Ice Bears Face No. 7 Ranked Iowa State

09/23/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Armed with the American Collegiate Hockey League Division 1 scoring leader — James DeMarco — the Missouri State Ice Bears will travel Sept. 25-26 to Ames, Iowa for a pair of games with Iowa State University.

Ranked No. 7 in ACHA Division 1, the Cyclones are 2-0 after victories of 9-0 and 11-1 over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. The Cougars are a Division 2 team.

DeMarco's six (6) goals and seven (7) assists place him four points above Jeffery McFarland (5G, 4A) of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ice Bears forward Ryan Hogland (4G, 5A) with nine points each.

Missouri State is 2-2 after two losses Sept. 18-19 to the defending ACHA D1 national champion — and currently No. 1 ranked — the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The Ice Bears could not convert on nine powerplays in game one and surrenderd two shorthanded goals midway through the second while trying to figure out Bronchos goaltender Alex Henry.

Game two was a defensive battle between goaltenders with the Ice Bears Mitch Fernsler keeping UCO off the scoreboard through two periods. But the Bronchos Danny Danroth broke the scoreless tie with a power play goal at 3:04 of the final stanza. Logan Lopicka tied the game after intercepting Henry's clearing pass and scoring into an empty net.

A second power play goal by Sam Rice with less than six minutes remaining in the game sealed the win for Central Oklahoma.

Both Division 1 games against Iowa State will be broadcast on WebSportsRadio and the Division 3 games against the Cyclones Division 3 squad will be televised by Iowa State's broadcast crew on a pay-per-view basis at $7.99 for a 24 hour period. (

Ice Bears Allow Just 2 Goals In Sweep of Patriots

03/04/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Sophomore forward James DeMarco scored two goals and added two assists as the Missouri state Ice Bears turned a three goal first period lead into a 7-0 win Friday, September 11 over the Dallas Baptist University Patriots in the opening game of the 2015-16 hockey season at Mediacom Ice Park.

Justin Davis turned aside 14 shots to earn his first shutout and victory of the season, while Alex Turin and Marshall Gevers added two goals each. Turin notched a second-effort goal in front of Patriot goaltender Josh Messick to give the Ice Bears a 3-0 lead after one period.

Both Turin and Gevers scored on the power play in the second period with Gevers poking DeMarco’s wraparound attempt from behind the net midway through the third period. The puck deflected past Mesick to Gevers’ stick. Brennan Anderson scored at 12:59 of the third to round out the Ice Bears scoring.

In Saturday’s second game, Ryan Hogland matched DeMarco’s scoring prowess with two shorthanded goals in the second period to kick start a 16-2 rout of Dallas Baptist. Hogland finished with four goals and four assists.

Leading 4-1 half way through the second period, the Ice Bears added three goals including a 25-foot blast from the right faceoff circle by Austin Purdy, a third goal from Hogland and a tip-in by DeMarco with .4 seconds on the second period clock.

DeMarco started a 9-goal barrage in the third period with a shorthanded goal 1:18 into the final period. Then the Ice Bears received solo goals from Gevers , Brendan McClew, Brendan Huber and Christian Cuozzo. Logan Lopicka added a hat trick, his first three goals of the season.

Mitch Fernsler earns the win between the pipes for the Ice Bears stopping 13 shots, while Trey Buening takes the loss for the Patriots. Missouri State went 4-for-13 (30.8%) on the power play and killed 15 of 16 (93.8%) shorthanded situations.

DeMarco leads the team with 5 goals and 6 assists. Hogland is second with 4 goals and 5 assists and Gevers is third with 3 goals and 2 assists.

The Ice Bears travel September 18-19 to Oklahoma City and face the 2015 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 1 National Champion, the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Both games will not be televised on but the September 25-26 series against Iowa State will be on WSR with the pregame show at 7:20 p.m.


Ice Bears and Springfield Express Unite for Charity

03/04/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State University Ice Bears, a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, announce today the team will be playing charity hockey games September 4-5 at Mediacom Ice Park with the Springfield Express, a Junior A hockey team in the Western States Hockey League.

Rosters of the Ice Bears and Express will be mixed together forming teams that will play a pair of exhibition hockey games with proceeds to benefit both organizations and the Assistive Technology Outdoors Professionals (ATOP) Sled Dogs hockey team in Springfield.

The games start at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $5 for general admission. The weekend events mark the first time both clubs have united efforts. Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher said working together will help foster a good alliance between both organizations while drawing fans to the sport of hockey.

“We want to let everybody in Springfield know that there is a relationship between us and the Express, and we are there to promote and enrich other hockey programs in Springfield,” Bucher said. “It’s a win-win for both.”

After a successful inaugural 2014-15 season in Springfield, Express co-owner Joe MacConnell said the weekend charity event helps bring hockey to the forefront in the City.

“The Express are excited with the opportunity of partnering with Missouri State and bring awareness of the sled hockey program in Springfield. The relationship with the Express and Ice Bears has grown and continues to become stronger each day,” MacConnell said.

Fifty percent of event proceeds will be donated to ATOP and the remainder will be divided between the hockey clubs to support operating costs.

Ken White, co-founder of ATOP said the Springfield organization was formed to provide adaptive equipment for individuals with disabilities to get back into the game. The group also features adaptive water skiing, hunting, recreational sports, and programs for Wounded Warriors. The Sled Dogs are a member of USA Hockey.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate this. We are focusing on sled hockey right now but there is so many other things we do. This will also help us fund other equipment,” White said.

