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Chicago, Queen City to play for Hurster Cup

March 26, 2011

The Peoria Mustangs (1-2) and Chicago Hitmen (3-0) skated to wins on the third and final day of the round-robin portion of the North American 3 Hockey League’s (NA3HL) Hurster Cup Finals on Saturday in Toledo, Ohio.

With the most points at the conclusion of the round robin, the Hitmen (six) and Queen City Steam (2-0-1, five) will advance to the Hurster Cup championship game, which will be played on Sunday (noon local time).

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.

In the first game on the final day of the round robin, the Mustangs bested the Quad City Jr. Flames (0-2-1) in overtime, 4-3. Peoria forward Mason Riley connected for the game-winning goal in the extra session, and forward Michael Mikulan notched two goals in regulation. Between the pipes, goaltender Michael Czupryn turned aside 31 shots in regulation and overtime.

View the box score here.

In the second game, defenseman Casey Duffy tallied the game-winning goal in overtime and forward Jeremy Edwards came through with two goals and an assist as the Hitmen downed the Steam, 5-4. Hitmen goaltender Robert Kennedy picked up the win in relief after steering aside 18 of 20 shots.

View the box score here.

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.

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