WATERLOO, Iowa — Calen Kiefiuk registered the first multi-goal game of his career, but the Central Illinois Flying Aces yielded the final four goals of the game in a 7-2 loss to the Waterloo Black Hawks on Saturday night at Young Arena.
Central Illinois (10-15-3, 23 points) twice trimmed the deficit to one goal in the second period, but Waterloo (16-9-3, 35 points) tallied with 12 seconds left in the middle period to increase its lead to 4-2 and added three more scores in the third in the second of two meetings between the teams this season.
With the Flying Aces down 2-0 in the first, Kiefiuk (University of Michigan) cut the lead in half with his first goal of the night. Griffin Lunn (Colgate University) started the scoring sequence by winning a foot race to a loose puck in the offensive zone. Although Waterloo goaltender Jared Moe stopped Lunn’s shot on the ensuing breakaway, Kiefiuk buried the rebound with 2:17 left in the first. Lunn’s primary assist extended his point streak to nine games, which ties him for the team record with Tarek Baker, who had a nine-game point streak in the 2015-16 season.
Waterloo extended its lead back to two goals just past the halfway point of the game, but Central Illinois again had a quick response thanks to Kiefiuk. The Macomb, Michigan, native picked off a pass in the offensive zone and then beat Moe with a shot from the slot to make it a 3-2 game just 2:15 after Waterloo had gone ahead by two.
But Hank Sorenson’s goal with 12 seconds to play in period two helped turned the tide for Waterloo, which scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the third period to seal the deal.
Central Illinois returns home next weekend to host Team USA (U17) for a two-game series at Grossinger Motors Arena. After a 7:07 p.m. matchup on Friday, the Flying Aces will host the U17s again on Saturday, which is Youth Jersey Giveaway Night. The first 500 kids 12 and younger will receive a Flying Aces jersey courtesy of Aloha Construction and Parkway Auto Laundry.
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. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. 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.