BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces lost, 3-1, to the Madison Capitols after a late third period goal.
The Flying Aces outshot the Capitols by a large margin, 37 to 23, to control the pace of the game, but could only crack Joseph Lamoreaux once.
The Capitols got on the board first at 3:51 in the first when Alex Mella found Anthony Stark with a stretch pass through neutral ice. Stark entered the zone alone on a breakaway and slipped the puck five-hole.
Central Illinois tied the game at 11:12 in the second. Cal Kiefiuk (Macomb, Mich.) caused a turnover off the backcheck. Ryan Siedem (Madison, NJ) chipped it back to Kiefiuk who broke out on a two-on-one. He wristed the shot, top-shelf far-side to score for the Aces.
Late in the third period, Chase Brand shot the puck towards the Aces net. Alex Mella was able to slide the rebound into the back of the net to take the lead back for the Capitols at 18:33 in the third. Madison iced the game with the empty net goal seventeen seconds later.
Next weekend, Central Illinois hosts the Omaha Lancers on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. for their only game of the week.
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.