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EXTRA: It's On To Sunny Florida For The Nationals In March!

02/27/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Just when I thought the Ft. Myers, Florida area wouldn't be a place I'd have an opportunity to see for a while, I'm headed back.

I will be part of the broadcast crew for the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III Nationals with games taking place March 10th through the 13th at the Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.

The good thing is calling hockey is not over for me, the bad thing is making sure to get the pre-tan needed for all the sun I'll be getting at the beach!

Broadcast Schedule - Wed, March 10th

8:15 AM - Farmingdale St. Vs Davenport

11:00 AM - Colorado Vs Arkansas

6:00 PM -College of Canyons Vs Florida

I will call the action of these first day tournament games along with Andrew Imber.

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Sun....Sure. That's so far from the truth. There will be prepping, studying, talking, writing, and watching all things hockey from Wednesday until Saturday, with no time to hit the beach.

Games will start as early as 8am and run through about 8pm each night.

NOTE: The link above will allow you to purchase a $20 tournament pass! When you order a game, there will be a link for the pass in the dropdown.

One team that the Ice Bears are familiar with, the Arkansas Razorbacks (Ice Hogs), have made it to the big show.

The Hogs (22-4, #3 in the South) will play the Colorado Buffaloes (15-8-0-1, #2 in the Pacific) on Wednesday, March 10th at 11am eastern time.

The Farmingdale State Rams (21-2, #2 in the Atlantic) and Davenport Panthers (23-9, #3 in the North) will start the tournament off at 8:15am.

The College of the Canyons Cougars (21-3, #1 in the Pacific) will play the Florida Gators (17-4, #4 in the South) will be one of the final games of the night at at 6:00pm.

MACHA League Playoff Games Feature Both MSU Teams

02/16/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The game times for the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Playoffs have changed for this weekend. The Ice Bears Varsity team will now play the highest remaining seed at 2pm central time and the JV team will play the lowest remaining seed at 5pm Saturday.

(Update: 2/20/10) - With a Varsity team victory over the ISU Redbirds on Saturday, the Ice Bears advanced to the MACHA Gold Division Finals on Sunday. The JV squad also advanced to the Silver Division Finals with a vistory over RMU-Springfield on Saturday.

#4 RMU-Springf'ld (7)
#5 Loyola (4)
11:00 AM
#4 SIUE Gold (9)
#5 St. Louis (2)
2:00 PM
#3 RMU-Peoria (8)
#6 ISU Icebirds (4)
5:00 PM
#3 ISU- Redbirds (5)
#6 Mizzou (1)
8:00 PM
#2 Purdue (2)
#3 RMU-Peoria (6)
11:00 AM
#2 Missouri State (6)
#3 ISU- Redbirds (2)
2:00 PM
#1 Mo State (5)
#4 RMU-Springf'ld (3)
5:00 PM
#1 Iowa (3)
#4 SIUE Gold (6)
8:00 PM
#1 Missouri State (5)
#3 RMU-Peoria (3)
10:00 AM
#2 Missouri State (1)
#4 SIUE Gold (5)
1:00 PM

Games involving Missouri State will be broadcast on WebSports Radio.

Remembering A Miracle On The Eve Of The Winter Olympics

02/12/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Most surveys declare the 1980 Olympic hockey “Miracle On Ice” America's greatest sports achievement of the 20th century.

Just hours away from the 21st Winter Olympics, held from February 12th through 28th in Vancouver, Canada, I thought it would be fitting to look back at the 1980 Olympic semi-final hockey game with the Soviets.

Original Live Call To Canada: The USA broadcast was tape delayed on ABC with broadcasters Al Michals and Ken Dryden.

American hockey came of age on February 22, 1980, when the young Americans took down the mighty Red Machine from the USSR during the 13th Winter Olympics in Lake, Placid, New York.

The belief that a bunch of college players could topple the world’s greatest hockey team at the time, through sheer luck and determination, was somewhat flawed.

Herb Brooks, head coach at the University of Minnesota during the 1970's, who lead his team to three NCAA titles and earning notice for his prickly personality and fanatical preparation, was given the job of coaching the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.

