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Hitmen wins Hurster Cup, advances to nationals

March 27, 2011

The Hurster Cup champion Chicago Hitmen will compete in the upcoming USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Tournament in Minnesota. PHOTOS/LAURIE WARNER

The Chicago Hitmen was crowned the North American 3 Hockey League's (NA3HL) Hurster Cup champions after blanking the Queen City Steam in the championship game, 4-0, on Sunday in Toledo, Ohio.

With the win, the Hitmen earns the NA3HL'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.

Hitmen goaltender Nicholas Kohn stopped all 19 shots he faced and forward Anthony Domico came alive for two goals, including the game-winner, and a pair of assists in the championship game. Forward Matthew Spica and defenseman Joseph Spitzer scored the other Chicago goals.

View the box score here.

At the Hurster Cup Finals, which ran from March 24-27, the four participating teams - Hitmen, Steam, Quad City Jr. Flames and Peoria Mustangs - played a three-game round robin from March 24-26. The top two teams at the conclusion of the round robin (most points) - the Hitmen and Steam - advanced to the Hurster Cup championship game.

View the complete NA3HL playoff schedule here.

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