PLYMOUTH, Mich. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces were blanked by the U.S. National Under-17 Team, 1 to 0, in a goalie duel.
The first two periods of the game were scoreless as both goalies, Mitchell Gibson (Phoenixville, Penn.) for the Flying Aces and Drew Commesso for Team USA, made plenty of saves for their respective teams.
Team USA controlled the pace of the game through the first period, outshooting Central Illinois 14 to 6. The Flying Aces picked things up for the second, and they outshot USA, 10 to 5. Play was evenly matched in the third with Central Illinois holding a slight lead as they outshot USA, 6 to 5.
Both teams had several power play chances, but neither could capitalize on their opportunities. Each team had strong defensive games as the teams blocked countless opportunities.
Team USA struck first at 14:41 in the third when Owen Gallatin scored with a wrist shot from the point. There were at least four bodies screening Gibson in the slot including a USA player in the crease.
Central Illinois pulled the netminder, but couldn’t crack Commesso to get on the board.
Tomorrow, the Flying Aces get their chance for revenge against Team USA again at USA Hockey Arena. On Sunday (Jan. 13), they face the Muskegon Lumberjacks in Muskegon. Next weekend, they travel to Chicago on Friday, January 18. Their next home game is Monday, January 21st at 1:07 p.m. as they take on the Madison Capitols.
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. 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.