BLOOMINGTON — In the second night back in their true home, the Central Illinois Flying Aces again treated fans to bonus hockey.
This time it paid off, thanks to Charlie Raith.
A night after dropping a shootout decision to Youngstown, the Aces got to celebrate Saturday when Raith's overtime goal finished a seesaw 6-5 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints before a Grossinger Motors Arena crowd of 1,488.
Newcomer Wojciech Stachowiak had two goals and an assist for Central Illinois, tying the game with just under four minutes left in regulation before setting up Raith's winner at 2:40 in the extra session.
Davis Bunz, Calen Kiefiuk and Tyler Madden had the other goals for the Aces, who moved to 7-5-1 overall and 4-1-1 in their last six. Kris Carlson stopped 20 shots in picking up the win.
The victory trumped a hat trick by Adam Tisdale, who scored Dubuque's final three goals. Chayse Primeau and Scott Corbett also scored for the Saints (4-4-2) while Jaxon Castor made 24 saves.
Bunz notched his first USHL goal off an assist from Kiefiuk just over four minutes in, and the two flipped the credits 3½ minutes later to stake the Aces to a 2-0 lead.
But Primeau scored on a power play before intermission, Corbett tied it five minutes into the second and Tisdale gave Dubuque the lead with a power play tally.
After Stachowiak pulled the Aces even, Tisdale answered with 1:21 left in the second. During a four-minute span midway through the third, goals in succession by Madden, Tisdale and Stachowiak left the contest even at 5-5.
The Aces have just one game next weekend, a Saturday visit with the Team USA U-18 squad at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. Central Illinois returns home for a two-game series with Youngstown on Nov. 24-25.