Ice Bears 2007-2008 Game Highlights

Missouri State Vs Michigan Wolverines @ ACHA Regionals

02/23/08 - WEST DUNDEE, IL - Game two was the farthest the Missouri State Ice Bears had ever been -- one game away from a berth in the ACHA National Finals -- but a goal late in the third period by Joe Armeli sealed Michigan's trip to Florida and a 5-3 win.

The Ice Bears felt the wrath of a Michigan team for the first 4 minutes of the game when they couldn't get the puck out of their own defensive end, but they quickly recovered and 9:20 into the first period Missouri State scored first.

Joel Livingston picked up a loose puck and snapped it past Wolverines goalie Brandon DeMars (40 shots, 37 saves) for a 1-0 lead. Michigan came back to tie the game when Doug Orzel scored the first of his 3 goals shooting through a screen and putting it past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown, on the blocker side, with 7:33 remaining in the first period.

Armeli gave Michigan a 2-1 lead when he beat the Ice Bear defense and came in on a break-a-way lifting the puck over a scrambling Brown (33 shots, 29 saves) with 1:26 left.

Dan Odenwald tied the game at 13:08 of the 2nd period, but with 18:01 left in the third, Orzel was given credit for his second goal on a tip in of a shot (that we thought was Mike Cappo's deflection) to put Michigan ahead again 3-2.

Less than 4 minutes later, Joel Livingston's second goal of the game tied the game 3-3 when he stole the puck from Cappo and lifted a backhand over DeMars.

Michigan's Armeil came in on another break past the Ice Bears defense and put the puck over an outstretched Brown to take the lead.

Joel Livingston hit the cross bar in an attempt to tie the game with 2 minutes left in the third. Then they pulled Brown and Orzel grabbed an empty net goal with :33 seconds remaining.

Missouri State went 0 for 5 on the powerplay and Michigan scored one goal on three attempts.


Missouri State Vs Robert Morris Chicago @ ACHA Regionals

02/22/08 - WEST DUNDEE, IL - Two goals in the first 25 seconds of the game was the margin of victory for the Missouri State Ice Bears after holding on for a 5-3 win against the Robert Morris Chicago Maroon squad in the first round of the ACHA Division 2 Regional Playoffs.

This was a game that featured three goals before the game was even 1:09 old, a goal that was redirected through legs and went in, a delayed penalty that saw both goaltenders go to the bench, a potential 5-3 shorthanded goal by RMC, and some good hitting and forechecking.

Dan Odenwald started the scoring when he was given credit for tipping in a shot from Joe Cero just :16 seconds into the game, although Danny Bethmann originally was credited but on the score sheet it was changed to Odenwald.

Then :09 seconds later, John Odenwald came down the left wing and got of a shot from 30 feet out that fooled Robert Morris Chicago's starting goaltender Adam Truch (27 shots, 22 saves). But RMC returned the favor :44 seconds later when RMC's Peter Katowicz came in on Ice Bears net minder Michael Poepping (26 shots, 23 saves), had the puck lost in his skates, and was able to push it forward past a sprawling Poepping between his pads.

Andy Whitener gave Missouri State a 3-1 lead at 12:31 with a rebound goal off Paul Moellenberg's shot, but RMC brought the Eagles back to within a goal at 9:14 on J.C. Moseley's goal.

Halfway through the second period the Ice Bears regained a 2 goal lead when Bobby Saitta picked up a rebound after Joel Livingston's shot and Missouri State had some breathing room.

After Joe Cero scored (which chased Truch) at 9:21 of the second for a 5-2 lead, the Eagles came back with a goal by Pat Reardon at 14:05 of the second.

Missouri State needed the two goal cushion when things got a little scary. Thinking it was a delayed penalty on the Eagles, Poepping skated to the bench leaving an empty net, but defenseman Clayton Baker came back to deflect an Eagle shot attempt.

In the third period, the Ice Bears avoided another potential problem when Poepping had to come up big on a 2 on 1 rush by RMC when the Ice Bears had a 2 man powerplay advantage.

Missouri State went 0 for 4 on the powerplay and RMC was 0 for 3 in a cleanly played game.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers - MACHA Gold Finals

02/17/08 - EAST ALTON, IL - Championship hockey games are meant to be exciting but nothing could have prepared those who witnessed the Missouri State Ice Bears’ 3-2 overtime win against the Missouri Tigers at the 2008 MACHA Gold Division Championship for one of the most thrilling and intense moments in league history.

It was a game that included two disallowed goals, fantastic goaltending, denied break-a-ways, and was capped by an overtime goal (scored 6 on 4 during a delayed penalty) with players sprawled on the ice.

Missouri State went into Sunday’s tilt at East Alton Ice Arena knowing they had to fill three tall orders: Beat the Missouri Tigers for the fifth time this year, become the first top seed to win it in four years, and repeat as back-to-back champions. No small task against the Tigers, who saved their best hockey for the end of the season and who gained a berth in the finals by destroying the number two seed (Southern Illinois-Edwardsville) 4 - 1 the previous night.

Tied at two after three periods, the Ice Bears received a big break when the Tigers' Dave Bauer (2A) was sent to the sin bin with 4:24 left in the 10 minute sudden death period.

Then while working the power play, Dan Odenwald caught a vicious high stick to the chin that nearly took his helmet off, drawing a delayed penalty to the Tigers. Odenwald could have let the helmet come off completely, which would have stopped play and started a two-man advantage for Missouri State. Odenwald, visibly shaken and down on the ice, fought to keep it on and play continued.

The Ice Bears pulled goaltender Michael Brown for the extra skater and a 6 on 4 man advantage. Five seconds later Salman Shah picked up the puck and found Joe Combs alone at the top of the slot. Combs let loose a cannon that grazed the shoulder of Van Gels before stretching the twine for the game winner at 15:26 of the extra period.

“I just wanted to get the puck at the net so we could get a whistle and start the five-on-three,” said Combs. “I took the shot….got a good bounce (off Van Gels), and it went right in.”

Odenwald, still reeling from the hit, never saw the shot as he struggled to his feet just four feet away. “I just saw it bounce back out of the net,” said Odenwald. “I didn’t see the shot. I got up and someone shouted ‘Joe scored! Joe scored!’ I thought they were talking about Joe Cero and I thought, ‘Wow, Joe shot it that hard?’ but then I found out it was Combs.”

The Ice Bears started effectively 9:49 into the first period when Danny Bethmann (2G) scored on a rebound off of Bryan Beaman’s shot to give Missouri State a 1-0 lead, but Missouri goaltender Keith Van Gels (53 saves) closed the vault for the next 40 minutes of hockey, giving his team a chance to come back.

