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Chicago Cougars Elite Show Grit Despite Series Setback: Chitown Rivalry Heats Up!


Cougars and Crush players dig for the puck | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Cougars and Crush players dig for the puck | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- The greater Chicagoland area witnessed an electrifying three-day hockey spectacle as the Chicago Cougars Elite clashed with their crosstown-rivals, the Chicago Crush, in a series that had fans on an emotional rollercoaster. With pride, divisional standings, and bragging rights on the line, both teams left no stone unturned, delivering a hockey extravaganza that lived up to its billing.


#23 Forward Gabe Tourtillott stick handles through the Crush | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#23 Forward Gabe Tourtillott stick handles through the Crush | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Game 1: Edge Ice Arena - January 5, 2024


The stage was set at the Edge Ice Arena, where the initial faceoff between the Cougars and the Crush turned into a display of offensive fireworks and bone-crushing physicality. The Crush drew first blood, courtesy of Austin Kessel's early goal, setting the tone for a night of back-and-forth action. Despite a spirited comeback by the Cougars led by Timothy Boyd and Jack Gardner, the Crush's resilience shone through, sealing the game with a 6-4 triumph. The atmosphere was electric, with a total of 56 penalty minutes highlighting the heated rivalry.


Chicago Cougars defending their net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
Chicago Cougars defending their net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Game 2: Addison Ice Arena - January 6, 2024


The Cougars were ready to get back into the win column as they hit the road to nearby Addison. With a vengeance, they stormed the Addison Ice Arena, orchestrating an offensive masterclass that overwhelmed the Crush defense. Lukas Kurowski and Joshua Roman were the heroes of the night, each contributing significantly to the Cougars' commanding 8-4 victory. The game was not without its drama, as penalty minutes accumulated, culminating in a major penalty and disqualification for the Cougars' Caleb Lind. Nevertheless, the Cougars celebrated a hard-fought win, signaling their determination to level the playing field.


#93 Defenseman Dylan Gudovic | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#93 Defenseman Dylan Gudovic | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

Game 3: Addison Ice Arena - January 7, 2024


As the series reached its climax, the tension was evident at the Addison Ice Arena. In a gritty defensive battle, both teams showcased their resilience and determination, knowing the importance of the final outcome. Despite a valiant effort by the Cougars, they fell short against a determined Crush team, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat. The game was characterized by solid goaltending and relentless physicality, with a combined 47 penalty minutes reflecting the intensity of the rivalry.


The three-game series between the Chicago Cougars Elite and the Chicago Crush was a testament to the passion, skill, and competitiveness that define hockey in the Windy City. While the Crush emerged victorious with a 2-1 series win, the Cougars showcased their potential and resilience, setting the stage for more riveting encounters in the future. As the USPHL season progresses, fans can eagerly anticipate more encounters between these two powerhouse teams.


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