BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces fall, 5 to 1, to a red-hot Chicago Steel team on a seven game winning streak on Teddy Bear Toss Night.
The Steel went on an early run scoring three first period goals. The first occurred at 9:06 after Chicago won a face-off in their defensive zone and quickly broke the puck out. Gunnarwolfe Fontaine shot the puck hard off the Aces goaltender’s right pad and Jake Schmaltz capitalized on the lively rebound. John Spetz scored their second of the night at 13:50 with a quick shot from the left circle after a timely screen diverted the goaltender’s vision. Their third goal came after a mad scramble in front of the net and Nick Abruzzese was able to poke the puck into the goal.
The second period started strong for Central Illinois. The Aces put traffic on net and Trevor Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) passed out to Chase Foley (Mendota Heights, Minn.) on the point. Foley banked a pass off the boards behind the net to Jeremy Davidson (Schoolcraft, Mich.). Davidson one-timed the puck from the right circle to score just twenty-one seconds in.
With this goal, the teddy bears came flying down. The bears gathered will be donated to Toys for Tots.
Chicago followed the Aces’ goal with two of their own. Their fourth of the night came from Mathieu De St. Phalle at 5:48 when he one-timed the puck from the right circle after some quick tic-tac-toe passing on the power play. Christian Sarlo wristed one five-hole for the Steel at 14:40 to make it 5-1.
The Flying Aces finish their three-game weekend with a game against the Madison Capitols tomorrow at 4 p.m. at home. Next weekend, Central Illinois hosts the Omaha Lancers on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m.
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.