Ice Bears 2006-2007 Game Highlights

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs SIUE Cougars @ MACHA Tournament

02/24/07 - ROMEOVILLE, IL - Looking for a win against the Cougars of Southern Illinois Edwardsville, the Missouri State Ice Bears saved that win for the most important game of the season stunning the Cougars and coming away with a 4-3 win and the MACHA Gold Division Championship.

The Ice Bears found out quickly in the first period why the Cougars top players Jason Walker and Matt Kaiser were feared in the league as Kaiser had two goals (at 6:08 and shorthanded @ 15:27) and Walker assisted on another at 8:28 to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead late in the first period.

Then the Ice Bears started their comeback with 4 unanswered goals. With 1:24 left in the first Bryan Beaman's goal broke the shutout at 3-1, at the time giving the Ice Bears some life.

Only :45 seconds into the second period, Dan Odenwald put home a rebound of BJ Normans shot past SIUE goalie Casey Kicielinski to bring the Ice Bears to within a goal at 3-2. Then while shorthanded, Clayton Baker got by the SIUE defense and put a backhander over the right glove side of Kicielinski to tie the game at three.

Momentum continued for the Ice Bears and with 12:05 left in the 3rd period -- and the Ice Bears on the powerplay -- Paul Saitta took a pass from brother Bobby Saitta put the puck over the right shoulder of Kicielinski

Missouri State fought off a 2-man disadvantage with less than 6 minutes left in the game, and Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping stopped Walker with less than a minute remaining to preserve the win.

The Ice Bears put 42 shots on Kicielinski and the Cougars had 28 on Poepping. Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the powerplay and SIUE went 0 for 6. Both teams had shorthanded goals.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers @ MACHA Tournament

02/23/07 - ROMEOVILLE, IL - The long awaited rematch between the Ice Bears and Tigers took place in Illinois instead of Missouri this time, and the Ice Bears made the best of it with an 8-5 win and a birth into the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Finals for the first time in three tries.

Having out scored their opponents 68-33 in the first period, Missouri State grabbed three strait goals to take a 3-0 lead. Joel Livingston opened the scoring for the Ice Bears at 4:40 of the 1st period taking a pass from Paul Saitta and putting the puck over the right glove of Missouri goalie Keith Van Gels. Then Bobby Saitta's rebound made it 2-0 at 9:35. Just :54 seconds later Bryan Beaman scored his first of two goals in the game at 10: 29.

In the second period, Bobby Saitta's second goal of the game 3:47 gave the Ice Bears a 4-0 lead. The Missouri Tigers came back on the powerplay with an unassisted goal by Wes Gale to break Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown's shutout. Andy Hellwig answered back for the Ice Bears with 5:23 left in the period popping a rebound back past Van Gels for a 5-1 Missouri State lead.

It took Mizzou only 1:27 later to answer back with Gale's second goal of the game to inch closer at 5-2. Missouri State took another 4 goal lead when Beaman stepped over a defender looking right and shooting left to put the puck past Van Gels.

But the Tigers answered back once again with a goal by Nick Edwards just :13 seconds later to trail by three goals at 6-3. Christian Waters put the Tigers two goals away with 13:13 left in the game.

Both teams traded goals: One by Missouri State's Paul Saitta at 13:20 for a 7-4 lead. Then the Tigers came back with a goal by Tony Maus with 3:48 remaining. Missouri pulled Van Gels and John Odenwald notched an empty net goal for Missouri State with :11 seconds left in the 3rd.

Van Gels faced 43 Ice Bears shots and Brown saw 35 Tigers shots. Missouri was 2 for 6 on the powerplay and Missouri State went 0-3 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Ferris State Bulldogs @ ACHA Central Regional Playoffs

02/17/07 - ORLAND PARK, IL - The consolation game between Missouri State and Ferris State was the classic southern versus northern scenario, and the north will reign this time as the Bulldogs beat the Ice Bears 6-5.

Missouri State took the lead at 15:58 of the first period when Clayton Baker's shot hit the goal post and Andy Whitener banged home the rebound past Bulldogs goalie Anthony Gray. Ferris State tied the game 1-1 when Nick Michaels leaped over Baker and came in on Ice Bears goaltender Kevin Rekowski with a shot over his left blocker.

In the second period, Andy Whitener scored at 2:03 on a rebound, though on the official score sheet Jeremy Ramsey was given credit for the goal. Andy Hellwig put the Ice Bears up 3-1 at when he put in a rebound of BJ Norman's shot just :23 seconds later.

Scott Ponstein pulled the Bulldogs to with in a goal at 6:20, but the Ice Bears Dan Odenwald returned the favor :44 seconds later to give Missouri State a 4-2 lead.

Then things changed.

Jeremy Ramsey was given a 7 minute penalty (2 minutes for goalie interference and 5 minutes for head contact) and Ferris State scored two goals by the end of the period -- Toni Roiha at 18:09 and Chris Sealander at 19:03 to tie the game at 4-4.

Part of four unanswered goals, Tony Martinez continued the scoring for the Bulldogs at 13:17 of the third period, and Marty Shaffer gave Ferris State a 6-4 lead with 7:05 remaining in the game. Jeremy Ramsey made the game closer with 1:20 left in the third period.

Missouri State put 43 shots on Gray and Ferris State had 41 shots on Rekowski. The Ice Bears were 0-4 on the powerplay and the Bulldogs went 2-8 with the two goals coming during the major penalty.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Central Michigan Chippewas @ ACHA Central Regional Playoffs

02/16/07 - ORLAND PARK, IL - With one MACHA Gold Division team advancing to the next round (Southern Illinois Edwardsville defeats Missouri 6-3), the Missouri State Ice Bears hopped they could follow but were not able to duplicate the win after a 5-3 loss to Central Michigan.

Central Michigan jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 17.5 seconds left in the 1st period, when Jeff Burnell's shot, which was going wide, hit Missouri State's Shawn Wring in the chest and changed directions and went into the net.

CMU made it 2-0 in the second on Marty Lipar's goal as he got by the Ice Bears defence and put the puck over goalie Mike Poepping's glove. Central Michigan took a 3-0 lead with 3:35 left in the second period when Rob Brunmeier took a pass from Steve Myers and found the back of the net.

