This past weekend, the Chill started their weekend off with a loss in Rochester on Friday but finished strong on Sunday at home as they took down the Wausau RiverWolves. With that win, the Chill officially jumped into second place in the Central Division standings. They now sit one point ahead of St. Louis with four games remaining in the regular season.
On Friday, February 21st the Chill opened up their weekend on the road in Rochester to take on the first place Grizzlies. The Chill struggled to get anything going in this game as they fell to the Grizzlies 11-0. Starting in net was goaltender, Michael Janke. Janke stopped 11 of the 14 shots he faced in the first period. Finishing the game in net for the Chill was Devin Naidow. Naidow stopped 18 of the 26 shots he faced in the last two periods.
On Sunday, February 23rd the Chill looked to get back on their feet as they hosted the Wausau Riverwolves in an afternoon game. The Chill scored early back to back goals in this game at the two and three minute mark into the period. Those goals came unassisted from Gadel Khismatullin and Ethan McCormack. Wausau answered late in the period to cut into the Chill’s lead. From here on out, it was all Coulee Region Chill. The Chill’s special teams shined bright in the second period as they netted a goal on the penalty kill and two goals on the powerplay. Parker Severson found the back of the net on the penalty kill with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. The first power-play goal of the second period came from Marco Escobar with assists from Brenden Fehlig and Gijs De Schepper. Next, Sam VanderHoeven tallied another power-play goal with an assist from Marco Escobar. After two periods of play the Chill lead 5-1. Early in the third period, Sam VanderHoeven kept the special teams rolling as he netted another power-play goal with assists from Marco Escobar and Gadel Khismatullin. Ten seconds later, Jeremiah Lebsack scored an unassisted goal. Marco Escobar finished the game strong with two more goals to complete the hat trick! Assists on Escobar’s two final goals came from Brenden Fehlig and Christopher Gilbert. Closing out the game for the Chill was Jeremiah Lebsack with his second goal of the game with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. Helping the Chill topple the RiverWolves 10-1 was Devin Naidow. Naidow stopped 20 of the 21 shots he faced in the game.
Up next, the Chill travel to Wausau on Friday, February 28th to battle the RiverWolves in their last meeting of the regular season. The Chill then come home on Sunday, March 1st to host the first place, Rochester Grizzlies in their last home game of the regular season. Don’t miss it! Get your tickets now at: www.crchill.com. If you can’t make it, listen to all of the action at: www.couleeregionsportsnetwork.com.