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Chicago Crush Premier Unit Extinguish Decatur Blaze with a 4-0 Victory

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - Addison Ice Arena

Jack Sundhall protecting the "nest" | Photo By Beverly Buchinger
Jack Sundhall protecting the "nest" | Photo By Beverly Buchinger

ADDISON, Ill. – The Chicago Crush Premier unit displayed a masterclass of ice hockey this afternoon, securing a resounding 4-0 victory over the Decatur Blaze. The crowd at the Addison Ice Arena was electrified as the Crush dominated every aspect of the game, showcasing their prowess both offensively and defensively.

In a match-up that featured two Swedish starting goalies, it was Chicago's netminder, Jack Sundhall, who shined brightest, stopping all 11 shots he faced to record a shutout. Sundhall's superb performance in front of the home crowd was nothing short of sensational.

The Crush started the scoring barrage early in the first period when Spencer Kauke netted his first goal of the season at 12:54. The crowd erupted in joy as Kauke's precise shot found its mark, giving the Crush a 1-0 lead.

The second period saw more Chicago domination, with Adyn Konchar extending the lead to 2-0 just 1:08 into the frame, assisted by Caden Day and Jason Castaneda. The Blaze struggled to find their footing as the Crush relentlessly peppered their net with shots.

Chicago's defensive prowess was on full display as they stifled the Blaze's offense throughout the game.

Goalie Jack Sundhall commented post-game, "Defensively we played great and did a phenomenal job closing them down." The home team's disciplined play was a testament to their commitment to both ends of the ice.

Entering the third period, the Crush showed no signs of slowing down. Conor Heniff netted another goal at 3:23, extending the lead to 3-0. Later in the period, Cyler Brogle scored at 8:44, and the Crush had a comfortable 4-0 lead.

Conor Heniff, who opened the scoring in the third, emphasized the team's performance, stating, "We kept pushing and came out on top."

The Blaze struggled to gain any momentum, and the game ended with a commanding 4-0 scoreline in favor of the Chicago Crush Premier unit.

In a game where the Chicago Crush outshot the Decatur Blaze 58 to 11, the difference in quality was clear. Both starting goalies, Ludvig Persson for the Blaze and Jack Sundhall for the Crush, hailed from Sweden and both performed at a high level, adding an interesting international flavor to the contest... a Swedish goalie showdown that is sure to have a sequel.

The Chicago Crush Premier unit put on a show for their fans, demonstrating their exceptional skills and teamwork. With a strong offense and impenetrable defense, they secured a convincing victory, sending a clear message to the rest of the league that they are a force to be reckoned with this season.

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