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Chicago Crush Premier Prevail Over Chicago Cougars: A Rivalry Weekend of Grit and Glory


The Crush and Cougars face-off | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
The Crush and Cougars face-off | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

ADDISON, Ill.- The Chicago Crush Premier's faithful were in for a rollercoaster of emotions as their team squared off against crosstown rivals, the Chicago Cougars, in a weekend series that highlighted the heart and soul of this intense rivalry. Now, let's dive a little deeper into each of these exciting games.


#31 Goalie Jack Sundhall locates the puck through traffic | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#31 Goalie Jack Sundhall locates the puck through traffic | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Friday, January 05: A Valiant Effort Falls Short


Opening the series on the road at the Edge Ice Arena, the Crush gave it their all but faced a 5-3 defeat against the Cougars. Despite showcasing resilience and mounting a second-period comeback led by Nick Zehelein, Ryan Brown, and Spencer Kauke, penalties proved challenging. While the loss stung, the Crush knew they had the necessary grit

to bounce back.


Forwards #81 Caden Day & #85 Ryan Hammer swoop into attack | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Forwards #81 Caden Day & #85 Ryan Hammer swoop into attack | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Saturday, January 06: Redemption at the Addison Ice Arena


With a fiery determination, the Crush rebounded at home in the Addison Ice Arena, delivering a statement 5-2 victory over the the Chicago Cougars. From Jacob Rozanski's early goal setting the tempo to a cohesive team effort, the Crush's resolve was evident. Andrew Young's stellar goaltending, combined with standout performances from Spencer Kauke, Caden Day, and Sam Barnitz, showcased the Crush's depth and determination.


#25 Forward Spencer Kauke | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#25 Forward Spencer Kauke | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Sunday, January 07: Crush's Dominance Seals the Deal


In the series finale, the Crush left no doubt about their intentions, dominating the Cougars with a commanding 5-1 home victory at the Addison Ice Arena. Jason Castaneda's offensive brilliance, along with a team-wide commitment to excellence, propelled the Crush to a series-clinching win. With Jack Sundhall standing tall in goal and contributions from Peter White, Ryan Hammer, and Spencer Kauke, the Crush's cohesive play and relentless drive were rewarded with victory.


Reflecting on this weekend series, the Chicago Crush Premier unit showcased their resilience, determination, and team chemistry, solidifying their place as contenders in the USPHL. The victories over the Cougars highlighted the Crush's ability to rise to the occasion, energizing their fan base and setting a positive tone for the remainder of the season. As the rivalry with the Cougars continues to intensify, the Crush will carry this momentum forward, aiming for divisional supremacy and ultimately, championship glory in the USPHL. Fans can anticipate more thrilling matchups and memorable moments as the Crush continue their pursuit of excellence on the ice.


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