BLOOMINGTON — A wild second period Friday saw the Central Illinois Flying Aces erase a three-goal deficit and take the lead twice.
But Danny Weight's goal with four seconds left in regulation spoiled the comeback as the Team USA under-17 squad seized a 6-5 victory before an announced crowd of 729 at Grossinger Motors Arena.
Jakub Lacka and Wojciech Stachowiak each had a goal and an assist for the Aces (10-16-3), who had five different players find the net while suffering their third straight loss.
Bradley Marek, Lucas Breault and Max Andreev had the other goals as Central Illinois peppered USA goalie Cameron Rowe with 38 shots. Ryan Snowden made 17 saves in his Aces debut after being acquired Thursday in a trade with Des Moines.
Down 3-1 after one period, the Aces got within a goal on Stachowiak's unassisted tally less than two minutes into the second.
Just 19 seconds later, Stachowiak picked up the assist when Lacka tied it with his team-leading 12th goal. Breault then gave the Aces a 4-3 lead that lasted a mere 3 1/2 minutes before Cole Caulfield answered for USA. But Andreev put Central Illinois right back in front 46 seconds after that.
The 17s pulled even again on Ryder Rolston's second goal of the game midway through the third. Cole McCarthy scored his first two goals of the season for USA in the first.
The teams meet again Saturday with faceoff at 7:07 p.m.