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Epic Finale to USPHL Midwest Showcase: Chicago Crush Premier vs. Minnesota Blue Ox


Chicago Crush Premier take the ice | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Crush Premier take the ice | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

BLAINE, Minn.- The stage is set, the ice is primed, and the spotlight is on the Chicago Crush Premier unit as they conclude their visit to the USPHL Midwest Showcase. The excitement is palpable as they gear up for a challenging encounter against the high-powered Minnesota Blue Ox at the Fogerty Ice House in Blaine, Minnesota.


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

In their last five games, the Chicago Crush Premier has showcased their mettle with a mix of victories and challenges. Their recent 4-3 OT loss to the Minnesota Moose on October 27 was a heart-pounding battle that demonstrated their resilience. Top scorers Caden Day, Sam Barnitz, and Nick Zehelein have been firing on all cylinders, racking up goals and assists, and they'll be looking to maintain their scoring prowess in this pivotal matchup.


On the flip side, the Minnesota Blue Ox aims to bounce back from a tough 3-4 loss to the Chicago Cougars. The Blue Ox's Mike Abrego and Tommy Babb have been instrumental in their offense, and they'll be eager to lead their team to victory on home ice.



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

Comparing the season records, the Chicago Crush Premier holds a slightly better record at 8-2-1-0, while the Minnesota Blue Ox stands at 7-3-0-0. Both teams are poised for a fierce battle in their final tilt of the USPHL Midwest Showcase.



#97 Forward Sam Barnitz | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#97 Forward Sam Barnitz | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Goals have flowed freely for both teams this season, with the Chicago Crush Premier notching 34 and the Minnesota Blue Ox an impressive 44. It's an offense-packed showdown that promises to be a goal-scoring extravaganza.


As the puck drops at 5:10 PM CDT, all eyes will be on the power plays and penalty-killing units of both teams. Can the Crush Premier's 8.51% power-play efficiency outshine the Blue Ox's 13.73%? The penalty-killing numbers also hint at an intriguing battle, with the Crush Premier's 86.54% efficiency pitted against the Blue Ox's 73.91%.


This Midwest hockey showdown is not to be missed. Tune in to FloHockey.tv and witness the Chicago Crush Premier go head-to-head with the Minnesota Blue Ox in a grand finale to the USPHL Midwest Showcase. It's a clash of titans that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and it all unfolds tonight at 5:10 PM CDT in Blaine, Minnesota.

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