MIDDLETON, Wisc. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces defeated the Madison Capitols, 3 to 1, in their final matchup of the season.
Mid-way through the first, Sebastian Dirven (Cornwall, Ont.) shot the puck from the point. Brad Marek (Big Rapids, Mich.) had established a net-front position, but his deflection went off the post. He stuck with it and was able to put the rebound past the Madison netminder for his ninth goal of the season.
Less than a minute into the second, Marek passed through two Capitols players to send Philippe Lapointe (Burr Ridge, Ill.) into the offensive zone. Trevor Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) beat his man to join the rush and create a two-on-one. Lapointe passed to Janicke and the Aces’ captain netted his eighteenth of the season.
Madison scored their first of the game midway through the third. Kyle Kukkonen potted a loose rebound after the initial save from Central Illinois.
Janicke scored his second goal of the game with less than three minutes left in the game. The University of Notre Dame commit won a face-off back to Lapointe. Lapointe found Colby Enns (Minot, ND) at the point. Enns fired the puck, and Janicke tipped it from the slot to restore the two-goal lead for Central Illinois.
Mitchell Gibson (Phoenixville, Penn.) backstopped the Flying Aces to the victory with 37 saves.
Tomorrow night, the Flying Aces return home to take on the Muskegon Lumberjacks for 309 Blackout Night. Central Illinois hosts the Sioux City Musketeers next weekend on March 16th and 17th for Local Heroes Night and St. Patty’s Sunday Funday.
For tickets or more information, call the Flying Aces at 309-434-2980 or visit www.flyingaceshockey.com.
ABOUT THE FLYING ACES
Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit flyingaceshockey.com or ushl.com or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.