BLOOMINGTON — The Central Illinois Flying Aces shuffled their lineup Wednesday with a pair of trades, parting with defensemen Mike Callahan and Jason Smallidge and forward Griffin Lunn.

The Aces added defensemen Zach Metsa and Andrew Petrillo and center Alex Barber from the Youngstown Phantoms in exchange for Callahan and Smallidge in a deal that also included an affiliate player and a 2018 draft pick on each side.

All three new players were in the Aces' lineup for Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Cedar Rapids at Grossinger Mootors Arena. 

Metsa, a Quinnipiac University recruit in his first full USHL season, recorded one goal and 12 assists while playing in all 37 games for the Phantoms. Petrillo, a Vermont recruit, had a goal and eight helpers in 36 games, while the Bowling Green-bound Barber notched three goals and four assists in 32 appearances.

Callahan had played in all 37 games for Central Illinois, recording three goals and six assists. He also had a goal in last month's USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Smallidge, limited by injuries to 23 games this year, had just one goal and one assist after notching a goal and 10 assists in 57 Bloomington Thunder games last season.

The Aces also picked up a first-round Phase II draft pick and affiliate defenseman Brandon Cimino in the trade, sending a second-round choice and affiliate forward Gabriel Malek to Youngstown.

In the second deal, Central Illinois sent Lunn to the Sioux Falls Stampede for a fifth-round Phase II selection. Lunn ranked fifth on the Aces in scoring with 10 goals and eight assists in 32 contests.

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