Minnesota Wind Chill Kick Off 2017 Season with Seven Signings
February 7, 2017
With seven players now signed to their roster and their first tryout complete, the Minnesota Wind Chill are ready for the 2017 season. The Wind Chill finished last year 9-5 during the regular season before losing at the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds 20-18 in the first round of the playoffs. It was the first postseason appearance for the Minnesota franchise.
Of the seven announced players, four were a part of last season's playoff squad that finished third in the league in blocks with 17.3 per game. The Wind Chill will look to continue their tradition of disruptive defensive pressure.
Brian Schoenrock has been a franchise player for Minnesota since their first game. He ranks first all-time in team history in goals (127), scores (196), blocks (96), points played (1097), and is second with 69 assists. During the 2015 season, he caught a franchise record 50 goals during the regular season.
Brian "Strings" Schoenrock makes a diving goal past the Madison Radicals defender during the 2016 season.
With 600 more completions than the second highest player in team history, Austin Lien has been the unquestioned handling leader for the Wind Chill during his four seasons with the team. And yet despite his massive workload, Lien has averaged a completion rate of 96 percent on his career on 1653 throws, never going below 96 percent in a given season.
Austin Lien makes the possession-saving grab before flipping the scoober for the assist in a one-point, must-win game against the Detroit Mechanix in 2016.
Another player with the team since its inception, Brandon Matis has worked his way from last on the bench to starting defender. In 2016, he had his best season as a pro, throwing 20 assists, catching 17 goals, and generating 10 blocks while playing primarily with the defensive unit.
Brandon Matis makes a leaping grab for the goal against the Cincinnati Revolution during the 2016 season.
Greg Cousins was a rookie with the Wind Chill in 2016, but had a very productive season offensively and defensively. In just 217 points played, he put up 18 assists, 17 goals, and 15 blocks as a do-all utility player.
Greg Cousins chases down the disc for a layout goal in a regular season game against the Chicago Wildfire in 2016.
Two of the remaining three players already signed to the roster—Josh Klane and Nick Simonelli—had previous stints with the Wind Chill. Klane played limited points with the team briefly in 2013 and 2014, registering 16 assists in 189 points. Simonelli was also with the team during those season, registering 15 assists, 14 goals, and 208 completions (94%) in 303 points.
Osgar is the only rookie of the group. In 2016, he won a collegiate title with the University of Minnesota.
Ryan Osgar's 2016 Callahan video nomination from the University of Minnesota.