The Chill were anything but cold as they entered their matchup against the Minnesota Magicians last Friday night. Coulee Region had won four straight, all at home. Friday’s outing put that winning streak on hold however as Minnesota won 7-3.
The Magicians opened the first period 2-0 before adding a third goal to make it 3-0 in the second period. The Chill fought back though, scoring three of the next four goals to bring the game within one early in the third period. Minnesota’s offense proved to be too potent, however, as they added three more goals including an empty-netter in the final minute. The loss was the first in nearly three weeks for the Chill.
While the Chill lost, Joey Sofo had a good night as he scored two of Coulee Region’s three goals. Scott Corbett contributed a goal as well.
Saturday’s road matchup against the Austin Bruins got off to a fast start for Coulee Region as they lit the lamp three times in the first period coming from three different players including Trenton Bliss (Shay Donovan, Marshal Plunkett), Alex Falconer (Corbett, Sofo) and Plunkett (Kevin Dineen, Isaac Theisen). Austin did not lay down without a fight though going on to score four straight goals to take the lead early in the third. The Chill answered back with goals from Dineen (Plunkett, Theisen) and Theisen (Caleb Schroer) to take the 5-4 lead before the Bruins tied the game at 6 with less than a minute left.
Coulee Region went on to secure the thrilling finish in OT as defenseman Steven Quagliata (Dineen, Matt Doran) scored his fourth goal of the season, his second game winner in a row. Joe Marcouiller got the win for the Chill improving Coulee Region’s record to 11-5-1 this season.
Chill Look to Continue Home Ice Dominance as they Host Wilderness for 2-Game Series
The Coulee Region Chill will look to improve upon their stellar home play this season, as they’re 4-2 at Green Island Ice Arena thus far. They welcome in the Minnesota Wilderness who have been cold of late, dropping four of five contests. For the Chill, keep an eye on forward Kevin Dineen. The 20 year old is second in the league with 1.35 pt/g (min. 15 games) scoring five of his 23 points this past weekend. The Wilderness boast their own scoring threat in forward Michael Zuffante, who is averaging better than 1 pt/g this season. Game times for Friday and Saturday’s matchups will be 7 pm at the Green Island Ice Arena.