Missouri State appeared in consecutive ACHA Division 2 National Tournaments in 2014 and 2015 and starts the 2015-16 season in ACHA Division 1, while Springfield moves into Tier 2 of the WSHL.

Springfield Express Postseason Begins With Tulsa Oilers

03/04/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Playing for a Thorne Cup is the goal of all hockey teams in the Western States Hockey League and the Express hope to bring hardware home to Springfield.

For that to happen the Express will have to navigate a road that has more bumps than team captain Seth Ensor's points. Springfield starts the journey with Tulsa in a best-of-three series March 7, 8 and 9, if necessary at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.

A meeting with Oklahoma City looms large, pending a series victory over the Jr. Oilers.

David Higgs scraps with Dallas' Pavol Kotzman.

Springfield swept Tulsa in the regular season finale Feb. 27-March 1 starting with a 9-0 victory in game one, 4-0 in game two and 10-3 in the final contest. The Express have won eight consecutive contests against Tulsa and have outscored the Jr. Oilers 54-14 in those games.

Tulsa is a team that has only won seven games this season and have lost 23 straight tilts dating back to December 20, 2014. The Jr. Oilers, who traded the services top-name players including Ivan Bukshevannyy, Maxim Chegrintcev and Sam Mancini, continue to struggle offensively. The trio combined for 57 goals before leaving the Jr. Oilers roster.

Sam Hiserodt with 5 goals and 19 assists, Hunter Best (8 goals, 11 assists) and Andrew Wyrrick (7 goals, 12 assists) are the only Jr. Oilers in double-digit scoring. Best is the leading goal scorer.

Springfield sports 13 players with multiple-digit scoring and are now led by Vito Divito with 29 goals and 33 assists. Ensor, who led the Express most of the season, is second with 21 goals and 38 assists. Linus Dahlberg (21 goals, 28 assists), Quade Hamlin (11 goals, 33 assists) and David Higgs (11 goals, 32 assists) round out the top five team scorers during the regular season.


Second Time: Nationals Fundraiser With Arkansas

02/23/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For the second time in two years, the Missouri State Ice Bears Hockey team will be raising funds for a trip to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Championship Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah from March 20-24.

The weekend starts with an exhibition game Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. against the University of Arkansas, who will play in the ACHA Division 3 National Tournament starting March 10 in Pelham, Alabama.

Tickets for the game are $6 for grandstand seating, $4 for general admission and $3 for students.

Tickets are available at the door.

Saturday includes a "Skate with the Ice Bears," skills competition and silent auction of sports memorabilia. The event starts at 7 p.m. featuring a open skate (with a donation requested at the door) and a Ice Bears' skills competition from 8:15-9:30 p.m.

Ice Bears repeat as MACHA Gold Division Champions

02/14/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Accolades continue for the Missouri State Ice Bears who won their second straight Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division League Tournament Championship Sunday, Feb. 15 at Webster Groves Ice Arena in Webster Groves, Missouri.

A 3-2 victory over the Northern Illinois University Huskies in the championship game gives Missouri State its fourth Gold division title in five appearances. It’s also the first time a team has won consecutive championships since the Ice Bears won league championship trophies in 2007 and 2008.

Three goals from Jack Ryan helped Missouri State defeated the Saint Louis University Billikens 5-3 in the Feb. 14 tournament semi-final game. Goaltender Steve Lombardo earns victories in both games stopping 73 of 77 shots for a .948 save percentage.

Ryan, with four goals in the tournament, was named Most Valuable Player. Ryan also won the award in 2013-14.

Missouri State also won the MACHA Gold Division regular season championship this season with a record of 12-2. The championship title concludes the Ice Bears membership in the MACHA League.

Next season the Ice Bears move to Division 1 play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and become members of the Western Collegiate Hockey League for the 2015-16 hockey season.

Weekend victories give the Ice Bears a 25-7-2-0 record heading into postseason play March 20-24 at the ACHA Division 2 National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Round 4: WSR's unofficial D2 Central Region poll

02/10/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Judging from the numerous debates raging through the various forums, the decisions of who the pollsters send to the playoffs in the Central Region this year may spark riots and move continents.

The top 15 teams can all stake a claim to one of the ten playoff spots except for, oddly enough, the undisputed top dog (Lindenwood Belleville), who is ineligible for post season play in their first year of existence.

WebSports Radio has their opinion, of course, combining the efforts of broadcasters Steve Casson and Dan Lee into one comprehensive and inarguable answer to everyone’s questions.

Yeah, right.

For what it’s worth, here is the final WSR Central Region Division II poll for what has been a very entertaining year. Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs!

Read WSR's D2 Central Region Poll # 4

ACHA Division 2 Nationals Information

02/07/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After skating to a 7-1 record during the fourth American Collegiate Hockey Association Central Region ranking period, the Missouri State Ice Bears have bypassed regional play heading to Nationals from March 20-24 in Salt Lake City.

Nationals are hosted by the University of Utah hockey team, who plays on the Utah ice sheet at the two-rink Salt Lake City Sports Complex. Both rinks are Olympic-size sheets and were the official training venue for the 2002 Winter Olympics. The rink has a capacity for 2500 hockey spectators.

Four teams from each of the four divisions in the ACHA (Northeast, Southeast, Central, and West) qualify for the tournament. The top two teams in each division qualify for Nationals and the remaining eight teams will play through regional competition with the top two teams moving to Salt Lake City.

