Bloomington, Ill. – The Flying Aces fell in their home opener tonight against the Waterloo Black Hawks.
Despite a strong second period where the Aces outshot the Black Hawks, 18 to 10, the Waterloo goaltender was able to lock things down and hold the Aces to one goal.
The Aces struck first at 6:45 in the first. Sebastian Dirven (Cornall, ON) walked the blue line, stumbled, but regained his feet and rocketed a shot from the point to give the Aces the lead. Cal Kiefiuk (Macomb, MI) and Tate Singleton (West Lebanon, NH) assisted on the goal.
Less than a minute later at 7:18, the Black Hawks struck fast with a shot from the point from Brock Paul through several screens to tie the game.
At 8:43 in the second, Waterloo took the lead with a power play goal from Matej Blumel.
Griffin Ness scored again for Waterloo thirty-two seconds into the third on the power play. Blumel completed a hat trick for the Black Hawks with two third period goals: one on the power play and one shorthanded.
The Flying Aces look to bounce back at home tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 7, against the Green Bay Gamblers. They continue their home stand on October 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.