Central Illinois Bested by Team USA in Wild Shootout Loss
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Central Illinois Flying Aces PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Central Illinois Flying Aces were downed by the U.S. National Under-17 Team in a back and forth, high-octane game which included two goals in the last minute of regulation to force overtime.
On the power play in the first, Ryan Siedem (Madison, NJ) regrouped with the puck in his own end. He moved out from behind the back of the net and found Philippe Lapointe (Burr Ridge, Ill.) streaking up the right lane with speed. Lapointe passed to Trevor Janicke (Maple Grove, Minn.) across the slot, and Janicke promptly scored his tenth of the season over the goaltender's glove.
Team USA tied the game after a strong forecheck resulted in Thomas Bordeleau stealing the puck near the blue line. Bordeleau found Eamon Powell who shot the puck against the grain at 6:08 in the second.
Lynden Breen (Grand Bay-Westfield, NB) won a board battle and banked the puck off the boards up to Chase Foley (Mendota Heights, Minn.). Foley wristed a puck towards the net. Joe Dunlap (Windham, NH) tipped the puck in the slot, but it was blocked by the body of a USA defender. He quickly turned and found the loose puck and fired it past the goaltender to take the lead back, 2 to 1, at 9:35 in the second.
The U17s appeared to tie the game midway through the third period on a delayed power play call, but the goal was immediately waved off for goaltender interference.
Team USA did tie the game at 11:37 in the third with a blast from Jake Sanderson from the top of the left circle as Ryan Snowden (Kennett Square, Penn.) was screened during a five-on-three power play. Matthew Beniers scored Team USA's third goal of the game with a tip in the slot at 13:58 in the third to take the lead.
Brett Berard scored with a shot from the right boards after the puck deflected off a Flying Aces defender to sneak past Snowden at 17:35 in the third for the largest lead of the night by either team.
Central Illinois didn't give up after the fourth Team USA goal. They rallied with Snowden pulled and despite multiple Team USA attempts on the empty net, made it a one-goal game at 19:14 in the third. Lapointe shot the puck on net, but it was stopped. Jon Panisa (Irvine, Calif.) poked at the puck to keep it from being controlled by the goaltender, and Breen picked up the loose puck and wrapped it around the netminder's outstretched pad.
With seven seconds remaining, Team USA iced the puck resulting in an offensive zone draw for Central Illinois. Janicke won the face-off back to Siedem who passed it over to Jeremy Davidson (Schoolcraft, Mich.) whose slapshot was blocked by Team USA. Bordeleau tried to clear the puck, but it went straight to Siedem. Siedem maneuvered around a Team USA defender and wristed the puck through traffic into the back of the net milliseconds before the buzzer to tie the game.
Snowden made many phenomenal saves throughout the night, stopping 47 of 51 shots, including all seven shots he faced during overtime.
The game was decided in the shootout with Bordeleau registering the only goal for Team USA.
Tomorrow (Jan. 13), the Flying Aces face the conference-leading Muskegon Lumberjacks in Muskegon at 2:15 p.m. CT. 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.
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