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Crushin' it Crosstown: Chicago Crush Elite Seals Victory Against Cougars


Chicago Crush Elite celebrate the Victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Crush Elite celebrate the Victory | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- In an electrifying cross-town clash at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, the Chicago Crush Elite unit triumphed over their arch-rivals, the Chicago Cougars, in a high-stakes matchup on Monday, February 12, 2024.


#21 Forward Jace Levine fires on net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#21 Forward Jace Levine fires on net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The game kicked off with a bang, as Rocco Bifano of the Chicago Cougars showcased his scoring prowess at 2:31, setting the tempo. However, Jace Levine of the Chicago Crush responded in style at 14:20, leveling the score at 1-1 by the end of the first period.


The second period turned into a goal-scoring extravaganza for the Chicago Crush. Niko Dougan's short-handed goal at 1:44 ignited a four-goal surge. Joseph Coglianese, Jack Martino, and Jaden Yuknis each found the back of the net, establishing a commanding 5-2 lead. Although the Cougars managed a late goal from Joshua Roman, the Crush entered the final period with a comfortable 5-3 advantage.


#29 Goalie Ilan "The Wall" Walny | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#29 Goalie Ilan "The Wall" Walny | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The third period was marked by aggressive play, penalty minutes, and a relentless defensive effort. Despite numerous power plays, neither team could capitalize, thanks to the stellar performance of Crush goaltender Ilan Walny. The defensive efforts paid off as the Crush held on to their lead, securing a 5-3 victory.



Standout performances from Jace Levine, Niko Dougan, and Jack Martino fueled the Crush's offensive onslaught. Goaltender Ilan Walny's heroics between the pipes played a pivotal role in sealing the win.


The game featured intense moments, penalties, and a display of skill from both teams, creating an unforgettable experience for fans. With this victory, the Chicago Crush maintains their strong position in the USPHL standings and adds another thrilling chapter to their storied rivalry with the Chicago Cougars this season.


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