Sean Muncy returns to the line up tonight as the Chill battle the Sundogs on home ice / Photo Credit : Mick Lite
The St. Charles Chill return home tonight as they face-off against the Arizona Sundogs at 7:00 p.m. at the Family Arena. The Chill are looking to work their way up the standings after a very good outing against the Tulsa Oilers, in which the Chill lost in a shootout.
The Chill can take a lot of things out of the pair of games in Tulsa last week, including the superb play of rookie forward, Phil Bushbacher. Bushbacher recorded two goals and one assist over the week and was a dominant player in each game. His progression should be a solid addition for the Chill moving forward. For those of who do not remember, Bushbacher was one of four players invited to training camp during the Chill’s free agent tryouts this past summer.
Returning to the line up tonight is forward Sean Muncy. Muncy, 28, is a native of Chesterfield who has only played in two games for the Chill this season. His offense has been missed on the ice and with his return, it should offset some of the offense lost after forwards Chad Costello, Max Mobely, and Kyle Kraemer was waived earlier this week.
Costello was claimed, by none other than the Arizona Sundogs. Costello however, opted not to report and has been suspended by Arizona.
The waiving of Chad Costello was quite the surprise, as he was leading the Chill in points at the time of him being waived. Chill head coach and general manager was very blunt when explaining why Costello was being waived. “The St. Charles Chill organization only want players that want to be here and represent the city of St. Louis and St. Charles to the best of their ability. It doesn’t matter what your resume is if you’re not wanting to be dedicated to your teammates, the organization, and the city.”
Kyle Kraemer was also waived this week. When asked if the reason Kraemer was waived was the same reason as Costello, Rivers explained, “No. Kyle Kraemer is a great person and has been a big part of getting the Chill name our there. I believe playing in your hometown is sometimes difficult and comes with a lot of pressure. However, I would just like to reiterate that the St. Charles Chill and the city of St. Charles are only interested in players that will scratch and claw and do whatever it takes to win. St. Charles is a proud city and our players must wear the frozen C with pride.” Kraemer, along with Mobley, were not claimed.
Robby Moss will get the start in net tonight after a strong showing over last weekends games against Tulsa. Moss gave the Chill every chance to win and has been doing just that, all season long. Mathieu Corbeil was lit up over the weekend and has struggled this season in net. It turns out that he has been battling injury and has been placed on injured reserve and the Chill have signed goaltender, Linus Lundin.
Lundin, 21, is a young Swedish goaltender who’s played two seasons of North American hockey with the Springfield Jr. Pics of the EJHL. Lundin posted very solid numbers last season, playing in 45 games for the Jr. Pics, posting 2.51 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He has been on Rivers radar for a while now and Rivers now has the opportunity of seeing what Lundin has in person.
Anthony Pisano will return to the line up after he returned to the team after a leave of absence.
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