Two tallies in the opening period allowed the Central Illinois Flying Aces to takeoff toward a 5-1 win against the Waterloo Black Hawks at Peoria Civic Center Sunday.
The Flying Aces opened the scoring with a breakaway goal by Jakub Lacka after a takeaway near his defensive blue line. That four-on-four goal at 9:22 was followed up by another Central Illinois tally just over two minutes later at 11:34. In that instance, Lacka redirected a feed from Matt Gosiewski.
The second period yielded two more goals for the home team. Calen Kiefiuk scored the first of them on a breakaway backhander at 5:05. The second came at 15:42 when a rebound caromed to Zach Risteau, and the winger lifted in a shot from between the hashmarks.
Bobby Trivigno scored the only Waterloo goal during a third period power play, flipping in a pass which had come across the slot from Ben Copeland at 7:42. Central Illinois capped the scoring when Drew Elser put the puck into an empty net at 18:46.
Sunday’s game was the first of five-in-a-row on the road for the Hawks who visit the Sioux City Musketeers on Friday.
Waterloo 0 0 1 - 1
Central Illinois 2 2 1 - 5
1st Period-1, Central Illinois, Lacka 5 9:22. 2, Central Illinois, Lacka 6 (Gosiewski, Andreev), 11:34. Penalties-Raith Cil (holding), 2:18; Lellig Wat (boarding), 8:05; Madden Cil (cross checking), 8:47; Andreev Cil (hooking), 19:30.
2nd Period-3, Central Illinois, Kiefiuk 2 (Lacka), 5:05. 4, Central Illinois, Risteau 1 (Reifenberger, Davidson), 15:42. Penalties-DiGrande Wat (checking from behind), 17:35.
3rd Period-5, Waterloo, Trivigno 1 (Copeland, Cates), 7:42 (PP). 6, Central Illinois, Elser 5 18:46 (EN). Penalties-Reifenberger Cil (tripping), 6:50; Dirven Cil (high sticking), 11:02; Copeland Wat (cross checking), 13:04.
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 12-9-9-30. Central Illinois 11-11-7-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 1 / 5; Central Illinois 0 / 3.
Goalies-Waterloo, Tomek 2-2-0-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Central Illinois, Carlson 2-2-0-0 (30 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Jim White (22), Andrew Rasky (5).
Linesmen-Andy Bethmann (95), Danny Bethmann (51).