Coulee Region came out with a lot of momentum as they wore special jerseys, raising money for area fire-fighting equipment. The Blues on the other hand were a bit sluggish and their play was ragged for the first twelve minutes of the game. By the time they got untracked they found themselves looking up at a two goal deficit. Radim Matus brought the Blues back to within one at the 14:30 mark on a great pass by Ethan Nauman. Gavin Tufte also assisted on the play. At the end of the first period the Blues trailed Coulee Region by one, the score being 2 – 1. The shots on goal during the first went in the favor of the Chill, 18 to the Blues 14. I know I saw a Blues shot, in the Blues offensive zone added to the Chill’s total.
The second period score changed in a hurry as the Chill scored at forty nine seconds into the period to make it 3 – 1. Kyle Cook brought the Blues back within one at 14:03, but the Chill lead went back to a two goal lead at 16:07. Two fights (with a split decision) carried through the period, and Kevin Walters picked up his second penalty. Josef Pontasch and Cody Kohn picked up assists on Cookie’s goal. The Blues just haven’t performed well on defense tonight and look flustered on the ice at times. Coulee Region have outplayed the Blues through two periods.
Third period was much the same as the Blues had trouble controlling the puck or generating any kind of offense. They just looked like they weren’t totally in sinc. Give credit to the Chill, they came to play tonight, and outplayed the Blues from the outset. Final score Chill 5, Jr. Blues 3.
The same two teams square off at 7:00 pm tomorrow (Saturday) night, and the game will be on the FASTHockey network.