BLOOMINGTON — The Central Illinois Flying Aces get a chance to put a pair of losses at Omaha behind them quickly with a rare midweek home game Wednesday.
The Aces host the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for a 7:07 p.m. faceoff at Grossinger Motors Arena, their only home contest sandwiched between a pair of four-game road swings.
Having lost three in a row, the Aces (12-21-4) hope a return to their own rink will be beneficial. They picked up three standings points in their previous two games at the Arena, including a 4-1 win over Lincoln the last time out.
Blitzed 8-1 in Omaha on Friday, Central Illinois built a 2-0 lead before dropping a 4-2 decision to the Western Conference-leading Lancers a day later. Goalie Ryan Snowden stopped 28 of 31 shots in Saturday’s game.
Aces leading scorer Max Andreev has picked up 10 points in his last 11 contests with eight assists and two goals, including the team’s lone tally Friday.
Cedar Rapids (14-16-6) is making its first visit after beating the Aces twice at home, 5-3 on Oct. 21 and 6-5 in overtime on Dec. 30. The RoughRiders were outscored 19-8 in dropping three a row before a 5-4 OT victory Saturday at Dubuque.
Marek Valach is Cedar Rapids’ top offensive threat with 15 goals and 15 assists. Rookie goalie Blake Pietila is 8-6-3 with a 3.32 goals-against average.
The Aces go back on the road to face Chicago on Friday and Dubuque on Saturday.