MIDDLETON, Wis. — Drew Elser extended his goal streak Friday, but the Central Illinois Flying Aces could not extend the best start in club history.
Verners Egle scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with just over three minutes left in the second period and added an empty netter as the Madison Capitols pinned a 5-2 loss on the Aces at Bob Suter's Capitol Ice Arena.
Elser's fourth goal in as many games squared the contest at 2-2 less than two minutes before Egle broke the tie. Sebastian Dirven added a short-handed goal for Central Illinois, which had won its first three games to start the season.
Zach Stejskal made 27 saves in the loss for Central Illinois, while Dryden McKay made 25 stops for Madison (2-2-0).
The Aces, who visit Cedar Rapids on Saturday, surrendered the first goal for the fourth straight game as Michael Mancinelli put a shot past Stejskal midway through the first period.
But Dirven's shorty four minutes later off an assist from Jamie Armstrong allowed Central Illinois to go into the first intermission even at 1-1.
Branden Suter's unassisted power-play goal 3½ minutes into the second period put Madison ahead before Elser's equalizer. Alec Broetzman's unassisted tally five minutes into the third period put the Capitols ahead 4-2.
The Aces were scoreless on eight power plays while Madison converted two of seven advantages.