Christian Waters tied the game with 2:57 remaining in the second period on a backhanded shot over Brown’s shoulder through traffic, and then Daniel Kootman (who had a goal disallowed earlier in the game) put Mizzou ahead 2-1. The goal 6:41 into the third came after Brown did the splits to make a save on Waters but Kootman put home the rebound.

Things looked even bleaker for Missouri State when Paul Moellenburg was whistled into the penalty box a minute later, but Anthony Trupiano turned the game around while working short handed. Trupiano stepped in front of a pass and raced to the Mizzou corner, taking the lone defensemen with him. He spotted Bethmann coming down the slot and put a perfect feed right on his stick. Bethmann made no mistake putting the puck past Van Gels on the wide side, and the Ice Bears were back in business with 9:31 left in regulation.

Brown (who had 28 saves and was voted the Tournament MVP) made sure the Ice Bears would not have to play catch-up again as he made one spectacular save after another, frustrating a relentless Tiger attack. His astounding play thwarted several great chances for Mizzou down the stretch and in overtime, where the Tigers took the early momentum but could not capitalize.

“The team defense was incredible,” deflected Brown. “Dan Odenwald played one of the best games I’ve ever seen him play. His back-checking was MVP. The whole team played incredible.”

The Ice Bears (23-9-0) converted on two of six power play chances while the Tigers could not take advantage of five opportunities.

Head coach Benjamin Alexander credited both teams with putting on a great show.

“They (the Ice Bears) deserved it. They worked hard at the end.” said Alexander. “But I gotta give it to Mizzou. They really deserved to win that game. They put in a lot (of hard work) and they took it to us. We gutted it out and got the win. It was a great game; a good one to see.”



Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Iowa Ice Hawks - MACHA Semi-finals

02/16/08 - EAST ALTON, IL - Following in the footsteps of the JV team, who earned the right to play in the MACHA Silver Division finals, the Missouri State Ice Bears (22-9) Varsity squad used a 3-0 shutout of Iowa to propel them into the Gold Division finals and a rematch with Missouri.

Dan Odenwald started the scoring for Missouri State at 14:03 of the first period with his 18th goal of the season blasting a 15 foot shot past Iowa netminder Tim Strauch.  Then at the 13:00 minute mark, Paul Moellenberg (6th goal of the season) tipped in a shot by Joe Cero and the Ice Bears had a 2-0 lead.

Joe Combs (7th of the season) scored a short-handed goal, the 10th of the season for the Ice Bears, with 6:01 remaining in the 2nd period to put the Hawks down 3-0.

Neither team scored in the third period.

Michael Poepping stopped all 25 Hawkeye shots he faced and earns his 3rd shutout of the season. Strauch turned away 31 of 34 shots. Iowa was 0-5 on the powerplay and Missouri State went 0-10 with the man advantage.


University Of Nebraska @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/09/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears (21-9) rebounded from a disappointing loss on Friday to manhandle the University of Nebraska (18-13-1) Saturday night, 7 - 0. It was the third shutout in 4 games for the Ice Bears.

The Huskers kept it to a one goal game through the first period after Paul Moellenberg’s put-back broke the ice with 8:41 left in the period. After that, the Ice Bears went on a rampage.

Four second period goals by Bryan Beaman (2G, 2A), Tom O’Sullivan (his first of the season in his first shift on the ice), Danny Bethmann (1G, 1A) and Mitch Leonard (2G) broke the game open, but it was the perfectly executed give and go exchange between Leonard and Erik Salerno that seemed to break the Nebraska Spirit.

Clean-up goals in the third by Leonard and Beaman (the only power play goal) added to Husker goaltender Mitch Pope’s (34 saves) frustration as the Ice Bears put the perfect cap on a 14 - 2 home season. Missouri State went 1-8 and Nebraska was 0-7 with the man advantage.

Salman Shah and Michael Deutman helped out with a pair of assists each for the Ice Bears.

Goaltender Michael Brown (17 saves) didn’t have to work often as the entire Missouri State defensive roster controlled the Huskers for the vast majority of the game. But when called upon Brown made several spectacular saves including uncontested breakaways on three occasions.

Five of the Ice Bears (Brown, Dan Odenwald, Bobby Saitta, Joel Livingston and Deutman) played their final home game before another packed house (1100) at Jordan Valley Ice Park.


Grand Valley State Lakers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/08/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The score does not tell the story of the 5-2 loss suffered by the Missouri State Ice Bears from the hands of the Grand Valley State Lakers. If it was not for a :49 second lapse which the Lakers capitalized on, scoring 3 goals to break a 1-1 tie, the game would have been a lot closer.

Dan Odenwald put the Ice Bears on the board first at 10:09 of the opening period taking a pass from Danny Bethmann, who was behind the net, and jamming it home past Lakers goaltender Grant Lyon who saved 24 of 26 shots.

The rest of the period was a back and forth momentum shift between teams, with shots favoring the Ice bears 12 to 9 after 20 minutes.

Grand Valley tied the game in the second period when Dean Watkins got around the Missouri State defense and put the shot low between an outstretched Mike Poepping at 14:50. Then on the powerplay Andy Dykstra got off a screaming shot from 40 feet out, near the Lakers bench, that dinged off the right post and into the net for a 2-1 Grand Valley lead at 9:13.

This started a barrage of two more goals by the Lakers in :49 seconds. Derek Williams scored at 8:47 and Brandon Rood's centering attempt went of an Ice Bears defender and Poepping's (27 shots 22 saves) goal stick, for a 4-1 Laker lead.

Salman Shah brought Missouri State to within two goals at 11:03 of the third period after Joel Livingston's initial shot had the Lakers defense scrambling and Shah found the open net on the left side of Lyon. Livingston also hit the cross bar earlier in the period.

After Missouri State put on the pressure and pulled the goaltender, Grand Valley's Andy Beller scored an empty net goal to inflate the score 5-2.

Penalties were at a premium with the Ice Bears going 0-1 and the Lakers 1-2 on the power play.



Northern Illinois Huskies @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/02/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Having shut out the Huskies in game one, the Ice Bears made it 6 straight scoreless periods en route to a 6-0 win.

The win was not without cost as Dan Odenwald and Matt Schroeder left the game due to injuries. Odenwald re-aggravated his ankle mid-way through the second period taking himself out as a precaution, and Schroeder was taken to the hospital for x-rays after he was clipped on the left knee by Northern Illinois' Greg Bahnsen (who also received a game misconduct) at 14:37 of the second. The Huskies racked up 50 penalty minutes including four 5-minute majors, a 10-minute misconduct and the game misconduct.

Missouri State (20-8-0 overall, 14-0-0 MACHA) was not lenient towards the Huskies (10-21-1 overall, 3-9-1 MACHA) evidenced by Bryan Beaman's hat trick and two goals by Joel Livingston. It took almost 5 minutes from the start of the first period for Livingston to get the Ice Bears game winning goal on the board just 4:50 into the first period.

