BLOOMINGTON, Ill. | Central Illinois denied Sioux City a win Friday evening erasing a third-period Musketeer lead with a pair of goals to snatch a 3-2 win in a United States Hockey League game played at Grossinger Motors Arena.
The Flying Aces trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but got the equalizer just nine seconds into the final frame on Tyler Madden's sixth goal of the season then got the go-ahead score with 13:01 left when Central Illinois' intercepted a Sioux City pass in its defensive zone and Wojciech Stachowiak found the back of the net to make it 3-2.
Sioux City had taken the lead with a pair of power-play goals, the second and go-ahead score coming on a Sampo Ranta's blast at 13:31 of the middle period to give Sioux City a 2-1 lead. It was Ranta's eighth goal of the season and was assisted by Martin Pospisil and Micah Miller.
Central Illinois entered the game 16th in the USHL in penalty kills and Sioux City took advantage of that unit to score twice.
Central Illinois scored the first goal with 2:06 left in the first period on Max Andreev's third score of the year, but the lead was short-lived.
Just seven seconds after the go-ahead tally, the Flying Aces' Cameron Burke was whistled off for tripping and Brady Ferner got Sioux City even scoring on a power play with 1.5 seconds showing on the clock in the first period and the man-advantage about to expire.
Calle Ehrnberg and Hayden Rowan had assists, the fourth of the season for both.
It was the first goal of the season for Ferner, an RPI hockey commit from Dakota Dunes.
A major penalty to Central Illinois' Michael Callahan in the second period led to a five-minute Sioux City power play and the go-ahead goal for the Musketeers.
Sioux City (4-9-3) is back in action at Dubuque Saturday.
Central Illinois 3, Sioux City 2
First period: 1, Central Illinois - Mac Andreev (Michael Callahan, Davis Bunz)17:54. 2, Sioux City - Brady Ferner (Calle Ehrnberg, Hayden Rowan) power play, 19:59. Penalties: Burke, CI, cross checking, 4:35; Burke, CI, tripping, 18:01.
Second period: 3, Sioux City - Sampo Ranta (Martin Pospisil, Micah Miller) power play, 13:31. Penalties: Ford, SC, interference, 10:05; Callahan, CI, slashing (major) 12:48; Salonen, SC, holding, 15:33; Pospisil, SC, roughing, 19:31; Smallridge, CI, slashing, 19:31
Third period: 4, Central Illinois - Tyler Madden (Bunz, Calen Kiefiuk) :09. 5, Central Illinois - Wojciech Stachowiak (Cameron Burke, Simon Butala) 6:59. Penalties: none.
Score by periods:
Shots by period:
Power Plays: Sioux City 2 for 3; Central Illinois 0 for 1
Goalkeepers: Matt Jurusik, Sioux City, 26 saves, 29 shots; Zach Stejskal, Central Illinois, 28 saves, 30 shots
Referee: Jake Rekucki . Linesmen: Chad Fuller and Rhodes Dolan.