Then Missouri State mounted a comeback. While killing a penalty, Andy Hellwig took a feed from BJ Norman and his one timer cut the CMU lead to 3-1 at 11:34. The Ice Bears got to within a goal - on a two-man advantage - when Bryan Beaman's shot from 10 feet in front of CMU's goaltender Mike Jakubik slipped past him with 5:32 left in the game.

Bobby Saitta tied the game 3-3 when his shot deflected of a defenseman and fluttered over Jakubik with 2:27 left in the third period.

The Ice Bears celebration was short lived.

With :27 seconds left in the 3rd, Mike Lesnau centered a pass from an extremely odd angle along the goal line that slid past Poepping. Missouri State pulled Poepping and CMU's Tim Marttilla got an empty net goal with 1 second left in the game.

Missouri State was 1 for 7 on the powerplay and Central Michigan went 0 for 4. The Ice Bears put 32 shots on Jakubik and the Chippewas had 37 on Poepping.

 

Lindenwood Lions (D2) @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/10/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The final home game for six Ice Bears seniors -- Jon Baeten, Andy Hellwig, Dan Odenwald, Bobby Saitta, Joel Livingston, and Kevin Rekowski -- was a memorable one after a 6-2 win over the Lions.

Missouri State took the lead 5:19 into the first period when Dan Odenwald tipped in Shawn Wring's shot. On a penalty kill, Andy Whitener got his 15th goal after a slow line change by the Lions -- when he picked the upper corner over Lindenwood goaltender Chris Abbott's left shoulder at 9:14 -- to give the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead and their 13th shorthanded goal of the season.

Two second period powerplay goals by Lindenwood's Andrew Hemmer at at 5:47 and Jake Gehrin at 8:33 tied the game at 2-2. Then the Ice Bears broke the tie with four unanswered goals; starting with a powerplay goal from Sean Wring at 9:28 and an even strength goal by Bobby Saitta with 1:49 left in the second.

In the third period, Bobby Saitta continued the scoring with his 17th goal of the season for the Ice Bears at 14:39, during a barrage of Ice Bears shots. Then Jeremy Ramsey notched his 4th goal of the season, and the Ice Bears 14th shorthanded goal, with 3:38 left in the game.

Missouri State was 1 for 9 on the powerplay and Lindenwood went 2 for 10. The Ice Bears put 50 shots on Chris Abbott, and the Lions managed 27 on Kevin Rekowski.

Lindenwood Lions (D2) @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/09/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A week before heading into post season play the Ice Bears hosted the Lions in a tune-up for the playoffs. Missouri State fired on all cylinders with a 5-4 win over Lindenwood at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

The Ice Bears (17-13-1) got on the board first at 7:19 on Paul Saitta's 35 foot shot past Lions goaltender Chris Abbott. Lindenwood tied the game at 1-1 on Greg Hester's powerplay goal just :26 seconds later. Then a turnover by Missouri State lead to Chris Sevier's shorthanded goal, the 6th allowed by the Ice Bears on the season, at 12:03 of the first period.

The Ice Bears came back to tie the game 2-2 on Joel Livingston's powerplay goal at 14:18, and B.J. Norman is credited with a goal to give Missouri State the lead -- also on the powerplay -- just :58 seconds later. Both Norman and Dan Odenwald were infront of an open net.

In the second period, the Lions Jeremy Haegele's unassisted goal tied the game at three again. After a barrage of Ice Bears opportunities in the third period, Bryan Beaman finally put Missouri State ahead 4-3 with a breakaway goal at 9:26.

Bobby Saitta gave the Ice Bears a two goal lead with 1:20 left in the game. But the Lions put a the 4th goal past Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping (3-2-0) with :33 seconds left in the game.

Poepping stopped 17 of 21 Lion shots and Abbott stopped 36 of 41 Ice Bears shots. Lindenwood was 2 for 7 on the powerplay and Missouri State went 2 for 4.

 

Bradley University Braves @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/03/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The snow fell outside Jordan Valley Ice Park and so did the Bradley University Braves to the Missouri State Ice Bears by a score of 8-1.

Things in this game came in two's for Missouri State: two goals by Bryan Beaman, Clayton Baker, Dan Odenwald, and two shorthanded goals, although the Ice Bears scored the first 5 goals of the game.

Beaman started the scoring for Missouri State (16-13-1) when he was credited with a goal 2:28 into the game after the puck trickled over the goal line. Beaman got his second, and 5th of the season, just :30 seconds later to give the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead.

Dan Odenwald scored a shorthanded goal at 4:06 taking a pass from Joel Livingston breaking in on Braves goaltender Pat Georgett with a one timer about 10 feet in front of the net to put the Ice Bears up 3-0. Clayton Baker took advantage of a bad line change by the Braves to give Missouri State a 4-0 lead with 9:49 remaining. Another bad line change by Bradley gave Baker his second goal -- and the second shorthanded goal by Missouri State in the game -- with 1:42 left in the first period.

The Braves (6-14-3) broke Kevin Rekowski's shutout in the second period when Loren Greenspon snapped a wrister past Reko at 13:32 off the face off. At 14:09 Dan Odenwald picked up the puck and wrapped it past Georgett to give Missouri State a 6-1 lead. Then at 17:50 David Ellis gave the Ice Bears a 7-1 advantage.

Only one goal in the third period, and that was a tip in by Andy Hellwig with 5:00 left in the third. Georgett faced 41 Ice Bears shots and Rekowski stopped 19 of 20 from the Braves. Missouri State was 1 for 4 on the powerplay and Bradley went 1 for 8 with the man advantage, including three two man advantages.

 

Bradley University Braves @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/02/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State's homestand continued with Bradley University in town and the Ice Bears, with three players scoring 2 goals a piece, improved its record at home to 10-3 with a 9-3 win.

Good news came to the Ice Bears as Salman Shah and Stephen Hellwig were back in the lineup -- the bad news -- Missouri State trailed 2-0 less than half way through the first period. Bradley's Brent Koors found the back of the net behind Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping at 8:27 for a 1-0 Braves Lead. It was 2-0 just :21 seconds later when Loren Greenspon's shot low on the ice beat Poepping.

Only 1:19 later the Ice Bears came back scoring 5 unanswered goals. Clayton Baker started things off with a goal at 9:57. Then Dan Odenwald broke in alone on Braves starting goalie Pat Georgett to tie the game 2-2 at 16:52.

In the second period, Joel Livingston's two goals (at 1:19 and 5:55) gave Missouri State a 4-2 lead. John Odenwald put the puck over Georgett's shoulder with 12:17 left in the second to take a 5-2 advantage.