The Ice Bears notched a shorthanded goal, the 9th of the season, when Clayton Baker cleared the puck from over the Huskies defense finding Beaman all alone with 3:58 left in the first for a 2-0 lead.

Livingston's second goal of the game gave Missouri State a 3-0 lead putting home a rebound of Michael Deutman's shot at 16:01 of the second period. Beaman's second goal 1:06 later, which dropped past Huskies goaltender Tim Benham (66 shots, 60 saves) put the Ice Bears up 4-0.

Beaman continued the offense in the third taking Danny Bethmann's pass and finding the back of net at 18:07. Mitch Leonard rounded out the scoring with 5:50 left in the game during a power play, the only man advantage goal in 13 tries for Missouri State. NIU went o-7.

For the second game in a row, Doug Guempel came in relief of an Ice Bears starting goaltender, in this case Mike Brown. And for the second night in a row Guempel shares a shut out. Brown played 54:10 facing 10 shots, while Guempel saw 2 shots in the final 5:50 of the third.


Northern Illinois Huskies @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/01/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Despite a short bench and a flu-riddled line-up Northern Illinois (10-20-1 overall, 3-8-1 MACHA) had high hopes of ruining Missouri State’s run at an undefeated MACHA season Friday night at Jordan Valley Ice Park. But the 4th-ranked Ice Bears (19-8-0, 13-0-0) showed no mercy, unleashing nine unanswered goals on goaltender Brandon Collelo and the Huskies.

Missouri State’s game winner came just two and a half minutes after the opening face off when Anthony Trupiano picked his spot from inside the right circle, and the rout was on.

Four different Ice Bears scored two goals apiece over the 60 minute barrage including Trupiano, Bryan Beaman (2G, 1A), Joel Livingston, and Danny Bethmann (2G, 1A). Jamie Ryan added a goal as well, as the issue was never in doubt. Michael Deutman and Joe Combs added a pair of assists each.

Livingston and Bethmann delivered works of art on the last two goals, both of which were unassisted and started with deceptive speed and flawless puck handling in their own end, concluding with pin-point accuracy.

The Ice Bears deluged starting goaltender Brandon Collelo with 58 shots over the course of 60 minutes while the Huskies settled for 21 fruitless tries against starter Michael Poepping (18 saves) and Doug Guempel (3 saves), who spelled Poepping with 9:43 left in the contest.


So. Illinois Edwardsville Cougars @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/26/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears clinched the regular season Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association title Saturday night with a 5 - 2 win over the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

After a scoreless first period the Ice Bears (18-8, overall, 12-0 MACHA) rocked the Cougars (13-10) with five unanswered goals in the second period, beginning with a perfect give-and-go between Clayton Baker and Dan Barraco with 17:16 showing on the clock.

Baker’s goal was followed by a perfect deflection by Danny Bethmann (1G, 1A) off a blast by Bobby Saitta (2A) at 12:13 while on the power play. Missouri State went 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

Brian Beaman added a goal with 10:06 to go past starting goaltender Casey Kicielinski (25 shots, 21 saves), then Joel Livingston (1G, 1A) stepped out of the penalty box just in time to steal the puck and skate in for an unassisted goal with 7:21 showing and chasing Kicielinski. John Odenwald closed out the period on a shot past backup goalie Lucas Venker (19 saves) with just 27.1 seconds left to finish the five goal barrage.

Michael Brown (25 saves) had his shut-out bid spoiled with 4:58 when the Cougars were able to take advantage of a two man power play. Matt Grimes scored first, then with the Ice Bears still down a man Billy Shacklady finished the scoring with 3:59 left to play. SIUE was 2 for 7 on the powerplay.



Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/25/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After an arduous road swing that saw the 4th-ranked (ACHA Central Region) Ice bears drop three of five games, Missouri State came home with a roar Friday night. The Ice Bears jumped on top early and sped away from the Missouri University Tigers 6-2, completing a four game sweep of their MACHA arch rivals for the season.

It only took 1:56 to get on the board when Mitch Leonard deceived Missouri goaltender Keith Van Gels into believing he was heading behind the goal. Leonard stuck the puck out in front at the last possible second and slipped it through off the inside right leg of Van Gels to put the Ice Bears up 1-0.

Bobby Saitta (2 Goals) delivered the first of two long range rockets with 2:04 remaining in the first period, followed by a goal by Brian Beaman (1G, 1 Assist) off of a nice feed from Danny Bethmann (3A) a minute and a half later to make it 3-0 at the end of the first stanza.

Missouri showed some spark at the beginning of the second period, narrowing the gap to 3-1 when Tony Maus put a third try behind Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (28 saves).

But the Ice Bears responded, scoring second period goals by Dan Odenwald (1G, 1A) and Andy Whitener to quiet the Missouri comeback bid before the start of the third period.
Saitta’s second goal with 5:12 remaining completed the scoring for Missouri State before Daniel Kootman could add a late goal for the Tigers.

“We came out strong and played well,” said Bears’ Head Coach Benjamin Alexander. “We had some lapses along the way but we recovered well, so I was happy.”

Missouri State went 3-6 on the powerplay and Missouri went 1-7.

The Ice Bears clinched at least a tie for first place in the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association with the win, and can claim the regular season championship and a first round bye in the upcoming tournament.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ Robert Morris College - Springfield

01/20/08 - SPRINGFIELD, IL - Despite sickness and bitter cold, the Missouri State Ice Bears finished a three game weekend road trip with an 8-5 win over the pesky Robert Morris College Eagles at Nelson Arena.

Things started out quickly for the Eagles though, when :28 seconds into the game JJ Pyatt took a left wing pass from Jason Elmore and stuck the shot past Ice Bears starting goalie Mike Poepping (26 shots, 24 saves) for a 1-0 lead.

Missouri State's top line of Dan Odenwald, Bryan Beaman and Danny Bethmann then kicked things into high-gear combining on the next 4 unanswered goals. Beaman (1G, 3A) tied the game at 10:34, then Odenwald (2G, 3A), on the power play, connected on a pass from Beaman - who was behind the net - putting it past Eagles netminder Jairon Walk (54 shots and 46 saves) with 1:39 left in the first period for a 2-1 lead.

At 18:34 of the second period Danny Bethmann (2G, 3A) went end-to-end, getting past the Eagles defense, and giving the Ice Bears a 3-1 lead. Odenwald's second goal of the game at 10:21 (again on the power play) and again on a behind-the-net pass from Bethmann, put the Ice Bears up 4-1. Missouri State went 2 for 4 with the man advantage.

