PEORIA — Max Andreev made sure Saturday afternoon's roller coaster affair at Carver Arena turned into an enjoyable ride for the Central Illinois Flying Aces.
Following two blown leads and two rallies, Andreev scored in the fifth round of a shootout to give the Aces a wild 6-5 win over the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Captain Cameron Burke had a pair of goals, Calen Kiefiuk also scored in the shootout and goalie Zach Stejskal topped a 27-save showing with four straight shootout denials as Central Illinois improved to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in their temporary Peoria home.
Burke's first goal came just over five minutes into play and Jamie Armstrong scored a mere 18 seconds later to give the Aces a 2-0 advantage. But Des Moines' Mike Hardman scored twice before the intermission and Julian Napravnik tallied 40 seconds into the second to give the Bucs the lead.
After Tyler Madden tied it for Central Illinois, Brian Haloren answered with less than four minutes before the second break. Burke and Jakub Lacka scored two minutes apart early in the third to put the Aces in front, but Nicolas Werbik evened the contest with 7½ left.
Julian Napravnik converted Des Moines' first try in the shootout, but Stejskal turned aside every other chance. Kiefiuk's tally past Ryan Snowden in the third round set the stage for Andreev's winner.
Central Illinois peppered Snowden with 39 shots in 65 minutes of skating, including 21 in the first period.
The Aces conclude action in their interim rink Sunday with a 4:07 p.m. faceoff against the defending champion Chicago Steel. After a Wednesday morning game in Muskegon, Central Illinois welcomes Youngstown for its home opener at Grossinger Motors Arena on Friday.