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Missouri State Ice Bears Win MACHA Gold Championship

2007 MACHA Gold Division Champions
Ice Bear Seniors With The MACHA Mug

02/24/07 - ROMEOVILLE, IL - Sixty minutes of hockey was the battle cry for the Ice Bears all year -- and the tears in head coach Benjamin Alexander's eyes showed it all -- while describing the 4-3 win over the Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars to capture the Ice Bears first MACHA Gold Division Championship.

Missouri State Beats Missouri In MACHA Gold Semi-Finals

02/23/07 - ROMEOVILLE, IL - The Missouri State Ice Bears will play another day and will move on to the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Finals after an 8-5 win over the Missouri Tigers.

The Ice Bears will meet Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville after their 10-1 win over Northern Illinois University. Join WSR for the pregame show at 11:40am (central) on Saturday.

Silver Championships To Be Broadcast on WSR

WebSportsRadio has reached an agreement with the Illinois State University Icebirds to broadcast the Silver Division Championships as they take on Palmer College. Join WSR for the pre-game show at 8:50am. See up-to-date tournament information by clicking on the WSR tournament page logo above.

North Versus South In ACHA Lower Bracket Games

02/17/07 - ORLAND PARK, IL - The consolation game between Ferris State and Missouri State was a meeting of northern and southern teams in the lower bracket round of the ACHA Division II Central Region Playoffs. The archived game and story will be available soon.

The Ice Bears play at 11:40am (Central) Friday, February 23rd with the Missouri Tigers. Join WSR for the pre-game show at 11:30am.

 

Ice Bears Face Central Michigan In ACHA Regional Game

02/16/07 - ORLAND PARK, IL - Knowing the SIUE Cougars beat the Missouri Tigers 6-3, the Ice Bears look to upset the #5 seed Central Michigan Chippewas in round one of the ACHA Division II Central Region Playoffs. The game story available soon as will the archived game.

The Ice Bears play at 2:20pm (Central) Saturday with the team to be determined. Join WSR for the pre-game show at 2:10pm.

Missouri vs SIUE Game To Start at 2:40pm Central Time

02/16/07 - ORLAND PARK, IL - WebSports Radio has been informed the 2:20pm game time listed is warm-up time and the broadcast will start at 2:35pm.

WSR To Cover Missouri vs SIUE Match-up Friday

02/15/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - WebSports Radio is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with officials from both the Missouri University and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville hockey clubs to web cast their ACHA first round game this Friday, February 16 at 2:20 pm CST. The pre-game will start 10 minutes before. 

The Cougars of SIUE are 23-4 on the year while Mizzou is 17 - 10. SIUE won both regular season meetings between the two. Should the #3 seeded team Michigan and the #9 seeded team Ferris State win, it's very possible should Missouri State win, the Ice Bears would face the winner of this game.

For those fans coming to the games, don't forget you can listen live inside Artic Edge Ice Arena on 99.1 FM on your portable radio.

On a technical note to our listeners:

WebSports Radio is aware of technical issues that have resulted in an occasional signal loss, primarily when playing at Jordan Valley Ice Park. The problem has been identified as a "normal" loss in cell phone signal ("dropped" call).

When and if this should occur in the future, rest assured WebSports Radio recognizes the problem and is back up and running within two minutes. However, the download WILL NOT automatically resume for you when we re-establish upload. Just wait 30 seconds from loss of download, close out windows media player, the WSR Player Live! then relaunch the WSR player through the ListenLive button.

This problem has occurred about 8 times during the course of the season, with listeners reporting up to 10 minutes of missed signal because they did not relaunch. This will help ensure that you miss as little action as possible.

For up-to-the minute scores, audio, and stories, visit the WSR tournament page. The link is located at the top banner.

Final Home Game For Six Seniors At Jordan Valley Ice Park

02/10/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The final game at home for Jon Baeten, Andy Hellwig, Dan Odenwald, Bobby Saitta, Joel Livingston, and Kevin Rekowski was the second game of the season against the Lindenwood Lions D2 team.

The Ice Bears play in the Central Division playoffs against the Central Michigan Chippewas Friday, February 16th at 7:10 pm in Orland Park Illinois. Join WSR for all the playoff action and the pre game show at 6:55pm central.

Homestand Wraps Up With Two Games Against Lindenwood

02/09/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Jordan Valley Ice Park was stuffed again with a nearly soldout crowd on hand to see the Ice Bears host the Lions in game one.

The Ice Bears play Lindenwood again Saturday at 7:00pm. WSR will have the pre-game show for you starting at 6:50pm central time.

 

At A Glance: More Than Meets The Eye This Weekend

02/09/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - At first glance, this weekend’s games between the Missouri State Ice Bears and the Lindenwood Lions seems like a toss-out game. After all, both the Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association and American Collegiate Hockey Association playoff tables have been set and Lindenwood’s division 2 Lions are no longer a part of the MACHA.

Nor are they going to see ACHA post-season action this year. But there is more to this match-up than meets the eye, and plenty of incentive for the Ice Bears to bring their best game to the Jordan Valley ice.

For starters, Lindenwood (12 - 13 - 3) may be the perfect tune-up for the Bears (16 - 13 - 1) heading into their first round ACHA meeting with #5 Central Michigan next weekend. Lindenwood played the Chippewas twice this season, and both games ended in a tie. The Bears may get a good look at the level of competition they will need next weekend by facing the Lions Friday and Saturday night. Then, there is the matter of honor.

At last year’s MACHA tournament the Ice Bears were stopped in the first round by the Lions behind goaltender Matt Dennison’s career effort, in which he turned aside nearly 60 Missouri State shots and almost single-handedly ousted the Bears from the tourney, 3 - 2 in overtime. Dennison has since secured a spot on Lindenwood’s division 1 team, but the sting of that moment is still there for Missouri State.

Lindenwood will be fighting to prove it was no fluke. They will also be skating for the honor of their D1 team, who dropped a surprising 6 - 2 decision to the Bears to open the season. They know what the Ice Bears are capable of this year, and are unlikely to bring anything but their “A” game to Springfield. By the way, Lindenwood’s D1 team is currently ranked #7 in the nation with a 21 - 11 - 1 record.