Henry Barnes scored the second Eagles goal with 7:04 left in the second to cut the lead to 4-2, but Clayton Baker returned the favor for Missouri State with 5:27 remaining and the Ice Bears regained a three goal lead. With 4:41 left, Bethmann scored his second of the game, and 16th of the season.

At 17:00 of the third period, Bobby Saitta got into the act with his ninth goal on the season, but Barnes' second score of the game at 15:39 (past goaltender Mike Brown in relief of Poepping) got the Eagles closer at 7-3. Then JJ Pyatt's second goal on the powerplay (RMCS was 1 for 7) just 1:25 later brought Robert Morris to within 3 goals for the second time.

Mitch Leonard grabbed his 3rd goal of the season at 12:52, then Justin Elmore's tally :27 seconds later rounded out the scoring.



Missouri State Ice Bears @ St. Louis Billikens

01/19/08 - AFFTON, MO - Game two, just 12 hours later, had a different outcome for Missouri State after a 9-6 loss to the Saint Louis Billikens Saturday afternoon.

In a game that had the Ice Bears come from behind twice from scores of 4-2 and 6-4, Missouri State took an early 1-0 lead when Joel Livingston took a pass from Andy Bethmann and slipped it past Billikens goalie Jason Maqusiak at 16:26 of the first period.

Sean O'Rourke tied the game for the Billikens at 11:13 when he skated in the crease, just as the shot from Andrew Wiltz arrived screening Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Brown.

Livingston's second goal of the game gave Missouri State a 2-1 lead (and the only lead of the game) with 52.1 seconds left in the first period. Just 1:11 into the second period Ryan Wood tied the game for Saint Louis. In fact, the next two goals by Bill McMillen at 13:12 and Tim Jost on the power play at 11:26 gave the Billikens a 4-2 lead.

The Ice Bears stormed back to tie the game on goals by Erik Salerno at 9:56 and Anthony Trupiano at 8:45, who took the face off from Andy Whitener wristing a low shot that caught Maqusiak (34 shots 28 saves) off guard.

A goal by O'Rourke with :10.4 seconds left in the second put the Billikens back on top 5-4. Then :24 seconds into the third period, Saint Louis had another 2 goal lead when Wood notched his second of three goals chasing Brown (18 shots 4 goals) and initiating another Ice Bears rally.

Whitener brought the Ice Bears to within one goal again just 1:04 later, and Dan Odenwald's goal over the shoulder of Maqusiak to evened the score at 6-6 for the second time.

Saint Louis used the front end of a two man advantage (3 goals for 10 opportunities) to take the lead for the third time off the stick of Josh Daugherty at 12:03. Missouri State did not score on 9 power play chances.

Part of three unanswered goals, Wood's hat-trick goal at 8:21 made it 8-6 and Tim Jost's tally at 6:54 on the powerplay rounded out the scoring.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ St. Louis Billikens

01/19/08 - AFFTON, MO - Playing a hockey game at 12 am is rough enough (and knowing game two is only 12 hours after may be just as difficult), but the Missouri State Ice Bears made the best of game one with a 5-1 win over the Division 1, Saint Louis Billikens at Affton Ice Arena in Affton, Missouri.

After a scoreless first period, the Ice Bears took the lead in the second on a give-and-go from Missouri State's top line of Dan Odenwald, Danny Bethmann and Brian Beaman at 15:33. Odenwald found Beaman waiting to the right of Billikens goaltender Trey Spillek and launched it over his blocker for a 1-0 lead.

Then at 9:59 the Billikens tied the game when Josh Daugherty took a pass from Bill McMillen and skated down the middle and got the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Michael Poepping, who stopped 25 of 26 Billikens shots.

Missouri State opened things up in the third period with 4 goals starting with Bobby Saitta at 14:19 past Spillek (44 shots and stopping 39) for his eighth goal of the season and a 2-1 lead.

Then on the power play at 10:37 the Ice Bears took a 3-1 lead on a goal by Bryan Beaman, though Danny Bethmann was given credit on the score sheet. Just :20 seconds later, Anthony Trupiano scored off Andy Whitener's stick and the Ice Bears had a 4-1 lead.

Bryan Beaman finished the scoring with a shorthanded goal getting past the Billikens defense scoring between the pads of Spillek.

Missouri State went 2 for 6 on the powerplay and Saint Louis was 0 for 7 with the man advantage.


Kansas Jayhawks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/08/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After a slow start in game one, and knowing they would have to start fast against the Jayhawks, Ice Bears captain Dan Odenwald took just :53 seconds to give Missouri State a lead they never relinquished in a 7-1 rout of Kansas.

Then on the power play, Anthony Trupiano (Season: 4G, 8A) tipped in a shot from Clayton Baker at 8:05, and the Ice Bears had a 2-0 lead. It was 3-0 just 2:02 later when Danny Bethmann (Season: 13G, 13A) took Brian Beaman's pass and got around KU's Nick Hantge and Glenn Brandt on defense, slipping the puck under the goal pads of Jayhawk goalie Brent Pitts.

Joe Comb's (Season: 6G, 10A) blast past Pitts (64 shots, 57 saves) at 13:13 of the 2nd period gave Missouri State a 4-0 lead, but Jayhawk leading scorer Eric Bredesen broke the shutout bid of Ice Bear goalie Michael Brown (26 shots, 25 saves) with a goal at 12:46 of the third period on the power play.

Missouri State added the next three goals, two by Salman Shah (Season: 5G, 12A) with the man advantage at 10:20, and (shorthanded 3 on 5) at 5:54 to expand their lead to 6-1.

With 4:08 left in the period Bobby Saitta rounded out the scoring for the Ice Bears, who went 3 for 11 on the power play. The Jayhawks did not score on 8 power play opportunities.



Kansas Jayhawks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/07/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After staying neck and neck with the 13th ranked Kansas Jayhawks through the first two periods, the 4th ranked Missouri State Ice Bears finally took off to a 4 - 2 lead midway through the final stanza. But the Jayhawks fought back and nearly took game one before falling 4 - 3.

The Jayhawks led 1 - 0 when Erik Bredesen (2G, 1A) slipped a rebound past winning goaltender Mike Poepping (34 saves) just over 3 minutes into the contest. The Ice Bears tied it five minutes later with the two teams skating four-on-four when Anthony Trupiano found Andy Whitener waiting on the far side of the net to stuff home a one-timer.

Dan Odenwald gave the Ice Bears (13-5-0) the lead two minutes into the second period on a rebound of a shot by Bryan Beaman to make it 2 - 1, but Kansas (7-8-2) was far from done. The score was again tied at 2 - 2 before the end of the second when Kevin Kiske found the back of the net on the power play, the only one of nine that the Jayhawks were able to convert on the night.

