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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — In their final game before a two-week Christmas break, the Central Illinois Flying Aces dropped a rough-and-tumble 5-2 United States Hockey League decision to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on Saturday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

The teams combined for over 100 minutes of penalties, with the RoughRiders penalized 14 times for 58 minutes and the Aces 14 times for 50.

Both teams had two players receive 10-minute misconduct penalties for major fighting.

Cedar Rapids grabbed a 3-0 first period lead and were up 4-0 when the Aces got on the board midway through the third frame on Stephen Halliday's fifth goal of the year with assists from Philippe LaPointe and Ryan Siedem.

LaPointe added a power play goal with 4:26 remaining with a helper from Halliday and Lynden Breen.

Cedar Rapids closed out the scoring with an empty netter in the closing seconds.

The RoughRiders outshot the Aces 37-24.  Central Illinois goalie Ryan Snowden faced 15 shots and had 11 saves before being relieved by Mitchell Gibson, who had 21 saves.

Cedar Rapids (12-11-2-1) nosed past the Aces for fourth place in the USHL's Eastern Conference. 

Central Illinois fell to 12-13-2-0. The Aces resume action Dec. 28 when they play host to Chicago at 7:07 p.m. at Grossinger Motors Arena.

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