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Cougars Roar to Dominance: Chicago Cougars Elite Extinguish Blaze with 18-Goal Showcase


#81 Justin Morrissey & #65 Robert DeMarco take on the Blaze | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#81 Justin Morrissey & #65 Robert DeMarco take on the Blaze | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

BENSENVILLE, Ill.- The Chicago Cougars Elite squad showcased their dominance over divisional rivals, the Decatur Blaze, in a two-game home-and-away series that left fans at the edge of their seats. The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois, and the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois, served as the battlegrounds for this thrilling matchup, and the Cougars emerged victorious in both encounters, outscoring the Blaze 18-4 over the weekend.


Game 1: A Display of Pure Dominance at The Edge Ice Arena


#41 Goalie John Dillard | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#41 Goalie John Dillard | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The series opener on February 23rd at The Edge Ice Arena was nothing short of spectacular for the Cougars. From the first puck drop, the home team took control, with forward Jack Powers setting the tone with a goal at the 18:10 mark of the first period. The Cougars continued their offensive onslaught, outshooting the Blaze 16-4 in the opening frame.


#48 Mark Shibalov fires one on net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#48 Mark Shibalov fires one on net | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The second period turned into a scoring frenzy for the Cougars, netting four goals in rapid succession, including a power-play goal from Mark Shibalov. Despite Decatur managing to break the shutout with a late power-play goal, the Cougars responded with four more goals, Joshua Roman sealing his hat-trick, and taking commanding 9-1 victory. Special teams played a crucial role, with the power play converting three out of seven opportunities.


Goaltender John Dillard stood tall, making 18 saves on 19 shots, securing the win and extending the Cougars' perfect record against the Decatur Blaze this season. The Edge Ice Arena erupted with excitement, setting the stage for the away leg of the series.


Game 2: Offensive Showcase in Decatur


#68 Joshua Roman | Photo by Beverly Buchinger
#68 Joshua Roman | Photo by Beverly Buchinger

The Cougars continued their offensive display in the away leg at the Decatur Civic Center on February 24th. Both teams traded blows in the first period, but the Cougars asserted their dominance with a goal from Joshua Roman. Decatur responded, leaving the first period tied at 1-1.


The second period showcased the Cougars' offensive depth, with three goals from Jack Schejbal, Jack Gardner, and Rocco Bifano. Despite Decatur's efforts, the Cougars entered the final period with a comfortable 4-2 lead.


The final frame was all about the Cougars solidifying their dominance, adding five more goals to secure a resounding 9-3 victory. The power play continued to be a weapon, going 2 for 8, and goaltender Kole Wendt made 21 saves to secure the win.


The series sweep extended the Cougars' winning streak and solidified their perfect record against the Decatur Blaze this season. The Chicago Cougars are hitting their stride at the right time, positioning themselves well for the remainder of the season and a potential run in the upcoming playoffs.


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