Brooks spent a year-and-a-half nurturing the team. He held several tryout camps, which included psychological testing, before selecting a roster from several hundred prospects.

The team then spent four months playing a grinding schedule of exhibition games across Europe and North America.

The 1980 U.S. Hockey team celebrates a 4-3 win over USSR.

Players on the team included Neal Broten, Dave Christian, Mark Johnson, Ken Morrow and Mike Ramsey, who would become stars in the National Hockey League.

Brooks had played for his country at two Olympics, and was the last man cut from the 1960 team, which won America’s first Olympic gold medal in Olympic hockey history.

Razorbacks 17 Game Win Streak On Line With Ice Bears

02/08/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears 4 game win streak after victories over Missouri and Texas Tech pales in comparison to the Arkansas Razorbacks, who are sporting a 17 game win streak.

Both teams meet in Mediacom Ice Park, which is the for first time this season for the Varsity squad, at 7pm central.

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Arkansas' latest wins were against the University of Texas (4-0 & 6-4) who the Ice Bears JV team will host this weekend at home. Games are at 9:45 pm on Friday and 3:00 pm on Saturday.

WSR will have both games live on WebSports Radio Live TV starting at 6:50pm central time with the pre-game show.

Texas Tech Travels To Town For Games With Ice Bears

02/05/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For the first time in each team's history, the Missouri State Ice Bears and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet for a weekend series at Mediacom Ice Park.

Mike Poepping makes one of 18 saves
John Odenwald nets 5th of the season against TTU

Ice Bears Start Six Game Homestand With Tigers

01/29/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri rivals meet each other for the second time this season as the Missouri State Ice Bears host the University of Missouri Tigers at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield on Friday and Saturday. (See Scores)

Missouri State (13-16 this season) is 10-4 and in 3rd place in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division league play, while the Tigers (8-18-1 season) are 5-4-1 in MACHA Gold Division league record putting the Tigers in sixth place.

The Ice Bears and Tigers battled in November in St. Louis with the Ice Bears winning a third straight Show Me Showcase, 8-3.

These games are critical for the Ice Bears to remain close to the tops spot in MACHA, but it does produce some interesting scenarios.

MACHA Gold Division Standings (2/06)
(#13) MSU *
(#6) ISU *
(#12) Iowa *
* Clinched Playoff Spot
GR = games remaining. TPP = Points possible

Missouri State can finish no lower than 4th place, and with a Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville split with Iowa the Ice Bears could earn a second place spot (and a bye in the first round of the MACHA playoffs) provided they sweep Mizzou this weekend.

(UPDATE:) As of January, 30th, Missouri State can finish no lower than 2nd place.

Iowa, with a sweep, could be on their way to a second straight MACHA Gold Division Championship with games against Northern Illinois and Missouri still to be played. The Hawkeyes can earn 28 possible points.

The Junior Varsity team is tied for first in the Southern Conference of the Silver Division with an 8-2 record (16 points) and remaining games against Missouri-Black and Bradley.

With sweeps of both teams, the JV Ice Bears could end up having 24 points, a first place finish, and first round bye in the playoffs. This is if RMC-Peoria splits or ties one game with McKendree this weekend or Bradley the following weekend. The JV Team also needs 2 more wins to clinch a playoff birth.

Games With Arkansas Confirmed

The Ice Bears have also confirmed they will play Arkansas at Mediacom Ice Park on Feburary 12th and 13th to fill open dates in the Varsity schedule. The Razorbacks are in the midst of a 13 game winning streak after taking two from the JV squad last weekend.


Ice Bears Hit The Road For Hockey In Sunny Florida

01/20/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's the longest road trip of the regular season for the Missouri State Ice Bears this weekend, when they face the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in Estero, Florida.

Despite missing Senior defensive standouts, Clayton Baker and Salman Shah due to graduation, and Sean Wring (concentrating on school) the Ice Bears can smile knowing that Senior Andy Whitener (13 G, 6 A) will be on the roster and play in the Spring semester.

After a split with the SIUE Cougars last weekend, the Ice Bears are looking to take a game or two from the Eagles.

Senior Andy Whitener is playing this semester

Game times have been changed to 8:30 pm Eastern time and 7:30 pm Central.

