. The Central Division team was the only team in the tournament to win all 3 games.

 

Coming up, the Chill will be on the road on Friday the 22nd to take on the Milwaukee Power at 7:30 PM and then will be back at home on Saturday the 23rd to faceoff against the Wausau RiverWolves.

Playoff Atmosphere in 3 Game Homestand Against St. Louis

This past weekend the Chill took on the number one team in their division, the St. Louis Jr. Blues, in a 3 game homestand. Each game had a playoff vibe, that we will probably see again very soon.

Friday night was the first test between the two teams, who hadn’t played each other since early November. St. Louis was the first to get on the board early in the first period, just two minutes in, to make it 1-0. The two teams would go back and forth with shots until just over five minutes left in the first, when St. Louis scored again to make it 2-0. However, it doesn’t take long after that for the Chill to finally find the back of the net. Thomas Magnavite scores to make 2-1 (15:10; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer). Just over a minute later, the Chill tie it up 2-2 with a goal from Donny Schultz (Aslan Akervik, Chase McLaughlin). The two teams remain tied 2-2 heading into the second period. St. Louis scored twice in the second half of the second period to take the 4-2 lead going into the third period.  Going into the 2nd intermission, the Chill had a lot of work to do in the final period of the game. The Jr. Blues peppered the Chill with shots early on in the period but Goalie Devin Naidow kept the Chill in the game. Finally the Chill are able to make it 4-3 with another goal from Donny Schultz (11:18; Flavien Fondadouze, Sam Dabrowski). Then, Gijs De Schepper puts one past the Jr. Blues goalie at 16:53 to tie it up 4-4 (Matt Janke, Aslan Akervik). On to overtime, neither team is able to score. The Jr. Blues had a perfect chance too in OT on a penalty shot but Devin Naidow was able to steer it aside and send the two teams into a shootout. The Chill end up with one goal from Thomas Magnavite in the first three shooters, but St. Louis also gets one goal so it is on to sudden death. However, four shooters is all that’s needed, as Toon De Schepper puts it home for the Chill and gives them a 5-4 shootout victory! Goalie Devin Naidow stopped an impressive 30 out of 34 total shots on goal during the game to get the win in net!

On Saturday, the two teams squared off starting at 2:30 PM at Green Island. Much like Friday, the Jr. Blues got on the board early in the first to take the 1-0 lead. This time, that’s the only scoring in the first period. The second period begins and the Jr. Blues keep the early scoring streak going and make it 2-0 just three minutes into the second period. The Chill get on the board next to make it 2-1 with a goal from Donny Schultz on the power play (8:32; Toon De Schepper, Thomas Magnavite). St. Louis makes it 3-1 shortly after, then with two minutes left in the second the Chill are able to make it 3-2 with another power play goal, this time from Flavien Fondadouze (17:59; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer). In the third period St. Louis scores again to make it 4-2. At 10:20 of the final period, the Chill cut the lead to 4-3 with a goal from Toon De Schepper (Connor Losen, Donny Schultz). Unfortunately, the Chill can’t find the back of the net during the final period and take the close 4-3 loss against the Jr. Blues. Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 18 of 22 shots faced.

On Sunday, the Chill were looking to hopefully take another win from the Jr. Blues with a noon puck drop at Green Island. The first period begins, and this time it is the Chill who take the early lead! Flavien Fondadouze gets on the board at 2:35 of the first to make it 1-0 with an assist from Sam Dabrowski. Shortly after, Brady Lindauer makes it 2-0 (4:45; Thomas Magnavite, Keaton Caplis). St. Louis cuts the lead to 2-1 mid way through the first and both teams head to the locker room after the first period with the Chill leading by a goal. The second period would be an even battle against the two teams but results in no scoring. The Chill hold their 2-1 lead for most of the third period, until St. Louis ties it up with five minutes left in the game. However, newcomer Marco Escobar makes his mark, scoring his first goal as a member of the Chill at 16:15 with assists from Flavien Fondadouze and Sam Dabrowski to take back the lead, 3-2. In the final minute of the game, the Jr. Blues pull their goalie for the man advantage but it only creates another chance for the Chill and gives Flavien Fondadouze his second goal of the game on an empty net (19:17; Marco Escobar, Connor Losen). The Chill take the 4-2 win over the number one Jr. Blues to round out the weekend. Goalie Michael Janke gets the win in net, stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faced during the game.

