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CHILL SWEEP THE STEEL, THREE GAMES AT HOME AGAINST PEORIA COMING UP

The Chill were back on the ice this past weekend to take on the New Ulm Steel after a long break, their previous game was on Oct. 13th against the Milwaukee Power. However, the Chill picked up right where they left off. The team traveled to New Ulm, Minn. for their first game against the Steel at New Ulm Civic Center on Friday night.

The Chill took charge during the 1st period, scoring twice and taking a 2-0 lead with goals from defenseman Blake Holmes (7:24; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer) and forward Flavien Fondadouze (13:48; Brandon Ratzloff, Donny Schultz). The Steel cut the Chill’s lead to one, scoring the lone goal of the 2nd period. In the 3rd period the Chill froze the Steel in their place and scored five unanswered goals to end the game. With goals from forward Brandon Ratzloff (5:13; Flavien Fondadouze), defenseman Blake Holmes (8:10; Toon De Schepper, Brandon Ratzloff) with his second of the weekend on the power play, forward Brady Lindauer (11:15; Thomas Magnavite, Toon De Schepper), forward Thomas Magnavite (14:23; Blake Holmes, Brady Lindauer), and defenseman Keaton Caplis (17:06; Connor Losen). The Chill take home the 7-1 win.

Goalie Luke Weberg played the full 60 minutes in net, saving 24 out of 25 shots in the game.

On Saturday, the team was back on home ice for game two of the weekend against the Steel. Early in the 1st period, the Steel are the first to strike and they take the lead 1-0. Then it all starts becoming a flash back to Friday night for the Steel, the Chill take the 4-1 lead at the end of the 1st period with goals by forward Brandon Ratzloff (9:49; Brady Lindauer, Blake Holmes), forward Thomas Magnavite (14:18; Laudon Poellinger, Keaton Caplis), Magnavite again just three seconds later (14:21; Laudon Poellinger, Toon De Schepper), and forward Aslan Akervik with his first goal of the season (17:29; George Nuutinen, Brock Zukowski). The Chill repeat their 1st period performance, adding another four goals in the 2nd period to double their lead to 8-1. The 2nd period goals were scored by defenseman Blake Holmes (4:39; Flavien Fondadouze, George Nuutinen), forward Brandon Ratzloff with his second goal of the game (6:49; Toon De Schepper, Brady Lindauer), defenseman Chase McLaughlin with his first goal of the season (8:47; Aslan Akervik, George Nuutinen), and forward Brody Boyce rounding out the 2nd period scoring (11:38; Ryan Wolf, Connor Losen). The 3rd period was a battle between the two teams, with a lot less goals scored and a lot more penalties taken. The Steel get their second tally of the night at the 15:07 mark, but the Chill make their last mark on the score sheet just two seconds later with a goal by defenseman Connor Losen (15:09; Gadel Khismatullin, Brody Boyce) to secure the 9-2 victory and the weekend sweep.

Goalie Devin Naidow gets the win in net, playing the full 60 minutes and stopping 29 of the 31 New Ulm shots. With the sweep of New Ulm, the Coulee Region Chill improve to 5-2-0 for the season.

Coming up this weekend, the Chill have 3 home games at Green Island Ice Arena against the Peoria Mustangs on Nov. 2nd at 7 PM, Nov. 3rd at 7 PM, and Nov. 4th at 12 PM. The Chill have already played Peoria once this season and ended up defeating the Mustangs 6-1.

LA CROSSE WINS FIRST CENTRAL DIVISION TITLE, ADVANCE TO FRASER CUP TOURNAMENT

It took four seasons but the La Crosse Freeze can finally call themselves Central Division Champions.

Coming into the 2017-18 hockey season the Freeze knew who they’d have a tough road to division glory with. Having a young team and new head coach in Jon Vaillancourt, it wasn’t going to be easy. Consistently it’s been the Freeze and the Wisconsin Whalers vying for a shot at the North Iowa Bulls in the middle of March for division supremacy. The past two years La Crosse had their shot only to come up short.

