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Chill host Division Leaders Springfield Synergy


 Chill Home Opener

Since Springfield (formerly Demize) entered the PDL, they have never beaten the Chill and managed to get their first point from Thunder Bay last year in a 1-1 draw in Springfield. The Chill are 18-0-1 lifetime against Springfield and have outscored them 51-6. However, this is a team not to be taken lightly. Springfield improved significantly in 2014 and are coming into Thunder Bay after tying their last two games 1-1 against WSA Winnipeg Wednesday night and 0-0 against the Menace in Des Moines last Saturday night.

“We have been working very hard this week to prepare for Springfield”, said Chill head coach Giovanni Petraglia. “It has been two weeks since we played in St. Louis, and we need to bring the intensity to an even higher level in order to beat Springfield this weekend,” he commented. The Chill are expecting captain Zetroy Robertson to see his first PDL action of the year after being sidelined with a groin injury and not playing in St. Louis. With injuries to goaltenders Daniel Alvarado and Michael Miller, the Chill may have 18 year old and former Canadian National U17 keeper Daniel Milton in goal this weekend. Milton is still awaiting International Clearance prior to being approved to play. Milton won a bronze medal with Canada at the CONCACAF Men’s U17 Championships in Panama in 2013 and also represented Canada at the FIFA U17 World Cup that same year in the UAE.

The Chill also welcome back midfielder Pedro Adan who last played with the Chill in 2013. “Adan was a big part of our team that year that went to the PDL National Championship Final in Austin Texas,” said general manager John Marrello. “He actually scored in the 2’ minute and had us up 1-0”, he continued. The Chill eventually lost that game 3-1 going down to 10 men in the 4’ of the game. “These two games this weekend will be a real test for us, and give us a good feel of how competitive we will be with teams like Springfield and Des Moines”, said Marrello.

Friday night’s game will feature new local band Tourist Bureau, who will be performing the national anthems and a few of their new material at half time. Friday night is also Fort William Historical Park Night where members of the Park come to promote the World’s Largest Fur Trade Post.

The Thunder Bay Chill plays in the 63 team prospect focused Premier Development League (PDL) which is the top developmental men’s league in North America.

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