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Hitmen, Steam skate to Day 1 wins at Hurster Cup

March 24, 2011

The Chicago Hitmen and Queen City Steam skated to wins on the first day of the three-day round-robin portion of the North American 3 Hockey League’s (NA3HL) Hurster Cup Finals in Toledo, Ohio.

In the first game of the tournament, the Hitmen doubled up the Quad City Jr. Flames, 6-3. Forward Quentin Bicknase connected for two goals and two assists in the win, and forward Anthony Domico added a goal and two assists. Between the pipes, goaltender Nicholas Kohn turned aside 42 shots.

View the box score here.

Forwards Joshua Stingley and Eric Woodward (game-winner) lit the lamp for Queen City in its 2-1 triumph over the Peoria Mustangs. Steam netminder Matthew Leon steered aside 20 shots to pick up the win in goal.

View the box score here.

At the Hurster Cup Finals, which will run from March 24-27, the four participating teams will play a three-game round robin from March 24-26 with the top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin (most points) advancing to the Hurster Cup championship game, which will be played on March 27.

The winner of the championship game will earn the league’s second berth to the USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Tournament, which will take place from April 1-4 in Rochester, Minn.

The St. Louis Jr. Blues, the defending national champions, earned the NA3HL’s first berth to this year’s national tournament by virtue of their regular-season championship.

View the complete NA3HL playoff schedule here.

All Hurster Cup Finals games can be viewed live over the Internet through

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