BENSENVILLE, Ill.- In a high-scoring and action-packed divisional clash, the Chicago Cougars Elite squad showcased their offensive prowess, dismantling the Decatur Blaze with a convincing 12-2 victory at The Edge Ice Arena. The win extends the Cougars' dominance over the Blaze this season, maintaining their perfect record against their divisional rivals.
The Chicago Cougars wasted no time asserting their dominance, putting three goals on the board in the opening frame. Lukas Kurowski opened the scoring at 4:40, with assists from Andrew Engstrom and Dylan Gudovic. Engstrom and Jack Powers added two more goals, with Kurowski contributing another assist. The Cougars outshot the Blaze 17-6 in the period, showcasing their offensive firepower.
The second period saw the Blaze attempting to mount a comeback, scoring two goals from Benjamin Larsin and James Eggleston. However, the Cougars continued their offensive onslaught, netting four more goals from Andrew Engstrom, Jack Powers, Jack Schejbal, and Dylan Gudovic. The period ended with a commanding 7-2 lead for the Cougars, with Decatur changing goaltenders in an attempt to shift momentum.
The final period saw the Cougars sealing the victory with five more goals. Mark Shibalov, Lukas Kurowski, Caleb Schulz, Jeffrey Schroeder, and Jack Powers all found the back of the net. The Blaze struggled to contain the Cougars' relentless offensive attacks, and goaltender John Dillard stood strong, securing the win with a 12-2 scoreline.
Star Performers and Notable Moments
Jack Powers led the goal scoring with a hat-trick, showcasing his offensive talents.
Lukas Kurowski recorded a 2 goals & 2 assists, contributing significantly to the Cougars' dominant performance.
Andrew Engstrom also played a key role with two goals and two assists, while Dylan Gudovic had a goal and 3 assists.
Goaltender John Dillard made 17 saves, securing the win for the Cougars.
Divisional Rivalry and Standings
The victory solidifies the Cougars' position of 5th place, but well within striking distance of the top of the division, while maintaining a perfect record against the Blaze this season. The win extends their lead over the Blaze and emphasizes the Cougars' prowess as a formidable force in the USPHL.
The Cougars will look to carry this momentum into their next matches as they continue their quest for divisional supremacy. The Decatur Blaze, on the other hand, will seek to regroup and bounce back from this challenging defeat.
Hockey fans can catch all the action live on FloHockey.tv as the Chicago Cougars Elite team continues to impress in the USPHL, with their next game promising more excitement and intense competition as they face-off against cross-town rivals the Chicago Crush this Friday.