The last couple weekends haven’t been the best for the young Coulee Region Chill team. It’s a slump you’ll find with any inexperienced squad no matter the league they’re competing in.
This past weekend was another learning experience going up against the Minnesota Magicians, a Midwest Divisional opponent. The Chill, who’ve been no stranger to close games this season, fell down 0-2 with two quick goals from the Magicians in the second period. Tyler Ebner (Jackson Decker, Billy Duma) brought the deficit within one and Tomas Vochozka (Ebner, Decker) tied the game up at the 8:35 mark in the third.
Minnesota’s Calvin Dybicz’ goal with less than seven minutes remaining in the contest game the Magicians all they’d to win last Thursday night.
In his first game since November 18th Emil Zetterquist saved 28/31 shots on the night.
Like two nights before the Chill dug themselves into a hole prior to the midway mark in the second period. Down 0-3 Vochozka (Nick Bowman, Brandon Koch) cracked the box score on by way of the power play.
Sam Dabrowski (Jesper Solomon Frisell, Hunter Canestra) did the same in the third on a power play goal to close the gap back to two goals but it took just two and a half minutes for the Magicians extended their lead back to three.
Connor Zilisch (Canestra) made it 3-5 with 4:34 remaining, enough time to give Coulee Region hope for a comeback. Head coach Ryan Egan made the call to pull Josh Graziano from the net and the Magicians took advantage, capping off the sweep with a 3-6 win. Graziano saved 34/39 shots in the contest.
Looking ahead to action this weekend the Chill head to Springfield for a Thursday and Friday night series against the Jr. Blues. Coulee returns home on Saturday night to face the Kenai River Brown Bears.