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Chicago Cougars Elite Rout Decatur Blaze in Dominant Display


#57 Forward Lukas Kurowski & #71 Forward Jakub Potoczny extinguish the Blaze | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#57 Forward Lukas Kurowski & #71 Forward Jakub Potoczny extinguish the Blaze | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- In a dominant display of skill and teamwork, the Chicago Cougars Elite unit skated to an impressive 8-0 victory over divisional rivals, the Decatur Blaze, at The Edge Ice Arena on Thursday, December 14, 2023.


The Cougars wasted no time making their presence felt, with Lukas Kurowski scoring a short-handed goal at 10:37 in the first period. The Blaze faced penalty trouble, with James Eggleston and Rocco Bifano serving penalties. Eli Wallichs netted another shorty on the penalty kill, extending the lead to 2-0 at 18:10.

#30 Goalie Filip Kaczmarczyk | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#30 Goalie Filip Kaczmarczyk | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The Cougars turned up the heat in the second period, capitalizing on power plays. Kurowski netted his second goal, followed by Jakub Potoczny, Kurowski again for a hat trick, Jeffrey Schroeder, and Gabe Tourtillott, ending the period with a commanding 7-0 lead.


Caleb Lind extended the lead to 8-0 just 54 seconds into the third period. Despite penalties on both sides, the score remained unchanged, solidifying the Cougars' shutout victory.

Lukas Kurowski was the star of the night, securing a hat trick, while goaltender Filip Kaczmarczyk earned a well-deserved shutout with eight saves.


Both teams faced penalty trouble throughout the game, with the Cougars capitalizing on their opportunities. The Cougars went 1-for-0 on the power play, while the Blaze struggled with a 0-for-0 performance.

#28 Forward Caleb Lind | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#28 Forward Caleb Lind | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The Chicago Cougars continue their exceptional play in the USPHL, maintaining an impressive 10-8-2-1 record. Their exceptional performance against the struggling Decatur Blaze further solidifies their position in the division.


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