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Heartbreak in Overtime: Chicago Crush Premier Fall to Hershey Cubs


Chicago Crush Premier battle against the Hershey Cubs | Photo by Andrea Brogle
Chicago Crush Premier battle against the Hershey Cubs | Photo by Andrea Brogle

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich.- It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Chicago Crush Premier fans as their team clashed with the Hershey Cubs in an electrifying showdown at the USPHL Detroit Showcase. The game ended in heartbreak for the Crush, with a final score of 3-2 in favor of the Hershey Cubs, decided in the overtime period.

Chicago Crush Defense and Goalie Jack Sundhall protect the net | Photo by Andrea Brogle
Crush Defense and Goalie Jack Sundhall protect the net | Photo by Andrea Brogle

The opening frame set the tone for a defensive battle, with both goaltenders, Jack Sundhall for the Crush and Johnny DiClementi for the Cubs, showcasing their skills to keep the game scoreless.


The second period, however, saw the Crush break through. Sam Barnitz ignited the crowd with a power-play goal at 5:50, assisted by Jacob Rozanski. Caden Day added to the excitement with another goal at 17:24, assisted by Capt. Nick Zehelein.

#81 Caden Day and #22 Capt. Nick Zehelein celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#81 Caden Day and #22 Capt. Nick Zehelein celebrate a goal | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Heading into the third period with a 2-0 lead, the Crush seemed poised for victory. However, the Hershey Cubs had other plans. Gabriel Leduc scored at 19:21, injecting new life into the game. Then, with just one second left on the clock, Zachary Ruffenach stunned the Crush faithful, sending the game into overtime.


Overtime proved to be a heart-wrenching affair, as Gabriel Leduc of the Hershey Cubs sealed the deal just 36 seconds into the extra period. The ecstatic cheers from Hershey fans contrasted sharply with the disappointment felt by Crush supporters.

#81 Forward Caden Day fires a shot on net | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#81 Forward Caden Day fires a shot on net | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Penalties played a significant role, with Adyn Konchar's major penalty in the second period providing Hershey with a crucial advantage. The penalty kill units were put to the test, and despite a strong effort, the Crush couldn't hold off the Cubs' determined comeback.

In the net, Jack Sundhall faced a barrage of shots, making 28 saves on 31 attempts. Meanwhile, Johnny DiClementi showcased his resilience with 34 saves on 36 shots for the Hershey Cubs.

#15 Forward Conor Heniff hurries to the scene | Photo by Andrea Brogle
#15 Forward Conor Heniff hurries to the scene | Photo by Andrea Brogle

Although the loss stings, the Chicago Crush Premier can take pride in their overall performance and the exciting brand of hockey they displayed. The game was a testament to the unpredictable nature of the sport, and with the season still young, the Crush Premier unit look forward to bouncing back tomorrow in there bout against the Dells Ducks.


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