Greenspon's second goal of the game, on the powerplay, at 13:12 put the Braves to with in two goals at 5-3. In the third period, after John Gher replaced Georgett in nets, Dan Odenwald's second goal at 6:30 gave the Ice Bears a 3 goal cushon again.

Paul Saitta made it 7-3 with 4:39 left in the third. John Odenwald's goal (second of the game) on the power play at 15:45, and Andy Hellwig's score with :42 seconds left rounded out the scoring for the Ice Bears.

Bradley had 25 shots against Poepping. Missouri State had 33 shots on Georgett and 10 on Gher. The Ice Bears were 2 for 7 on the powerplay and the Braves went 1-9.

 

Eastern Illinois University Panthers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/27/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Knowing they gained a birth in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs while looking to get back above .500, the Ice Bears did that with a 6-2 win and sweep of the series against the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Andy Hellwig's 17th goal of the season started the scoring for the Ice Bears 5:57 into the game. It was 2-0 when Joel Livingston, on the powerplay, tipped a shot from Bobby Saitta past Panthers goaltender Brian Blake 1:09 later.

Things changed in the beginning of second period. EIU's Dale Michonski got the Panthers on the board 1:28 into the period -- and after the Ice Bears were nursing a penalty -- EIU tied the game 2-2 on Derek Hay's goal at 2:25.

Andy Whitener got his 14th goal at 11:00 to give the Ice Bears a 3-2 lead. It was 4-2 on Bobby Saitta's 14th goal of the season with 6:27 left in the period.

In the third period Dan Odenwald redirected a pass from Bryan Beaman to give the Ice Bears a 5-2 lead -- although on the score sheet Beaman was given credit for the goal with the assist to Odenwald. The final goal for Missouri State was Odenwald's at 16:51.

The Ice Bears had 46 shots on Blake and the Panthers had 40 shots on Kevin Rekowski. Missouri State was 2 for 7 on the powerplay and EIU was 1 for 6.

 

Eastern Illinois University Panthers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/26/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - This game had everything, over 100 penalty minutes handed out between the two teams, three shorthanded goals, eight power play goals, and though all this the Ice Bears beat the Panthers 11-4 in front of 800 fans at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Special teams were the key as Missouri State converted on 6 of 13 power play chances, and Northern Illinois was 2 for 6 but also had two shorthanded goals. Over 55 minutes of penalties were assessed to the Ice Bears, with more than 75 penalty minutes assessed to the Panthers.

Missouri State took a 1-0 lead on Andy Hellwig's goal with 1:51 left in the first period. EIU tied the game in the second period on a shorthander by Dan Sechrist. Missouri State came back with three straight goals by Jon Baeten at 2:05 on the power play, Clayton Baker at 6:04 on the power play, and Jeremy Ramsey to give the Ice Bears a 4-1 lead.

Still in the second period, the Panthers got to with in one goal as Derek Hay's power play goal at 10:50 and Dale Michonski's shorthander at 12:34 pull Eastern Illinois closer at 4-3.

A series of penalties to both teams continued and the Ice Bears took advantage of the man advantage scoring two power play goals (Sean Wring at 15:02 and Andy Hellwig at 16:57) to give Missouri State another three goal lead. Matt Lang's power play goal with 1:32 left in the period put the Panthers to with in two goals again. With :46 seconds left in the 2nd, Missouri State's Sean Wring and EIU's Matt Gross were ejected for fighting.

Things changed in the third period. Just :14 seconds into it, Baker's clearing pass bounced toward EIU starting goaltender Eric Grap, over his goal stick and into the net to give the Ice Bears a 7-4 lead. Nick Maggio replaced Grap.

Missouri State scored the next four goals: David Ellis on the power play at 5:17, Joel Livingston :20 seconds later for a 9-4 Ice Bears lead, and again with 1:07 left in period. BJ Norman rounded out the scoring with 8.9 seconds left in the game.

Also in the third - unnecessary penalties occurred - resulting in the ejection of two EIU players, Michael Kowalski and Richie Nelson.

Eastern Illinois had 33 shots on Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown, and Missouri State had 45 shots against EIU, 30 on Grap and 15 on Maggio.

 

Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/20/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Not even the icy conditions could stop hockey fans from returning to Jordan Valley Ice Park to see if the Missouri State Ice Bears could make it two in a row against the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos, but the crowd went home disappointed as the Ice Bears split the series with a 4-3 loss.

Central Oklahoma got on the board first again in the opening period on the powerplay when Tony Panizzo's shot from the point made it through traffic and off the pads of Michael Poepping 4:32 into the game.

Then at 16:21 of the first, Dan Odenwald notched his 21st goal of the season off a rebound of B.J. Norman's shot on the powerplay. Central Oklahoma then scored the next three goals starting with one in the second period at 9:29, again on the powerplay, when A.J. Alfrey's unassisted goal made it 2-1.

It was 3-1 Bronchos when Shawn Steggles, again with the man advantage, started the scoring at 5:15 of the third. A.J. Alfrey gave the Bronchos a 4-1 lead scoring his second goal and 4th point on the night with 10:38 left in the game. The goal came during a string of 2-man advantages against the Ice Bears.

Missouri State came back on two goals by B.J. Norman. The first one came on the powerplay when he broke in on Bronchos goalie Rob Mattison, and put a rebound past his left shoulder to cut the lead to 4-2. Just 1:22 later Norman scored on an almost identical play, a follow-up on a rebound, to put the Ice Bears to with in one goal at 4-3.

Missouri State had a late powerplay with :55 seconds left in the game, but could not get the puck in the net.

The Ice Bears had 36 shots on Mattison and the Bronchos put 39 on Poepping. Missouri State was 3 for 9 on the powerplay and Central Oklahoma scored on 3 of 6 chances.

 

Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/19/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Looking to get a win back from the Bronchos, who handed the Ice Bears a 5-4 overtime loss in Oklahoma City earlier this season, Missouri State turned the tables on Central Oklahoma and grabbed a 5-4 overtime win at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Joel Livingston found Bobby Saitta alone in front of Bronchos goalie Justin Sgro and blasted the puck from 15 feet to win the game with :47.3 seconds left in the extra period.

Central Oklahoma got on the board first when a turnover by the Ice Bears gave the puck to Mike Haszto and he put it past Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping at 13:14 of the first period.

