BLOOMINGTON — Wyatt Bongiovanni scored with 5:59 remaining in the game to lift the Muskegon Lumberjacks to a 5-4 win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces in United States Hockey League action on Friday night at Grossinger Motors Arena.
A pair of goals earlier in the third period by Central Illinois' Alex Barber had pulled the Aces into a 4-4 tie before Bongiovanni answered with his 14th goal of the season to give the Lumberjacks the win and extend Central Illinois' winless streak to 16 games.
The Flying Aces trailed throughout the contest with Muskegon taking a 3-1 first period lead when USHL scoring leader Anthony Del Gaizo found the back of the net with eight seconds remaining in the period.
The Lumberjacks had taken a 2-0 lead on a pair of power-play goals in the first 13:54 of the game before Central Illinois' Jeremy Davidson answered with an assist from Calen Kiefiuk and Max Andreev.
The Aces cut into the Muskegon lead when Brady Meyer scored with Charlie Raith and Brehdan Engum assisting at the 9:10 mark of the second period. However, Muskegon added a goal just six seconds later to carry a 4-2 advantage into the final stanza.
The Lumberjacks outshot Central Illinois, 35-24, and converted on two of their six power play opportunities. The Flying Aces were 2-of-5 with a man advantage.
Central Illinois goalie Ryan Snowden had 30 saves in taking the loss before an announced crowd of 1,064.
Muskegon's victory was the third straight for the Lumberjacks who improved to 26-20-1-1. The Flying Aces fell to 12-33-2. The teams will square off again Saturday night at 7:07 at Grossinger Motors Arena.