The format for the tournament will be pool play with four teams in each of the four pools. Each team will play all other teams in their pool with the winners of each pool advancing to the national semifinals.

For the University of Utah National Championship website ---> click here.

MACHA Playoff Schedule Released

02/05/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Wins over Illinois Jan. 30-31 gives the Missouri State Ice Bears a Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Championship and a first-round bye.

Games will again be played Feb. 13-15 at Webster Groves Ice Arena in Webster Groves, Missouri.

Game format includes a 10 minute warm-up followed by player introductions, national anthem then opening face off.

Times shown below are warm up time. The playoff game schedule will be as follows:

Friday February 13, 2015

Game 1 - Warm ups start at 5 p.m. - Seed #5 SIUE vs Seed #4 Iowa

Game 2 - 730pm - Seed #6 Saint Louis vs Seed #3 Illinois State

Saturday February 14, 2015

Game 3 - Warm ups start at 2 p.m. - Highest remaining seed vs Seed #2 Northern Illinois

Game 4 - 4:30 p.m. - Lowest remaining seed vs Seed #1 Missouri State

Sunday February 15, 2015

MACHA Gold Championship - Warm-ups at 1 p.m.

Division 2 and 3 Hockey Games Televised

01/20/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Both the Missouri State Ice Bears Division 2 and Division 3 teams stay in the hunt for postseason play and WebSports Radio will broadcast the final two home games of each team's 2014-15 hockey season.

WSR will have both D2 Ice Bears games Friday and Saturday against Illinois at 7 p.m. central. Friday's D3 game following the D2 contest will not be broadcast.

Coverage continues with the Division 3 contest against Robert Morris - Peoria on Saturday at 3 p.m. Saturday evening will feature Senior Recognition Night and the broadcast will start at 6:50 p.m. with the pregame show.

A rare Sunday D3 contest against Bradley will also be broadcast on WSR at 12 noon.

Rivalry Heats Home Ice Against Missouri

01/20/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Once again the University of Missouri Tigers travel to a packed Mediacom Ice Park for the annual series against the Missouri State Ice Bears.

Games count in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league standings. Missouri State remains in first place in the Gold Division.

The Ice Bears should jump to a No. 3 ranking (from No. 4) when the third ACHA Division 2 results are released.

Although reserved tickets for both games are sold out and limited general admission tickets remain, the games will be televised on WebSports Radio.

Join Steve Casson, Dan Lee and Dan Dowell for all the action starting at 7 p.m. central.

Missouri State Begins Second Half With Sweep

01/16/15 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Eighteen seconds is all it took for the Missouri State Ice Bears to wipe away any cobwebs after a 40-day hockey haitus as the Ice Bears took the opening game of the latter part of the 2014-15 season with a 7-0 blanking Jan. 16 of the Dallas Baptist University Patriots.

Andrew Kovacich scored the game winner off the faceoff before fans had time to settle in their seats. Justin Buchheit won the draw to Kovacich, who snapped a shot past Partiots goaltender Josh Messick.

Missouri State scored four goals in the first period including tallies from Alex Nanna, Alex Turin and Brendan McClew.

Adam Otten scored two goals in the third period with Ryan Hogland adding his 16th, tying him with Otten and Jack Ryan as the Ice Bears' goal-scoring leaders.

Justin Davis gets the win for the Ice Bears facing 11 shots while Josh Messick stopped 73 of 80 for Dallas Baptist.

Game 2

Miguel Franco had three goals and Adam Otten scored two as the Ice Bears swept Dallas Baptist with an 11-2 win in the second game.

Missouri State, who scores 5.9 goals per game, also netted points from Bobby Brown with one goal and an assist. Matt Townsend finished with one goal and one assist, while Jack Ryan found the back of the net twice.

Ryan Hogland, who also registered two goals and an assist, remains tied with Ryan for the Ice Bears' goal-scoring lead with 18 each.

Brendan McClew had one goal and one assist, and Andrew Kovacich added a tally as well. Kyle Brown, Adam Otten, Nick Sadorf and Kellen Patrick added assists, while Richard Westcott and Alex Nanna tallied two each.

Mitch Fernsler gets his first win in nearly two months while stopping 13 shots for Missouri State. Messick faced 71 Ice Bears' shots turning aside 60 in his second defeat in as many games for Dallas Baptist.

Round 3: WSR's unofficial D2 Central Region poll

12/16/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - As we head to the winter break, WebSports Radio wants to give you a special holiday gift....An extra 11th place slot in our unofficial ACHA DII poll for period three!  

Steve and Dan have decided to add one more spot because of the effect Lindenwood Belleville’s ineligibility will have on the final regional playoff picture. The 11th-place team will go to the tournament this year, so why not add them to our rankings?

You’re welcome! 

As usual, Steve and Dan have made out their polls independent of each other and the average scores are presented below. But now, the points are awarded 11 for first, 10 for second, etc. down to one point for 11th place. Enjoy!

Read WSR's D2 Central Region Poll # 3

Otten Helps Missouri State Sweep Lindenwood

12/06/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The first half of the Missouri State Ice Bears 2014-15 hockey season can be considered more than a success after registering a pair of 3-1 wins over the No. 3 Lindenwood Lions in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Central.

Adam Otten had a big series for Missouri State (No. 4 in ACHA DII Central) with two goals in game two and a solo effort in game one.

Justin Davis stopped 35 of 36 shots in game one and 30 of 31 in game two. Davis played a solid game making key saves on Lindenwood's Dominick Valencia to keep the contest a two-goal game late in the second period of game two.

