This past week the Chill battled in three Central Division matchups. The Chill walked away with a 2-1 record on the weekend and were able to remain in third place in the Central Division standings.
On Wednesday, January 8th the Chill traveled to take on Milwaukee for their first game of the week. Milwaukee struck first in this game early in the first period. Jacob Best was then able to score back-to-back goals for the Chill to take a 2-1 lead. Assists on the two goals came from Parker Severson, Sam VanderHoeven, and Dylan Dent. That lead was short lived, though, as Milwaukee scored three unanswered goals. To wrap up a high scoring first period Parker Severson successfully scored on a penalty shot. After one period of play Milwaukee lead 4-3. Marco Escobar found the back of the net for the Chill one minute into the second period on the power-play. The Assist on that goal came from Jacob Best. No more than a minute later Milwaukee answered with another goal. After another minute passing, Parker Severson scored his second goal of the night with assists from Sam VanderHoeven and Jacob Best. Milwaukee closed out the second period with two more goals. Brenden Fehlig scored the lone goal in the third period with an assist from Gadel Khismatullin. One was not enough to put the Chill past Milwaukee, though. The Chill fell to the Power of a score of 6-7. Starting in net for the Chill was Leo Lapata as he saved 4 of the 8 shots he faced. Devin Naidow finished the game as he stopped 20 of the 23 shots he faced on the night.
On Saturday, January 11th the St. Louis Jr. Blues came to town for the first of two games on the weekend. After a slow start to the week on Wednesday night, the Chill came out flying as Gijs De Schepper found the back of the net first in this game on the power-play. Assists on the goal came from Joey Wiczek and Brenden Fehlig. Later in the first period, Dylan Dent added to the Chill’s lead with another goal. Assists on Dent’s goal came from Gadel Khismatullin and Brenden Fehlig. After one period of play the Chill lead 2-0. 17 minutes into the second period Parker Severson added the Chill’s third goal with an assist from Jacob Best. The Chill were unable to close out the period, though, and St. Louis scored on the power-play with twenty seconds remaining. The Chill finished strong in the third period as Sam VanderHoeven scored back-to-back goals for the Chill. Assists on those goals came from Jefferson Coffin, Branwen Pollett, and Gadel Khismatullin. The Chill toppled the Blues of a score of 5-1. In net for the Chill was Michael Janke. Janke was able to save 32 of the 33 shots he faced on the night.
On Sunday, January 12th the Chill battled with the Blues in their last game of the weekend. After one period of play in this game there was no score. 18 minutes into the second period the Chill were finally able to find the back of the net with a power-play goal from Sam VanderHoeven. Assists on the power-play goal came from Christopher Gilbert and Gadel Khismatullin. Early in the third period Parker Severson added to the Chill’s lead with another goal with assists from Marco Escobar and Jacob Best. Marco Escobar closed out the game late in the third with an empty-net goal with assists from Gadel Khismatullin and Brenden Fehlig. Devin Naidow was in net for the Chill as he was able to stop 54 of the 54 shots he faced on the night for a shutout. Naidow’s outstanding performance was enough to help the Chill defeat the Blues and secure the weekend series sweep.
Up next, the Chill host the Wausau RiverWolves on Thursday, January 16th at Green Island Ice Arena. Puck drops at 7PM! Get your tickets early at: www.crchill.com. Or Listen live at: www.couleeregionsportsnetwork.com The Chill then travel to Rochester to take on the first place Grizzlies on Monday, January 20th. Puck drops at 1PM! Catch all the action on HockeyTV!