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Chicago Crush Elite Triumph in Epic Series Against Fort Wayne Spacemen, Punch Ticket to USPHL Nationals


Chicago Crush Elite celebrate their historic victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Crush Elite celebrate their historic victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

ADDISON, Ill. - In a sensational playoff series that unfolded at the Addison Ice Arena, notably known as "The Madhouse in Addison," the Chicago Crush Elite squad etched their name into history books with a riveting 5-1 victory over the Fort Wayne Spacemen in Game 3 of the USPHL Midwest Divisional Series. The triumph not only secured the series but also propelled them to the upcoming USPHL Nationals in Utica, New Jersey.


Game 1: A Shutout Masterpiece


#5 Tyler Rentner & #30 Johnny Augusta Celebrate the Shut-out victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#5 Tyler Rentner & #30 Johnny Augusta Celebrate the Shut-out victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The journey began on March 8th with Game 1, a contest that showcased the Crush's dominance on home ice. The arena pulsated with energy as the Crush faithful packed the stands, turning The Madhouse into a cauldron of anticipation. Austin Kessel and Joseph Coglianese provided the offensive sparks, securing a 2-0 win. However, the true hero of the night was goaltender Johnny Augusta, who delivered a masterful shutout performance, turning away all 31 shots faced. Augusta's brilliance between the pipes set the stage for the Crush's 1-0 series lead, leaving fans in awe and opponents searching for answers.


Game 2: Grit and Determination


#33 Goalie Kyle Tyszkiewicz | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#33 Goalie Kyle Tyszkiewicz | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The intensity reached new heights in Game 2 on March 9th, as both teams battled fiercely for control. The Madhouse lived up to its reputation, witnessing a hard-fought contest. Despite an early lead from Cole Darlas, the Crush faced a resilient Spacemen comeback, resulting in a challenging 4-1 loss. Kyle Tyszkiewicz, the Crush goaltender, showcased unwavering determination despite the adversity, setting the stage for a must-win Game 3.


Game 3: Historic Victory Unfolds


#12 Forward Kevin "Kev-Dog" McKenna shoots and scores! | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#12 Forward Kevin "Kev-Dog" McKenna shoots and scores! | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The decisive Game 3 on March 10th unfolded as a historic clash, filled with twists and turns that captivated the audience. The Crush emerged with a resounding 5-1 victory, sealing their ticket to the USPHL Nationals. The game saw an offensive explosion led by Kevin McKenna, Rocco Esposito, Anthony Frachalla, and Grant Paullo. However, the foundation of their success remained Johnny Augusta's steadfast presence in the net, making 23 crucial saves. The Addison Ice Arena buzzed with excitement as the home team's passionate fans witnessed the Crush's triumphant performance. The victory not only marks a significant milestone for the Chicago Crush Elite but also punches their ticket to the national stage of the USPHL Nationals in Utica, New Jersey.


As the Crush Elite celebrates their triumph over the Fort Wayne Spacemen, the journey to Utica promises more thrilling moments and fierce competition. The Madhouse in Addison, witness to unforgettable hockey drama, will undoubtedly see the Crush Elite unit leave their mark on the USPHL Nationals. Stay tuned as the Chicago Crush Elite chase championship glory on the grandest stage of USPHL hockey!


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