It is tough to find a player who had a better month than Coulee Region forward Caleb Schroer, 20, had during the month of March for his club. The 5’9/168 lbs. native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, racked up a whopping 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) during the 12 games in March as the Chill put together a 9-3-0 record and secured a Midwest Division playoff spot. Perhaps even more eye-popping than Schroer’s 23 points was his +16 rating. Schroer recorded at least a point in 10 of the 12 games and had seven multi-point games, including a stretch where he had 14 points in four games from March 4-16. His 64 points to date is currently 4th in NAHL scoring. “Caleb has had an absolutely fantastic second half of the year. He has taken his game to another level and has been a huge part of our team’s success the last few months. He is very deserving of this recognition and we look forward to seeing how far his leadership can take us into the playoffs,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
“I think the team really got back on track and bonded with our trip to Alaska. It was good just to be on the road and not have a lot of distractions. My line also clicked as we have been together for a few months now and they really helped me play well,” said Schroer. “I think we have several guys on the team who are future NCAA Division I players and I strive to be a part of that group. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going into the playoffs and make a big push. After that, I am hopeful that an NCAA opportunity will present itself,” concluded Schroer.
The Coulee Region Chill hit a hot streak and clinched a playoff spot in the Midwest Division thanks to a 9-3-0 record in the month of March. Helping the cause was defenseman Steven Quagliata, 20, who is in his final season of playing junior hockey in the NAHL. Not only did Quagliata lead all NAHL blueliners in scoring during the month with 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in 12 games, but he also put up a very nice +8 rating. The native of Bartlett, Illinois, recorded at least a point in eight of the 12 games and had three multi-point outings. March was also a month to remember for Quagliata as he made his NCAA commitment to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an NCAA Division III school. “Steven has been a steady and productive presence on the blue line for us all season. He is continually getting better and proving he is an offensive threat each night. He is very deserving of the recognition and we are excited to see how far his experience will take us into the playoffs,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
“We went through a drought in the middle of the season, but I can’t say enough about our team and they ways guys responded towards the second half of the season. We got contributions from everyone and that really helped me achieve the success I had in March,” said Quagliata. He also said that making his NCAA commitment recently took a lot of pressure off him as he just tries to focus on making his final months in the NAHL the best they can be. “Getting that NCAA commitment out of the way gives me one less thing to worry about. I think when we are playing our best, we are a tough team to beat, so I am excited for the playoffs and then the next stage of my career after that.”
Joining Quagliata and Schroer receiving honors in March is Chill goalie Brad Arvanitis. Throughout the month Arvanitis went 4-2 saving 226/241 shots finishing the month with a .937 save percentage. In his final appearance of the month he led the Chill to a victory over the Springfield Jr. Blues that clinched a playoff spot for Coulee Region. To top off his strong play as of late he’s won his first two starts in the month of April.
At the end of March, Arvanitis made his Division 1 commitment to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
“Our staff and organization is very excited for Brad and his commitment to UMass. He is an outstanding young man and has proven he is an elite goaltender in his time here in the Coulee Region,” said Chill head coach Ryan Egan.
“I want to thank my family, friends and all my teammates and coaches that’s I’ve had along the way for their support. Playing at UMass will be a great opportunity and a dream come true,” said Arvanitis.