KEARNEY, Neb. — One night after shutting out the league-leading Tri-City Storm, the Central Illinois Flying Aces saw the tables turned Saturday.
Storm goalie Filip Larsson blanked Central Illinois with 22 saves and Tyler Madden scored his 12th goal of the season to start Tri-City's 4-0 victory at the Viaero Center.
With the loss, the Aces dropped to 12-19-4 and settled for a split in the weekend series, ending their three-game unbeaten run. Tri-City improved to 22-9-2, two points ahead of Fargo and Omaha atop the Western Conference.
The shutout was the league-leading sixth in just 20 games for Larsson, a sixth-round Detroit Red Wings draftee last summer. He boosted his record to 15-5 while lowering his goals-against average to 1.40 and raising his save percentage to .947.
Aces goalie Ryan Snowden, who made 31 stops in a 2-0 win over the Storm on Friday, turned aside all 15 shots he saw over the final 24 minutes in relief of Zach Stejskal.
Madden, who started the season with Central Illinois, scored unassisted on a power play with just less than three minutes remaining in the first period for his sixth goal in 11 games with Tri-City.
The Storm then tacked on three goals while outshooting Central Illinois 22-3 in the second period. After Blake Evennou struck first two minutes into the frame, Jake Crespi and Bryan Yoon tallied just 12 seconds apart to send Stejskal to the bench.
Central Illinois visits Omaha for a pair of 7:05 p.m. games Friday and Saturday.