Goaltender Adam Paulitsch (45 saves) held Kansas in the contest throughout the night but couldn’t hold up to the Bears two power play goals in the third. Danny Bethmann scored on the man advantage with 17:46 showing on the clock and Joel Livingston took dead aim on a small opening in the upper right corner with 12:42 remaining to give Missouri State a 4 - 2 lead.

Kansas fought back with Bredesen’s second goal with just 6:46 to go. They had a golden opportunity to tie when Joe Combs took a seat in the sin bin with 1:39 left, but after applying heavy pressure with a six-on -four attack (with Paulitsch pulled in favor of an extra attacker) Kansas gave up the advantage on back-to-back penalties with 20 seconds to go.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa State Cyclones

12/01/07 - AMES, IA - Things started out differently for Missouri State in game two as the Ice Bears scored 42 seconds apart in the first period to take a 2-1 lead, but could not hold on, eventually losing the second game of the series to the Iowa State Cyclones 7-4.

After a goal by Pete Majkozak (2 goals, 3 assists in two games) the Cyclones looked like they picked up where they left off the day before. But a blast by Anthony Trupiano past starting goalie Christian Johansson with 1:54 left in the first period tied the score. Then Danny Bethmann (1G, 1A) gave the Ice Bears the lead with 1:12 remaining.

Iowa State continued their dominance in the second period with three straight goals (Mike Murtaugh at 9:57, Brian Spring at 11:39, and Pete Majkozak at 15:15) to take a 4-2 lead.

Brian Beaman (1G, 1A) brought Missouri State closer at 4-3 with a shot past relief goaltender Adam Chudnofsky, but again the Cyclones with three unanswered goals (Spring at 18:52 of the second, Brent Cornelius at 9:49 of the third, and Mike Lebler at 11:26) pulled ahead to stay with a 7-3 lead.

Paul Moellenberg made the game respectable with a goal 45 seconds later on an assist from Andy Whitener (3 assists) and Trupiano.

Mike Brown (6-1-0) suffers his first loss of the season in nets for the Ice Bears facing 50 shots and making 42 saves. Johansson faced 10 shots surrendering 2 goals in the first period and Chudnofsky saw 17 shots in the 2nd and 3rd periods with 15 saves.

The power play was not helpful for Missouri State who went 0-10 while Iowa State capitalized on 3 of 10 advantages.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa State Cyclones

11/30/07 - AMES, IA - There still is a difference between a Division 1 and a Division 2 team, and the Iowa State Cyclones showed the Missouri State Ice Bears just how much with a 9-2 drubbing in Ames ISU Ice Arena.

Missouri State got on the board first with a controversial goal by Joel Livingston at 5:32 of the first when his shot apparently hit the crossbar but the officials, after conferring with the goal judge, pointed to center ice indicating a goal had been scored.

It was down hill from there as the Ice Bears gave up 4 unanswered goals (Mike Murtaugh, Cort Bullock, Josh Rahme, and Bill Adolph) three in the first period and one in the second, to trail 4-1. Three of ISU's goals were screen shots past Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping, who faced 41 shots and had 32 saves.

Andy Whitener brought Missouri State to within 2 goals at 4-2 when he scored past the glove of ISU starting goalie Christian Johansson (6 shots, 5 saves), on the power play at 2:43, and the Ice Bears looked to have some life.

But the next 5 goals by Iowa State (Anthony Turcato, Jordan Pascale, Josh Rahme, Mike Murtaugh, and Brent Cornelius) sealed the game for the Cyclones. Missouri State was 1 for 2 on the power play and Iowa State went 4 for 5 on the man advantage.



Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers @ Webster Groves

11/23/07 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - The Mizzou Tigers looked to avenge two defeats at the hands of Missouri State earlier this year as they built a 3-0 lead early in the second period on neutral ice in Webster Grove Friday afternoon. But seven unanswered goals (five in the second period) left Missouri frustrated for the third time as the Ice Bears racked up a 7-4 win.

Missouri State, ranked 4th in the latest ACHA Division II Central Region poll, let penalties pile up in the early going that allowed Mizzou to stretch their lead. But it was an opening even-strength goal by Dan Kootman six minutes into the contest that gave the Tigers hope for the future. A power play goal from sniper fire laid down by Brock Gale midway through the first period and an even strength shot by Tony Maus (1 Goal, 1 Assist) that deflected in off of an Ice Bear stick 3½ minutes into the second period made it 3-0.

Missouri had big chances to extend the lead even further as Missouri State continued to skate short-handed for almost five minutes. But the defense stiffened, and Bryan Beaman’s (2 G) power play goal with 13:17 left in the period turned the momentum around. Danny Bethmann (2 G, 2 A) added a power play goal a minute and a half later, and Andy Whitener tied the game with a rebound past Mizzou goaltender Jeff Vogt (34 Saves) less than 2 minutes later.

The barrage continued with a second Bethmann effort with 4:54 showing, and the lead was 5-3 with the final second period power play goal off the stick of John Odenwald after Salman Shah had skated through, around, and past the entire Mizzou on-ice roster to deliver the assist.

Shah and Dan Odenwald each contributed four assists on the night. Missouri State racked up 4 power play goals on 9 attempts, while Missouri went 1 for 6 with the man advantage.

Goals six and seven in the string were delivered from Beaman and Joel Livingston in the third period before Andy Stream could slip one past relief goalie Nic Zamora (2 S) with just 1:47 remaining in the contest.

Michael Brown (16 S) took the win in net for the Ice Bears, his sixth against no defeats. The Ice Bears move to 12-3-0 on the season while the Tigers fall to 8-8-1.


Minnesota State - Mankato Mavericks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/17/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Things started off slow for Missouri State in game two, and the fast moving Minnesota State - Mankato Mavericks took full advantage of the Ice Bears complacency taking a 3-0 lead 26 minutes into the game and held on for a 4-3 win.

The loss ends Missouri State’s 11 game winning streak and a 7 game home winning streak.

Minnesota State – Mankato took the lead at 11:17 of the first period on a goal by Jason Young. Mike Franks scored his first of two past Ice Bears goalie Michael Poepping at 17:03 of the first for a 2-0 Mankato lead; This despite being out shot 16-9 in the first period. Franks’ second goal at 15:52 of the second made it look like a rout for the Mavericks (7-6), who were trying to get back above .500 on the season.

Mitch Leonard broke the goose-egg for Missouri State (11-3) at 10:45 of the second and for a moment the Ice Bears had some life. The game became closer when Joel Livingston notched his fifth goal of the season, on the power play, following up his own rebound and put the puck past Mavericks goalie Ben Luth (40 shots, 37 saves) with 2:20 left as the Ice Bears continued their comeback.

