Addison Ice Arena - Wednesday, October 4, 2023
ADDISON, Ill. - In a high-octane showdown that electrified the Addison Ice Arena, the Chicago Crush Elite squad left fans roaring with excitement as they defeated the Decatur Blaze in a 12-1 victory that showcased their formidable prowess.
The Chicago Crush came out of the gates firing on all cylinders in the first period. Joseph Coglianese set the tone with not one but two spectacular goals, with assists from Jace Levine and Tyler Rentner. The Crush continued to dominate, with Christopher Frachalla adding a shorthanded goal, followed by a score from John “Jack” Martino, leaving Decatur Blaze goaltender Adian Linville reeling. The Blaze faced a four-goal deficit as the first period came to a close.
"I think that games like those are the hardest to play in," said Jack Martino, who contributed to the Crush's early lead. "You want to score and you want to make plays but at the same time you don't want to try to do too much and nurture bad instincts. Nonetheless, it was a great win for us and a great game to give us that confidence boost we needed heading into a few big games next weekend."
The second period saw the Crush picking up right where they left off, relentlessly hammering the Blaze's defense. Jace Levine, Kevin McKenna, Niko Dougan, Leo Riani, and Tyler Rentner all found the back of the net. The Blaze did manage to get on the board with a goal from Jack Teeuwen, but it was only a brief respite as the Crush surged ahead with Dougan's second goal of the game. By the end of the second period, the scoreboard read 10-1 in favor of the Crush.
"We played hard throughout the game," said Niko Dougan, who played a pivotal role in the Crush's dominant performance. "Everyone did their jobs and stayed focused for the entire 60 minutes. It was a team win."
In the final period, the Chicago Crush showed no mercy. Jack Martino and Jace Levine both netted their second goals of the night, sealing the 12-1 victory for the home team. The Blaze fought hard but couldn't penetrate the defensive wall put up by the Crush and goaltender Christopher Stamos.
The final score, 12-1, was a testament to the Crush's relentless offense and unyielding defense throughout the game. With this resounding win, the Chicago Crush Elite squad gains a surge of confidence as they head into a series of challenging matchups next week.
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