Missouri State / Florida Gulf Coast News And Notes

Both teams split games at Mediacom Ice Park last season, with Missouri State trailing 3-0 in game one, clawing their way back, but falling short 3-2. The second game did go the Ice Bears' way (who stopped a 5 game winless streak at the time) taking game two against Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 and handing the Eagles their first loss of the 2008-2009 season.

Currently, the Eagles (13-7-2) are ranked #5 in the Southeast Region, and coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Davenport Panthers (the defending American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division II National Champions for two years in a row) at the Gulf Coast Clash tournament hosted by the team last weekend.

Brett Galbraith, a member of the 2009-2010 ACHA European Select team, leads the Eagles with 18 goals and 15 assists. Defenseman (and Select team member) Kevin Mixon (4G, 16A) is third in scoring for the Eagles.

Missouri State's leaders continue to be the line of Andy Draper (18, 25 =43), Dave Schroeder (20, 13 =33) and C. J. Jung (7, 29 = 36). Defensively, David Jaffee (3, 7 =10) and Ryan Armstrong (3, 6 = 9) are near the top for the Ice Bears, but Mitch Leonard, who is playing on defense after a stint at forward, inherits the lead (6, 7 = 13).

Missouri State will call up forward Jack Barrett (14, 11 = 25 with the Junior Varsity team) who played 3 games with the varsity earlier this season, notching an assist. Defenseman Jacob Guthrie (6, 4 = 10) will also be rostered on the big squad to fill in the gaps.

Second Season Resumes For Ice Bears With Changes

01/15/10 - EAST ALTON, IL - The Missouri State Ice Bears start the second half of the 2009-2010 season with games against the Southern Illinois Cougars. Unfortunately, the Ice Bears will be without Clayton Baker and Salman Shah, who have graduated.

Sean Wring, Andy Bethmann and Doug Guempel have decided not to play this semester, while Matt Schroeder is still out with a foot injury. (See game score)

Final Homestand Before Winter Break With Kansas Jayhawks

12/10/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The 2009 portion of the Ice Bears hockey season wraps up with the Kansas Jayhawks visiting Mediacom Ice Park on Friday and Saturday.

Friday's game will be simulcast on WebSports Radio and KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield, Missouri starting at 6:50 p.m. with the pre-game show.

NOTE: Saturday's game against Kansas is scheduled for 3 p.m. Show up at the normal 7 p.m. starting time, you will be watching the Ice Bears JV team play the Robert Morris (White) Eagles.

The Jayhawks are coming off a 4-5 and 3-2 split against the Nebraska Huskers at home. Kansas is currently 3-13 overall and 0-10 in the MACHA Gold Division.


MACHA League Games On Line With Iowa Hawkeyes

12/03/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Ice Bears head to Coralville, Iowa for a meeting with the Hawkeyes. Missouri State is trying to avenge two losses at home to Iowa last season in Mediacom Ice Park.

A 4-1 loss one year ago (on 12/05/08) broke an Ice Bear 32-game Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league winning streak, which eventually tied both teams for the Gold division lead with 32 points.

Iowa won the season crown based on the head-to-head tie breaker.

Dave Schroeder leads the Ice Bears with 19 goals

Currently, the Ice Bears are 7-1 in MACHA league play, and ranked 12th in Division 2 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), while Iowa, ranked 15th in the ACHA is 4-2 in MACHA league play.

WebSports Radio will broadcast both games live at 8:30 p.m. central on Friday and 4:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Ice Bears And Tigers Meet In Third Annual ShowMe Showcase

11/25/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Happy Thanksgiving! Round three of the ShowMe Showcase Thanksgiving hockey game between both Missouri teams takes place at Webster Groves Ice Arena in Webster Groves, Missouri at 2:30 p.m. on Friday with the Ice Bears hoping to make it three wins in a row over the Missouri Tigers.

Last season Missouri State took a 7-4 game that was originally set for November 28th, 2008, but was rescheduled for January 2nd, 2009.

The game change (due to mechanical ice equipment problems) allowed the Ice Bears to play a game with only a three week layoff (instead of four) before facing the Ferris State Bulldogs and Central Michigan Chippewas to start the second half of the 2008-2009 season.

