MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces outshot Muskegon 39-26, but fell to the Lumberjacks, 6-1, in a United States Hockey League game on Sunday at L.C. Walker Arena.
The Aces fell to 15-15-2-1. Eastern Conference leader Muskegon improved to 25-7-1-0.
Muskegon held a 5-0 lead before Central Illinois' Joseph Dunlap scored on a power play with an assist from Michael Ferrandino and Chad Hillebrand at the 9:07 mark of the third period.
Dunlap's goal came on one of seven power-play opportunities for the Aces as Muskegon was penalized 11 times for 22 minutes.
The Aces were penalized seven times for 22 minutes with Muskegon capitalizing on its only power-play opportunity when Alex Yakovenko got the Lumberjacks on the board with 2:19 remaining in the first period. Muskegon would score twice more in the second period and add three goals in the final frame.
Mitchell Gibson (6-9-2-0) took the loss in net for the Aces after facing 23 shots and giving up five goals. Ryan Snowden had two saves and allowed a goal in relief.
Central Illinois returns to action Friday when the Aces face the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m. at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva.