BLOOMINGTON — A three-goal outburst in the second period Friday gave the Central Illinois Flying Aces a cushion.
But the Youngstown Phantoms deflated that cushion with a three-goal surge of their own.
Max Ellis and Tommy Parrottino scored 18 seconds apart with approximately five minutes to play, lifting the Phantoms to a 4-3 win before a crowd of 712 fans.
Griffin Lunn, Jakub Lacka and Charlie Raith scored for the Aces, who got 29 saves from Zach Stejskal while sliding to 7-7-1. The Aces were scoreless on five power plays and were outshot 17-1 in the final period.
After Chase Gresock gave Youngstown (8-5-3) a first-period lead, Lunn and Lacka scored 14 seconds apart two minutes into the second. Raith's unassisted tally with 1:20 left in the frame made it 3-1.
But Youngstown's Eric Esposito scored on a power play four minutes into the third. Ellis tied it with 5:12 to go and Parrottino's unassisted marker with 4:54 to play wound up being the difference.
Phantoms goalie Wouter Peeters matched Stejskal's 29 saves.
The teams wrap up their two-game weekend series with a 7:07 p.m. faceoff Saturday.