Ice Bears 2008-2009 Game Highlights

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Michigan State @ ACHA Tournament

02/27/09 - NORTHBROOK, IL - This time the phrase: "the game was not indicative of the score," really applies to the 3-0 loss the 10th ranked Missouri State Ice Bears suffered against the 2nd ranked Michigan State.

The Spartans, ranked #2 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division (ACHA) Division 2 Central, had to play through the Regional Tournament as the #3 seed. Grand Valley State was ranked #3 in the final ranking period, but gained a second place auto bid as the Nationals host team.

The Spartans faced the Ice Bears for only the second time in team history.

It was a good game. A fast paced game that could have gone either way. End to end action gave both teams good scoring opportunities in the first period.

Unfortunately for Missouri State, it was a shorthanded goal by Michigan State's Brian Hennessy -- on a second effort shot over Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping's shoulder --that gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first period.

Poepping made his first start since a groin injury suffered during the 2nd period on January 9th against Ferris State.

The second period was scoreless and again both teams played each other tough with the game reminiscent of an NHL playoff game.

Once again the Ice Bears were given a power play, but with 18 seconds left in the Ice Bears advantage, Michigan State's Joe Snook took the advantage and scored a second Spartans shorthanded goal with 15:56 left in the 3rd period.

Although the Ice Bears kept the pressure on Michigan State's goaltender Justin Sand, who managed 26 saves, a hit goal post by Danny Bethmann was as close as Missouri State would get.

Mike Mistretta rounded out the scoring for the Spartans on an even-strength goal past Poepping (42 shots, 39 saves) with 6:13 left in the game.

Missouri State went 0 for 6 on the power play and Michigan State was 0 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri @ MACHA Tournament

02/22/09 - FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL - Knowing they would have to get past the Missouri Tigers for a 10th time in a row, the Missouri State Ice Bears geared up for a Semi-Final match up in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Tournament, but quickly found that they just couldn't get it into high gear against the Tigers, losing 3-0 to a Mizzou team that would eventually win the 2008-2009 Championship Trophy.

During the Tigers championship run, Missouri upset (14th ranked in the ACHA) Illinois State, #10 Missouri State, and #7 Iowa to claim their 1st MACHA Gold Division Championship in exciting fashion - a 4-3 win in triple overtime.

The Ice Bears and Tigers took half of the first period getting to know each other while in the penalty box. Missouri State had 10 minutes of penalty time assessed, and Missouri received 12 minutes.

Power plays hurt the Ice Bears.

Daniel Kootman gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with the man advantage goal putting home a rebound of Chris Koenan's shot at 8:30 of the 1st period. The tigers had a goal disallowed after a shot trickled up over Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel's helmet, down his back, and into the net. Guempel (20 shots, 17 saves) was shoved into the net, before the goal was scored. The referee ruled the Tigers Andy Stream interfered on the play and the score remained 1-0.

Period two was a strange one for Missouri State as they out shot Missouri 20-4 but spectacular saves by Tigers netminder Alec Schnitzler (49 saves) kept the one goal lead.

Penalties again became a factor in the 3rd period. With an Ice Bear in the sin bin, Christian Watters used only 5 seconds to put a power play goal past Guempel. Taking the draw from the point, Watters blasted the the puck through traffic with 9:32 left in the 3rd period.

Just 1:41 later, Dustin Lutz skated in front of the goal as Brock Gale centered a pass from behind the net bouncing it off Lutz and across the line for a 3-0 lead.

Missouri State was 0 for 7 on the power play and Missouri went 2 for 6.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ University of Kansas

02/14/09 - OVERLAND PARK, KS - Recharged with the knowledge that the MACHA regular season crown was still up for grabs (thanks to a 5-5 tie between Saint Louis and Iowa the night before), the Ice Bears came at Kansas with everything they had in game two on Saturday.

A disallowed, shorthanded, and powerplay goal later, the Ice Bears had their 6th win in a row and 3rd shutout of the season, a 5-0 blanking of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Danny Bethmann (21st) skated through the slot untouched and redirected a pass from B.J. Norman at 12:08 of the first period to send the Ice bears out to a 1-0 lead.