The Chill have three games this upcoming weekend, one at home on Thursday, Feb. 14th at 7 PM and two games against Peoria on the road Friday, Feb. 15th and Saturday, Feb. 16th.

Weekend Sweep of Milwaukee & Wisconsin

This past weekend, the Chill took on the Milwaukee Power on Friday night & the Wisconsin Whalers on Saturday & Sunday. Friday night was a big game against the Power, as they were sitting in second place in the division while the Chill were right behind them in third place.

The game began very evenly matched, the two teams battling on both sides of the ice. However, the Chill were able to strike first at 11:10 of the first period with a power play goal from Thomas Magnavite (Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer). The Chill would head to the locker room after one period of play with the 1-0 lead over the Power. The second period began and the Chill wasted little time getting their second goal of the game from defenseman Connor Losen (1:54; Flavien Fondadouze) to make it 2-0. The Power cut the lead to one with a goal at 6:44 of the second period, but is quickly followed up by goal from Brady Lindauer (8:16; Thomas Magnavite) to make it 3-1. Thomas Magnavite gets his second goal of the game at 11:56 of the second with an assist from Brady Lindauer to make it 4-1. Forward Flavien Fondadouze nets one at 16:28 of the period to bring the score up to 5-1 with assists from Keaton Caplis & Judson McGrath. To round out the scoring in the second period, Thomas Magnavite completes his hat trick (17:07; Brady Lindauer) to make it 6-1 heading into the third period of play. The third period was a battle once again between the two teams, after the scoring frenzy in the second, and no one was able to get past either goalie until Connor Losen nets his second goal of the game at 12:14 of the third period (Gijs De Schepper). The Chill would get the win over Milwaukee with a final score of 7-1 and that win would allow the Chill to slip past the Power into second place in the division. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping a total of 29 out of 30 shots faced.

Saturday night, the Chill took on the Wisconsin Whalers. Two periods go by with no scoring from either team, the Chill were outshooting the Whalers 35 to 12 but just couldn’t seem to find their scoring rhythm. Not until the third period that is. The scoring floodgates opened for the Chill early on in the third period, with Flavien Fondadouze getting the first goal on the board of the game (1:33; Matt Janke, Keaton Caplis). Following up on the power play would be Brandon Ratzloff at 3:06 of the period with assists from Brady Lindauer & Connor Losen to make it 2-0. Thomas Magnavite gets on the board next just three minutes later with an assist from Brady Lindauer. Flavien Fondadouze gets his second goal of the game shortly after, unassisted, to make it 4-0. Brandon Ratzloff would get the final goal of the game, once again on the power play (8:11; Matt Janke, Brady Lindauer) and that would give the Chill a 5-0 victory over the Whalers. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping all 20 shots faced.

Sunday afternoon was the final game of the weekend, with the Chill taking on the Wisconsin Whalers once again. This time, the Whalers strike first and take the 1-0 lead in the first period and they would hold that lead for the rest of the period. In the second period, the Chill tie it up at 4:10 with a goal from Matt Janke, with the assist from Aslan Akervik. Then, Thomas Magnavite will get the game winning goal on the power play (9:06; Brandon Ratzloff, Brady Lindauer) to make it 2-1 in favor of the Chill. The third period would have no scoring, which gives the Chill a nailbiter 2-1 win over the Whalers to sweep the weekend! Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping 24 of the total 25 shots faced.

The Chill will be back in action at home this weekend, February 8th-10th, with a 3 game homestand against the number one team in the central division, the St. Louis Jr. Blues.