Ice Bears Moving To Division 1 in 2015-16 Season

12/01/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Missouri State University's Ice Hockey Club announced Nov. 30 the Ice Bears American Collegiate Hockey Association Div. 2 team will be moving to the ACHA Div. 1 classification pending formal and expected ACHA approval to start play in the 2015-16 season.

The Ice Bears began the hockey program in the 2001-02 season competing at the ACHA Div. 3 classification. After the first two Ice Bears seasons the team moved from the ACHA Div. 3 classification to the ACHA Div. 2 classification to start the 2003-04 season. The Ice Bears have competed at the Div. 2 level for the past 12 seasons including the current 2014-15 season.

The Ice Bears have competed in seven ACHA Central Region postseason tournaments and competed in their first ACHA Div. 2 National Championship Tournament in the 2013-14 season finishing ranked No. 6 out of the over 200 ACHA Div. 2 teams in the United States.

The Ice Bears joined the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association league (MACHA) in the “Gold Division” in the 2004-05 season and have competed in the MACHA Gold Div. League for ACHA Div. 2 teams for the past 11 seasons including the 2014-15 season winning three league championship tournaments including the 2013-14 season championship tournament.


Round 2: WSR's unofficial D2 Central Region poll

11/27/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - This year fellow WSR broadcaster Dan Lee and I have thought through, agonized over, and deliberated on putting our minds against the pollsters of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II elite.

While we take pride in not falling flat on our face during the first round of picks, confidence is building for round two.

Before sharing our second-round poll results there are many things to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving holiday including friends and family.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to play the game of hockey at an early age and that I'm able to broadcast the sport I also enjoy watching. Dan is thankful that he only has to put up with me for 20 broadcasts a season.

So, here it is: Round two of our latest prognostications involving the ACHA Division II Central Region.

Read WSR's D2 Central Region Poll # 2


Homestand continues against Saint Louis

11/21/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State will host the Saint Louis Billikens at Mediacom Ice Park in a pair of Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association league games.

The Ice Bears are 12-7-0-1 after a couple of close games against Lindenwood-Belleville last weekend. Saint Louis had a sweep of Missouri and a victory over Michigan last weekend.

Websports Radio will have the pregame show live Friday and Saturday starting at 6:50 p.m.

Ice Bears and Lynx clash in battle of No. 1 and No. 4

11/14/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Another undefeated team and another winning streak intact as the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx survived a late rush by the Missouri State Ice Bears to capture its 16th consecutive victory taking a 6-4 contest over the Ice Bears.

Missouri State (12-6-0-1) trailed 5-1 before Ryan Hogland notched a pair of goals — one on the power play and another shorthanded — then Matt Townsend tipped Jusso Halmeenmaki's shot from the left point to close the gap at 5-4.

Brandon Janke gave Lindenwood-Belleville (No. 1 in ACHA Division 2) a two-goal lead with 7:48 remaining on the powerplay, but the Ice Bears kept the pressure on Lynx goaltender Kyle Miller. Missouri State (No. 4 in ACHA Division 2) added 17 shots on Miller in the third for a three period total of 42, while Justin Davis faced 36 Lynx shots for the Ice Bears.

LU-Belleville (16-0) was 2 for 4 on the power play and Missouri State went 1 for 5.

Loss ends Springfield's 5 game winning streak

11/07/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Two shorthanded goals by Matt Levene and power play goals from Petr Kobes were more than enough to give the Oklahoma City Jr Blazers a 4-2 win over the Springfield Express Nov. 7 in game one at Mediacom Ice Park.

Vito Divito scored the opening goal of the game for the Express taking Quade Hamlin's pad from behind the net to put it past Jakub Krejci at 8:09 of the first period.

Nikita Perviakov notched his second goal of the season on a pass from Linus Dahlberg, moved to his right, then lifted the puck over Krejci's shoulder with 7:42 to play in the second period.

Krejci faced 56 shots stopping 52 as Springfield attempted to get closer late in the second and third periods but couldn't capitalize. Express net minder Oliver Eklund saw 42 shots from the Jr Blazers.

Springfield went 0 for 5 on the power play and Oklahoma City was 2 for 4 in game one.

Ice Bears come close against UCO in game two

Bobby Brown has his leg held by UCO's Brandon Formosa. Photo: Rhonda Ashlock

10/31/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - There’s no doubt the Missouri State Ice Bears are ready for Division 1 play after forcing the University of Central Oklahoma (No. 1 in ACHA Division 1) into overtime in game two at Mediacom Ice Park.

Unfortunately, a late goal by Darren Martin with 1:52 remaining in the extra period gave the visiting Bronchos a 3-2 win.

Early goals by Ryan Hogland and Jusso Halmeenmaki put the Ice Bears in front through two periods, but Central Oklahoma stormed back with tallies by Trevor Yee and Gaven Hohl to send the game into overtime.

Game 1

A one-goal hockey game game changed in the blink of an eye allowing the University of Central Oklahoma (16-0) to show why they are the top team in the latest ACHA Division 1 poll with a 6-2 win over the Missouri State Ice Bears.

The Bronchos used a pair of power play goals to take a two-goal lead and eventually the win over the No. 4 ranked (ACHA Division 2) Ice Bears (11-5) in the opening game of the series.

Brendan McClew was called for interference after he and Bronchos goaltender Tory Caldwell raced for the puck at the top of the right face off circle. Both players collided and a 5-minute major was assessed to McClew with 11:17 left in the second period.