Andy Whitener scored on a rebound following a Bryan Beaman breakaway, but the officials (after calling it a goal) ruled the net had been pushed off by Kansas goaltender Adam Paulitsch (43 shots, 38 saves) before the rebound.

The officials changed their minds, wiping the goal off to leave it 1-0 at the end of the period.

Mitch Leonard (6th) caught Paulitsch off guard, after the Jayhawk netminder cleared the puck to the corner and right on Lenoard's stick, who returned the favor scoring a shorthanded goal with 12:55 left in the second period to extend the Ice Bear lead to 2-0.

Missouri State goaltender Doug Guempel had to endure a penalty shot with 11:46 left to go in the second. Kansas’ Matt Zellmer moved to his right but Guempel disrupted with a poke check to stop the effort and keep the score 2 - 0 after two periods. Guempel is now 2-0 on penalty shots this year.

The Ice Bears scored on a 4-on-4 situation as Clayton Baker (6th) deposited a 16-footer with 14:09 left in regulation over the glove of Paulitsch, and all the Ice bears had to do from there was hold on.

But they still had more in them as Paul Saitta (16th) took advantage of a Jayhawk turnover while the Ice Bears were on the power play, and his slap shot made it 4-0.

Then Leonard added his second goal (and 7th of the season) with 4:01 remaining, on the rebound, and finally the Ice Bears were done.

Guempel turned away all 16 Kansas shots in the shut out win for the Ice bears as Missouri State finished the regular season at 22-13-2.

The Ice Bears were 1 for 6 on the powerplay and the Jayhawks went 0 for 4.

 


Missouri State Ice Bears @ University of Kansas

02/13/09 - OVERLAND PARK, KS - Starting a game against MACHA contender Kansas University on the road is tough enough, but mounting injuries and job requirements coupled with a hot Jayhawk team were a tall order for the Ice Bears to overcome Friday.

But overcome they did, taking game one in the two game series, 5-2.

Jon Odenwald joined the list of walking wounded for Missouri State, having suffered a shoulder injury similar to that of Joe Cero. Both were dressed, but saw limited action. Joe Combs and Andy Bethmann could not make the trip due to job requirements as the Ice Bears used just 10 healthy forwards and five defensemen in a key ACHA tilt.

Ice Bears goaltender Nick Zamora (13 saves) made three saves with 5:28 left in the first period, but the fourth shot, a rebound by Dave Shiffer (3rd), slipped by for a 1-0 Kansas lead.

Danny Bethmann (20th) took only 34 seconds to answer for the Ice Bears though, stunning the crowd with 4:54 remaining. Missouri State couldn’t take advantage of a two-man power play late in the period, which closed in a 1-1 tie.

The Ice Bears scored on a power play when Andy Whitener (6th) slipped one past goaltender Brent Pitts (36 saves) with 7:37 left in the second period for a 2-1 lead. But Missouri State gave an opportunity right back to Kansas with a four-minute power play, which Matthew Zellmer (13th) converted at 6:47 to knot the game back up at 2 apiece.

The two teams carried the 2-2 tie midway into the third period, when Kansas (17-14) was awarded their own 2-man advantage, but Zamora and the Ice Bears defense held strong, aided by a timely Jayhawk penalty.

B.J. Norman (6th) broke the tie with a perfect pass from behind the net to by Paul Moellenberg with 7:53 left in the game, and the floodgates opened with another goal just 47 seconds later when Paul Saitta took a pass from Bryan Beaman, who drew the defense to him on the right side while passing back to Saitta, to make it 4-2.

Paul Moellenberg finished the scoring for Missouri State with just 21 seconds left, knocking Pitts' water bottle off the net with a shot over the goaltender's glove, for a final 5-2 tally.

The win moved Missouri State to 21-13-2 on the season. More Importantly, it kept the Ice Bears tied with the MACHA regular season leader Iowa, and it kept their ACHA playoff chances looking good.