As far as next week’s ACHA playoff opponent (Central Michigan) is concerned, they may be getting a sneak peek at the Ice Bears as well as they take on Grand Valley State, the #4 team in the central region. Strangely enough, The Ice Bears tied them as well earlier this year.

Game time for the Ice Bears and Lindenwood is 7:00 pm central, 6:50 pm with the pre-game show, and will be simulcast on KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield, Missouri.

Hello Chicago: Ice Bears Receive Bid To ACHA Regionals

02/06/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State hockey will move into the post season with a second tournament bid. The Ice Bears (16-13-1) finished 8th in the final ranking period and will play the fifth ranked Central Michigan Chippewas (13-10-3) in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Central Region playoffs on Friday, February 16th in Orland Park, Illinois at Artic Ice Arena. Game time is 7:10pm on the Championship Rink. Join us for the pregame show at 6:55pm central.

The top 10 teams in the ACHA Division 2 Central Region through February 3rd, 2007:

  1. Davenport Panthers (GMHL)
  2. Michigan State Spartans (GMHL)
  3. Michigan Wolverines (GMHL)
  4. Grand Valley State Lakers (GMHL)
  5. Central Michigan Chippewas (GLIHA)
  6. Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars (MACHA)
  7. University Of Missouri Tigers (MACHA)
  8. Missouri State Ice Bears (MACHA)
  9. Ferris State Bulldogs (GMHL)
  10. Mankato Mavericks (WCCHA)

Last week the Ice Bears wrapped up a spot in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, February 23rd and 24th, and will meet Missouri in the opening round. This will be the first time both teams will face eachother since Mizzou's sweep of the Ice Bears (3-4 & 1-2) at home November 3rd and 4th, 2006.

WebSports Radio will cover the Ice Bears run through the playoffs for both the ACHA and MACHA tournaments. Keep checking back often as we may cover additional games of both tournaments.

 

Determined Fans Show Support Despite Snow Showers

02/03/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Game two between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Bradley Braves wrapped up at Jordan Valley Ice Park in front of another packed crowd; many of whom arrived regardless of snow and cold temperatures.

The Ice Bears play Lindenwood Friday, February 9th at 7:00pm. WSR will have the pre-game show for you starting at 6:50pm central time.

MACHA Silver Meets Gold As Braves Visit Ice Bears

02/02/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Bradley University Braves came in to town to play the Ice Bears representing the Silver Division of the Mid American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Ice Bears play Bradley again on Saturday at 7:00pm. Join WSR starting at 6:50 with the pre-game show.

Both MACHA League Teams Face-Off Again At JVIP

01/27/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State and Eastern Illinois play again with MACHA Gold Division league points on the line.

The Ice Bears will continue the homestand against Bradley Friday, February 2nd at 7:00pm. Join WSR starting at 6:50pm (central) for the pre-game show.

Fourth Ranking Period Out: Again Not Much Changes

01/27/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Despite not playing two scheduled games against Missouri , two one goal losses against D1 Iowa State, and an overtime win against Central Oklahoma, the Missouri State Ice Bears stayed status quo in the ACHA Central Division II rankings.

In reality though, nobody changed positions in the top 8 with only Depaul and Illinois State swapping places. The final games of the season for the Ice Bears are favorable, as they play Bradley and Lindenwood D2 before heading into the ACHA and MACHA playoffs.

 

Ice Bears Play MACHA League Game #1 With Eastern Illinois

01/26/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - MACHA Gold Division opponent Eastern Illinois comes into Jordan Valley Ice Park with MACHA league points on the line.

The Ice Bears will play Eastern Illinois again tonight. Game time is 7pm with the pre-game show at on WSR starting at 6:50pm (central).

Hockey Game Against Eastern Illinois Delayed

01/26/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Transportation problems with the Eastern Illinois bus has delayed the start time of tonight's game at Jordan Valley Ice Park. The Ice Bears and Panthers will face off at 7:15pm tonight instead of the usual 7:00pm start.

WSR will be on the air with the pre-game show at 7:00pm and the game will be simulcast on KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield, Missouri.

Missouri State Hopes To Grab Game From Central Oklahoma

01/20/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Icy conditions didn't stop the fans from packing Jordan Valley Ice Park to see the second game of the series between the Ice Bears and Bronchos.

The Ice Bears will host MACHA Division opponent Eastern Illinois next Friday with the game at 7pm (central) and the pre-game show starting at 6:50pm on KBFL 99.9FM in Springfield and WebSportsRadio.

Division 2 Meets Division 1 As Ice Bears Host Bronchos

01/19/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears returned to Jordan Valley Ice Park since December 8th and were looking to revenge their losses against the University Of Central Oklahoma early in the season.

The Ice Bears will face the Bronchos again tomorrow at JVIP. Game time is 7pm and we'll be on the air at 6:50pm with the pre-game show.

 

Weather Leaves Ice Park Without Power, May Affect Games

(UPDATE: 01/17/07 - Wednesday afternoon power was restored to Jordan Valley Ice Park. Opening the doors in below freezing temperatures saved the ice. Games will go on as scheduled.)

01/16/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With the weekend ice storm leaving over 60,000 residents of Springfield facing the thought of no power in their homes, several area shelters were designated. One of those places included Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Shortly after people started arriving at the rink Sunday the power went out and it has not been back on since.

No power means there is a possibility home games this weekend against the University of Central Oklahoma will be will be canceled.

Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton says there will be a meeting with Springfield Parks Department officials to see when power will be restored and if games can be played.

Broken limbs from thick ice on trees

One possibility is to travel to Oklahoma City and face the Bronchos. "We are looking into this situation, should we have to cancel the home games," said Melton. "But we would obviously like to play at home."

Temperatures are forecast to drop to 4 degrees overnight and the doors at JVIP have been left open to try and keep the ice from melting. There is no backup generator at the ice park.

Missouri State hopes to return home for the first time in the second half of the season this weekend. The last time the Ice Bears played at JVIP on December 8th & 9th, they enjoyed a 4-1 & 9-2 sweep of the University of Iowa.