Brad Keenan scored the opening goal 18 seconds into the contest, but left in the first period after injuring his knee. Jusso Halmeenmaki notched the second goal for Missouri State on the power play late in the first period, although Adam Otten was given credit on the score sheet.


It's back: WSR's unofficial D2 Central Region poll

10/30/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Now that Steve Casson is no longer an official pollster for the ACHA Division II hockey elite, the door has been opened to re-launch the popular poll!

As before, Casson will be joined by fellow WSR broadcaster Dan Lee. The pair have a combined sports journalism history in excess of 55 years, including stints by both men as newspaper sports editors and sports program directors.

They will team up to share their opinions and argue incessantly over who should be members of the all important top 10 of the ACHA Division II Central Region.

Here is it, after a six-year absence: The 2014 version of the WebSportsRadio Division 2 unscientific poll.

Click below for our first quide to this year's trip to the 2015 ACHA Division 2 National Championship crown.

Read WSR's D2 Central Region Poll


Express host Tulsa looking for record victory

10/24/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Springfield Express match the five win total of its former team — the New Mexico Renegades — with a 4-3 victory over the Tulsa Jr. Oilers on Friday, Oct. 24.

Seth Ensor netted a pair of goals and Vito Divito scored the game winner with a backhanded shot over the blocker of Tulsa goaltender Teke Murphy. Divito added the powerplay goal with 7:48 remaning in the third to give the Express breathing room.

Sam Hiserodt tallied a pair of goals for Tulsa — one on the powerplay — and Egor Yaragin added the other goal with a man advantage.

Philip Babb earns his third win of the season and Murphy takes the loss. Springfield went 2-for-4 and Tulsa was 2-for-6 on the powerplay.

Both teams play again at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. with the pregame show at 6:55.

Ice Bears stay undefeated in Division 2

10/17/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's ten straight wins over Division II teams for the Missouri State Ice Bears after a 3-1 and 6-1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes Oct. 17-18 at Mediacom Ice Park.

The Ice Bears improve to 4-0 in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association and travel to East Alton, Illinois play Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Oct. 24-25, which will be the last games before the first ACHA DII ranking period.

Watch the Springfield Express live on WSR

10/10/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - WebSports Radio will broadcast the Springfield Express hockey games against El Paso live this weekend. Click "Listen Live" above.

Ice Bears versus Central Oklahoma broadcast on WSR

10/02/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - WebSports Radio will broadcast Missouri State hockey games Oct. 3-4 live against Central Oklahoma.

Join Steve Casson for the play-by-play starting at 7:35 p.m. on Friday and 7:20 p.m. on Saturday. Friday's face off has been pushed back 15 minutes to a 7:45 p.m. start.

WSR to broadcast Springfield Express home games

09/20/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - WebSports Radio will broadcast the Springfield Express Jr A hockey team games live starting with game two against the Wichita Junior Thunder on Sept. 20.

Join Steve Casson and Dan Dowell for all the action. WSR will continue to broadcast Missouri State hockey and have added the Express to the hockey schedule.

Pregame starts at 6:50 p.m for Friday and Saturday games, and 1:50 p.m. before the Sunday contest.

Springfield won it's first hockey game in franchise history 5-3 over Wichita Sept. 19 on the strength of a pair of goals from Vito DeVito, who notched the first-ever Express goal at 13:47 of the first period.

Game two was a 6-1 win with Seth Ensor netting a hat trick in the first period to lead Springfield, while game 3 was also a 9-2 win for the Express.


Ice Bears make statement against Eastern Illinois

Adam Otten scores his second goal of the season in game two. Photo: Rhonda Ashlock

9/12/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Eastern Illinois visited Mediacom Ice Park for a pair of contests with a small bench. Although that hasn't stopped the Panthers from making it a game in the past, the Ice Bears were too much in a 22-0 win in game one and a 13-2 victory in game two.

Jack Ryan had five goals in the first game and Brendan McClew netted four in game two.

WSR to broadcast Missouri Voodoo indoor football

07/07/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO (updated 7/10/14) - WebSports Radio will have a live broadcast of the indoor football contest between the Missouri Voodoo and the Arkansas Gators, Sunday July 13 starting at 3 p.m.

It's a change of team and time for Missouri, who scrambled to find a team after the 4-State Fusion cancelled a scheduled game with the Voodoo.

Missouri went 0-8 in the Ultimate Indoor Football League until an announcement on Twitter said the team has decided to "step out of the UIFL for the season."

Arkansas plays in the Gridiron Developmental Football League that began in 2010 when "representatives of several regional minor pro football teams took to the task of converting a collaborative idea into a 32 team league," the GDFL website said.

The Gators are 2-4 this season and are coming off a 28-0 loss to the Tennessee Lightning Bolts June 28, while the Voodoo are recovering from a 79-6 thrashing June 21 from the Miami Inferno.

Join Steve Casson and Dan Dowell for all the action on WebSports Radio Live TV starting with the pre-game show at 2:50 p.m.

We're going to Boston! Next stop: ACHA Division 2 Nationals

02/24/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears will play in the 2014 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Nationals Tournament which will take place March 21-25, 2014 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA., hosted by Northeastern University.


The Ice Bears have set up a finding website at: to raise over $17,000 for airfare and hotel costs. Please help send the Ice Bears to its first-ever Nationals appearance.

Nationals Pool

Missouri State will play in Pool C with Weber State, Northeastern and Penn State. All games in Pool C will be at 3:30 p.m.

