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Chicago Crush Elite Falls in Rematch Thriller to Fort Wayne

Goalie #30 Johnny Augusta | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Goalie #30 Johnny Augusta | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

FORT WAYNE, Ind.- In an electrifying clash at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, the Chicago Crush Elite squad fell short against the Fort Wayne Spacemen in a thrilling contest that left fans on the edge of their seats. The scoreboard read Chicago Crush 4, Fort Wayne Spacemen 6 at the final whistle, and it was a game full of fast-paced action and dramatic twists.

The first period set the tone for an action-packed evening when Jack Martino opened the scoring for the Chicago Crush just 1:09 into the game. The crowd erupted as Martino's laser-like shot found the back of the net, assisted by Tyler Rentner and Ryan Parkin. However, the Fort Wayne Spacemen swiftly responded on a power play, as Kuznets buried one past the Crush's goalie, Johnny Augusta, courtesy of Evans' pass. Yet, the Crush didn't let the Spacemen's celebration last long, with forward Leo Riani scoring only three seconds later, assisted by Vincent Cerrentano and Trace Girgis. The first period saw some rough play and penalties, but the score stood at 2-1 in favor of the Crush after twenty minutes.

As the game progressed, the Spacemen tied things up in the second period when Moynahan notched a goal, assisted by Davis and Backstrom, at 14:31. The Crush faced penalty trouble of their own during the second frame, but they managed to hold off the Spacemen's offensive onslaught.

The third period was an absolute rollercoaster. Teplitskyi and Davis scored for the Spacemen, while Will Soldano and Austin Kessel found the back of the net for the Crush. The final period was marked by intense physical play, and both teams had to navigate penalties and fights that saw several players ejected from the game.

In the end, the Fort Wayne Spacemen emerged victorious with a 6-4 scoreline, thanks to Davis's hat-trick performance and solid teamwork. Despite the loss, Johnny Augusta's heroic effort in the net, making 32 saves on 38 shots, couldn't go unnoticed.

#44 Defenseman Brody Luzbetak | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#44 Defenseman Brody Luzbetak | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Following the game, the Crush's Kevin McKenna had this to say, "Had some calls that didn't go our way, but I think we just gotta do a better job moving the puck and capitalize on our opportunities." The frustration with the calls was evident, but the team remained determined to improve.

Ryan Parkin weighed in on the match, saying, "We came out flying, but faced a lot of adversity that was out of our control, which we feel costed us in the end." Parkin acknowledged the team's strong start but lamented the obstacles they faced during the game.

Starting Goalie Johnny Augusta offered a reassuring perspective, "I thought the boys played a solid game today. Wasn't the result we wanted, but we will get the next one." His optimism echoed throughout the locker room, promising a fierce comeback in their next match.

Despite the defeat, the Chicago Crush Elite squad showcased their resilience and skill, and look to right the ship in their next matchup as they head to the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Ill. to face division rival Blaze.

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