One and a half inches of ice on limbs coat trees in Springfield

Last weekend's rematch against Mizzou in Jefferson City was also canceled due to the ice storm. Earlier in the season (November 3rd and 4th, 2006) the Ice Bears were swept 3-4 & 1-2 by Mizzou at home.

Friday the Ice Bears are to begin an 8 game homestand to finish the season; heading into the playoffs.

They will have MACHA league games against Eastern Illinois January 26th and 27th, and face MACHA Silver Division opponent Bradley on February 2nd and 3rd.

Lindenwood's D2 team will end the long homestand February 9th and 10th when the Lions come to Springfield.

 

Hockey Games In Jefferson City Canceled Due To Weather

01/13/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - There will not be a rematch between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Missouri Tigers. Mother nature wins.

With plenty of freezing rain and ice already on the ground, the management at Jefferson Park Ice Arena has put away the Zamboni through the weekend.

"We contacted the street department and police and they say the roads are getting bad so we decided to keep the rink closed," said rink manager Missy Morarity by telephone this morning. A second and third wave of the wintry mix is forecasted to come through most of Missouri from now through Sunday night.

The weekend series with Mizzou were the final road games of the season for the Ice Bears, they were also part of home games switched from Jordan Valley Ice Park to Washington Park Ice Arena to accommodate Missouri State's long road schedule at the beginning of the season.

"With the remaining games of the Ice Bears schedule at home leading into the playoffs, I'm not sure we can reschedule these games," said Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton.

Tonight's game was also scheduled to be simulcast on JOCK 98.7 FM in Springfield and rescheduling this game has yet to be determined.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE CHANGE

Missouri State will be home next Friday with the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos and the game will be simulcast live on WSR and JOCK 98.7 FM (previously KBFL 99.9 FM) at 7:00pm central with the pre-game show. Additionally, all remaining regular season games on Friday nights will be simulcast live on WSR and on KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield.

Weather Will Determine Whether Ice Bears Meet Tigers

01/12/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Periods of freezing rain with significant icing possible Friday evening and a low around 22. That's the forecast for the most of the area from Springfield to Jefferson City.

A determination will be made at 12 noon Saturday to see if Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City will be open and that will be one deciding factor to see if Missouri State will make the jaunt to the state capital to play Mizzou.

Management at the ice arena have told WebSports Radio they we're 80 percent sure that if there is significant ice on the road, they will close the rink. As of 5pm Friday evening the rink was closed and Saturday at noon rink management will see about opening it for the game.

Roads conditions and getting the team up to Jefferson City could also be a problem as many players are either in St. Louis or just arrived back in Springfield for the semester. The weather forecast also calls for a wintry mix on Saturday morning and freezing drizzle Saturday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Ice Storm warning through Sunday at midnight, which means conditions are not favorable for traveling.

WSR will keep you updated on the game situation as soon as we know it.

 

Game Two Of Weekend Series Wraps Up For Ice Bears

01/07/07 - AMES, IA - Missouri State Ice Bears hope the second game of the series against the Cyclones will be a win with Michael Poepping back in nets for the team. Due to travel restrictions, the game will be archived when we arrive in Springfield.

The Ice Bears will be in Jefferson City, Missouri next Saturday to play the Missouri Tigers, and WSR will have the game for you starting at 8:15pm.

Road Trip At Iowa State With Cyclones Starts Second Season

01/06/07 - AMES, IA - The Missouri State Ice Bears and Iowa State Cyclones met in Iowa for game one of the weekend afternoon series.

Keep checking with WSR for the start of game two, which is currently set for 2:15pm central time. The pre-game show will start at 2pm.

Game One Starts At 1:15PM Central In Ames, Iowa

01/06/07 - AMES, IA - Another schedule change as the game between the Ice Bears and Cyclones is now starting at 1:15pm. WSR will be on the air live with the pre-game show at 1:05pm central time.

 

Update: Schedule Change Begins Ice Bears Second Half Start

12/28/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Hockey games against the Iowa State Cyclones originally scheduled for Friday, January 5th and Saturday, January 6th, 2007 have been changed to Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th.

(01/06/07) - According to Ice Bears team officials, game one on Saturday will still start at 1:30pm but WSR has verified with Iowa State that game two will be a 2:30pm start.

The team will practice in St Louis on Friday before traveling to Iowa.

Third ACHA Rankings Out: Status Quo For Now

12/23/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Ranking period number three is out and there are no major changes in the chase for the ACHA Division II Regional qualifying round. Most teams ranked before are still ranked, with four teams changing positions, and one dropping out of the top group.

The top 10 teams in the ACHA Division 2 Central Region through December 17th, 2006:

  1. Davenport Panthers (GMHL)
  2. Michigan State Spartans (GMHL)
  3. Michigan Wolverines (GMHL)
  4. Grand Valley State Lakers (GMHL)
  5. Central Michigan Chippewas (GLIHA)
  6. Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars (MACHA)
  7. University Of Missouri Tigers (MACHA)
  8. Missouri State Ice Bears (MACHA)
  9. Mankato Mavericks (WCCHA)
  10. Depaul Blue Demons (GLIHA)

MACHA teams Missouri State (Ice Bears) stays at #8 while Missouri (Tigers) also remains in the #7 spot. Changing positions with Central Michigan (Chippewas) is Southern Illinois Edwardsville (Cougars) who despite four wins including two (6-1 & 4-3) over Mizzou, dropped to sixth position. GMHL teams Michigan (Wolverines) and Grand Valley State (Lakers) also swapped positions.

The next ranking period will be through games ending January 21st, 2007. Since Division II teams are not ranked based on their play against Division I teams, and the Ice Bears have four of six games against DI opponents (Iowa State - January 5th & 6th and Central Oklahoma - January 19th & 20th), the road series against Mizzou (January 13th & 14th) will be very big games.

Not only will it possibly dictate who stays in the ACHA Top 10, but there are MACHA playoff implications, and the rematch could decide if the 4 game season series can be split.

