Updated: Oct 4
Addison Ice Arena - Friday, September 29, 2023
ADDISON, Ill. - In a fierce battle that had fans on the edge of their seats, the Chicago Crush Elite squad clashed with the Fort Wayne Spacemen, but ultimately, the Spacemen came out on top with a 5-1 victory.
The first period of the game was marked by tight defense and solid goaltending, as both teams displayed their determination to secure a win. The only notable event in the opening frame was a holding penalty on Kevin McKenna, which briefly gave the Spacemen a man advantage.
The second period, however, turned the game's momentum. Just 15 seconds into the period, Moynahan of the Fort Wayne Spacemen lit the lamp, opening the scoring for his team. Richardson extended the Spacemen's lead at 12:16, leaving the Crush with some work to do.
Chicago finally found the back of the net on a power play opportunity, with Joseph Coglianese converting a beautiful play set up by Logan Fernandes and Austin Kessel. However, the Spacemen responded with a shorthanded goal by Evans at 17:01, further solidifying their lead. Penalties piled up on both sides, adding intensity to the already heated contest.
In the third period, the Fort Wayne Spacemen continued to press, and Richardson capitalized on a power play opportunity to notch his second goal of the game. Moynahan added his second goal at 14:34, sealing the victory for the Spacemen.
Despite the loss, Crush forward Joey Coglianese had a message for his team, "The most successful teams are the ones that are hard to play against; we gotta become one of those teams, we're too easy right now."
John "Jack" Martino, who had a special experience playing alongside his brother in the Crush lineup, remained optimistic, saying, "We would have liked to get the win tonight, but we will build from this. It's been a great experience at the Crush so far, especially being able to play with my brother Cole. I'm looking forward to getting back into the win column and working hard towards success."
In the end, the Fort Wayne Spacemen secured the victory with a final score of 5-1, outshooting the Crush 38-31. Crush goalie Ilan Walny put on a strong display, making some incredible saves, but it was the Spacemen who emerged victorious in this thrilling matchup. The Crush Elite team now look ahead to their next game, against the Decatur Blaze on October 4th, hungry for redemption and eager to establish themselves as one of the toughest teams in the league.
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