This year was different even with what was a revamped roster and new head coach. From the first puck drop in September to just 2:03 into the overtime game against North Iowa, the Freeze looked determined to finally supplant the Bulls for their own opportunity at a league title.

And they got the job done.

Coach Vaillancourt has a whole team to credit, including himself and assistant coach Oak Moser. But he can look to veteran goalie Will Graves for his great play in net first on the road in the hostile barn in North Iowa to standing tall in the friendly confines of the Green Island Ice Arena.

He can look at offensive leaders like Clayton Lackey and Thomas Magnavite, both of which played big roles through the sweep over North Iowa.

How about Matthew Francois who scored the overtime winning goal to secure La Crosse’s first ever Central Division title Saturday night?

The entire roster is responsible for the opportunity the organization has to fight for their first ever league title, set to begin tomorrow in Romeoville, Illinois.

For the Freeze, they’ll compete as the number seven seed in the eight-team round robin tournament. The schedule is as follows:

2018 Fraser Cup Schedule (all times central)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

4:00 PM #1 Binghamton vs. #8 Granite City

4:30 PM #4 St. Louis vs. #5 Yellowstone

7:00 PM #2 Metro vs. #7 La Crosse

7:30 PM #3 Texas vs. #6 New England

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

2:30 PM #4 St. Louis vs. #8 Granite City

4:30 PM #1 Binghamton vs. #5 Yellowstone

7:10 PM #2 Metro vs. #6 New England

7:30 PM #3 Texas vs. #7 La Crosse

Thursday, March 29, 2018

4:00 PM #5 Yellowstone vs. #8 Granite City

4:30 PM #1 Binghamton vs. #4 St. Louis

7:00 PM #6 New England vs. #7 La Crosse

7:30 PM #2 Metro vs. #3 Texas

Friday, March 30, 2018

2:00 PM Pool A 1st place vs. Pool B 2nd place

5:00 PM Pool B 1st place vs. Pool A 2nd place

Saturday – March 31, 2018

1:30 PM Championship Game

The work isn’t done yet. Five more games are on the horizon for Vaillancourt, Moser and the La Crosse Freeze.

Go Freeze!

La Crosse marches into playoffs as 2nd seed in Central Division

The last two weekends of NA3HL regular season hockey didn’t end well for the La Crosse Freeze. That doesn’t mean all is lost from an impressive 2017-18 campaign thus far.

Head coach Jon Vaillancourt continues moving forward with the NA3HL Fraser Cup Playoffs starting this Friday night in La Crosse. In his first regular season with the Freeze they took a strong step forward, fighting for the Central Division title late into the season, a feat the organization had yet to do since moving to La Crosse four seasons ago.

When all was said and done Saturday night the Freeze finished with a 34-12-1 (69 points) record, an organization best since their 32-15 record in 2015-16. The 69 points ranks as a tie for 9th across the league.

On the ice it was a great regular season from top to bottom. The Freeze also set franchise records for both goals for and goals against with 240 and 124, respectively.

With the playoffs in sight the regular season is but a memory for Vaillancourt’s squad. Forwards Clayton Lackey and Brady Lindauer, who both set the tone this season offensively en route to setting franchise regular season records for points per game with 1.882 and 1.878, will be two to watch when the puck drops at 7pm against the Wisconsin Whalers.

Speaking of the Whalers, both them and the Freeze are quite familiar with each other when it comes to the playoffs; each of the past three seasons the two teams have faced one another in the first round. Wisconsin prevailed in 2015 but it was La Crosse who moved on to face the North Iowa Bulls the past two seasons. If history proves anything then La Crosse, a #2 seed this year, has the edge as the top seed has won each year.

The boys are looking for a loud Green Island Ice Arena this Friday night! Saturday nights contest will move to Oregon, WI with a third game coming back to Green Island on Sunday, if necessary.