The Ice Bears came back with four straight goals started by newcomer Bryan Beaman at 7:27 of the second period when he broke in alone on starting goaltender Rob Mattison with a shot low to the left of Mattison. Dan Odenwald's powerplay goal made it 2-1 taking a rebound off Clayton Baker's shot, he spun around, and caught Mattison leaning at 9:33.

Andy Hellwig got a wrap around on the powerplay with 7:10 remaining in the second to make it 3-1, and Beaman made it 4-2 with his second goal at 13:27.

But things started to slip for the Ice Bears in the third period after Sgro replaced Mattison in nets for the Bronchos. Central Oklahoma scored three straight goals starting with Eric Jansen's goal with 12: 57 left to make it 4-2. Then Brent Block put the Bronchos to within a goal at 11:27. Mike Glowa tied the game 4-4 off a give-and-go with Jason Thibodeau at the 7:44 mark.

Missouri State went 2 for 10 on the powerplay and Central Oklahoma was 0 for 8 with the man advantage. Poepping faced 36 Broncho shots. The Ice Bears had 14 shots on Mattison and 18 on Sgro for a total of 32.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa St. Cyclones

01/07/07 - AMES, IA - After a 5-1 lead in the second period, the Ice Bears had the Cyclones score 5 unanswered goals to win the game 6-5 and take game two of the series.

With a 5-3 lead and the Ice Bears chasing starting goaltender Christian Johansson, Pete Majkozak scored the natural hatrick, with his first goal only :44 seconds into the third period, and ending with the game winner at 15:31 of the third.

Missouri State got on the scoreboard first in the 1st period at 10:55 on Andy Hellwig's goal, then took a 2-0 lead thanks to Paul Saitta's rebound of his own shot past Johansson. It was 3-0 when Andy Whitener scored on the powerplay with 3:33 left.

After Allen Raushel brought the Cyclones to within two goals at 3-1, the Ice Bears took a 5-3 lead on goals by David Ellis at 14:51 of the second and Paul Saitta's second goal of the game at 9:23.

Iowa State converted on 2 of 6 powerplay opportunities and Missouri State scored on one of six.

Trent Baker played the final period in nets for the Cyclones. Iowa State had 52 shots on Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping. Johansson and Baker faced a combined 32 Ice Bears shots.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa St. Cyclones

01/06/07 - AMES, IA - Both teams managed eight combined powerplay goals, with the Ice Bears coming from behind once and taking the lead 4 times, but still the Cyclones of Iowa State came away with an 8-7 win Saturday afternoon.

The Ice Bears fell behind 2-0 before getting on track, scoring three straight goals (from Clayton Baker, Bobby Saitta, and took the lead at the 4:43 mark of the first period, 3-2 on John Odenwald's unassisted effort . The two teams swapped goals for the next 40 minutes, with Joel Livingston giving the Ice Bears a 4-3 lead and Bobby Saitta giving the Ice Bears a 5-4 lead.

After a spectactular save by Ice Bears goaltender Mike Brown the Ice Bears took the lead again 6-5 on Josh Conlin's goal. Then Dan Odenwald put the Bears up 7-6 on a powerplay goal with just 5:11 remaining in the contest. But Iowa State tied the game a minute later on Allen Raushel's hat trick goal, then took the lead for good with 1:03 remaining when Pete Majkowzak found himself alone for a rebound.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/09/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Two wins in a row would be a nice first half of the season ender for the Ice Bears, who with a two goal performance by Patrick Wuennenberg, beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 9-2 to sweep the series at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Missouri State, who need the points to stay in a playoff spot in the MACHA Gold division, trailed 1-0 just 1:13 into the game when Iowa's Kyle Morris took a pass from Austin Ladd that caught Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown moving from right to left, and slid the puck past Brown.

The Ice Bears came back to tie the game 1-1 with their 9th shorthanded goal of the season when Salman Shah took a pass from Dan Odenwald, came down the left side and blasted it past Hawkeyes goaltender Devon Lawson 2:28 into the first period.

Eight unanswered goals later, the Ice Bears had a 9-1 lead starting with Joe Cero scoring with 5:51 left in the first; Patrick Wuennenberg getting his first of two at 3:56 of the second period; Bobby Saitta on the power play at 9:22; Joel Livingston unassisted at 14:40; BJ Norman at 1:15 of the third; Andy Whitener with 16:26 remaining; Wuennenberg with his second of the game on a semi-breakaway at 13:33; and ended with Andy Hellwig's goal at 4:54.

Iowa broke Missouri State's momentum with a goal at 18:40 by Austin Ladd to make the score 9-2. The Ice Bears were 1 for 9 on the power play and the Hawkeyes were 0 for 8 while Missouri State out shot Iowa 47-22.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/08/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Snapping a five game losing streak was a priority for the Missouri State Ice Bears -- who were back in Springfield watching the trees snap from the cold single digit temperatures -- and they did just that with a 4-1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Missouri State got on the board first at 9:23 of the first period when Dan Odenwald was credited with a goal after Andy Hellwig shot the puck from the right side, which was saved by Ice Hawks goaltender Derek Lawson, went up in the air and bounced past an Iowa defenseman and into the net.

Iowa came back to tie the score 1-1 with 5:47 remaining in the first on a goal by Matt Winkler. Then the Ice Bears Dan Odenwald scored his second goal of the game at 19:47 after he stuffed the puck past Lawson on his third attempt on the rebound.

Andy Hellwig put the Ice Bears ahead 2-1 when he took a pass from BJ Norman, went in all alone on Lawson and shot through his pads. Then Dan Odenwald completed the hat trick with a goal at 16:57 of the second off a one timer from David Ellis.

There was no scoring in the third period, though Salman Shah made a chest save on the Hawks Jamie Elliot when Ice Bears goaltender Kevin Rekowski came out to play the puck and Elliot stole it, shot it back toward the goal having it deflect up off his stick, and into Shah standing in the crease.

Missouri State went 2-9 on the power play and Iowa was 0-8 with the man advantage. Iowa was out shot 49-15.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears @ Oklahoma Sooners

12/02/06 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Missouri State found out why 19-0 Oklahoma is ranked #2 in the ACHA Division 1 polls Saturday night, as the Sooners blizzard in the 3rd period left the Ice Bears behind, 12-3.

