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Chicago Crush Elite Display Offensive Brilliance in Triumph Over Decatur Blaze at Detroit Showcase

Updated: Nov 19, 2023


Chicago Crush Elite celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle
Chicago Crush Elite celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.- In a commanding performance at the 2023 USPHL Detroit Showcase, the Chicago Crush Elite demonstrated their prowess on the ice, securing a resounding 7-1 victory against the Decatur Blaze. The game showcased the Crush Elite's offensive firepower and solid defensive play, leaving fans at Mount Clemens on the edge of their seats.

#77 Vincent Cerrentano fires a puck on net | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#77 Vincent Cerrentano fires a puck on net | Photo by Andrea Brogle

The second period proved to be the turning point, as the Chicago Crush Elite erupted with an impressive four-goal spree. Austin Kessel kicked things off at 6:29, showcasing his scoring prowess and setting the tone for the period. Decatur Blaze responded with a power-play goal from Hammad Khan at 9:05, but the Crush Elite quickly regained control.

Chicago Crush Elite celebrate another goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle
Chicago Crush Elite celebrate another goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Kevin McKenna, Vincent Cerrentano, and Brody Luzbetak followed suit, each finding the back of the net and contributing to the team's commanding lead. The Crush Elite's offensive onslaught left Decatur Blaze struggling to keep up.


#8 Leo Riani and #77 Vincent Cerrentano celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#8 Leo Riani and #77 Vincent Cerrentano celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Vincent Cerrentano continued to shine as a key offensive force for the Crush Elite, completing a hat trick with goals at 16:56 in the second period, 3:05 in the third period, and another at 13:21 on a shorthanded play. Cerrentano's exceptional performance highlighted his scoring ability and crucial contributions to the team's success.


While the Crush Elite dominated on the scoreboard, penalties played a role in the game. The team faced a total of 18 penalty minutes, with notable infractions including cross-checking, interference, roughing, and tripping. However, the penalty kill unit stood strong, limiting Decatur Blaze to just one power-play goal on seven opportunities.


In the crease, goaltender Christopher Stamos delivered a stellar performance, stopping 14 of 15 shots faced. Stamos played a pivotal role in maintaining the Crush Elite's lead and securing the team's victory.


The Chicago Crush Elite's victory at the USPHL Detroit Showcase adds another positive chapter to their season. With a record of 6-5-0-2, the team looks to build on this momentum in the upcoming games. The players, coaching staff, and fans have every reason to be excited about the potential for continued success in the USPHL.

#77 Vincent Cerrentano & Brody Luzbetak celebrate their goals | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#77 Vincent Cerrentano & Brody Luzbetak celebrate their goals post game | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Be sure to tune in to FloHockey.tv this evening as the Chicago Crush Elite look to continue their success against the mighty Elmira Impact.


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