BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Seven different players scored a goal and Ryan Bischel stopped 14 shots to lead the Fargo Force to an 8-0 win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Saturday night at Grossinger Motors Arena.
The Force (26-14-7, 59 points) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period and tacked on two more goals in the second period and three in the third to earn a win in the series finale with Central Illinois (12-32-5, 29 points).
Ben Meyers started the scoring for the Force with his third goal of the weekend just 2:12 into the opening period. Griffin Loughran and William Fallstrom also tabbed goals in the first frame to open up the lead.
In the second period, Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup scored on a breakaway and Evan Bell found the back of the net from the high slot to push the Fargo lead to 5-0.
Three different Fargo players found the back of the net in the third period. Mark Senden and A.J. Drobot sandwiched goals around the second goal of the night for Fallstrom to extend the lead to 8-0.
Central Illinois continues its eight-game homestand next weekend with a two-game series against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Friday night is Chicago Blackhawks Night featuring appearances from 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Ben Eager and the Blackhawks official mascot Tommy Hawk. Saturday night is a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, featuring a Flying Aces t-shirt giveaway for the first 500 fans courtesy of Zozzaro Chiropractic and Rehab. Central Illinois will also wear custom St. Patty’s jerseys that night. Tickets start as low as $8 for both games.
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.