BENSENVILLE, Ill.- In an intense crosstown clash at the Edge Ice Arena, the Chicago Crush Elite squad secured a convincing victory against their cross-town foes, the Chicago Cougars, with a final score of 6-3. The Friday afternoon matchup showcased the skill and determination of both teams, ultimately favoring the Crush.
The game unfolded with an explosive first period, featuring a goal from Vincent Cerrentano for the Crush at 5:43, assisted by Kevin McKenna and Cole Darlas. The Cougars responded with a goal from Mark Shibalov at 16:53, assisted by Kennelly Clinton. The Crush regained the lead with a goal from Ryan Parkin at 14:10, assisted by Will Soldano.
The second period saw Austin Kessel extending the Crush's lead with a power-play goal at 15:28, assisted by Tyler Rentner and Brody Luzbetak. The Cougars faced penalty trouble, with Nicholas Calvey serving a high-sticking penalty and Jeffrey Schroeder a cross-checking penalty.
In the third period, the Crush maintained their momentum. Jace Levine scored at 5:54, assisted by Niko Dougan, securing the game-winning goal. Despite a major slashing penalty to Ryan Parkin, the Crush continued to dominate, as Parkin redeemed himself with another goal at 9:21, assisted by Niko Dougan and Kevin McKenna.
The Cougars managed to score twice more, with goals from Nolan Machala and Robert DeMarco on a power play to make in 5-3. With 24 seconds remaining in the game, Austin Kessel put the nail in the coffin with his second goal of the night assisted by Ryan Parkin and Brody Luzbetak.
The game witnessed physical moments, evident in several penalties on both sides. Goaltenders Johnny Augusta for the Crush and John Dillard for the Cougars delivered solid performances, making crucial saves throughout the game.
The victory for the Crush adds to their impressive season record of 17-7-0-3, while the Cougars now stand at 13-10-2-1. The head-to-head battle between these two teams has been intense, with the Crush leading the season series.
As the Crush continue their successful run, fans can expect more exciting matchups and skilled plays from this dynamic team in the USPHL.
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