This past weekend the Chill came away with a win in Milwaukee and a win at home, but were unable to secure their third win with a loss to Peoria on Saturday night. After this weekend, the Chill sit in third place in the Central Division standings. As the regular season comes closer and closer to the end, the Chill make their final push in climbing the standings before the postseason.
On Thursday, February 6th the Chill traveled to Milwaukee to take on the Power. Opening up the game for the Chill was Dylan Dent as he was able to find the back of the net with assists from Gadel Khismatullin and Parker Severson. To close out the first period, Parker Severson added to the Chill’s lead with an unassisted goal. With almost an entire score-less second period, Parker Severson scored his second goal of the night with an assist from Gijs De Schepper. The Chill’s momentum continued into the third period as Sam VanderHoven scored later than a minute into the final period. Assisting VanderHoeven’s goal was Gadel Khismatullin and Brenden Fehilg. Shortly after, Jeremiah Lesback tallied onto the Chill’s lead with assists from Ethan McCormack and Christopher Gilbert. Finally, the Power were able to cut into the Chill’s lead as they scored their only goal of the night. Joey Wiczek answered quickly, though, with another strike from the Chill with an assist from Jack Sumner. Finally, the Chill closed out the game with a final goal from Jacob Best on the power-play. Assists on Best’s goal came from Parker Severson and Marco Escobar. Helping the Chill secure the 7-1 victory over the Power was goalie, Michael Janke. Janke was able to save 28 of the 29 shots he faced on the night.
On Friday, February 7th the Peoria Mustangs came to town for the first of a two-game weekend between the two teams. In a low scoring first period, the Peoria Mustangs were the only team able to find the back of the net with a late goal. The defensive game carried over into the second as neither team was able to score. Finally, the Chill were able to break free in the third period as Gijs De Schepper found the back of the net with an assist from Jacob Best not even a minute into the period. About five minutes into the period, Gadel Khismatullin took the lead for the Chill with a power-play goal with assists from Gijs De Schepper and Christopher Gilbert. Later in the period, Jacob Best added to the Chill’s lead with another goal with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. To end the game, Marco Escobar scored the Chill’s fourth and final goal of the night with assists from Gijs De Schepper and Jacob Best. To help them secure the 4-1 third period comeback victory was goalie, Devin Naidow. Naidow was able to stop 27 of the 28 shots he faced on the night.
On Saturday, February 8th the Chill again battled the Peoria Mustangs in their second meeting of the weekend. The defensive, low-scoring game play continued into Saturday’s game as neither team found the back of the net in the first period. Into the second period, only Peoria tallied a goal to take a 1-0 lead over the Chill. About 14 minutes into the third period Peoria added to their lead with their second goal of the night. With a minute remaining in the game, the Chill were finally able to put together a goal as Dylan Dent scored with assists from Marco Escobar and Parker Severson. It was too little too late for the Chill, though, as they fell to the Peoria Mustangs of a score of 2-1. In net for the Chill was Michael Janke. Janke was able to stop 39 of the 41 shots he faced on the night.