MACHA foe Illinois State will be in Pool B with William Paterson, UMBC, and San Jose State. Lindenwood will join Florida Gulf Coast, Utah State and NYU in Pool A, while Grand Valley State, Northern Arizona, New Hampshire and Liberty will be in Pool D. All games in Pool A, B and D will be played between 11:30 and 12:30 p.m.

Games will be exclusively broadcast on with game access costs ranging from $7.99 (for one credit to watch one game only) or $7.59 each for five game credits. Other pricing up to 50 game credits and a year pass is available.

Credits never expire, but for Ice Bear fans, it may be better to purchase the five game credit package ($37.95 total) or individual games at 7.99 each($39.95 total for 5 games).

I am negociating joining the broadcast crew for Missouri State's games at Nationals and hope to be calling play-by-play of the Ice Bears games on FASTHockey. If not, I will be there to tweet continuous live updates on @WebSportsRadio.

Pool A
Pool B
Pool C
Pool D
Illinois State
Missouri State
Grand Valley
3/21 - 11:40 a.m.
3/21 - 11:40 a.m.
3/21 - 3 p.m.
3/21 - 11:30 a.m.
vs Utah State
vs Weber State
vs Liberty
3/22 - 3 p.m.
3/22 - 11:40 a.m.
3/22 - 3 p.m.
3/22 - 11:40 a.m.
vs New York Univ.
vs William Paterson
vs Northeastern
vs New Hampshire
3/23 - 3:10 p.m.
3/23 - 12 p.m.
3/23 - 3:30 p.m.
3/23 - 12:20 p.m.
vs Florida Gulf Coast
vs San Jose State
vs Penn State
vs Northern Arizona

Ice Bears sweep through ACHA Regionals

02/23/14 - ROLLING MEADOWS, IL - The Missouri State Ice Bears have advanced to the ACHA Division II National Tournament after a hard fought 4-3 overtime win against the SIUE Cougars Feb, 22 and a 2-0 victory over Robert Morris Feb, 23.

Missouri State will play in the 2014 Nationals Pool C with Weber State, Northeastern and Penn State. All games in Pool C will be at 3:30 p.m.

MACHA foe Illinois State will be in Pool B with William Paterson, UMBC, and San Jose State. Lindenwood will join Florida Gulf Coast, Utah State and NYU in Pool A, while Grand Valley State, Northern Arizona, New Hampshire and Liberty will be in Pool D. All games in Pool A, B and D will be played between 11:30 and 12:30 p.m.

The 2014 National Tournament will take place March 21-25, 2014 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, MA.

The ACHA Central Regional schedule is as follows:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

12:10 p.m. DePaul (2) vs Michigan State (8)

2:50 p.m. SIUe (3)vs Missouri State (4) OT

5:30 p.m. (2) Robert Morris vs (1) St. Louis OT

8:10 p.m. (8) Illinois State vs (1) Waldorf

Sunday, February 23, 2014

11:30 a.m. (V) (2) Missouri State vs (H) (0)Robert Morris

2:20 p.m. (V) (1) Michigan State vs (H) (6) Illinois State


Ice Bears are MACHA Gold Division Champs!

02/16/14 - SAINT LOUIS, MO - Two goals from Jack Ryan and one from Nick Sadorf gave the No. 5 seed Missouri State Ice Bears its third Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association league championship in a 3-1 win over the No. 3 seed Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars Feb. 16 in the MACHA Gold Division finals.

Jack Ryan, who was named the tournament MVP, added four goals and an assist in three games. He also scored the first and final goals against the Cougars.

Third period scoring binges helped the Ice Bears make a run through the tournament. In the quarterfinal game against Saint Louis University, the Ice Bears rallied from a 3-1 deficit with 14:18 to play in the game. Brian Leslie’s tally and Jack Ryan’s goal sandwiched between a pair of Blake Ryan’s scores sealed a 5-3 victory over the Billikens.

In the semifinal game against the No. 1 seeded Illinois State, Matt Townsend, Leslie and Blake Ryan erased a 1-0 deficit with 14 minutes to play in the second. Three third-period goals by Ryan Hogland, Blake Ryan and PJ Adams added to a 7-3 win over the Redbirds, the No. 3 seeded team in the ACHA Central Division.

Missouri State’s last crown, a 3-2 victory over Mizzou in overtime, came in 2008. But the Ice Bears have played in four MACHA championship games, losing a 5-2 contest to SIUe in 2010.

Ranked No. 7 in the ACHA Central, the Ice Bears will face the No. 6 ranked Cougars in the first round of the the ACHA Central Regional Tournament in Chicago Feb. 22 at 2:20 p.m. central time. WebSports Radio will have the broadcast starting at 2:10 with the pregame show. You can catch the action on

MACHA Gold Playoffs continues with So. Illinois-Edwardsville

1/29/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's a battle of the No. 5 seed Missouri State Ice Bears versus the No. 4 seed Saint Louis Billikens tonight at 5 p.m. central time for the right to advance in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold playoffs.

Missouri State captured a 5-3 win Nov. 8th and suffered a 5-4 loss the next night. The last time these two teams played, Missouri State was ranked 9th in the ACHA Central Region rankings and Saint Louis was 10th. The Ice Bears have been ranked 7th in the final Central Region poll, while the Billikens are 9th.

