PITTSBURGH, Penn. - The Flying Aces finished off their USHL Fall Classic play with an overtime win against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Chad Hillebrand (Skokie, Ill.) led the way to victory with a two-goal outing.
The Flying Aces struck first at 11:31 in the first. Jack MacNab (Indianapolis, Ind.) made an outlet pass to Brad Marek (Big Rapids, Mich.). Marek shot the puck and Hillebrand quickly put home the rebound on his backhand.
To start the second, Max Ellis (Canton, Mich.) charged towards the net and shot the puck on goal; Jeremy Davidson (Schoolcraft, Mich.) followed up and poked the puck that had trickled past the goaltender to Ethan Martini (Trail, B.C.) who put it in the net to give the Aces a 2-0 lead.
Hillebrand scored his second of the night after he stole the puck on the forecheck and shot the puck past the goaltender’s glove at 3:36 in the second.
Connor Caponi scored a one-timer for the Black Hawks at 4:16 in the second.
At 5:33 in the second, Cal Kiefiuk (Macomb, Mich.) poked a puck to Ellis, who drove to the net and scored top-shelf over the blocker to make it 4-1 for the Aces.
At 2:17 in the third, Xander Lamppa scored for Waterloo after a pass through the crease from Emil Ohrvall to make the score 4-2, in favor of the Aces.
The Black Hawks’ Matt Koopman scored after some quick passing following a face-off win at 2:52 in the third to bring the score within one.
Matej Blumel scored for Waterloo shortly after a power play ended by scooping up a loose puck in the slot to tie the game at 7:34 in the third.
For the second night in a row, extra time was required.
Tate Singleton (West Lebanon, N.H.) scored with a wrist shot 48 seconds into overtime to win the game for the Flying Aces.
Ryan Snowden (Kennett Square, Penn.) made 28 saves including several keys saves to help keep Waterloo scoreless on the power play.
The Flying Aces’ first home game of the season is next weekend, Saturday, October 6th at 7:07 p.m., a rematch 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.
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. 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.