The Ice Bears’ Paul Saitta scored the first of his two goals late in the first period to pull the Ice Bears within one goal at 2-1, but that was as close as Missouri State would come as the Sooners (led by a four-cornered hat trick by Adrian Borchgrevink) poured on 7 goals in the second period to run away with the contest.

The Ice Bears managed a goal in each period, with Bobby Saitta getting a third period goal.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears @ Oklahoma Sooners

12/01/06 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - After traveling through 11 inches of snow, one lane slush filled highways, having a stuck big rig cause a two hour delay on the Oklahoma Turnpike, and the team bus getting stuck on the way to Blazers Ice Center, one would think the Ice Bears would have a major case of bus legs.

That was not evident for two periods as Missouri State went into the 3rd period tied 2-2 but eventully 4 unanswered goals by the Sooners gave them a 6-2 win over the Ice Bears.

Oklahoma got in the board just :42 seconds into the game when Luke Rose scored past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown. But 4:50 into the second period John Odenwald took a pass from David Ellis, got past the defense and put the puck past Sooners goalie Aaron Schmielski to tie the game 1-1.

Good passing and defensive adjustments by the Ice Bears kept them in the game even after Mark Tylka gave the Sooners a 2-1 lead with 9:47 remaining in the second period. David Ellis scored his 8th goal of the season at 11:47 grabbing a rebound which hit off the side of the net and putting it home for a 2-2 tie.

Unfortunately, the final 15 minutes of the game belonged to the Sooners, who scored 4 unanswered goals starting with Robert Hetrick at 5:21, Owen Brewer at 13:42, Wil Petty at 14:59, and Greg Curtis at 15:45.

The Ice Bears were 0-5 on the man advantage and the Sooners were 1-4. Unofficially, Brown faced 59 Sooner shots and Schmielski faced 23 Ice Bear shots according to team stats, though the score sheet showed 40-16 infavor of the Sooners.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears @ Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars

11/19/06 - EAST ALTON, MI - Looking for payback Saturday night, the Missouri State Ice Bears took off to a 4 - 1 lead over the Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville Cougars, but the Cougars roared back, taking a 10 - 7 win in game two of the series.

The Ice Bears held a 3 - 1 lead at the end of the first period following two goals by BJ Norman and one from Clayton Baker, and extended the lead to 4 - 1 on a goal by Dan Odenwald 2:11 into the second period.

The Cougars pulled to within one at 4 - 3 on the first of four Daniel Guarino goals at 5:57 of the period, but the Ice Bears looked like they were still in control when Odenwald got his second goal, shorthanded, at the 7:28 mark to make it 5 - 3.

The wheels fell off for the Ice Bears from there as SIUE scored six unanswered goals and took a 9 - 5 lead on Guarino’s fourth goal with 7:37 left in the game. The Bears trailed 10 - 6 when Norman closed out the scoring with a hat trick goal to make the final 10 - 7 with 2:49 left to play.

The Cougars go 12 - 2 on the year and are still undefeated in MACHA play with an 8 - 0 record, while the Ice Bears fall to 9 - 8 - 1 overall and 6 - 4 in the MACHA.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears @ Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars

11/18/06 - EAST ALTON, MI - Games this weekend against SIUE would decide who stays on top of the MACHA Gold Division, if the Ice Bears can help themselves stay ranked in the top 10 of the ACHA standings, and take advantage of offensive opportunities.

Unfortunately, a 3-1 loss to the Cougars is not what Missouri State (9-7-1) wanted going into game one. SIUE got on the board first at 9:08 when Matt Kaiser shot the puck through traffic that found the back of the net.

The Ice Bears fought off a defensive trap by the Cougars to tie the game at one after Dan Odenwald tucked in the puck past SIUE's goaltender Casey Kicielinski on a shot by Andy Hellwig, who's initial shot trickled past Kicielinski.

Good forechecking pressure to make the ice surface seem small helped the 11-2-0 Cougars contain the Ice Bears in the defensive zone, and allowed Missouri State to get sporadic offensive pressure on the Cougars, though they did manage 41 shots on Kicielinski. Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown faced 43 shots in the loss.

Finding a way to capitalize on the power play remains a mystery for the Ice Bears who did not score on 8 man advantages, including 2 two man advantages. Missouri State went 0 for 8 on the power play and SIUE went 1 for 7.

With the score tied 1-1 the Cougars Matt Kaiser scored his second goal of the game at 5:23 on a power play goal off a turnover in the Ice Bears defensive zone. Then Bill Shacklady gave SIUE a 3-1 lead when the puck was turned over again at the blue line.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Grand Valley State Lakers

11/11/06 - HUDSONVILLE, MI - Thought of as a mirror image of each other, the Ice Bears and Lakers played game two which had Missouri State reflecting on a 4-2 loss that could have had a different outcome.

Things started fast and furious for the Ice Bears who had to fight off a Laker attack for much of the first period. Then 10:15 into the first Nick Biondo was awarded a penalty shot (and scored) after he was knocked down while breaking in past the Ice Bears defense and getting tripped in front of goaltender Kevin Rekowski, who saw his first action in 4 games.

Paul Saitta tied the game for Missouri State on the power play with 4:42 left in the first period. Grand Valley scored the next three goals. The first came at 4:12 of the second when Nick Biondo got his second goal of the game. Then at 2:57 of the third period, Nate Beverwyk scored for the Lakers after his shot trickled past Rekowski to make it 3-1. Adam Zobl found the back of the net with an unassisted goal at 17:21 for a 4-1 lead.

Missouri State got to with in two goals when Joel Livingston's one timer beat Lakers goalie Kevin Chapman to round out the scoring.

The Ice Bears were 2 for 8 on the power play while the Lakers did not score on its five opportunities. The Lakers out shot the Ice Bears 50-24.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Grand Valley State Lakers

11/10/06 - HUDSONVILLE, MI - A much anticipated match up between the Ice Bears and Lakers ended in a 5-5 tie but for Missouri State it's considered a win after coming from two goals down twice in the game.

Grand Valley State got on the board first at 11:30 of the first period when Dean Watkins chased in the puck as Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown was trying to poke the puck away and it rolled up his arm, bounced past him, and into the net.

Then on a power play the Ice Bears came back on Dan Odenwald's 12th goal of the season at 17:34. The lead didn't last long as GVS's Phil Murray scored a power play goal with just :28 seconds left in the period after the Ice Bears lost the puck in their own end in front of Brown.