Missouri State won the Inaugural Show Me game in 2007-2008 by a similar 7-4 score.

 John Odenwald has 3 goals against the
Missouri Tigers in the Show Me Showcase

There will also be an alumni game on Friday afternoon between the Ice Bears and Tigers former players. The alumni game time is set for 12:15 p.m. and admission is free.

Ice Bears / Tigers ShowMe Showcase News and Notes:

Missouri State has outscored Missouri 14 to 8, and outshot the Tigers 87 to 56 in two games.

The Ice Bears are 8 for 15 on the powerplay, and the Tigers have scored on 2 of 11 attempts with the extra man.

John Odenwald leads active Ice Bears scorers with 3 goals, while Andy Whitener, Dave Schroeder, Joe Cero, and Clayton Baker have each scored a goal.

Brock Gale leads all active Tigers players with 2 goals. Andy Stream, Tony Maus, Evan Thill, Kyle Gray, and Tim Dolan have notched a goal a piece.

After trailing 3-0 in game one, Missouri State scored 7 unanswered goals enroute to the win.

The Tigers have scored the first goal of the game in both contests. Missouri has out scored the Ice Bears 3 to 1 in the opening period.

Missouri State scored two goals 47 seconds and at 49 seconds apart in game two against Mizzou.

The Ice Bears best period is the second, with an 8 to 2 goal margin. They have also out scored the Tigers 5 to 3 in the third.


Division 1 University Of Central Oklahoma Next For Ice Bears

11/20/09 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - It's off to the Sooner State for the Ice Bears, who face the Bronchos, an American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 1 opponent this weekend at Arctic-Edge Ice Arena in Oklahoma City.

Missouri State is 1-7 against the University of Central Oklahoma with the only Ice Bears win, a 5-4 overtime thriller, coming on January 19th, 2007 at Mediacom Ice Park in

Andy Draper leads the team in points (28)


Andy Draper leads the Ice Bears in scoring with 10 goals and 18 assists, while Dave Schroeder (10A) is the team's goal scoring leader with 17 in the net. C. J. Jung is 3rd in scoring with 26 points (5G), but is the Ice Bears assist leader with 21 helpers.

Central Oklahoma's Matt Cohn (7G, 16A) tops the Bronchos scoring list, although Jonathon Cannizzo has 12 goals to lead all skaters. Jake Roadhouse is second with 7 lamp lighters.

Missouri State has been out scored 27-17 in 8 games against the University of Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos also hold a power play advantage with 17 goals on 27 attempts, while the Ice Bears are 12 for 43 with the extra man. Missouri State has also scored 2 short handed goals.

Andy Whitener tops the Ice Bears in scoring with 3 goals (1 power play, 1 short handed, and one even strength) against the Bronchos.

On September 30th, 2006 a game between the two teams went into overtime tied 4-4. The Ice Bears had a chance to win the game when Andy Whitener, Dan Odenwald, Paul Saitta, and Josh Conlin were stopped on good scoring chances by Bronchos goaltender Justin Sgro.

After a scoreless overtime, the game went into a shoot out. (Former Ice Bears Coach) Benjamin Alexander elected to pull starting goaltender Kevin Rekowski and place Michael Brown in the net. Both teams traded scores and it came down to a sudden death shoot out with the Broncho's AJ Alfrey putting the puck over Brown's shoulder for the win.

Brown became the only goaltender in recent history to lose a game while not facing an official shot in the game, as shots against are not counted in shoot outs.

MAHSHL Game Part Of Weekend Double Header Broadcast

11/10/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - WebSports Radio will broadcast two hockey games on Saturday starting at 4pm with a Mid America High School Hockey League game between the Springfield Spirit and the Springdale Arkansas Ice Hogs followed by the Missouri State Ice Bears and Lindenwood Lions at 7pm.

The Springfield Spirit Varsity team is part of the Springfield (Missouri) Youth Hockey Association, are 5-0-1 and have a 1-0-1 record in league play.

