Central Illinois Flying Aces (C)
8 GP: 2 goals, 7 assists
10. Central Illinois Flying Aces
4-4-0-0, Last Poll: 7
Central Illinois is another team that got off to a hot start to the season, winning their first three games and averaging four goals/game in those contests. The Flying Aces then dropped their next three games to move back to .500 on the season before a resounding 5-1 victory over Waterloo in their final game of October, giving the team some momentum and a record over the .500 mark heading into November. Rookie forwards Drew Elser and Tyler Madden have made some headlines with their solid starts. Elser is tied for third in rookie scoring with seven points (5G, 2A), while Madden is alone in fourth in the same category with six points (3G, 3A). Others big names for Central Illinois coming out of November include Jakub Lacka and recent Cornell commit Max Andreev. Lacka finished October on a four-game point streak with six points (4G, 2A) in that span, including a three-point effort (2G, 1A) in last Sunday's win over Waterloo. Andreev has been one of the biggest stories in the USHL early in the year, as he registered at least one point in each of his first six games and is one point behind the USHL scoring leaders with nine points (2G, 7A). The Flying Aces will play all but two of their November games at home, and they are hoping some November home cooking will keep the team's momentum going.
9. Dubuque Fighting Saints
3-3-1-0, Last Poll: 4
Following a tough start to the season that saw them score two or fewer goals in each of their first five games, Dubuque has seemed to figure things out offensively, as they scored a combined 11 goals in their final two games of October and climbed back to .500 on the season. Alex Steeves recorded a hat trick on Saturday against Central Illinois and now leads the team with eight points (4G, 4A) through seven games. Quinn Preston and Santeri Virtanen, a pair of veterans who were expected to be strong offensive contributors to the Fighting Saints, have picked it up recently. Preston tallied four points (2G, 2A) against the Flying Aces last Friday and added an assist on Saturday. The Ohio State commit is now second on the team with six points (3G, 3A) along with Virtanen who boasts a three-game point streak, with five points (2G, 3A) in that stretch. Dubuque is another team that will play a majority of home games in November as they look to keep their recent success going.