February 14, 2014

Game 1 – (Warm-ups start at 5 p.m.) – Seed #5 - Missouri State (5) vs Seed #4– Saint Louis University (3)

Game 2 – 7:30 p.m. - Seed #6 – No. Illinois University (6) vs Seed #3 – So. Illinois University-Edwardsville (8)

Saturday February 15, 2014

Game 3 - (Warm-ups start at 2 p.m.) – Seed #2 -Iowa (5) vs So. Illinois University-Edwardsville (6) OT

Game 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Seed #1 – Illinois (3) vs. Missouri State (7)

Sunday February 16, 2014

MACHA Gold Championship – So. Illinois University-Edwardsville (1) vs Missouri State (3)

Division 3 Ice Bears game Wednesday to be broadcast

02/10/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With a birth into the MACHA Silver Division playoffs at stake, the Iowa State Cyclones have agreed to travel to Mediacom Ice Park and play the Ice Bears Division III team Wednesday Feb. 12 in Springfield at 9:45 p.m.

WebSports Radio will have the game broadcast for you live starting at 9:35 p.m. with the pregame show.

Since Iowa State could not play the second game of the series Jan. 11, the Cyclones organization will pay all game expenses, which means admission is free to attend the game.

The winner of the game will asure themselves a spot in the MACHA playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

Big games with No. 7 Robert Morris and its implications

02/07/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Hoping to asure themselves a spot in the ACHA Division II Regional playoffs, the No. 9 ranked Misssouri State Ice Bears host the No. 7 ranked Robert Morris Eagles.

Ice Bears host Eastern Illinois in second-to-last homestand

1/31/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Eastern Illinois head into Mediacom Ice Park for a pair of games with a small bench, but that hasn't stopped the Panthers from making it a game.

MACHA Playoff Information

1/29/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The MACHA Gold playoff game schedule (as of 02/07/13) will be as follows:

February 14, 2014

Game 1 – (Warm-ups start at 5 p.m.) – Seed #5 - Missouri State vs Seed #4– Saint Louis University.

Game 2 – 7:30 p.m. - Seed #6 – No. Illinois University vs Seed #3 – So. Illinois University-Edwardsville.

Saturday February 15, 2014

Game 3 - (Warm-ups start at 2 p.m.) – Seed #2 -Iowa vs. Highest remaining seed

Game 4 – 4:30 p.m. – Seed #1 – Illinois State vs. Lowest remaining seed.

Sunday February 16, 2014

MACHA Gold Championship – (Warm-ups at 1 p.m.)

Game format will be 10 minute warm-up followed by Player introductions, anthem then straight to game.

Arrangements have been made with the Holiday Inn Route 66/Viking to be the host hotel of the MACHA Gold Playoffs. The hotel is located just minutes from the Arena. The Holiday Inn will provide rooms for $89 per night which includes breakfast and each team will have their own meeting room for breakfast each morning. They have agreed to do NO ATTRITION. So what this means is that if a team uses less rooms than what they block they won’t owe anything. Also if a team has to leave a day earlier than expected it is also no problem.

Holiday Inn Southwest & Viking Conference Center is located at 10709 Watson Road in St. Louis, MO 63127

To make a Hotel reservation please contact Andy Croak – email: or by phone at (636) 346-3331.


Mizzou comes into town for sold-out games with Ice Bears

1/25/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's always a great weekend with the Missouri Tigers head into town. Missouri State came out determined from the start notching a 5-2 win in game one and clinging to a 6-5 victory in game two.

Mediacom Ice Park was packed to capacity as it is traditionally for the weekend series. The Tigers come into the contest with Missouri State having lost eight consecutive games including an 8-3 defeat Jan. 19 to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Ice Bears start homestand with Cougars

1/17/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State is home after a split with Lindenwood and hosts the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars. The Ice Bears are ranked No. 9 and SIUE comes in at No. 8 in the ACHA Central Division 2 standings.

Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association league points are also on the line. Missouri State sits in fourth place with 11 points and SIUE is fifth with 10.

The games will be broadcast live on Web Sports Radio at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Join us for the pregame show 10 minutes before each game.

Ice Bears split with Lindenwood in home-and-home series

12/07/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Snow fell during the Missouri State’s hockey games Dec. 6-7 and so did the Lindenwood Lions to the Ice Bears in the first game of the weekend series, 3-2.

Missouri State lost 7-4 in the second game. A late third period run was not enough to stage a second-effort victory attempt.

Blake and Jack Ryan lead the Ice Bears comeback in game one.

Missouri State hockey games still on this weekend

12/06/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State Ice Bears hockey games with the Lindenwood Lions will still be played Friday Dec. 6 and Saturday Dec. 7 at Mediacon Ice Park. Game times for Division II are 7 p.m. both nights.

Dordt College is still scheduled to play the Division III team at 9:45 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Even though four to six inches of snow has fallen, the Ice Bears organization continues with its tradition of not canceling a scheduled hockey game in its 12 year history.

If the visiting teams elect to cancel, we will update you here.

Please drive safely and we will see you at Mediacom Ice Park!


More than MACHA on the line with Illinois State

11/22/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State will put its No. 9 ranking on the line against the No. 1 Illinois State when the Redbirds come into Mediacom Ice Park this weekend.

The redbirds need four points to secure a playoff spot in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association playoff race. Missouri State is hoping to take a game or two from the Redbirds and increase its standing in the ACHA Division II Central.

The games will be broadcast live on Web Sports Radio at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Join us for the pregame show 10 minutes before each game.