 

Game Two With Iowa Ends Missouri State's 1st Half Of Season

12/09/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The second game of the series between the Ice Bears and Hawkeyes was the last game for forward Brett Frizzell and the last game in the first part of Missouri State's 2006-2007 season.

The second half of the season starts with the Ice Bears on the road to meet the Iowa State Cyclones (Division 1) at 1:30pm on Friday, January 6th. WSR will have the game for you live starting at 1:20pm.

Ice Bears Meet Iowa Ice Hawks In MACHA League Home Game

12/08/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Home for the first time since November 4th, the Missouri State Ice Bears were back in Jordan Valley Ice Park to host the Iowa Ice Hawks in a crucial MACHA league series.

The Ice Bears return home Saturday for game two of the series with Iowa starting at 4pm. Join us for the pre-game show at 3:50pm live on WebSportsRadio.com.

Series Continues Between The Sooners And Ice Bears

12/02/06 - OKLAHOMA, OK - Missouri State returns to Blazers Ice Center for game two of the series between the Ice Bears and Sooners.

The Ice Bears return home Friday for MACHA league games with Iowa starting at 7pm and at 4pm on Saturday.

 

Missouri State Hopes To Spoil Sooners Undefeated Season

12/01/06 - OKLAHOMA, OK - Traveling through the cold temperatures of Missouri and Oklahoma to play the Sooners, the Ice Bears were given a warm reception at Blazers Ice Center for game one. They're facing the 17-0 Sooners.

The Ice Bears will continue their road trip in Oklahoma City with the Sooners tonight at 8:30pm (central) on WSR. Join Steve Casson and Stan Menton for the pregame show live at 8:20pm on WebSportsRadio.com.

Ice Bears Road Trip To Snowy Oklahoma Still On

12/01/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Nearly 11 inches of snow fell in some parts of Southwest Missouri overnight, and I have to be at Jordan Valley Ice Park before 7am to meet the bus with the Missouri State Ice Bears heading out to play the second ranked ACHA Division 1 Oklahoma Sooneers.

Thoughts ran through my head that there is no way this trip will happen. Think about it: 11 inches of snow on top of 3 inches of sleet and 2 inches of ice. No way this trip will happen.

7:02AM:

I arrive at JVIP to see 7 cars in the parking lot, no bus, and Stan Melton the General Manager of the Ice Bears is walking in. So I ask him if we're still going on the road trip. "Missouri State Hockey never cancels a road trip," he replies.

It's evident as the players bags are piled up in the front entrance of the ice rink. Looks like we're on, I say to myself.

9:15AM:

What should be a two lane I-44 Oklahoma Turnpike is a one lane convoy that has the bus going 45 mph behind several semi-trucks. At least we're on the road.

10:35AM:

The sound of coins falling out of a players pocket on the bus floor awakens me from being slumped over my laptop. I'm feeling lucky that it didn't fall off my lap and on the floor too. Meanwhile, a DVD on the bus TV has reached the end, and I hear the sound of wind howling, making the 3 to 5 inches of snow outside seem colder that it is.

Oklahoma City seems so far away. At least we're on the road.

11:21AM:

Patches of snow make the bus hop around like an airplane in air turbulence. Now we've reached the "Worlds Biggest McDonalds" the half-way point on our journey to Sooner land. Then I start thinking....wouldn't it be a bigger upset if the Missouri State Ice Bears could brave the elements and longer bus ride only to end the Sooners 17-0 season thus far?

At least we're on the road.

 

Second ACHA Rankings: They're Still Good Despite Setbacks

11/24/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's good to know somebody besides the players, coaches, fans and this broadcast crew thinks the Missouri State Ice Bears are a good team. The second round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 Central Region rankings are out and the Ice Bears remain in the top 10, but now ranked 8th.

The top 10 teams in the ACHA Division 2 Central Region through November 19th, 2006:

  1. Davenport Panthers (GMHL)
  2. Michigan State Spartans (GMHL)
  3. Grand Valley State Lakers (GMHL)
  4. Michigan Wolverines (GMHL)
  5. Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars (MACHA)
  6. Central Michigan Chippewas (GLIHA)
  7. University Of Missouri Tigers (MACHA)
  8. Missouri State Ice Bears (MACHA)
  9. Mankato Mavericks (WCCHA)
  10. Ferris State Bulldogs (GMHL)

The Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association continues to have three teams represented with the Ice Bears, Cougars, and Tigers settling in different positions.

After the Ice Bears were ranked 5th in the 1st round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 Central with a record of 8-2-1 (including a 7 game winning streak), the Ice Bears have fallen to 9-8-1 (with sweeps by Missouri and SIUE) and currently have lost 3 in a row while nursing one win in the past seven games.

Finding ways to score on the power play continues to be difficult for the Ice Bears who did not score on 8 man advantages, including 2 two man advantages against SIUE in game one, and they were 3 for 23 against Mizzou -- including 3 two man advantages in the series.

Third period lapses have also hurt the team. Losing a 3-0 lead and escaping with a 4-3 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies, and seeing a 4-1 lead against SIUE in game two evaporate where the Cougars scored 6 unanswered goals in route to a 10-7 win.

They should have beat both Mizzou and SIUE once, maybe twice. They came back and tied Grand Valley State, and if it was not for a bouncing puck that skipped past Ice Bears goalie Kevin Rekowski and a questionable penalty shot that turned into a goal against them, the Ice Bears could have made it a closer game than the 4-2 loss to GVS in game two.

"What if's" aside, this year's Missouri State Ice Bears can match -- if not exceed -- the type of hockey that saw last year's team make it through the ACHA Division 2 Central playoffs (with a similar but not as deep team) that beat Robert Morris, Chicago 4-3 in overtime.

Playing sixty minutes of basic fundamental/solid hockey, is the key that will propel the Ice Bears back into a higher authority in the ACHA Division 2 Central Region.

The 2006-2007 Missouri State Ice Bears are a good team. Perhaps its time they believe (as does the ACHA ranking committee) that they really can play like it too.

