Over the weekend, the Chill had a three game set, one vs. the Wausau RiverWolves at home on Thursday, and two vs. the New Ulm Steel on Friday at home and Saturday in New Ulm.
Thursday night, the Chill faced off against the RiverWolves. The first period was a deadlocked battle between the two teams, neither team managing to get a point on the board. However, early in the second period, the Chill were able to finally get one past the Wausau goalie opening the scoring gates. Thomas Magnavite gets the Chill rolling with a short-handed goal at the 4:33 mark. The two teams battle until the last five minutes of the period, where the Chill then score three more goals back-to-back, getting goals from Aslan Akervik (15:46; Marcus Tilmon, Blake Holmes), Brady Lindauer (17:52; Thomas Magnavite), and a short-handed goal from Brady Lindauer (19:03; Thomas Magnavite, Connor Losen). Heading into the locker room before the final period of play, the Chill had a solid 4-0 lead over the RiverWolves. The third period begins, and the Chill waste no time getting their 5th goal of the game, scoring is it’s newcomer defenseman Judson McGrath just 19 seconds into the period (Brock Zukowski, Aslan Akervik). Rounding out the scoring for the Chill was Blake Holmes at 13:30 of the third period on the power play, with assists from Brady Lindauer and Toon De Schepper. The final score, 6-0 for the Coulee Region Chill and a nice win on home ice.
Goalie Gunnar Snyder gets the win in net, stopping 15 out of 15 shots on goal and getting his third shutout in as many games.
Friday night, the Chill were back on home ice but this time taking on the New Ulm Steel. Thomas Magnavite once again starts off the scoring for the Chill at 8:47 of the first period with assists from Brandon Ratzloff and Brady Lindauer. One minute later, Matt Janke brings the lead up to two (Gadel Khismatullin, Flavien Fondadouze). Not long after, the Steel score and the Chill leave the ice after the first period with a 2-1 lead over New Ulm. After the second period begins, Thomas Magnavite wastes no time and gets his second goal of the game (3:29; Brady Lindauer, Brandon Ratzloff). Near the end of the period, Lindauer gets tripped up on a breakaway attempt and is given a penalty shot. Brady Lindauer easily backhands the puck past the New Ulm goalie and gives the Chill a 4-1 lead after two periods of play. As the third period begins, this time New Ulm comes out swinging first and they score in the first two minutes of the period to make it 4-2. However, Blake Holmes gets the final word in and scores 25 seconds later (Matt Janke, Flavien Fondadouze). The Chill get another win, their 8th in a row to be exact, with a score of 5-2 over the New Ulm Steel. Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, stopping a whopping 44 out of 46 shots faced.
Saturday night, the Chill were on the road to New Ulm, Minnesota to take on the Steel again. In the first period, the Steel took advantage at home, scoring the lone goal of the period and leading 1-0 going into the second. The Chill answer back in the second, scoring back to back goals and taking the 2-1 lead. Goals were scored by Blake Holmes (11:58; Flavien Fondadouze, Matt Janke) and Flavien Fondadouze (13:57; Matt Janke, Blake Holmes). The third period begins, New Ulm wastes no time and scores 25 seconds in to tie it 2-2. They follow up with two more goals back-to-back to take the lead 4-2. At 12:14 of the third period Logan Kons, making his return to the Coulee Region, cuts the lead to 4-3 with assists from Flavien Fondadouze and Matt Janke. Brady Lindauer ties it up 4-4 with just over 5 minutes left in the period on a power play (Matt Janke, Blake Holmes) but it just isn’t enough to hold off the Steel, who score their fifth and final goal of the game with just 2 minutes left in the game to take the win 5-4. The Steel snaps the Chill’s 8 game win streak. Goalie Devin Naidow stopped 26 out of 31 shots on goal.
The Chill are on the road this coming weekend in Evansville for a 3 game set.