Comprised of 9 teams, the Mid American High School Hockey League ( Varsity division features squads from Wichita, (Kan.), KC Stars, KC Fighting Saints, Independence, Jefferson City, St. Joseph, Springdale, (Ark.) and the Spirit.

This is the inaugural season for the MAHSHL. The Spirit played previously in the Kansas City High School Hockey League.. (Click Here To Listen To Game)

At 7pm on Saturday, the Missouri State Ice Bears, ranked #12 in the ACHA Division II Central, play the second game of a crucial series against the Lindenwood Lions, ranked #4 in the ACHA Division II Central. The broadcast will follow the MAHSHL game on WSR.

Friday's opening game of the series will be simulcast on KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield, Missouri and on WebSports Radio.

Six Game Homestand Continues With Northern Illinois

11/06/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears will look to rebound after a split with the Illinois State Redbirds last weekend. Tonights game will be simulcast on JOCK 98.7 FM in Springfield, Missouri and on WebSports Radio. The WSR broadcast will be audio only with archived video available the following day.

Join us for the pre-game show at 7pm central time on WebSportsRadio.


Home Sweet Home: Ice Bears Return To Mediacom

10/27/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After a losing five out of their last eight games away from home, the Missouri State Ice Bears welcome the friendly confines of Mediacom Ice Park for the next three weekends.

Games with the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league leader Illinois State Redbirds take place this weekend, followed by games with the Northern Illinois Huskies on Friday, November 6th and Saturday, November 7th, and the Division 2 American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) ranked Lindenwood Lions on Friday, November, 13th and Saturday, November 14th.

Missouri State / Illinois State News and Notes:

The line of Andy Draper (6G, 12A), Dave Schroeder (11G, 4A), C. J. Jung (1G, 10A) and leads the team in scoring this season. Schroeder leads with goals. Andy Whitener is second with 7 tallys.

Draper, Schroeder and Whitener are tied with three power play goals each this season. Whitener leads with 2 game winning goals.

Illinois State's Eric Brown tops the Redbirds in points (7G, 12A) but Steven Hong (12G, 2A) is the team's goal scoring leader. Hong also leads with 5 power play goals. Andrew Jesernig (8G, 10A) and Chris Drinkwater (11G, 5A) also sit in the Top 5 of the Redbirds scorers. .............. Photos: Rhonda Armstrong

Friday's game will be the 5th meeting between the Ice Bears and Redbirds in team history. All games have been played during the regular season.

Missouri State is 4-0 against Illinois State with two wins coming in overtime. The Ice Bears have been out shot by the Redbirds 179-119, despite going undefeated. Illinois State has been out scored 19-7 in those games.

On the power play, Missouri State is 9 for 25 against Illinois State, while the Redbirds are 2 for 25 against the Ice Bears in 4 games.

John Odenwald leads active players in scoring with 3 goals against the Redbirds, he also has the lone shorthanded goal in the series.

Draper's 6 goals and 12 assists leads the team

In Overtime:

On November 3rd, 2007 the Ice Bears battled back from four 1-goal deficits and finally took the lead on the sudden death game winner when Dan Odenwald (2G, 1A) dug the puck out of the corner and saw Joel Livingston (1G, 1A) speeding down the center towards the goal.

The second overtime winner was on November 14th, 2008 when C. J. Jung beat Redbird goaltender Steve Somerfield on the right side blocker with 1:15 left in overtime to give the Ice Bears a sweep of Illinois State, who managed only one goal against Missouri State during that series.

That game was also part of a combined string of 203 minutes and 32 seconds by Ice Bears goaltenders Nick Zamora and Mike Poepping (over 4 games) without giving up a goal until a Redbird score by Hong with 15:51 left in the game.


This Round Of Road Games End In St. Louis

10/23/09 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears hope to end a 2-game losing streak when they play the St. Louis Billikens at Webster Groves Ice Arena.

Missouri State Stays On Road Hoping To Break Streak

10/13/09 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - After dropping 3 straight games in the ACHA D2 Showcase and on the coat-tails of a 5 game losing streak, the Missouri State Ice Bears hope to turn things around against the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles during a weekend trip to Illinois.