Missouri State was 1 for 6 on the powerplay and Kansas went 1 for 3.

 

University Of Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/07/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Forget the records; forget the championship implications. Anytime the University of Missouri invades the packed house at Missouri State’s Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield, it’s going to be war. But with so much at stake adding fuel to the fire, this year’s MACHA league series was an absolute classic.

Game two, a come-from behind 4-3 overtime thriller, may be remembered as the most exciting game ever played at Mediacom Ice Park.

With both teams visibly spent from regulation, Bryan Beaman (16th) found just enough energy to break free with 2:59 left in overtime and finish the comeback he started, beating Missouri goalkeep Jeff Vogt (47 saves) over his right side glove hand to claim the win for Missouri State.

"We battled all game long," said Beaman about the chance in overtime. "I knew I had to finish it right there."

The goal resulted in the longest ovation in Ice Bears history. One that required the Ice Bears to return from the locker room for a curtain call.

"What these guys did tonight was incredible because the first period tonight was the worst period of hockey I've ever seen in my five years at Missouri State University," said Ice Bears Assistant Coach Michael Brown.

The Tigers jumped all over the Ice Bears in the early going, scoring three unanswered goals in the first period and a half.

Christian Waters (25th) started the scoring for Missouri just 1:26 into the contest, on a power play, when Tony Maus found him alone down low. Kyle Gray (10th) put a Bill McKeague rebound past Ice Bears goaltender Nick Zamora (21 saves) with 10:35 left in the first period, and the Tigers looked fairly unstoppable.

By the time Daniel Kootman (14th) tucked one in with 10:14 left in the second period for a 3-0 Missouri lead, the sell out crowd wondered if the Ice Bears would come out of hibernation.

But from there, the Ice Bears had just enough time, heart, and spectacular goaltending to make a comeback.

The 1100 screaming fans were finally rewarded with a power play goal from Bryan Beaman (15th) with 5:41 left in the second period. Salman Shah (12th) returned a long rebound from 17 feet out past Vogt with 30 seconds left in the second to raise hopes for a big comeback at 3-2.

"They turned it on in the second period and in the third period they dominated most of the play," explained Brown.

The third period saw nail biting, non-stop end-to-end thrills and spills as both teams left everything on the ice. Mizzou had opportunities to salt the game away on the power play with 7:56 remaining.

But after key stops by Zamora, Joe Combs (11th) shook loose with a perfect pass from Danny Bethmann. Combs snuck the puck inside the arm of Vogt - a short-handed goal - to tie the game with with 7:13 yet to play.

Both goaltenders wowed the crowd with spectacular saves for the remainder of regulation, but it was Zamora in the waning moments of regulation who stole the show.

Missouri’s Nick Edwards came streaking in on right wing, with help on his left, for a 2-on-0 chance. Edwards tried the shot to the left side. Zamora dove across, barely deflecting the puck off his stick and head.

Zamora stopped another wide open attempt following a turnover just seconds later. In essence, Zamora’s work during a full-out assault by Missouri in the last few moments of regulation saved the day for Missouri State.

With the weekend sweep the Ice Bears raised their record to 20-13-2, marking the third year in a row they have achieved 20 wins. The Ice Bears remain one point behind MACHA league leader Iowa in the Gold division with two games remaining for both squads.

"I can't think of a better way to end my time here with the Ice Bears than this," said Brown. I'm so proud of the guys.

 

University Of Missouri Tigers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

02/06/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears started their weekend rivalry with the University of Missouri Tigers off on the right foot in the opening game of the series with a 5-4 win, but it wasn’t without some shaky footing along the way.

The Tigers started the scoring with a power play goal from Tony Maus (24th) midway through the first. Danny Bethmann (18th) answered for Missouri State with 2:14 left in the period to leave a 1-1 tie at the first intermission.

It wasn’t until 57 seconds left in the second period, when Bryan Beaman (13th) accepted an assist from Paul Saitta, that the Ice Bears would take the lead, 2-1. A second power play goal by Raphael Gatti (6th) knotted the score at two with 13:05 left to play in the 3rd period.