 

Important Series For Both MACHA Teams Wraps Up

11/19/06 - EAST ALTON, IL - Needing to keep pace with the Cougars in the MACHA Gold Division, the Ice Bears played game two of the series and look to gain two points in the standings.

The Ice Bears will be on the road in Oklahoma City to play the Sooners on December 1st starting at 7:30pm and we will have the game for you live on WebSportsRadio and JOCK 98.7 FM in Springfield, Missouri.

Two Top Teams Take Two To Try And Tell Who's On Top Again

11/18/06 - EAST ALTON, IL - A much anticipated series to see who stays on top of the Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division between the Ice Bears and Cougars also had other implications for both teams this weekend.

Both teams will play again today at 3pm in East Alton Ice Arena. Join WSR for the pre game show live at 2:50pm.

Two Top Teams Take Two To Try And Tell Who's On Top

11/11/06 - HUDSONVILLE, MI - Game two will decide who takes the opening series between the Ice Bears and Lakers, which are very similar teams.

The Ice Bears will be at Southern Illinois Edwardsville Friday, November 17th to play their MACHA rival the Cougars. WSR will have the pre-game show starting at 10:35pm.

Missouri State and Grand Valley Mirror Copies of Each Other

11/10/06 - HUDSONVILLE, MI - Two teams that look similar on paper, the #5 ranked Ice Bears and the #2 ranked Lakers, meet each other for game one of two this weekend.

A reminder that game 2 will be at 8pm Eastern time and 7pm Central time tonight.

Big Road Trip Begins With Second Game Against Huskies

11/09/06 - WOODRIDGE, IL - Looking to end their two game losing streak, the Ice Bears were at Seven Bridges Ice Arena on Olympic ice to play the second of two games against Northern Illinois.

Wins Necessary On The Road With NIU And Grand Valley State

11/09/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After losing two at home to state rival Mizzou, the Missouri State Ice Bears need to get back to their winning ways in order to stay ranked in the ACHA top 10 of the Cental Region.

NOTE: GAMES WITH GRAND VALLEY PLAYED FRIDAY AT 9PM EASTERN WILL BE ON WSR AT 8PM CENTRAL TIME.

ICE BEARS
LAKERS

VS

AND SATURDAY AT 8PM EASTERN WILL BE ON WSR AT 7PM CENTRAL TIME.

Missouri State will play the second game of the series with Northern Illinois tonight where the Ice Bears escaped with a win, 4-3 in overtime, against the Huskies October 12th, thanks to Andy Hellwig's goal 24 seconds into overtime.

"It really feels like a loss," said Goaltending Coach Sean Caruso in the post game show. "We had a let down after the 7 minute mark in the first period, they (the Huskies) came in (the third period) and banged out three goals....they out worked us and we got complacent."

Then the team travels to Hudsonville, Michigan to play the Central Division #2 ranked Grand Valley State Lakers Friday at 9pm (8pm Central time) and Saturday at 8pm (7pm Central).

The Lakers are coming off a two game sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-2 and 7-4. They are lead in scoring by Nick Biondo (11 goals, 8 assists) Jake Erway (9 G, 19 A) and Nate Morang (9 G, 16 A).

The Ice Bears leaders include Andy Whitener (10 G, 4A), Dan Odenwald (10G, 9 A) and Andy Hellwig (7G, 11A). Missouri State will be without Jeremy Ramsey (shoulder) and Bobby Saitta (ankle) on the road trip.

Missouri State And Missouri Rivalry Continues In Game Two

11/04/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A packed house for game two between the Ice Bears and Tigers came to see if Missouri State could grab game two of the series.

First ACHA Ranking Period Out: They Are That Good

11/04/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The question has been answered and the Missouri State Ice Bears are considered that good as they have been ranked fifth in the first round of the American Collegiate Hockey Association regional rankings.

Here are the top ten ranked teams in the Central Region through October 29th, 2006:

  1. Davenport Panthers (GMHL)
  2. Grand Valley State Lakers (GLIHA)
  3. Michigan State Spartans (GMHL)
  4. Central Michigan Chippewas (GLIHA)
  5. Missouri State Ice Bears (MACHA)
  6. Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars (MACHA)
  7. Michigan Wolverines (GMHL)
  8. University Of Missouri Tigers (MACHA)
  9. Ferris State Bulldogs (GMHL)
  10. Illinois State IceBirds (MACHA)

The top two teams automatically qualify for the National Tournament in Ft. Collins Colorado, and the 3rd through 10th ranked teams will qualify for the Regional playoffs in Chicago, Illinois with the right to earn a spot in the National playoffs.

 

Rivalry Heats Up As Missouri State And Missouri Meet

11/03/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A penalty filled game for the Ice Bears and Tigers turned a rivalry into a slugging match for both teams, who kept fighting to try and stay out of the penalty box.

Missouri State Ice Bears Hockey: So How Good Are They?

10/31/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The overwhelming question during a successful (8-3-0) beginning to any season always remains the same; “Just how good are they?” There’s an old saying that in order to be the best, you have to beat the best. The Bears are certainly coming close.

Missouri State’s first game of the season served notice that they were indeed much improved over anything the ACHA Division-II club has seen in it’s six year history.

Knocking off a Division-I opponent has long stood as a primary goal, and the current Ice Bears did it in convincing 6 - 2 fashion over the fourth-ranked (pre-season) team in D-I, Lindenwood University.

But the win came at a price, as outstanding forward Joel Livingston succumbed to a serious wrist injury early in the outing. The return match the following night suggested that the Ice Bears had caught the Lions sleeping in game one, as Lindenwood (who played the first night without Henri St. Arnault, 2 goals and 3 assists in game two) roared back with a resounding 10 - 2 win.

Lindenwood has struggled since, with losses to Oklahoma D-I (2 - 0) and Davenport (top ranked among D-II teams), 4 - 1. They did, however, post 2 close wins against Missouri, who had split a series with the Lions last year.

Missouri State continued to look impressive against their next D-I opponent, the University of Central Oklahoma, although they dropped decisions by 4 - 1 and 5 - 4 counts to the brand new program. However, Central Oklahoma has not beaten a D-I opponent yet, with only wins against Division-II Colorado State to add to their credits.