In the second period, the Lakers made it 3-1, again with the man advantage, when Nick Biondo got a one timer from Adam Zobl at 4:16. Then Salman Shah put the Ice Bears with in one goal off a pass from Andy Hellwig that cleared the right shoulder of Lakers goaltender Chris Moore.

John Odenwald tipped in a shot from B.J. Norman at 12:58 of the second on the power play to tie the game 3-3. But again the Lakers took the lead when Greg Kehr scored just :40 seconds later.

It became 5-3 in the third period when Jake Erway grabbed the puck and one timed it past Brown with 17:18 remaining. But the Ice Bears comeback started when Paul Saitta scored his 6th goal of the season on a one timer from D. Odenwald.

Then with 1:46 remaining in the 3rd, Clayton Baker got his 4th of the year, off the face off, and sent a blast past Moore to tie the game 5-5.

Missouri State was 2 for 8 on the power play and Grand Valley State was 2 for 7 with the man advantage. Brown faced 33 shots and Moore saw 31.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Northern Illinois Huskies

11/09/06 - WOODRIDGE, IL - A five point performance from Andy Hellwig (3 goals and 2 assists) and two goals from defenceman David Ellis were part of the offense that lead the Ice Bears (9-4-1) to an 8-4 win over the Huskies (7-6-1) in the second meeting between the two teams. Paul Saitta also had 5 assists on a road trip that did not have Jeremy Ramsey (shoulder) and Bobby Saitta (ankle) on the bench.

Hellwig started the scoring just 2:49 into the first period taking a pass from Paul Saitta and giving the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead. Then at 6:44 Patrick Wuennenberg scored his first of the season with an assist from Brett Frizzell.

With 4:04 remaining in the first the Huskies Victor Martinez made it 2-1, but Hellwig's second made it a two goal game again just :34 seconds later. Then Ellis got his first of the game on the power play with :20 seconds left in the period to give Missouri State a 4-1 lead.

In the second period, NIU's Dennis Folliard capped off a 2 on 0 rush to cut the Ice Bears lead in half, 4-2. But Hellwig's hat trick goal at 8:35 gave the Ice Bears a 5-2 lead and started a 3 goal explosion. David Ellis put his second goal past Huskies Huskies rookie goalie Casey Naruszewicz's shoulder on a one timer from Dan Odenwald with 7:49 remaining in the period.

Then Joel Livingston scored his first goal of the season on the power play with 6:49 left increasing the Ice Bears lead to 7-2. Just :16 seconds later, Kevin Whittenberg brought the Huskies to within 4 goals at 7-3.

Both teams traded goals in the third with Dan Odenwald widening the Ice Bears lead to 8-3 on Hellwig's second assist of the game. Then the Huskies Mike Strumberger gave the Huskies their final goal at 10:41.

Missouri State converted on 2 of 11 opportunities on the power play and Northern Illinois was 1 for 5. Ice Beard goalie Michael Brown gets the win (6-4) facing 29 shots and Naruszewicz faced 36 shots.

 

University of Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/04/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Game two of the series was not indicative of the outcome as the Ice Bears out shot (39-31) the Tigers in the game, had a 20-7 shot advantage (and still trailed 1-0) but ended up losing again 2-1.

The Tigers took that lead on a power play goal by Brock Gale at 10:50 of the first. The Ice Bears came back with a power play goal (on a delayed penalty) by Paul Saitta, his 5th of the season, at 7:03 to even the game at one a piece.

With 18:17 remaining in the third period the Tigers Tony Maus put home the puck off a mad scramble in front of the net and past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown, who falls to 5-4 on the season. Jeff Vogt gets the win in nets for the Tigers.

The Ice Bears converted on 1 of 8 power plays (but not on three 2-two man advantages) and the Tigers scored on one of six power play opportunities.

 

University of Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/03/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A big rivalry between the Ice Bears and Tigers was filled with penalties and players fighting to stay out of the penalty box, but despite several advantages the Ice Bears lost 4-3 and ended their 7 game winning streak.

Joel Livingston played for the first time since an injury in the first game of the season and was a big presence in the ice. The Ice Bears were an even bigger presence as they got on the board first with a power play goal at 8:19 when Andy Hellwig one timed a wrister past Tigers goaltender Keith Van Gels to make it 1-0.

But the lead was short lived as the Tigers got on the board :57 seconds later when Joe Horbenko stuffed the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown. Then Tony Jost put the Tigers ahead 2-1 at 2:50 into second period.

Davis Ellis tied the game for the Ice Bears on a power play goal at 6:47, one of two for Missouri State in the game. Then the Tigers' Wes Gale put Mizzou back on top 3-2 with his first goal of the game just :30 seconds into the third period.

Andy Hellwig got his second of the game on a similar play, a one time wrister, past Van Gels to tie the game at 3-3. But with 4:49 left in the game Wes Gale got a power play goal, a tip in of Tony Jost's shot, to give the Tigers the win.

The Ice Bears out shot Mizzou 50-25 but were only 2 for 15 on the power play. The Tigers were 1 for 13. A total of 50 penalty minutes were issued to the Tigers and 39 to the Ice Bears not including a 10 minute misconduct to John Odenwald, the first for the team this season.

 

Robert Morris College - Springfield @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/21/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Things are getting repetitive for the Ice Bears as they used a second 4 goal outburst in the first period to beat the Eagles for the second time on the weekend 12-2 and extend their winning streak to 7 games.

Andy Hellwig scored for the Ice Bears at 1:37 off a feed from B.J. Norman that got things started. Bobby Saitta picked up the rebound of Salman Shah's shot and made it 2-0 at 5:13 of the first. Then Davis Ellis got a power play goal that, as he was tripped, he pushed the puck toward the net and it hit an Eagles defenceman's skate and trickled behind goaltender Nathan Oppe. John Baeten also scored for the Ice Bears to make it 4-0 at 16:43.

Missouri State scored on 5 of 11 power plays, and Robert Morris College converted on one of 9 opportunities. The Ice Bears hit the goal post three times and the cross bar twice during the game as they out shot the Eagles 43-14.

In the second period, Salman Shah made it 5-0 at 7:13. Then Steven Masse scored the only goals for RMCS in 16 seconds when he got around the Ice Bears defence and grabbed the first one on the power play with a wrister over Ice Bears goaltender Kevin Rekowski at 9:57. Then off the faceoff, he used almost the same play to score again at 10:13 to make it 5-2. Dan Odenwald, Jeremy Ramsey, and Shah (with his second of the game) also scored to extend the Ice Bears lead to 8-2.