Ice Bears host Arkansas look to end Ice Hogs' streak

11/15/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Arkansas heads into Mediacom ice Park with a 16-game winning streak and the Missouri State Ice Bears will be trying to break it.

Arkansas only losses have been against Oklahoma (D1) September 21-22.

The games will be broadcast live on Web Sports Radio at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Join us for the pregame show 10 minutes before each game.

Games with St. Louis to be broadcast on WSR

11/07/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears games agaisnt St. Louis Nov. 8-9 will be broadcast on Web Sports Radio.

Join us for the pregame show 10 minutes before each game. Friday's game starts at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday's game is at 4:30 p.m.

Brooms are not fun: Missouri State sweept by Iowa

11/06/13 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - It was not a Halloween prank. The Missouri State Ice Bears were swept by the Iowa Hawkeyes 6-5 on overtime on Nov. 1 and 6-2 Nov. 2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the Coral Ridge Arena and may have lost freshman PJ Adams to injury.

Missouri State expolded for four goals in the first period of game one but watched as the lead evaporated in the second and third periods.

In game two, the Ice Bears took a 1-0 lead but a resillient Hawkeyes' team finished the period tied at two a piece.

Iowa would score three in the second and one in the third.

General Manager Stan Melton said Adams was taken to the hospital for X-rays after knee-on-knee contact with a Hawkeye player in game two.

Missouri State sweeps Illinois on road

10/25/13 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - Ryan Hogland scored two goals and Jake Guthrie had three assists as the Missouri State Ice Bears took a 6-1 win Oct. 25 in game one of the series over the Illinois Fighting Ilini at the University of Illinois Ice Arena in Champaign, Illinois.

Missouri State (6-1-1-1) scored the only goals of the first period starting with Adam Otten (5th) on an assist from Guthrie at 3:06 of the period. Miguel Franco (3rd) took a pass from Justin Kim to score. Nic Sadorf also had an assist at 14:20. Jack Ryan picked up his ninth from Guthrie at 18:14.

Illinois (4-9) scored first in the second period, with the Illini's Nick Avino getting a pass from Kit Pigozzi to break Ice Bears goaltender Justin Davis’ shut out.

Eric Aldag got a goal back for the Ice Bears on an assist from Kyle Brown and Guthrie at 7:10. Then Hogland scored at 8:22 and had the lone goal in the third period at 15:20.

Davis faced 19 shots saving 18, while Illinois goaltender Jacob Lubben saw 39 shots making 33 saves.

Game 2

Eric Aldag scored two goals in the second period to help Missouri State to a 3-2 win in game two. The Ice Bears trailed 1-0 after the first period on Danny Hendrickson's goal assisted by Matt Crook and Anthony Altosino at 9:06.

But the Ice Bears defenseman scored a pair of goals from the right point to give Missouri State a lead it didn't relinquish. Aldag's first was unassisted at 12:38 and Doran Jaenke assisted on Aldag's second of the game 15:59.

Jack Ryan notched his ninth of the season in an assist from Blake Ryan and Alex Nana at 18:40 of the second period for Missouri State.

Altosino scored a power play goal for Illinois during a five minute major at 8:26 of the third period on an assist from Cole Nordwall, but the Ice Bears held on for the win.

Steve Lombards saved 24 of 22 shots and Lubben stopped 31 of 34 shot attempts. Each team had seven penalties with the Illini given 16 minutes and the Ice Bears racking up 35 minutes in the game.

Ice Bears ready for 'Pink Ice' games at Mediacom Ice Park

10/16/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It’s the third annual special Breast Cancer Awareness promotion at the Ice Bears games this weekend. The Missouri State Ice Bears and Mediacom Ice Park have turned the ice “pink” for a pair of hockey games.

Ice Bears players will also be wearing custom black and pink jerseys for the two games against the St. Mary’s University – Minnesota Cardinals with the jerseys to be auctioned at Saturday’s game. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

This is the first time the Ice Bears and Cardinals have met in the history of both clubs. Missouri State is 3-1-1-1 coming off a sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs. Saint Mary’s will be playing its first games of the season this weekend.

Saturday’s game will feature the “Breast Cancer Awareness” fundraising efforts including the Ice Bears pink jerseys silent auction. It will also be area “Fire/EMS Night” at the game on Saturday night with area fire departments and emergency medical services staff in attendance.

Both games face off at 7 p.m. and you can watch Saturdays game live on WebSports Radio starting with the pregame show at 6:50 pm.


Missouri State sweeps Ferris State

10/06/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Not expecting the season start it was hoping for, the Missouri State Ice Bears may have turned things around after a pair of blowout games against the Ferris State Bulldogs.

Brian Leslie scored his first goal with the team 1:41 into the first period of game one and the ice Bears never looked back in a 9-0 rout and the Ice Bears scored six special team goals in an 11-4 victory in game two.

Jack Ryan had three goals and four assists agaisnt Ferris State, including a pair of shorthanded goals in game two.

New Look 2013-2014 Ice Bears at Home With NIU

09/20/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears host on the Northern Illinois University Huskies this weekend at Mediacom Ice Park as the Ice Bears open season No. 13 in 2013-2014.

Join Dan Lee for all the action starting at 6:50 p.m. with the pre-game show.

The Ice Bears come off one other their most successful seasons in team history finishing with a 26-6-2 OTL record and an incredible 18-1 home ice record. Missouri State will still be competing in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league and in American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Central Region play.

The Ice Bears and Huskies faced off in Chicago last season with the teams splitting the games in January.


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