Northern Illinois loomed as the first minor disappointment for the Ice Bears even though they eked out a 4 - 3 overtime win. The first of a three-game road swing, the Bears took off to an early 3 - 0 lead before losing focus and allowing the Huskies to claw back far enough to tie the game and force the extra stanza.

That game was followed by another struggle against Marquette, who led 1 - 0 midway through the contest before MSU could get it in gear for a 4 - 1 win. The Bears did manage to come up to speed the following night, controlling the Golden Eagles for a relatively easy 7 - 1 win.

It should also be noted that the lengthy road trip was played without several key members including Livingston, Paul Saitta (4 goals, 11 assists), Shawn Wring (3G, 6A in 6 games), and Jeremy Ramsey (2G, 4A). Considering all the patchwork lines involved in that road trip, 3 wins anyway you can get ’em t’aint bad, McGee.

Unfortunately, people like the voting ACHA ranking committee seldom read between those lines.

Perhaps the most indicative matches came against Robert Morris College-Springfield, who had tied the Ice Bears twice last year. The Ice Bears annihilated the Eagles, 6 - 1 and 12 - 2.

Most had considered Missouri State as a favorite in those two games, but the degree to which they skated in, around and through RMC was awe-inspiring and enough to renew the question, “Just how good are they?”.

The question should be answered within the next three weeks as the Ice Bears face powerhouses Missouri, Grand Valley State (an ACHA finalist last year), and three-time MACHA Gold champion Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, not to mention a second run-in with Northern Illinois.

Livingston is “listed” as probable against Mizzou, but the Ice Bears have already lost a few players along the trail as well. Wring left the team to focus on school and defenseman John Timmerberg is no longer with the team, leaving three defensive lines behind.

But the Bears are still quite dependable on defense with Salmon Shah, Clayton Baker, David Ellis and Jon Baeten turning them around, and goaltenders Mike Brown (5-3-0) and Kevin Rekowski (3-0-0) trading time in goal effectively.

Offensively, the Bears have spread it around well with only four active players (including Livingston) without a goal and only two players without a point. The offense also features six players already with 10 or more points, led by veterans Dan Odenwald (10G, 9A), Andy Hellwig (5G, 11A) and Andy Whitener (10G, 3A).

So just how good are they? For now, we’ll grade them at B+, which should mean appearances in both the MACHA and ACHA post-seasons, and a ranking in the top ten in the ACHA Central region next week.

To keep that grade, the Bears should at least split with Mizzou, keep it close against Grand Valley State, beat SIUE both games, and win against Northern Illinois before heading into the winter break.

Let’s hope their grade goes up.

Editors Note: Missouri State's record is under review by the ACHA. Due to an overtime shoot-out loss to Central Oklahoma (a D1 team) the determination on officially recording the game is forthcoming.

 

Ice Bears Record Revised, Should Do Well In First Ranking

10/25/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With a third of the regular season gone and the first American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division-II Central Regional rankings due out next week, the Missouri State University Ice Bears were in good standing with an apparent 8 - 3 record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division.

They should be in even better shape with an 8-2-1 record, which according to several sources is the true overall record for the Ice Bears. The discrepancy occurred as a result of Missouri State’s 5 - 4 sudden death overtime shootout loss to Division-I University of Central Oklahoma, which took place on the Bronchos home ice and therefore was played under Division I rules.

As a result, the 4-4 tie through regulation and one overtime period was extended to include a shootout. However, Missouri State should still record the game under D-II rules, and according to ACHA and MACHA sources will be listed as a tie/overtime loss since the Ice Bears would not normally play a shootout.

Even if the Bears had lost the game on a goal in the normal overtime period, this year’s ACHA division-II rules would award a point for an overtime loss and list the game as a tie/overtime loss. Such was the case for Northern Illinois, who received credit for a 4-3 overtime loss to the Bears earlier this year and who are now listed as 1-0-1 (3pts) in MACHA Gold play and 3-5-1 (7 pts) overall.

After the overtime decision to UCO, Web Sports Radio contacted ACHA Division II Commissioner Mike Radakovich to get a ruling on who should absorb the loss in goal, since the Ice Bears had replaced starting goalie Kevin Rekowski with Mike Brown just prior to the shootout. Radakovich replied with a set of rules taken from the NHL rule books, which apparently the ACHA follows in Division-I play.

In those rules, it clearly stated that the goaltender who was in net at the end of regulation play would be credited with a tie, while the goalie in net during the shootout would simply receive a notation of “1 SOL” (Shoot Out Loss) next to his regular record but would not hold a loss on the record itself. Therefore, Rekowski’s record changes to 3-0-1 while Brown’s is changed to 5-2-0, 1 SOL.

One extra point and two very convincing wins last week (6-1 and 12-2 over Robert Morris College-Springfield) may put the Ice Bears among the top ten in the Central region when the first rankings come out, although one more weekend of play remains for most teams.

 

Ice Bears Face Eagles Again In MACHA League Game

10/21/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With game two of the series between the Ice Bears and Eagles on local Springfield radio, Missouri State looks to come away with a win at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

It's Good To Be Home: Second Ice Bears Homestand Of Season

10/20/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Home for only the second time this season, the Missouri State Ice Bears will face Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division opponent the Robert Morris College ( Springfield, IL) Eagles this weekend.

Coming off a successful road trip where the Ice Bears (6-3) won all three games against MACHA Division teams and have won five in a row, they host an Eagles team that is 3-3 but has lost the last 3 of 4 games. RMCS split home games with St. Norbert (3-9 & 3-2) and Missouri State finished a sweep of Marquette (7-1 & 4-1).

Several promotions are scheduled for this weekend. Friday is Ladies night with free admission to the first 200 ladies. It’s also Missouri State Alumni night, with $3 tickets available for Alumni members. There will be 2 for 1 ticket sales for the first 100 tickets on Saturday.

Listen on WebSportsRadio.com for your chance to win tickets for an Ice Bears home game. You can also sign up by clicking the Score With The Bears logo.

