Junior Hockey: Flying Aces outshoot Cincinnati in high-scoring Showcase

The Minnesota Flying Aces took one of four games in the North American Tier III Hockey League Showcase held in Romeoville, Ill., Friday – Monday.

A.J. Gullickson scored twice for the Aces in their opening game, but Pittsburgh used a three-goal first period to emerge on top 4-2.

The Aces then began a stretch of three one-goal games in a row, started by a narrow 4-3 defeat to Dallas.

Anthony Martinez gave the Flying Aces an early 2-1 lead with a pair of first-period goals, but Dallas scored three unanswered as it weathered a late third-period power-play score by Jake Mullendore.

Minnesota bounced back to win 6-5 in a shootout over Cincinnati, receiving two goals from Eric Cruickshank and one apiece from Mullendore, Vladimir Marchenko and Eric Rogorzenski.

The Aces nearly captured a weekend split, but the Metro Jets based out of Waterford, Mich., rallied from two goals down in the third to pull out a 6-5 overtime win.

Cruickshank scored two more goals to lead the Aces once again, with Gullickson, Nick Tolin and Jack Anderholm also scoring.


Bus ride to Wild game

The Flying Aces are taking a bus to Monday’s Minnesota Wild game versus the Philadelphia Flyers and the team has room for parents, sponsors, fans and friends.

The bus will leave from the Exchange Arena at 2 p.m.

A ticket covers the cost of the bus ride, a tour of Xcel Energy Center before the game and the game ticket.

For more information, call Dave Stumpf at (320) 766-7776.