The Twin City Steel tried to dig out of a two-goal hole, but the Minnesota Flying Aces, kept the pressure on and held on for a 4-3 victory, this past Friday at the Vadnais Sports Center. Flying Aces made the score 4-2 on a goal by Chase Myers-Beck at 12:03 in the third period, and Twin City got as close as 4-3 when Tyler Elson scored 19:48 into the third period.
Myers-Beck had the scoring touch for the Flying Aces, as he grabbed two goals in the win. Minnesota's offense rang up 48 shots on the Steel's net. The Flying Aces' ran into penalty trouble, late in the game resulting in two power play goals by the Steel.
Minnesota also got goals from Billy Wagner and Patrick Kegley. In addition, the Flying Aces received assists from Blake Williams, who had two and Blair Seitz, Payton Trammel, Alex Yde, Jared Sprink, and Brett Sorem, who contributed one a piece. “Happy to see Chase get on the board, as well as, Pat Kegley,” commented Aces’ head coach Craig Larson.
The Flying Aces' Rocco Yapello stopped 36 shots out of the 39 that he faced. Minnesota incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Jared Schletty made 44 saves for Twin City on 48 shots. The Steel incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.
Saturday night, the Flying Aces, opened the gates at Exchange arena. After a slow start and early first period Blizzard goal, Aces’ Patrick Kegley got on the board first at 12:06 with assists going to Andre Pison and Jordan Forschen. Three minutes later, the Aces struck again, as Pison, scored a rebound goal off a Kegley shot and Mark Dryer shot from the point.
In the 3rd, the Blizzard jumped on the board to tie at 2-2, but the Aces came back, with a great individual effort by Alex Yde, who carried the puck from his own end, to go bar down, for the game winner. Chase Myers-Beck continued his hot scoring streak, as he finished the Aces scoring on a two on one play, with assists going to Pison and Kegley.
Little Falls native, Michael Stumpf was stellar in goal, turning away 37 of 39 shots, in his junior debut. “This is what we’ve been waiting for, out of these guys,” said Coach Larson. “The way our guys battled back and stuck back to our game plan of, fast and physical hockey, is what we think is our strength,” added Larson. “Solid goal tending and shots on net, will win games and that’s what are focus needs to continue to be,” said Larson.
The Aces go on the road to face the Breezy Point North Stars, next Saturday.
Kucil commits to Northland College
The Minnesota Flying Aces congratulate Mike Kucil for his decision to attend Northland College of the MCHA. “Mike was a great two-way asset to the Aces' defensive corps and we wish him the best in his academic and hockey endeavors at Northland,” said Coach Larson. "He's an everyday player and a productive defender from the blue line. His versatility as a freshman will definitely benefit the Lumberjacks this coming season."