Don’t forget you can listen to all the play-by-play live inside Jordan Valley Ice Park on your portable radio. Just tune to 99.1 FM inside the arena.

Ice Bears Looking To Extend Win Streak To Seven Games

10/20/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - At home for the second time this year the Ice Bears hope to use the friendly confines of Jordan Valley Ice Park to grab another win.

Three Game Road Trip Wraps Up With Second Game Of Series

10/14/06 - WEST ALLIS, WI - A noon game for the Missouri State Ice Bears wraps up the road trip as they try to leave Pettit National Ice Center on a winning note against the Golden Eagles of Marquette.

Ice Bears Try To Grab A Win From Marquette In Milwaukee

10/13/06 - WEST ALLIS, WI - Missouri State played one of two games at the Pettit National Ice Center against the Marquette University Golden Eagles. The game summary and archive will be available soon.

Ice Bears On Road In Snowy Chicago With Huskies

10/12/06 - WOODRIDGE, IL - Missouri State hit the road to play one game with the Northern Illinois University Huskies before heading to Milwaukee to play Marquette.

Packed House Again For Second Game Of The Series

10/07/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A near sell out crowd came back to Jordan Valley Ice Park to see if the Ice Bears could steal a win from the University Of North Texas.

Ice Bears Hope Home Opener's A Winner Against North Texas

10/06/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State came home after a four game road trip to a packed Jordan Valley Ice Park hoping to end a three game losing skid.

Hockey's Back In Springfield With Ice Bears Home Opener

10/05/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State Hockey is the big event this weekend when the Ice Bears host the University of North Texas on Friday. There will be several game promotions for students.

Free admission for the first 200 Missouri State Fraternity and Sorority members wearing their Greek letters clothing, and the top two winning Fraternities and top two winning Sororities for most attendance will get a free exchange at Jordan Creek. On Saturday, the first 200 Missouri State faculty and staff get in free.

It's also the first Springfield radio broadcast ever for the hockey team. Friday's game will be live on KBFL 99.9 FM and on websportsradio.com with the pregame show starting at 6:50pm.

For those of you are coming to the game, bring your portable radios and listen to the play-by-play with Steve Casson and Dan Lee inside Jordan Valley Ice Park on 99.1 FM.

Don't forget to enter the "Score with the Bears" contest with a chance to win great prizes from WSR. You can enter on this website or at the game.

 

Last Game Poses An Interesting Trivia Question

10/04/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For those of you who have not heard the final score of game two between the Missouri State Ice Bears and the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos and are waiting to hear the replay, don't read any further.

An interesting thing happened in last week's game that I believe may not be a first in hockey, but definitely a first for Missouri State. Ice Bears goalie Kevin Rekowski started in goal playing 65 minutes, which included the 5 minute overtime period.

The game was still tied 4-4 and headed into a shoot out. Head coach Benjamin Alexander elected to put in Michael Brown after talking with goalie coach Sean Caruso. Eventually the Ice Bears lost in a sudden death shoot out after Missouri State failed to score and Bronchos forward AJ Alfrey scored over Brown's shoulder for the win.

Why is all this important? Well, Brown becomes a goaltender who lost a game that never faced a shot. Shots are not recorded in a shoot out, only attempts and makes or misses. I still have to check with D1 rules (overtime and the shoot out were played under D1 rules) to see how the game would be officially scored -- but it makes sense that since Brown was the goaltender in nets when the shoot out was won by UCO -- that he would absorb the loss.

It's just another interesting trivia question to a hockey fan.

 

Ice Bears Hope Second Game With Bronchos Goes Their Way

09/30/06 - EDMOND, OK - Head Coach Benjamin Alexander says game two of the series between the Missouri State Ice bears and University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos will have a different feel.

Missouri State Visits Central Oklahoma Looking To Win

09/29/06 - EDMOND, OK - Coming into tonight's game, Missouri State knew capitalizing on the powerplay would be something they needed to work on. They also knew coming out strong and avoiding giving the University of Central Oklahoma opportunities would be key to controling the game tempo.

Join us today for game two of the series between the Ice Bears and Central Oklahoma starting with the pre-game show at 5:35pm live on Websportsradio.com.

Missouri State is Part Of Central Oklahoma's Inaugural Season

09/28/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - What do the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos and the University of Oklahoma Sooners hockey teams have in common? Answer: Head Coach Craig McAlister. Last year McAlister and his coaching staff left OU to start the UCO team after compiling a 42-14-3 record in his two years behind the OU bench.

The Bronchos' first games in its history will be against the Ice Bears this weekend at the Artic Edge Ice Arena in Edmond, Oklahoma. If the Ice Bears thought going into Sooner Country was tough last year when they faced McAlister's former OU team (2-3 and 2-6 losses), this year they will face a similar tough team. Most players will be from out of state, with only four players from the Oklahoma City area.

“We want to become a top 10 program each year,” McAlister said in an interview in the Edmond Sun. “We have a tough schedule this year and following our first game with Missouri State, we will play Iowa State, then the University of Illinois, the 2005 Champs; we call it our ‘Baptism by Fire.’”

Missouri State is in the middle of a four game run against D1 teams to start the season and at least a split with UCO would be a plus for the Ice Bears. "It's good to see Craig back coaching. He puts together a good team," said Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander. "I hope we are motivated to bring our best to the rink."

Join us for the pre game show live Friday at 7:20pm on WSR, and on 99.1 FM inside Artic Edge Ice Arena.

Some things to remember for this weekend's broadcasts:

  • Win prizes by entering our contests. email us your name, address, number, and city.
  • Join the WSR Chat room to ask a question during the 1st and 2nd intermission.
  • If you are coming to the games in Oklahoma, bring your radio and listen on 99.1 FM
  • Grab some snacks, a bunch of friends, and listen live to the Ice Bears game on WSR.

Home Opener Part Of Radio Broadcast Schedule Change

09/25/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - There's been a change to the Ice Bears hockey radio broadcast schedule. Missouri State's first home game of the season against North Texas State on Friday, October 6th will now be on the radio schedule (KBFL AM-FM) instead of Saturday.

