PITTSBURGH, Penn. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces kicked of the 2018-19 regular season at the USHL Fall Classic with an overtime loss against the Sioux Falls Stampede.
The Stampede struck first at 10:16 in the first when Jami Krannila capitalized on a loose puck and scored in the chaos.
Later in the first, Mitchell Gibson kept the Flying Aces within one with a key save on a breakaway.
Thirty-five seconds into the second, Cal Kiefiuk stole the puck and passed it ahead to Tate Singleton for a breakaway. Singleton held off a defender and scored top-shelf to tie the game, 1-1.
Max Ellis scored with a quick wrist shot at 7:56 in the second to give the Flying Aces the lead, 2-1. The play began with a long stretch pass from Sebastian Dirven deep in his own zone, which Ellis was able to capitalize on.
At 19:33 in the second, Andre Lee gathered a loose puck in the slot and scored on the power play for the Stampede to tie the game 2-2.
After an uneventful first ten minutes of the third period, the game erupted with three goals from each team.
The Aces struck first on the power play at 10:00 in the third. Trevor Janicke scored after some crisp cross-slot passing from Philip Elgestal and Kiefiuk.
At 11:55 in the third, Janicke scored his second power play goal of the night with a one-timer off a pass from Ryan Siedem to give the Aces a 4-2 lead.
Sioux Falls’ Jared Westcott scored on the power play at 12:39 in the third to get the Stampede within one.
Colby Enns rifled a shot through from the point to restore the Flying Aces two-goal lead. Jamie Armstrong assisted on the power play goal at 13:47 in the third.
At 14:07 in the third, Anthony Romano scored for Sioux Falls.
After a short-handed chance for the Flying Aces, Max Crozier scored in a rush the other way at 16:23 in the third to tie the game.
In overtime, both teams exchanged chances before Artem Ivanyuzhenkov scored on the power play to end the night.
Gibson finished the night with 32 saves.
The Flying Aces finish their two-game stint at the Fall Classic tomorrow, Sept. 28, with a game against the Waterloo Black Hawks at 4:00 P.M. CT.
Following the USHL Fall Classic, the Flying Aces’ first home game of the season is October 6th against Waterloo at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. They continue their home stand on October 7th and 12th before traveling to Madison on October 13th.
Season tickets and Mini Plans for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. For tickets or more information, call the Flying Aces at 309-434-2980 or visit www.flyingaceshockey.com.