Andy Whitener got his team leading 10th goal of the season in the third tipping in a shot from David Ellis at 6:24 on the power play to give the Ice Bears a 9-2 lead. Scott Gleason's second goal of the year made it 10-2, and John Karl also got into the act with a goal past the blocker of Oppe for an 11-2 Ice Bears lead. Dan Odenwald's second goal at 13:11 of the third period rounded out the scoring.

 

Robert Morris College - Springfield @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/20/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Another 4 goal outburst in the first period by the Ice Bears was enough to give Missouri State a 6-1 win and extend their winning streak to 6 games.

Paul Saitta put the Ice Bears on the board first at 4:27 with a one timer past starting Eagles goaltender Steve Jakubiak. Andy Whitener scored when Jakubiak tried to clear the puck and hit Whitener who picked up the puck and scored into an open net at 9:26. Dan Odenwald, and David Ellis also scored in the first.

Salman Shah grabbed the 5th goal for the Ice Bears and his first of the season at 10:38 with a similar blast from about 25 feet that got past Nathan Oppe, who came in the second period for Jakubiak. Dan Odenwald scored his second goal of the game from off a feed from behind the net by Andy Hellwig with :37 seconds left in the 3rd period.

The Ice Bears out shot the Eagles 43-23 and were 3 for 10 on the powerplay. RMCS was one for 9 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Marquette Golden Eagles

10/14/06 - WEST ALLIS, WI - A three game road trip came an end with the Ice Bears winning game two against the Golden Eagles 7-1 (going 3-0 on the weekend, and extending their winning streak to 5 games) but even that was not satisfying.

"We still have a lot of things to work on," said Ice Bears winning goaltender Michael Brown during the post game interview. Though it was a good road trip, the Ice Bears still found themselves giving up a 3-0 led in the first game with Northern Illinois, down a goal in the first game with Marquette, and not capitalizing on the power play successfully.

Things changed today as the the Ice Bears connected on 4 of 10 power play opportunities. Dan Odenwald got the Ice Bears on the board first at 13:15 on a one-timer from DJ Harvey on the man advantage.

Andy Whitener got his 8th goal of the season digging the puck out from the right corner and stuffing it past Golden Eagles goaltender Blake Halada. Andy Hellwig and Dan Odenwald's give-and-go at 15:45 made it 3-0. The Ice Bears second power play goal came with just :40 seconds left in the first when Bobby Saitta came down the right side and blasted a shot from the top face off circle over Halada's shoulder.

After Clayton Baker's goal :52 seconds into the third period, Missouri State scored the remaining 2 goals on the power play Andy Hellwig and Bobby Saitta's goals came as Marquette was one man short for nearly 6 minutes.

Brown (4-2) gets the win facing 25 Golden Eagles shots, and Halada (39 shots against) takes the second loss in a row for Marquette who were 0 for 9 on the power play

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Marquette Golden Eagles

10/13/06 - WEST ALLIS, WI - Hoping to extend their winning streak to 4 games and to see if they could also go 2-0 in MACHA play, the Ice Bears left Pettit National Ice Arena with a 4-1 win.

Despite some good pressure in the first period by Missouri State, it was Marquette that took the lead. It was a strange play as Taylor Atchison scored at 8:28 for the Huskies after the Ice Bears Andy Whitener was stopped by goaltender Blake Halada. Players stopped skating because of a whistle -- for a game that was being played in the rink next to where the Ice Bears and Golden Eagles were playing -- and Atchison got a step behind the defence.

Jamie Ryan was credited with his first goal after tipping in a shot by Clayton Baker and tying the game 1-1. In the second period, the Ice Bears went up 2-1 when John Odenwald got his third goal on the season off another tip of Baker's 25 foot blast in front of Halada.

Dan Odenwald got into the act with a goal :29 into the third period, and David Ellis finished the scoring on a powerplay (one of only two the Ice Bears capatalized on) at 11:29 of the third.

Missouri State out shot the Huskies 44-32 , and they went 2-8 on the power play, while Martquette was 0-7 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Northern Illinois University Huskies

10/12/06 - WOODBRIDGE, IL - The Ice Bears escaped the Seven Bridges Ice Arena with a win, 4-3 in overtime, against the Huskies thanks to Andy Hellwig's goal 24 seconds into the extra period.

"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 and banged out three goals....they out worked us and we got complacent."

Already playing with a short bench as Shawn Wring, Paul Saitta, Salman Shah, John Karl, and Jeremy Ramsey did not make the trip, Missouri State jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period.

The Ice Bears got on the scoreboard 1:14 into the first period when Bobby Saitta blasted a 25 foot shot past Huskies freshman goaltender Chris Pitelka. Joe Cero made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season at 6:01. Andy Whitener added his team leading 7th goal of the season.

After a scoreless second period for both teams, the Huskies mounted a come back in the third. With the Huskies' Victor Martinez in the box during a five minute spearing penalty, Jerry Connor got a shorthanded goal, the second of the season allowed by the Ice Bears, to make it a 3-1 game.

Eric Madden's third attempt on the rebound got past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown to put the Huskies within one goal at 3-2. Then on the powerplay, Chris Dornbush moved in front of Brown and got a backhander through traffic to tie the game at three.

The Ice Bears were 0-11 on the powerplay and the Huskies scored 1 goal on 5 chances. Brown (3-2) gets the win, and Pitelka (2-4) gets the loss.

 

University of North Texas Mean Green @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/o7/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It was another blow out for the Missouri State Ice Bears, as they scored five goals in the first period again and four in the 3rd period to beat the University Of North Texas, Mean Green 9-0.

Andy Whitener started the scoring :57 seconds into the game with his 6th goal of the season. Bobby Saitta got a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 at 3:16 into the first period. John Odenwald picked up his second goal of the year at 9:58, then Brett Frizzell made it 4-0 at 14:19. The fifth goal came at 16:02 off the stick of Bobby Saitta, who got the hat trick.

In the 3rd, Paul Saitta started the scoring 1:01 into the period on the power play. His brother Bobby followed up with a shorthander on a feed from Sean Wring at 5:39. Andy Hellwig grabbed one of only three even strength goals for the Ice Bears. Dan Odenwald got the final goal for Missouri State with :18 seconds remaining in the game.