Dan Odenwald put home Joe Combs’ blast from the right point to tie the game 3-3 with 13:55 left in the third. Minnesota State kept the pressure on and made it tough for Missouri State to get good scoring opportunities even though the Mavericks were out shot 33-24.

Then with 4:23 left in the third period, Nate Reis - off the face off - got behind the defense and tucked the puck behind the Poepping (28 shots, 24 saves) for a 4-3 lead which Minnesota State-Mankato held to the end.

The Ice bears were 1 for 10 on the power play and the Mavericks were 2 for 6 with the extra man on the ice.



Minnesota State - Mankato Mavericks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/16/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks caught the Missouri State Ice Bears off guard in the early going, showing good fore checking and puck movement to score first off a power-play rebound by Will Lubbesmeyer 7:16 into the first period.

But the Ice Bears responded with a barrage of 61 shots on goal for the contest and eventually wore down the Mavericks to take a 5 - 3 win at Jordan Valley Ice Park Friday night. Bryan Beaman (1 goal, 1 assist) evened the score midway through the first period and the Ice Bears garnered their first lead of the night with a power-play goal from Clayton Baker with 9:42 left in the first, but the hard-fought contest was far from over.

Mankato battled back when Mike Franks (2 goals, 1 assist) scored the first of two goals halfway through the second period to tie the game at two. Salman Shah blasted a shot into the upper left hand corner at the 13:28 mark of the period to give Missouri State another lead at 3 - 2, but Franks answered again on the power-play with a shot that deflected off of a defenseman's stick and bounced past winning goaltender Michael Brown (24 saves) late in the period.

The two teams battled ferociously until 8:10 left in the contest, when Bobby Saitta slipped the rebound from a Paul Moellenberg (2 assists) shot under the pads of goaltender Ben Luth (56 saves) to give the Ice Bears the lead for good at 4 - 3. Jon Odenwald scored an empty net goal in the last minute to distort the score and ice the win.

On the powerplay, Missouri State went 2 for 5 and Minnesota - Mankato was 2 for4 with the man advantage.

Missouri State won their 11th straight and move to 11 - 2 on the season while Minnesota- Mankato falls to 6 - 6. The two teams will enjoy a tough rematch tonight.


Illinois State Redbirds @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/03/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It took an extra 52 seconds to do it, but the Missouri State Ice Bears finally overcame four 1-goal deficits to subdue the Illinois State Redbirds in overtime, 5-4 Saturday night before a nervous overflow Jordan Valley Ice Park crowd.

The 5th ranked (ACHA Division II Central Region) Ice Bears, who one night earlier had drubbed the Redbirds 9-2, 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.

Odenwald’s pass was perfect, and Livingston made no mistake on the one-timer. Odenwald was returning the favor, as Livingston had fed him on the game tying goal with 14:34 left in regulation.

The 11th ranked Redbirds dented the scoreboard first 5:16 into the second period on a power play goal by Aaron Gold; then proceeded to swap goals with the Ice Bears all the way until the final regulation buzzer.

After a scoreless first period the Bears found themselves down 3 - 2 going into the final stanza. But it took just 14 seconds of the third period for Odenwald to tie the game on an unassisted goal. ISU regained the lead for the fourth time at 4 - 3 when James Cioffi rocketed one by the gloved hand of winning goalkeep Michael Poepping (14 saves).

But Odenwald and Livingston took it from there to give the Ice Bears their tenth win in a row and a perfect 9 - 0 MACHA league record. With the win, the Ice Bears are already guaranteed a spot in the MACHA league tournament with half a season yet to play.

John Odenwald and Joe Combs also tallied goals for the Ice Bears, with Olindo Alo and Drew Hannan scoring for Illinois State. Losing goaltender John Orlak turned aside 46 out of 51 shots on goal, keeping the Redbirds in the game.

The Ice Bears were 1 for 4 on the power play, while the Redbirds were 1 for 3 as only nine penalties (including coincidental minors) were called during the cleanly played game.



Illinois State Redbirds @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/02/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The long bus ride for Illinois State coupled with a 2-½ week rest for Missouri State may have been contributing factors, but the Ice Bears dominated the Redbirds 9-2 at Jordan Valley Ice Park Friday night. The game was lead by “Steamin” Bryan Beaman who scored the team's first hat trick of the year.

The Ice Bears, ranked #5 in the first ACHA Division II Central Region poll released Friday afternoon, out-shot the 11 th-ranked Redbirds 50-23 on the night while controlling almost every facet of the game. Goals by Clayton Baker, John Odenwald, Joe Combs, Bobby Saitta, and the first two of three Bryan Beaman goals staked the Ice bears to a 6 - 0 lead through the first two periods.

ISU finally got on the board with a power play goal by Olindo Alo midway through the first period, and they scored again just eight seconds later when Steven Shaykin rifled a shot past winning goaltender Michael Brown to make it 6 - 2.

An Ice Bears meltdown was short lived as Missouri State finished with a flurry of three goals in the last seven minutes, including the first of the year by defenseman Michael Deutman and the second of the year for Anthony Trupiano.

Missouri State continued their mastery of the power play as they converted on five of six attempts. The Redbirds could convert only one of five power plays while giving up a short-handed goal for Odenwald, assisted by Paul Moellenberg as the pair simply out-worked the Redbirds in their own end.

Clayton Baker added an assist to go with his goal. Danny Bethmann chipped in with a pair of assists and Michael Brown stopped 21 shots en route to his fourth win of the year versus no defeats.

John Orlak gets the loss in nets for the Redbirds after he was pulled with 12:53 left in the 2nd period and a 4-0 Ice Bear lead. Chris Moore finished up in relief facing 24 shots.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

10/18/07 - EAST ALTON, IL - Striking early and often, the Missouri State Ice bears piled up five first period goals, then held firm for a surprising 7 - 0 win on Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville’s home ice Thursday night.

Missouri State was a slight favorite going in, but no one could have predicted the intensity of the Bears in the opening period. Sophomore forward Andy Bethmann opened the scoring by slipping a rebound from an Anthony Trupiano shot past Cougar netminder Casey Kicielinski less than two minutes into the contest.

Eric Salerno, a freshman, scored the first of his two goals (off an assist from Adam Ruesch, who had 3 in the the game) nine minutes into the period, followed by the first of two netters from junior Andy Whitener (2G, 1A) at 11:33 of the period. Whitener scored again with just 2:19 left in the opening stanza, followed 27 seconds later by Salerno’s second goal, and the rout was on.

Kicielinski yielded five goals on 12 shots in that period, prompting Cougar Head Coach Larry Thatcher to lift the senior leader in favor of junior goaltender Lucas Venker for the remainder of the contest. Venker fared slightly better, giving up two goals on 17 shots over the last 40 minutes, including scores by Bryan Beaman 14:09 into the second period and Scott Gleason with 8:45 remaining in the contest.