WSR has learned the switch was caused by the Missouri State Bears football team. Their game against the University of Northern Iowa was moved to a 4:05 pm start on Saturday, October 7th prompting the change in the broadcast schedule.

The advantage is that fans who can't make it to the game will have two ways to hear the Ice Bears game. One is on KBFL AM 1060 and 99.9 FM, and of course on the internet here on websportsradio.com.

Again a reminder for fans coming to the game in Springfield, don't forget to bring your portable radios and listen to the game on 99.1 FM inside Jordan Valley Ice Park.

The Ice Bears are on the road this weekend in Norman, Oklahoma t0 face D1 opponent the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. Dan Lee and I will have all the action for you live starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm.

Ice Bears vs Lions Hockey Pre Game Starts At 3:30pm

09/23/06 - WENTZVILLE, MO. - Due to a scheduling conflict between the Lindenwood Lions and the Lindenwood Ice Arena, the Ice Bears will play the Lions at 3:30pm today.

WSR has learned that the game will start after a hockey tournament finishes. Keep checking back for an update on the start of the game, which should be 3:30pm. We'll have the pre game show 15 minutes before the Ice Bears are scheduled to take the ice.

Ice Bears Look For Season Opening Win Against Lions

09/22/06 - WENTZVILLE, MO. - The Missouri State Ice Bears traveled to Wentzville, Missouri for a two game series against the the Lindenwood Lions Friday night looking for only their second win against a Division 1 team, a team that is pre-season ranked 4th in the nation.

The Ice Bears will take on the Lions in the second game of the season Saturday at 3pm live on WebSports Radio.com.

Missouri State Hockey Radio Broadcast Schedule Released

09/19/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - DS Sports and the Missouri State Ice Bears Hockey team have partnered with Meyer Communications to broadcast ten Ice Bears games on three radio stations in the Springfield, Missouri area.

JOCK 98.7 FM
Four games will be broadcast on Jock 98.7 FM, which includes the second home game to begin the Ice Bears season, October 7th versus North Texas State.

The schedule also includes one home (11/4) and away (1/13/07) game against the University of Missouri, and a road game (12/1) vs. Oklahoma University.

The remaining six hockey games will be simulcast on KBFL 1060 AM and 99.9 FM. Those games include a Friday, October the 13th game at Marquette.
KBFL FM 99.9

The second game of the series against Robert Morris College-Springfield will be covered on Saturday, October 21st; a January 19, 2007 date with Central Oklahoma University; a home game Friday, January 26th, 2007 against Eastern Illinois University; game one of the Bradley series at home on Friday, February 2nd, 2007; and a home game versus the Lindenwood D2 team on Friday, February 9th, 2007.

Dan Lee and I will call the games on radio and on the internet. Don't forget to bring your portable radio and tune to 99.1 FM -- not only inside Jordan Valley Ice Park during home games -- but at away games if you make the road trips to other arenas.

The Ice Bears open the season Friday against the Lindenwood Lions in Wentzville, Missouri which can be heard live on WebSportsRadio.com and 99.1FM inside Lindenwood Ice Arena (formerly the Century Tel Ice Arena) starting at 6:45 with the pregame show.

 

Ice Bears Roster May Be Strongest For Team In Six Years

09/16/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Despite losing five seniors off last years team, the Missouri State Ice Bears will try to build off a 4-3 overtime win last year against Robert Morris College in the 2005-2006 ACHA Playoffs. Four solid offensive line combinations will compliment "a defense that is as strong as it's ever been," says Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander.

"We've reloaded on offense, and have not lost anything even with the loss of our veteran players," explains Alexander. "Defensively, we have picked up players that have played at the elite level and that makes us as deep as ever."

I had a chance to talk to with coach Alexander about everything from losing key players and picking up several freshmen and transfer students to having a strong JV team.

Hockey Season Brings New Players And New Things From WSR

09/01/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Missouri State's player roster is due to be released this week bringing new players on the ice to compliment the returning Varsity squad. Notably, the Ice Bears will have additions on defense and a big pickup on offense.

Like the Ice Bears, WebSportsRadio has some new additions. This season 10 of the 34 regular season games will be broadcast on local Springfield radio (Jock 98 FM and KBFL-AM and FM) which is a first for the hockey team. Dan Lee and I will call the games on radio and on the internet.

Fans inside Jordan Valley Park will also be able to bring their portable radios and listen to the live broadcast on an FM frequency. Tune into 99.1 on the FM dial to hear all the action. WSR will also be transmitting the broadcast live on 99.1 FM inside arenas during road games.

An open chat session, accessible from the fan zone, will be available for internet listeners during intermissions for fans to comment on the game or speak to the intermission guest.

"These new features will not only compliment our broadcasts, but bring a new level of coverage to Missouri State Hockey," explains Lee.

Ice Bears 2006-2007 Hockey Schedule Released

07/31/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - The Missouri State Ice Bears seventh season will feature games against four Division 1 teams (Lindenwood, the Univertsity of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and Iowa State) and two new teams including Grand Valley State and North Texas State.

The Ice Bears will be on the road for seven of ten weekends in the first part of the season which includes games with Northern Illinois, Marquette, and Southern Illinois. Home games include two with North Texas State, Robert Morris College-Springfield, and Mizzou.

Missouri State will have games during the winter break with away games at Iowa State and Mizzou. They will play the final 8 regular season games at home.

Missouri State Ice Bears Hold Hockey Mini-Camp

07/30/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - A sign that the 2006-2007 hockey season is around the corner is when 50 prospects showed up at Jodan Valley Ice Park over the weekend, in the middle of a July heat wave, to see if they can make this years team.

Returning players at the camp included last years top scorer Dan Odenwald, Joel Livingston, Joe Leiendecker, John Baeten, and goaltender Kevin Rekowski.

"We're going to have two full squads," said Ice Bears Coach Benjamin Alexander refering to the talent level at the mini-camp. Missouri State has both varsity and junior varsity teams.

2006-2007 Schedule Out Soon

Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton says once the team receives confirmation of game times from a couple of teams the schedule will be released. The Ice Bears will meet at least four D1 teams and several new opponents.