MUSKEGON, Mich. – The Central Illinois Flying Aces fall to the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 6 to 1. The Aces had their chances through the first two periods, but couldn’t capitalize before the game got out of hand in a penalty filled match.
A chaotic first period led to Central Illinois having a short opportunity on a five-on-three power play that quickly devolved into three-on-three play. Shortly after Muskegon gained a man back, making it a four-on-three power play, they scored to take the lead. Alex Yakovenko passed to Danil Gushchin below the goal line who one touched the pass right back. Yakovenko’s initial shot was stopped, but he was able to lift the rebound over the goaltender’s pad at 17:41 in the first.
Early in the second period, Cam McDonald scored for Muskegon with a sharp angle shot from below the goal line that snuck short side past the Aces goaltender.
At 17:36 in the second, Muskegon kept the puck in the zone and Zachary Nazzarett passed to Egor Afanasyev. He spun around and put the puck top-shelf over the blocker to make it 3 to 0 for the Lumberjacks.
They Lumberjacks scored their fourth of the game at 1:22 in the third. Igor Larionov passed to Yakovenko right in front of the blue paint for the backdoor goal. Larionov had the favor returned at 4:24 in the third when he scored the backdoor goal after a slot pass from Mikael Hakkarainen.
Central Illinois got on the board at 9:07 in the third when Joe Dunlap (Windham, NH) buried a rebound on the power play. Michael Ferrandino (Lisle, Ill.) and Chad Hillebrand (Skokie, Ill.) tallied assists on the goal.
Muskegon scored their final goal of the weekend off a far-side wrist shot from Colby Bukes at 17:53 in the third.
Next weekend, the Aces 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.