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Chicago Crush Premier and Motor City Gamblers Set 'The Madhouse' Ablaze in Epic Trilogy


#85 Ryan Hammer and the Crush look to win the draw | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#85 Ryan Hammer and the Crush look to win the draw | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

ADDISON, Ill.- February 8-10, 2024 - In a three-part saga that ignited the passions of hockey enthusiasts, The Madhouse in Addison bore witness to a riveting clash between the Chicago Crush Premier squad and their divisional rivals, the Motor City Gamblers. The intensity of the battles on the ice at the Addison Ice Arena unfolded like a scripted drama, with each game adding a new chapter to the story. From Motor City's triumph in a hard-fought opener to the Crush's explosive retaliation in a high-stakes showdown, culminating in a thrilling home victory that left the arena rocking, "The Madhouse Chronicles" delivered an unforgettable rollercoaster of emotions. Buckle up as we dive into the heart-stopping highs and dramatic lows of this heated three-game series that had fans at the edge of their seats.


Motor City Gamblers Triumph in Hard-Fought Battle at The Madhouse in Addison


#22 Captain Nick Zehelein | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#22 Captain Nick Zehelein | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Thursday's clash at The Madhouse in Addison lived up to its name as the Motor City Gamblers triumphed in a gritty showdown against the Chicago Crush Premier. The electrifying atmosphere at the Addison Ice Arena set the stage for a physical and fast-paced contest.


The first period was a display of hard hits and intense action. Motor City's Brody Vachon struck first at 13:55, setting the tone for the night. Penalties on both sides, including a boarding call against Caden Day and a misconduct-unsportsmanlike penalty on Jake Mullins, highlighted the heated rivalry.


#71 Forward Adyn Konchar stick-handles by the defense | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#71 Forward Adyn Konchar stick-handles by the defense | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The second period continued the battle, with the Gamblers extending their lead through Jake Mullins' power-play goal. Chicago's Jacob Rozanski responded, injecting hope for the Crush, but Motor City secured the win with late goals, sealing a 5-2 victory.


The penalty parade and a goaltending duel between Robert Allport and Patrick Johansen added to the drama. As the series progressed, fans at The Madhouse in Addison eagerly anticipated the next clashes, with the Crush aiming to rebound and even the score.


Crush Crushes Gamblers in Explosive Showdown at The Madhouse in Addison


#31 Goalie Jack Sundhall | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#31 Goalie Jack Sundhall | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Friday's game at The Madhouse in Addison was a rollercoaster of emotions, and the Chicago Crush Premier unit emerged victorious in a resounding 7-2 win over the Motor City Gamblers. The Addison Ice Arena witnessed a scoring frenzy in the second period that showcased Chicago's dominance.


After a scoreless first period, the Crush erupted with an impressive offensive display. Despite Motor City's Shaun Zatelli netting the first goal, Chicago swiftly responded with a power-play spree, taking a commanding 5-1 lead. The intensity spilled over into multiple fights and misconducts, creating a fierce battle on the ice.


#81 Forward Caden Day | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#81 Forward Caden Day | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Heading into the third period with a substantial lead, the Crush continued their offensive onslaught, securing a convincing 7-2 victory. Goalie Jack Sundhall's stellar performance and key contributions from players like Caden Day, Jason Castaneda, and Jonathan Wood highlighted the Crush's dominance.


The victory marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing rivalry, with the Crush holding the series lead. The energy and intensity of the game left fans eagerly anticipating the third and final showdown between these divisional foes.



Chicago Crush Triumph in Thrilling Home Victory at "The Madhouse in Addison"


Series standout #93 Forward Jacob Rozanski | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Series standout #93 Forward Jacob Rozanski | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

In the thrilling conclusion to the three-game series, the Chicago Crush secured a nail-biting 3-2 victory over the Motor City Gamblers at "The Madhouse in Addison." The game, which had fans on the edge of their seats, showcased the resilience and determination of both teams.


The first period set the tone, with Motor City's Shaun Zatelli striking first on a shorthanded goal. Despite facing penalties, the Crush remained undeterred. The second period saw a power-play goal from Caden Day, leveling the score at 1-1 heading into the final frame.


The third period turned into a rollercoaster of emotions, with Jacob Rozanski emerging as the hero for the Crush, scoring two crucial goals. Despite a late effort from Motor City's Braedon Keel, the Crush held on for a hard-fought 3-2 victory.


The Madhouse erupted in cheers as the final buzzer sounded, celebrating the Crush's triumph. Goaltender Jack Sundhall's standout performance and a strong penalty kill reflected the intensity of the rivalry. With this victory, the Crush further solidified their position in the standings, while the Gamblers left "The Madhouse" with a bitter taste.


The Chicago Crush celebrate after the final buzzer sounds | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
The Chicago Crush celebrate after the final buzzer sounds | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

As the Crush and Gamblers bid farewell to this fiery series, the atmosphere at Addison Ice Arena lingered with the sweet taste of victory for the home team. The Crush will carry this momentum into their upcoming matchups, while the Gamblers will be looking to regroup as the season progresses.


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