Despite out-shooting the Ice Bears 31-29 for the night, no Cougar could shatter the resistance of Missouri State goaltender Mike Poepping, who made more than a few great saves (even when facing a five-on-three power play for SIUE) enroute to his first shut-out of the year. Both teams went 0 for 4 on the powerplay in a cleanly played game.

SIUE falls to 1-2 in both their overall and MACHA league records. Missouri State has now won eight straight games and is 8 - 2 overall, with a perfect 7 - 0 record in league play and 8 - 0 against ACHA division II opponents. The Ice Bears will take a breather before returning home for a two game set with Illinois State November 2 nd.



Iowa Ice Hawks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/13/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After handing the Ice Hawks their first loss the night before, the Ice Bears looked for a sweep in game two. A different Iowa team made it a little tougher through two periods but eventually Missouri State, with three goals in the 3rd period, broke a 2-2 tie and came away with a 5-2 win.

But it was not a clean win when with 1:10 left in the 3rd period the Ice Bears Joel Livingston and Iowa's Matt Winkler exchanged punches as did Paul Moellenberg and Stephen Davlantes. "This is not Missouri State Hockey," said Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander during the postgame interview.

John Odenwald scored his second game opening goal in a row at 12:18 for Missouri State (7-2) then the Ice Hawks (6-2) tied the game when Kyle Norris took a pass from Jon Rowell and converted a 2 on 1 past a sprawling Michael Brown.

Then Bryan Beaman scored at 6:48 of the second period to give the Ice Bears a 2-1 lead and just :29 seconds later Joe Scerba tied the score even though the Ice Bears out shot the Ice Hawks 32-15.

Salman Shah blasted a shot through Beaman's screen to give the Ice Bears a 3-2 lead 4:29 into the third period, and at 11:34 Beaman scored his second of the game and 7th of season. Just :26 seconds later, Paul Moellenberg took an errant pass and put it in the upper corner of the net past Iowa's goalie Jeremy Posner.

Missouri State had 54 shots on Posner and Iowa managed 34 on Brown, who kept the Ice Bears in the game. The Ice Bears went 1 for 8 on the powerplay and Iowa was 0 for 7.

The Ice Bears improve to 7-2 and 6-0 in MACHA league play while the Ice Hawks drop to 0-2 in the MACHA and 6-2 over all.


Iowa Ice Hawks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/12/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With undefeated Iowa in town, and another MACHA league game on the line along with the Ice Bears 5 game winning streak, Missouri State used 5 unanswered goals to skate past the Ice Hawks 5-1 Friday night at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

John Odenwald (5G, 1A) started the scoring, on the powerplay, off a rebound from Adam Ruesch at 7:13 to give the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead. In the second period, four goals by the Ice Bears put the game out of reach starting :56 seconds into the period when Danny Bethmann picked up a pass from Bryan Beaman and scored his 7th goal of the season. At 11:40 Ruesch gave Missouri State a 3-0 lead when he put the puck past Iowa goalie Tim Strauch.

It became 4-0 just :37 seconds later during a give and go from Beaman to Dan Odenwald (7G, 4A) and with :10 seconds remaining in the 2nd, Bobby Saitta put Missouri State up by 5 goals.

Michael Poepping, who stopped 28 shots thus far, couldn't stop Sean Phelan's bid to break the shut out with 8:35 left in the game. Poepping faced 32 shots in the game and Strauch faced 53. Missouri State went 1 for 9 on the powerplay and Iowa went 1 for 8 with the extra man.


Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/06/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The winning streak for the Ice Bears extends to 5 games and 4 in Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association league play after a 7-2 win over the Tigers.

Missouri scored 1:28 into the first period when Brock Gale came in on Missouri State's goalie Mike Poepping and moved the net, but Christian Waters was credited with the score.

Then at 17:19 on the power play, a shot by Joe Combs rebounded to Brian Beaman and he put the puck past Missouri goaltender Kevin McFarland to tie the score 1-1. Mizzou's Tony Maus found the back of the net in a pile of players during a powerplay to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

With 4:10 left in the period, the Ice Bears tied the game 2-2 (again on the powerplay) when Anthony Trupiano took Bobby Saitta's pass, couldn't find the puck in his skates; spun around once he found it; and put it in the upper right corner of the net. That was the start of six unanswered goals.

In the second period, Bobby Saitta put the Ice Bears in front to stay at 3:08; then Joe Combs got a goal that found the net at 5:17 to give Missouri State a 4-2 lead. Danny Bethmann scored his first of two in the game on a 5-3 power play with 10:29 left in the second.

In the third, things got chippy as the Tigers and Ice Bears found the penalty box but Missouri State still got on the board twice. Beaman notched his second goal of the game at 1:39 to give the Ice Bears a 6-2 lead.

With 16:25 remaining, Danny Bethmann was awarded a penalty shot after being pulled down but was stopped on his attempt by the right leg pad of McFarland. Eventually Bethmann finished the scoring with a shorthanded goal with 6:40 left in the third.

The Ice Bears went 4 for 9 on the powerplay and the Tigers went 1 for 11 tries with the man advantage.



Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/05/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Bragging rights between the two Missouri teams were on the line as the Ice Bears hosted the Tigers and those rights start with Missouri State after a 5-2 win at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

A scoreless game in the first period was broken when Danny Bethmann (season: 5G, 4A) fired home a rebound of Dan Odenwald's shot, on the power play, at 16:11 to give the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead. Special team goals continued when John Odenwald (4G, 1A) notched the Ice Bears 4th shorthanded goal of the season past starting goaltender Jeff Vogt with 1:24 left in the first.

Missouri got one back in the second period when Dustin Lutz broke Michael Poepping's shutout at 2:26. The puck came off his right goal pad, hit the post, then sat in front of the open net for Lutz to send through.

Missouri State made it 3-1 on Bethmann's second goal of the night at 12:10 past Kevin McFarland (who came in relief of Vogt late in the first period) to give the Ice Bears some breathing room. By this time the Ice Bears had out shot the Tigers 30-16.

Then with 4:15 left in the second and the Tigers on a 5 on 3 man advantage, Daniel Kootman put Missouri to within a goal at 3-2. Missouri State would widen the lead to 4-2 on Bryan Beaman's one timer with 5:21 remaining in the game. Paul Moellenberg finished the scoring for Missouri State with :27 seconds left in the game.

The Ice Bears were 1 for 5 on the powerplay and the Tigers went 1 for 7. Missouri State had 10 shots on Vogt and 38 on McFarland while Missouri had 22 on Poepping.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ Eastern Illinois Panthers

09/30/07 - DANVILLE, IL - A slow start for Missouri State in the first period lead to a 2-0 deficit but 7 unanswered goals by the Ice Bears lead to an 8-3 win and a sweep of the two road games with the Panthers.