Two Wins Over Wausau

This past weekend the Chill had a Home-and-Home against the Wausau RiverWolves. The two teams first played at Green Island Ice Arena on Thursday night.  They took control of the game early on, with Brandon Ratzloff getting the Chill on the board first just 40 seconds into the first period with the assist from Connor Losen. Next up, Brock Zukowski gets on the board (2:26; Aslan Akervik) followed by Brady Lindauer (6:49; Chase McLaughlin, Gijs De Schepper). Brandon Ratzloff gets his second of the game at 7:41 of the first period with help from Brady Lindauer and Thomas Magnavite. 3 seconds later, Donny Schultz gets on the board with assists from Brock Zukowski and Toon De Schepper. Brady Lindauer gets his second goal of the game to make it 6-0 at 10:45 of the first period (Gadel Khismatullin, Thomas Magnavite). Wausau gets on the board at 11:43 of the period to make it 6-1, but a minute later Thomas Magnavite scores to make it 7-1 with assists from Toon De Schepper and Brady Lindauer. The RiverWolves add one more goal to make it 7-2 at the 16-minute mark, and that’s the score that both teams will head to the locker room to end the first period of play. Unfortunately for Wausau, that will be the last goal that they are able to score the rest of the night. The second period would see goals on the board for the Chill from Brady Lindauer (7:32; Brandon Ratzloff, Thomas Magnavite) on the power play, Thomas Magnavite (12:07; Brady Lindauer, Gadel Khismatullin), Keaton Caplis on the power play (12:54; Matt Janke, Donny Schultz), Keaton Caplis again at 15:49 of the second period (Brandon Ratzloff, Matt Janke), and Christopher Drews (17:30; Brady Lindauer, Thomas Magnavite). The Chill lead 12-2 going into the final period of play. The third-period goals for the Chill were from Donny Schultz (1:01; Brock Zukowski, Aslan Akervik), Brady Lindauer (2:23; Christopher Drews, Thomas Magnavite), Keaton Caplis (4:19; Joseph Wiczek, Christopher Drews), Brady Lindauer (9:05; Thomas Magnavite, Chase McLaughlin), and rounding out the scoring was Aslan Akervik at 18:20 of the third period with assists from Brock Zukowski and Donny Schultz. Final score is 17-2 and gives the Chill the victory at home. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net at home, stopping 20 of 22 shots faced.

The next day, the Chill were on the road to Wausau to take on the RiverWolves again.  The game was very similar to the previous night, scoring starting off for the Chill just 2:10 into the first period with a goal from Matt Janke (Brady Lindauer, Thomas Magnavite). Christopher Drews scores shortly after, with assists from Toon De Schepper and Joseph Wiczek. Newcomer Boone Mathison, who was called up by the Chill for Friday’s game, gets his first goal with the Chill at 7:40 of the first period with help from Christopher Drews. Aslan Akervik gets on the board short-handed at 11:19 (Flavien Fondadouze, Thomas Magnavite) and Thomas Magnavite makes it 5-0 to end the first period (17:12; Brady Lindauer, Gadel Khismatullin). During the second period, Gadel Khismatullin gets on the board at 5:44 with an assist from Donny Schultz. Flavien Fondadouze scores next (11:10; Brandon Ratzloff, Matt Janke), followed by Brady Lindauer (15:39; Keaton Caplis, Judson McGrath) and Brock Zukowski (17:04; Aslan Akervik, Donny Schultz). The Chill lead 9-0 going into the final period of play. Christopher Drews scores less than a minute into the third period to make it 10-0 (Brady Lindauer, Toon De Schepper). Brady Lindauer adds a short-handed goal at 2:19 of the third with assists from Toon De Schepper and Thomas Magnavite. Aslan Akervik gets on the board again (18:41; Donny Schultz, Brock Zukowski) and Brock Zukowski scores not long after to round out the game (Donny Schultz, Aslan Akervik). The Chill get the road victory over the Wausau RiverWolves with a score of 13-0. Goalie Gunnar Snyder gets the win and his 5th shutout of the season in net, stopping all 20 shots he faced.

Coming up, the Chill will have a 3-game homestand this weekend, February 1st-3rd. Friday’s game will be against the Milwaukee Power, Saturday & Sunday against the Wisconsin Whalers.