It was just another win as far as Coulee Region Chill coach Ryan Egan was concerned.
Shortly after his team’s five-goal win Friday night, Egan was under the impression the Chill needed one more win to clinch a Midwest Division plaoyff berth. Then he looked at his phone, which was flooded with congratulatory text messages. Fortunately for him, and for Coulee Region, Friday’s win did the trick, as the Chill locked up postseason qualification by way of a tiebreaker — overall wins — Friday night.
Saturday was just icing on the cake.
After putting eight goals past Springfield on Friday, Coulee Region added four more during Saturday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Junior Blues at Green Island Ice Arena. Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup notched a hat trick for the Chill, Caleb Schroer scored the winning goal in OT, and Division I Massachusetts-Amherst recruit Brad Arvanitis bolstered his recent form with a solid 40-save performance.
Still the league’s third highest-scoring team, the Chill have won 10 of their last 12 games, a stretch in which they’ve scored an average of 5.2 goals per game.
And Schmidt-Svejstrup wasted no time preserving that mark.
With just 72 seconds off the clock, the Denmark native opened the scoring with his 12th goal of the season. Then, mere moments after the ensuing faceoff, he took a feed from Joey Sofo before burying his second of the game — just eight seconds after his first — to make it 2-0.
Schmidt-Svejstrup later completed his hat trick at 9:31 of the second period, giving him 14 goals and 22 points over his last 16 games.
Coulee Region’s Kevin Dineen also got in on the act, scoring his 19th of the season at 7:30 of the second period to reclaim a 3-2 lead for the Chill.
But the Junior Blues kept things interesting.
After Schmidt-Svejstrup’s third goal stretched a two-goal lead for Coulee Region, Springfield’s Brennan Blaszczak made it 4-3 with his second goal of the weekend at 7:51 of the third. Then, Ryan Leibold forced overtime with an equalizing goal at 17:39.
But Schroer saved the day with just over a minute to play in overtime, notching his 25th goal — and his team-best 64th point — of the season to secure Coulee Region’s weekend sweep of Springfield.
The Chill will play their third consecutive three-game set next weekend, beginning with Thursday’s regular-season home finale against division champion Janesville.