GENEVA — The Chicago Steel scored three times in the first nine minutes and got a 32-save shutout effort from goaltender Justin Robbins to hand the Central Illinois Flying Aces a 3-0 United States Hockey League loss on Sunday at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
The loss drops the Aces to 12-30-5 as their winless streak is now at 13 games, the longest of the season in the USHL. Their last victory was a 2-0 decision at Tri-City on Jan 26.
Central Illinois failed to convert on eight-man power play opportunities but did hold the Steel in check on their six power play chances.
Aces goaltender Ryan Snowden settled down after the shaky start and wound up with 38 saves on 41 Chicago shots. Robbins' first career shutout improves Chicago's record to 20-18-5, sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Central Illinois returns home this weekend for a two-game set with the Fargo Force. The series gets underway on Friday with puck drop scheduled for 7:07 p.m.