Missouri State / Illinois News and Notes:

After starting the season with two wins, the Missouri State has lost 5 games in a row. The Ice Bears had not scored a goal in 96:24 (from 5 minutes into the 3rd period against Davenport, 3 periods against Miami of Ohio, and not until the 1:24 mark of the 3rd period against Colorado State) on David Schroeder's goal.

Photos: Rhonda Armstrong

This is the first meeting between the two teams since the Ice Bears Inaugural 2001-2002 season. Missouri State is 0-2 lifetime against the Illini.

Andy Draper (3 goals, 11 assists) leads the Ice Bears in scoring. Schroeder (5G, 3A) and B. J. Norman (4G, 4A) are tied for second, although Schroeder leads the team in goals scored.

Opponents have scored 3 power play goals on 16 attempts (18.2%) against Missouri State in 3 games. The Ice Bears were 3 for 10 (33.3%) with the man-advantage in the past trio of games and are 5 for 30 (16.7%) for the season.

Tyler Polizzi is available after sitting a disqualification for a fighting major assessed in the game with Miami of Ohio.

For the first time in 5 seasons, opponents have out shot the Ice Bears at any point during the season.

Andy Whitener is the only Ice Bear that has played all games this season without a penalty.

Dave Schroeder scores one of his team leading 5 goals.

Jason Shape, in 6 games, leads the Fighting Illini in scoring with 6 goals and 2 assists. He also has 2 power play goals. Ricky Vaca is second (4G, 4A), tied with Lucas Dahlin (3G, 5A) who is from Magnitogorsk, Russia.

Missouri State / Robert Morris - Chicago News and Notes:

This will be the 5th meeting between the Ice Bears and Eagles. The four previous games have been decided by 4 goals, with the Ice Bears owning a 3-0-1 record. John Odenwald leads Missouri State with 3 goals scored against RMC. Danny Bethmann has two.

Two games have ended in overtime. The first, in the 2005 ACHA DII Regionals, when Andy Hellwig scored the game winner with 5:28 remaining in overtime. The second, on October 10th, 2008, when the Ice Bears used a goal at 3:29 of the extra period by Danny Bethmann to give Missouri State a 3-2 victory, and extend their winning streak to 3 games over the Eagles.

Game #4 ended in a 3-3 tie on October 11th, 2008. Although the on-ice officials allowed a shootout to take place (Bryan Beaman scored the only goal in a 4-3 Ice Bears win at the time) and since ACHA D2 rules do not officially recognize shootouts, the win by the Ice Bears was recorded as a tie.

The Eagles' Shaun McKenzie leads the team in scoring with 13 goals and 6 assists including 2 hat tricks. Devin Hapanovich (2G, 10A) is second in points. Matt McTigue and Nick Mahoney are second in team goals with three each.

Missouri State is 2 for 16 lifetime on the power play against Robert Morris - Chicago, while the Eagles are 2 for 12.

Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping has played in all 4 games against the Eagles.

WSR will have the games for you on WebSports Radio's Live TV.


D2 Showcase Brings Big Talent And Big Challenge

10/09/09 - WENTZVILLE, MO - The Lindenwood Ice Arena is the host of the 2009 American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Showcase featuring 16 of the Divisions most prominent teams through out the country.

The Ice Bears face the two-time ACHA D2 Champions, the Davenport Panthers on Friday.

The Miami of Ohio Redhawks, #3 in the Southeast in 2008-2009, on Saturday at 7:45pm.

The Colorado State Rams, #1 in the West in 2008-2009, on Sunday at 1:00pm.

Missouri State Hosts Ferris State In Friday Home Opener

10/01/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - If you want to get an idea of what this year's Ice Bears team looks like this month in Springfield, don't blink or you will miss them.

After games with the Ferris State Bulldogs this weekend, Missouri State will head for the road and the ACHA Division 2 Showcase in Wentsville, Missouri, to Illinois the next weekend, and back in St. Louis for games against the Billikens before returning home to meet the Illinois State Redbirds on October, 30th.

Missouri State/Ferris State News and Notes:

The Ice Bears have played the Ferris State Bulldogs three times in 3 seasons. The first meeting between the two teams was a 6-5 loss at the 2007 ACHA D2 Regional Tournament.

