The first half of the season wasn’t what the Coulee Region Chill was looking for. On the outside looking in for the Robertson Cup Playoffs they knew that a strong start to the second half was crucial.
Now with one weekend in the books, 2018 is off to a great start for Ryan Egan and his Chill squad. On Friday night the chill found themselves down a single goal after the first period but came back by putting up eight goals over the final two periods.
Nick Bowman was the first start of the night, scoring three goals and two assists. Sam Dabrowski and Andy McGlynn added two goals themselves with Connor Zilisch and Tomas Vochozka both adding one each.
Emil Zetterquist started the night out in net and saved 24/26 shots before Josh Graziano came in just 12 seconds in the third, after an injury to Zetterquist.
While Friday’s contest was won with a bang, it was Saturday night that showcased resiliency and tough goalkeeping to finalize the sweep.
Through 60 minutes Zetterquist faced 45 shots, allowing just one puck past him early in the third period en route to his sixth win on the season. Jackson Decker and Kevin Bryant put the Chill on the board with their second and third goals of the season in the first and second period, respectively.
Great shots and goalkeeping were key but it was Coulee Region’s discipline throughout all six periods on the weekend that helped pave the way; two penalties were committed by the Chill on Friday night and a single cross-checking penalty on Saturday night.
Over the next two weekends the Chill will be in Alaska: first up, the Kenai River Brown Bears for a two-game series next weekend and a three-game set against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs the following weekend.