BLOOMINGTON — The Central Illinois Flying Aces outshot Madison 37-23, but a pair of late goals gave the Capitols a 3-1 United States Hockey League win on Sunday afternoon at Grossinger Motors Arena.
Madison broke a 1-1 tie on a goal by Alex Mella with 1:27 remaining in the game. The Capitols added an empty net score 17 seconds later to improve to 6-10-1-2 for the season.
The Flying Aces fell to 11-11-2-0 with their fourth straight loss.
After Madison had taken a 1-0 first-period lead, an announced crowd of 1,034 saw the Aces' Cal Kiefiuk tie the game with an assist from Ryan Siedem. The goal, Kiefiuk's seventh of the season, came at the 11:12 mark of the second period.
Central Illinois goalkeeper Ryan Snowden turned away 20 Madison shots in absorbing the loss.
The Aces were penalized five times for 21 minutes. Madison had 25 minutes of penalties on seven infractions.
The Capitols were 0-of-3 on their power play opportunities. The Aces came up empty-handed on each of their five power play chances.
Central Illinois will try to end its losing streak when the Aces host Omaha next Sunday. The 4:07 p.m. matinee will be the final home game before the league's Christmas break.