Last season the Bulldogs took the first game against the Ice Bears 5-4, and both teams skated to a 5-5 tie in the second game after John Odenwald scored with 15 seconds left in regulation.

BJ Norman leads the Ice Bears in scoring (3G, 3A) including a hat trick in the first game of the season. Norman is the only player to start any season with the first two goals. Dave Schroeder leads the team in +/- at plus 7 and is second in scoring (3G, 2A). Andy Whitener has both game winning goals for Missouri State.

Jonathan Juliano was the Bulldog's leading scorer (28G, 39A) during the 2008-2009 season and currently is this year (3G, 1A). He scored 2 goals against the Ice Bears in game #1 on 1/8/09.  Jacob Carney also had 2 goals in the first game. Carney is tied for second in points this early season (1G, 2A) with Josh Husted.

Juliano had a goal in game #2 on 1/9/09. The third period of game 2 was also when Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping left the ice with 13:08 left in the period after making his 41st save sliding from his right to his left and pulling his groin. Poepping should be in nets Friday night.

Kevin Delamarter is Ferris State's #1 goalie, has played all games this season so far. Delamarter (32 shots, 28 saves) in game one, 45 shots, 40 saves in game two against the Ice Bears last year. Delamarter this year: 86 shots, 6 goals against .93% SV PCT.

Friday's game will be simulcast on KBFL 99.9 FM in Springfield, Missouri. The Ice Bears are 25-5-1 when games are broadcast on Springfield radio.

9th Ice Bears Season Starts This Weekend On The Road

09/25/09 - DANVILLE, IL - The wait is over for the 9th season of Missouri State Hockey as the Ice Bears open on the road this weekend with Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association foe, the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Robert S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois.

09/26/09 - Join us for game 2 this afternoon at 2:00pm central time with the pre game show on WSR at 1:50pm.


Could This Hockey Season Lead To Simsbury?

09/08/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Sam Dean sat on the ice with a smile on his face waiting for team photos to be taken during a team practice this week. The sophomore is one of 26 players who will make up a Missouri State Ice Bears Varsity hockey team that enters its 9th and toughest season.

“At least I will be playing in my own equipment this season,” grinned Dean.

Called up from the Junior Varsity at short notice last season, and not knowing a teammate had loaded his equipment on the JV team’s Colorado bound bus, the St. Louis native had to beg and borrow for everything from hockey pants to gloves just to play.

He ended up scoring the game winner that night.

Dean joins a class of 6 freshman and 14 seniors that will try once again to qualify an Ice Bears team for American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 2 Nationals, hosted by the Super East in Simsbury, Connecticut the weekend of March 17-20th, 2010.

Playing a 35 game schedule which features ACHA Showcase games against two-time Division 2 National Champion Davenport University, Miami - Ohio (08/09 # 3 in ACHA Southeast Region), Colorado State University (08/09 # 1 in ACHA West Region), and a January meeting with Florida Gulf Coast University (08/09 # 1 in ACHA Southeast Region) will make this the toughest schedule in Ice Bears history.

Combine that with the fact over half the team is made up of seniors, the Ice Bears are hard pressed to make this season the one that will continue their travel plans past Illinois and expand their journey to the east coast around the middle of March 2010.

“We would love to have the concern of organizing a trip to the ACHA Division 2 Nationals,” explains Ice Bear General Manager Stan Melton. “It’s a problem that I wouldn’t mind having.”

The Ice Bears didn’t have a problem filling the void left by the loss of last season’s leading power play man, Bryan Beaman (16 G, 14 A, 6 PPG) and defenseman Joe Combs (11 G, 14 A), the teams 5th leading scorer.

“You never want to lose a player like Brian (Beaman),” said second year Head Coach Mike Schroeder. “But if you would have told me that we could add 4 promising offensively gifted players instead….I’d take it.”

Newcomers Andy Draper (F, 5’10”, 175), David Jaffee (D, 6’1”, 185) and Tyler Polizzi (F, 6’2”, 200) join the team from the St. Louis Junior Blues of the Central States Hockey League, winners of the 2008-2009 CSHL title.