After goals by Dale Michonski @ 13:52 and Joe Kopca @ 11:25 gave Eastern Illinois a two goal lead, seven straight goals by the Ice Bears turned the tide for Missouri State. Dan Odenwald started the scoring with 3:38 left in the first. Then Clayton Baker came off the bench and took a pass from Joel Livingston and one timed the shot past Panthers goaltender Brian Blake to tie the game at 2-2.

Just :52 seconds into the second period, Livingston put the Ice Bears ahead to stay. Then Odenwald notched his second goal @ 14:35 and Danny Bethmann finished the scoring in the second (his 3rd goal of the season) with 2:14 left for a 5-2 lead.

Bryan Beaman's first goal of the season @ 11:44 of the third period - on the powerplay - increased the Ice Bears lead to 6-2. Bobby Saitta scored a 2-man powerplay goal with 7:31 left in the third, and after a scramble in front Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown lead to an EIU goal by Neil Fifer on an Ice Bear powerplay, Bryan Beaman got his second of the game (on the powerplay) with :25 left in the third.

Missouri State had 48 shots on Blake and EIU managed 31 on Brown. The Ice Bears went 4 for 8 on the powerplay and the Panthers were 0 for 4 but did score shorthanded.



Missouri State Ice Bears @ Robert Morris - Springfield Eagles

09/29/07 - SPRINGFIELD, IL - Five goals in the second period helped the Missouri State Ice Bears even its record to 2-2 with a 8-2 win at the Franklin Nelson Center. The team was led by an Odenwald brother hat trick with Dan's 2 goals and his brother John picking up an assist to go with his goal.

After Kasey Courtwright gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on the power play with 6:25 left in the first period, the Ice Bears opened the second period with a goal from Andy Whitener 1:05 into it.

After Justin Elmore scored a goal (that looked like it hit the post and came out) just :52 seconds later for a 2-1 Panther lead, the Ice Bears scored 4 goals (Danny Bethmann@ 13:13; Dan Odenwald @ 9:04; Adam Ruesch @ 8:34; and Odenwald again @ 4:06) all on power plays to take the lead 5-2.

The powerplay goals continued for Missouri State with Matt Schroeder's @ 7:17; Paul Moellenburg getting his first if the season @ 6:46 and John Odenwald completing the scoring with 2:04 left in the third period.

Missouri State out shot the Eagles 56-21 with the Ice Bears putting 42 shots on Freshman starting goalie Jarion Walk, and 14 on Steve Jakubiak who came in at the start of the third period. Michael Poepping faced all 21 Eagles shots for Missouri State.

The Ice Bears connected on 6 power plays and RMCS scored on 1 of 6 man advantages.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ Eastern Illinois Panthers

09/28/07 - DANVILLE, IL - A seven goal outburst in the second period was more than enough for the Missouri State Ice Bears to gain their first win of the season 10-1 over the Eastern Illinois University Panthers at Palmer Arena.

Officially, Mitch Leonard put the Ice Bears on the scoreboard first. He was given credit for a goal (that looked to have come off Scott Gleason's right elbow) at 17:47 of the first period.

In the second period the Ice Bears scored 7 unanswered goals to take an 8-0 lead. Salman Shah started the scoring in the second at 18:33; John Odenwald from Andy Whitener @ 14:38; Joel Livingston @ 8:18; Dan Odenwald @ 7:38; Clayton Baker @ 5:48; and Joe Combs twice @ 4:40 and with :59 left in the period.

At 14:35 of the 3rd period, Dave Fitzgerald fed Wayne Kuhl and the give and go broke the shut out bid of Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown. Livingston grabbed his second goal of the game @ 14:13 to make it 9-1 then Danny Bethmann finished the scoring with a shorthander at the 3:09 mark remaining in the third period.

Missouri State had 34 shots on starting goaltender Brian Blake and 20 on Kevin Krauss who came in relief in the third period. Eastern Illinois had 25 shots on Michael Brown. The Ice Bears converted on 3 of 8 powerplay opportunities and had a shorthanded goal, while the Panthers were 0-6 with the man advantage.



Missouri State Ice Bears @ University Of Oklahoma Bronchos

09/22/07 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - "It's going to be a different game," were the words Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander said just before the start of game two between Missouri State and Central Oklahoma. Still, two leads of 3-1 and 4-2 couldn't hold up and the Ice Bears came out on the losing end to the Bronchos 5-4.

Missouri State got on the scoreboard first when Andy Whitener took a pass from Joe Combs and scored on the powerplay just 2:34 into the game. Dan Odenwald scored shorthanded past Bronchos goalie Justin Sgro at 12:09 to give the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead.

After AJ Alfrey brought UCO to within a goal on a breakaway at 16:35, the Ice Bears cme back with another shorthanded goal by Adam Ruesch only :56 seconds later to extend the lead to 3-1.

UCO's Shawn Steggles was the only on who scored in the second period with 4:06 left to put the Bronchos one goal down for the second time in the game.

A powerplay goal in the second period by John Odenwald at 10:32 gave the Ice Bears some breathing room at 4-2. But the lead was short lived as the Bronchos scored three goals in under 6 minutes (Alfrey @ 11:57, Alex Jackson @ 14:26, and Josh Isbel @ 17:19) to give UCO the lead.

The Ice Bears were 2 for 8 on the power play and the Bronchos went 1 for 8. Mike Poepping faced 39 UCO shots and Sgro saw 40 from the Ice Bears.


Missouri State Ice Bears @ University Of Oklahoma Bronchos

09/21/07 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - The season started with a game against the same team the Missouri State Ice Bears opened against last year, the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. They have yet to test UCO on the scoreboard after a 5-0 loss in Oklahoma City.

A strong first period by the Ice Bears which had them out shooting the Bronchos 15-10 was left for naught after Missouri State failed to score on 4 powerplay opportunities. Several scoring attempts were sticked away by Central Oklahoma goaltender Justin Sgro.

In the second period, Bronchos broke a scoreless game on a goal by John Canizzo at 10:16 when he broke in alone on Mike Poepping and put the puck over his right shoulder. Then two powerplay goals by UCO gave the Bronchos a 3-0 lead. The second goal came after Greg Masters got a shot off Poepping's glove and into the net. Goal three was a scramble in front of the net and Shawn Steggles put the puck top shelf on Poepping.

The Ice Bears came close in the third period hitting the goal post twice, but a shorthanded goal by Josh Isbel at 4:41 gave UCO a 4-0 lead and Canizzo finished the scoring with 1:43 left in the game.

Missouri State was 0 for 8 on the powerplay and Central Oklahoma went 2 for 10. Poepping faced 45 shots and Sgro had 40 on him.