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Chicago Crush Premier unit Hitting the Road to Take on Fort Wayne Spacemen

Chicago Crush Premier | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Crush Premier | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Chicago Crush Premier is gearing up for an exhilarating two-game road series against their Midwest Division rivals, the Fort Wayne Spacemen. These high-stakes clashes are set to take place at the SportONE Parkview Icehouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the schedule is as follows: The puck drops on Sunday, October 15th at 2:00 PM EST, followed by a Monday matinee showdown on October 16th at 1:30 PM EST.

In their last encounter, the Crush Premier squad emerged victorious with a convincing 4-1 win over the Spacemen at the Addison Ice Arena. This victory served as a statement of intent for the Chicago squad, and they aim to continue their winning streak on the road.

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

Center, Nick Zehelein, exudes confidence in the locker room, stating, "The boys have been dialed all week preparing for the weekend, so we've got a good feeling going into our games this weekend." Zehelein's words suggest that the team's spirits are soaring as they enter this pivotal series, fully aware of the significance of these matchups in the Midwest Division.

On and off the ice, the Crush Premier unit has left no stone unturned in their preparation for these crucial games. Ryan Kranicki, a standout forward, offered a glimpse into the team's rigorous approach, emphasizing the fundamentals of their game plan, "Showing up to practice on time, putting in 110% effort, and eating healthy foods" have been the cornerstones of their preparation. This disciplined approach to training and lifestyle choices underscores the squad's unwavering commitment to excellence.

Between the pipes, goaltender Andrew Young has been tirelessly preparing for this weekend's matchup. Young elaborated on his mental preparation, saying,

"I visualize myself making saves. I do a lot of positive self-talk to feel confident and keep things light on game day. I try not to worry a lot about who we're playing because my job description never changes, no matter who I'm out there with. They're a good team, and we will have to be at our best as a group."

Young's dedication to maintaining a strong mental game, regardless of the opponent, showcases his role as a pivotal figure in the team's success.

#10 Ryan Kranicki | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#10 Ryan Kranicki | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

As the Chicago Crush Premier unit currently sits in 2nd place in the Premier Midwest Division with a record of 4-1-0-0-1-0 and 8 points, they remain acutely aware that the Fort Wayne Spacemen are nipping at their heels in 5th place, sporting a record of 3-1-0-0-2-0 with 6 points.

With both teams hungry for victory and regional bragging rights on the line, this weekend's series promises to be a fierce battle on the ice. The Crush Premier unit will rely on their meticulous preparation and unyielding determination to secure a successful outcome in Fort Wayne. Hockey fans, prepare for an intense showdown at the SportONE Parkview Icehouse as these Midwest rivals collide in pursuit of glory.

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