Evan Leuchmann (F, 6’0”, 180) arrives from the Illinois Frontenacs, a team that finished 3rd in the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League. Derek Bartsch, (F, 6’1”, 185) a Belleville, Illinois native moves into the offensive core, while Peter Cero (D, 5’10”, 165) a Vianney high school product takes a spot on the defense.

“They have the potential to add some depth to our team, especially on offense,” said Schroeder. “And the defensive core just got stronger.”

Cero reunites with his brother – senior defenseman Joe – on a squad that features two other pairs of skating brothers (Andy and Danny Bethmann, David and Matt Schroeder) and a pair (John Odenwald and Paul Saitta) whose siblings (Dan Odenwald and Bobby Saitta) are assistant coaches.

“We haven’t played together since grade school,” said the younger Cero. “I know my parents are very proud that they will get to see us both play on the same team.”

Cero hopes an odd line change might lead to the brothers playing on the same line. “Our defense is strong this year, and I don’t see us playing on a regular line together, maybe on the penalty kill or something,” he explained.

Schroeder will have the energy of last seasons leading scorer Danny Bethmann (21 G, 24 A) on offense and Salman Shah (12 G, 29 A) on defense. In fact, most of the team remains intact sans Beaman.

Getting a good jump to start the first period is something the Ice Bears will look to improve on this season. During 08-09, Missouri State outscored opponents by 20 goals (62-42) in the 3 rd period, but only by a goal (47-46) in the opening 20 minutes.

Getting a jump on the season schedule, the Ice Bears have packed an immense set of games with some of the top hockey teams in Division 2 of the ACHA.

Missouri State opens the season with a pair of road games against Eastern Illinois the weekend of September 25th then move into an October that could be talked about for years to come. Checking in with games against Ferris State University, Illinois, Robert Morris – Chicago and sandwich in the ACHA D2 Showcase, this upstart bunch of veterans with their protégés could be sitting on top of the heap come the first ranking period ending October 31 st.

Since the ACHA Division 2 Regional playoff system was instituted in the 2005-06 season, the Ice Bears have qualified for their fourth straight post-season appearance.

Although a 32 Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association game winning streak came to an end last season, the Ice Bears did win their 150th game in team history on February 14th, 2008 against Kansas University.

Accolades aside, the goal of advancing to the ACHA D2 Nationals is something this version of the 2009-2010 Missouri State Ice Bears may not admit to at the onset. But make no mistake about it, they’ll press on with the fortitude of winning one game at a time just to play again in March.

Ice Bears Release 2009-2010 Hockey Schedule

05/29/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Ice Bears released its 2009-2010 season schedule and the ninth season will feature more road games, but trips closer to Missouri.

(Update: 07/31/09) After opening at home with the University of Louisville Cardinals on September 18th and 19th, Missouri State heads on the road September 25th traveling to Danville, Illinois for two Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) games at Eastern Illinois, and will be away for most of October.

"This is going to be our best season in terms of travel," said Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton. "Most of the away weekends are in the Saint Louis area and that will make the road trips feel local."

Missouri State's longest road trip in terms of miles will be in Estero, Florida to play the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

After home games with Ferris State on October 2nd and 3rd, the Ice Bears head to Wentzville, Missouri for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division 2 Showcase the following weekend.

Then on the 17th and 18th Missouri State will play Robert Morris - Chicago, a team that after last season is becoming a rival. A goal at 3:29 of overtime by Danny Bethmann to gave Missouri State a 3-2 victory in the first game and a 3-3 overtime game won by the Ice Bears in a shootout, which is not recognized by the ACHA so it ended in a tie.

Saint Louis will be the host on October 23rd and 24th, then the Ice Bears will start a six game homestand with Illinois State, Northern Illinois and Lindenwood. Kansas, Missouri, Texas Tech, and Illinois round out the home schedule.

Traditional road trips to Central Oklahoma and the Thanksgiving weekend ShowMe Showcase in Webster Groves, Missouri are also slated along with visits to Iowa and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

The season wraps up with the MACHA Tournament on February 19th and 20th, 2010 and the ACHA D2 Regional Playoffs the following weekend. The ACHA National Tournament will be hosted by the Super East and be played the week of March 17th to the 20th.