The Ice Bears scored 4 shorthanded goals in the game, but capatalized on only 1 of 15 powerplay opportunities. Kevin Rekowski gets the win facing 20 shots, and Josh Gipson gets the loss for the Mean Green, facing 57 Ice Bears Shots.

 

University of North Texas Mean Green @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/o6/06 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears came home to the friendly confines of Jordan Valley Ice Park hoping to end a three game losing streak, and they did just that with an overwhelming 14-2 win over a University of North Texas, Mean Green team that started the game with a short bench.

Missouri State's leading scorer, Dan Odenwald put the Ice Bears on the scoreboard first with a power play goal at 8:11, and had a five point game, including the hat-trick. Eleven different Ice Bears scored against North Texas goalie Josh Gipson, who despite being out shot 65-19, had to make several tough saves.

With only 16 North Texas players in the line up, the Ice Bears scored 5 goals in the first period. After a 2-0 lead thanks to BJ Norman, the Ice Bears scored three goals in one minute and 43 seconds on goals by Odenwald, Shawn Wring, and Paul Saitta.

Jamie Ryan added his first goal of the season, a shorthanded goal as the Ice Bears had DJ Harvey and Wring in the penalty box. Brett Frizzell also notched a power play goal to put the Ice Bears up 11-1. Ice Bears defencemen Clayton Baker had two goals as did Josh Conlin. Andy Whitener also found the back of the net for the Ice Bears. Forward John Odenwald ended the scoring for Missouri State at 10:59 of the third with his first goal of the season.

Jonathan Smith and Sean Caldwell scored for the Mean Green, with Caldwell's shot hitting starting goaltender Michael Brown under his right arm and forcing him to leave the ice. Kevin Rekowski finished the final 10:41 of the game. Brown (2-2) gets the win and Gipson takes the loss.

Missouri State scored on 6 of 10 power play chances and UNT scored on 1 of 10.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ University Of Central Oklahoma (D1)

09/30/06 - EDMOND, OK - Looking to even the series, the Ice Bears needed the shoot the puck but couldn't hold a 2-0 lead, and after overtime and a shoot out, they lost 5-4.

Missouri State got on the board first as Andy Whitener scored both of the team's goals (one on the powerplay and one shorthanded) to take a 2-0 lead in the 1st period. After a scoreless second period, the Bronchos got one back on a rebound shot from Sean Leamy to make it 2-1. Then with 13:47 remaining in the 3rd period Kevin Hornung tied the game at two.

Bobby Saitta made it 3-2 with 12:23 remaining in the third, only to have the Bronchos come back on a powerplay goal from Mike Glowa to tie the game at 3-3. Shawn Wring put the Ice Bears out infront 4-3 with 3:54 left in the 3rd, but UCO came back to tie the game 4-4 once again when Sean Leamy got his second goal of the game banking the puck off the back of Ice Bears goalie Kevin Rekowski.

Then the game went into overtime. The Ice Bears had a chance to win the game when Andy Whitener, Dan Odenwald, Paul Saitta, and Josh Conlin were stopped by Bronchos goaltender Justin Sgro.

After a scoreless overtime, the game went into a shoot out. Ice Bears Coach Benjamin Alexander elected to put goaltender 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.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ University Of Central Oklahoma (D1)

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.

In the end, the Ice Bears lost to the Bronchos 4-1 with UCO scoring three of those goals on the powerplay. The powerplay continued to be a problem for Missouri State. They only scored once in 12 powerplay opportunities including 5 two man advantages.

"Gotta shoot the puck!" said Head Coach Benjamin Alexander in the post game show. "There is no perfect play. Shoot the puck, follow it up and drive to the net."

The Bronchos got on the board 5:05 into the first period when Mike Haszto poked in a rebound past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown for UCO's first goal in the teams history. Their second goal came 11 minutes later when Eric Jansen got a shot over the shoulder of Brown as he came out to challenge Jansen.

After a scoreless second period, the Ice Bears trailed 4-0, when Jeremy Ramsey finally broke the shut out for Missouri State. The Ice Bears were out shot 35-34. Bronchos goaltender Rob Mattison (1-0) gets the win, and Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown (1-2) is given the loss.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions (D1)

09/23/06 - WENTZVILLE, MO. - The Lindenwood Lions used five power play goals including five goals in the 1st period to take game two of the series against the Missouri State Ice Bears by a score of 10-2.

Ice Bears starting goaltender Michael Brown was pulled at 17:56 of the first period after giving up a goal number five to Lindenwood's Larry Kopecky. Kevin Rekowski finished the game in net for Missouri State.

"I knew the Lions would come out strong tonight," said Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander in the post game show. "But I didn't expect our goaltenders to come out flat."

The Ice Bears got on the board in the second period when David Ellis blasted a 25 foot slap shot past Lions goaltender Matt Dennison, who was in nets for the overtime win last year against Missouri State in the MACHA playoffs. Dennison faced 28 shots stopping 26 in tonight's win.

Shawn Wring scored the final goal for the Ice Bears with 42 seconds left in third period, while the Lions saw a two goal performance from Canadian born Henri St. Arnault, who started the scoring for Lindenwood at 4:04 of the first period.

Missouri State went 2 for 11 on the power play and also gave up a shorthanded goal to David McNabb at 11:26 of the second, in a game that saw its share of penalties, mostly ones that involved coincidental contact. Lindenwood went 3 for 15 on the power play.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions (D1)

09/22/06 - WENTZVILLE, MO. - Missouri State used four power play goals on 13 chances to beat the Lindenwood Lions D1 hockey team 6-2 in front of mostly Ice Bears fans.

Josh Conlin started the scoring for the Ice Bears in the first period with a power play goal at 5:28. Andy Whitener scored two goals, one in the first at 15:25 on the power play, and one in the third period.

Missouri State's win came on a night when they found out Joel Livingston may be out for several weeks with a severed tendon in his wrist, and Andy Hellwig is suffering from a knee injury that will require an MRI exam.

Newly acquired Paul Saitta got his first goal at 11:48 of the second period after Lions forward Larry Kopecky missed an open corner. This gave the Ice Bears a 3-1 lead and changed the momentum of the game.

John Baeten and Scott Gleason, who tipped in a blast from defenceman Clayton Baker, got the final two goals respectively for the Ice Bears. Michael Brown picks up the win in goal even though the Ice Bears were out shot 46-20.