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Weekend Wrap-up: Chill clinch Midwest's final playoff spot

March 19, 2012

Austin 3 @ Coulee Region 5 – The Coulee Region Chill clinched the 4th and final playoff spot in the Midwest Division thanks to a come-from-behind 5-3 win at home over the Austin Bruins.  The Bruins scored the game’s first two goals courtesy of CJ Smith and John Simonson.  The Chill stormed back for four straight goals to take a 4-2 lead midway through the 3rd period.  Chris Hughes scored the first of his two goals to get the Chill on the board with an assist to Jake Useldinger.  Eric Drapluk scored on the power play just over two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2 with another assist to Useldinger and also to Adam Thomas.  Coming out of the 2nd intermission, Myles Maltz gave the Chill their first lead of the game and Hughes followed it up with his second goal of the game to make it 4-2.  Simonson scored his second of the night with less than two minutes remaining, but Mac Jansen sealed the win with an empty net goal and the playoff berth for the Chill.  David Heflin made 40 saves in the win while Tyler Bruggeman took the loss, making 39 saves.  Coulee Region will be the #4 seed in the Midwest and face the #1 seed and division winner in the playoffs, which will be either St. Louis or Janesville. Boxscore

Janesville 0 @ Springfield 4 – Tyler Parks recorded his first NAHL shutout, stopping all 41 shots as Springfield swept a three-game home set from Janesville with a 4-0 win on Sunday.  Mike William’s scored a 1st period power play goal, which turned out to be the game-winner.  Chris Sitler, Radim Matus and Josef Pontasch added the other markers.  Pontasch, Sitler and Kevin Walters all ended up with multi-point games. Boxscore

Dawson Creek 2 @ Wenatchee 1 – Dawson Creek snapped a 12-game losing streak with a big 2-1 win on Sunday in Wenatchee.  Edward Dyson was the star for the Rage in goal as he made 37 saves. Max McHugh gave the Wild the lead with a 1st period goal, but Dawson Creek came from behind with two goals in the 3rd period.  Carter Page tied the game at 1-1 and Ryan Matthews got the game-winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Boxscore

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