BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces blanked the Eastern-Conference leading, Muskegon Lumberjacks, 4 to 0.
Sixteen seconds into the game, Joe Dunlap (Windham, NH) scored his tenth of the season. Central Illinois started the game with strong puck movement through the cycle. Lynden Breen (Grand Bay-Westfield, NB) circled the puck around to the point and dropped it back to Chase Foley (Mendota Heights, Minn.). Foley fired a shot, and Dunlap tipped it past the goaltender from the slot to take the early lead.
Less than three minutes later, Sebastian Dirven (Cornwall, Ont.) pinched down the left wall to keep the puck in and fed Stephen Halliday (Toronto, Ont.) behind the net. Halliday feeds the puck to Dunlap at the right of the crease for Dunlap’s second of the night.
The Flying Aces concluded their strong first period with a goal from Tyler Gratton (Pottstown, Penn.). Muskegon tried to exist their zone, but Tate Singleton (West Lebanon, NH) stole the puck. Gratton picked up the puck, spun around, and scored top-shelf to make it 3 to 0.
Early in the third, a Lumberjacks shot went wide. Singleton picked up the puck and raced the other way with Gratton. Singleton found Ryan Siedem (Madison, NJ) joining the rush to create a three-on-two. Siedem tried to return the give-and-go, but the puck went off a Muskegon stick and right back to Siedem. The Harvard commit buried the puck into the net for the Aces’ fourth of the night.
Mitchell Gibson (Phoenixville, Penn.) stopped all thirty-seven of the Muskegon shots for his second shutout of the season.
Central Illinois hosts the Sioux City Musketeers next weekend on March 16th and 17th for Local Heroes Night and St. Patty’s Sunday Funday respectively.
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.