Then things went wild.

Beaman’s second goal of the night gave the Ice Bears a 3-2 lead with 9:35 remaining, then Beaman assisted Saitta (13th) with 8:12 to go and it looked like Missouri State was ready to pull away at 4-2.

Missouri had other plans however, fighting back to pull within a goal when Tim Dolan (6th) snuck one past starting goaltender Doug Guempel ( 18 saves) with 4:28 remaining.

The Ice Bears stretched the lead back out to two when Beaman and Saitta teamed up for their fourth collaboration of the night. Saitta (14th) got his second goal (and a 5-3 lead) with only 3:24 on the clock, but it wasn’t over yet.

Missouri broke Daniel Kootman (13th) loose with 2:32 to go, and it took some great goal work from Guempel down the stretch to seal the deal for Missouri State.

Alex Schnitzler turned away 46 of 51 shots in goal for the Tigers in the loss, as the Ice Bears out-shot Missouri 51-22.

Missouri State improves to 19-13-2 with the win and 13-2 in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association League play. Missouri falls to 15-14-0 with the loss.

 

So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/31/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Even though the scores looked similar on paper, two very different games were played between Missouri State and Southern Illinois (Edwardsville) this past weekend. The Ice Bears won the second game 6-3, but took a different route to get there in the rivalry match-up.

The two teams declared war in the early going, exploding for a combined 7 goals in the first 14 minutes. But unlike game one Friday night (where the Cougars bolted to a 2-0 lead before 8 minutes had elapsed, scoring just 31 seconds into the contest, before the Ice Bears managed 6 straight goals to win 6-2) it was Missouri State who started fast this time.

Salman Shah slipped a rebound of Dave Schroeders shot through the pads of SIUE starting goalie Luke Venker (12 shots, 7 saves) in the first 41 seconds.

SIUE knotted the score when Michael Dolan was left unattended on a breakaway with 15:33 remaining.

MSU answered with two goals within 11 seconds of each other just 41 seconds after Dolan’s effort. Danny Bethmann accepted a nice feed from Joe Combs to make it 2-1 Ice Bears at the 14:52 mark, then Combs scored off the face off to the right of Venker seconds later for a 3-1 tally.

SIUE fought back in the rough-and-tumble period, pulling within one when Ryan McTeague tipped a shot from Jared Ippolito home with 12:09 left in the first.

But a goal from Dave Schroeder at 8:40 followed by a power play effort from Clay Baker less than 2 minutes later chased Venker from the nets, having given up 5 goals on just 12 shots.

Bethmann’s second goal (against goaltender Brandon Becker, 28 saves) stretched the lead to 6-2 with 5:33 to go in the second, and it took a two-man advantage (a second goal from Dolan) to keep the Cougar hopes alive with with 4:07 remaining in the second.

As wildly as it started, the guns went just as strangely silent for both teams as they settled down into a defensive tug of war for the remainder of the contest. Missouri State goaltender Nick Zamora, in only his second start of the season, turned away 27 of 30 shots in the win while wowing the packed house at Mediacom Ice Park with several key saves along the way.

Saturday’s game was much more physical following a last-minute brawl Friday night.

After MSU’s Paul Moellenberg and SIUE’s Billy Menchak were disqualified Friday, Salman Shah and John Odenwald drew 10-minute misconducts Saturday. But surprisingly few penalties were issued during the heated contest, with 5 regular penalties against the Ice Bears and only 4 citations issued to the Cougars.

The Ice Bears took their record to 18-13-2 overall and 12-2 in MACHA Gold Division league play, just one point behind league-leading Iowa Gold. The Cougars fall to 7-9-1 on the year, and will be struggling to make this year’s MACHA tournament after not missing the big show in almost 8 years.

Missouri State was 1 for 3 with the man advantage while Southern Illinois was 1 for 4.

 

 

So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/30/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Salman Shah's goal with 56 seconds remaining in the first period erased a 2-0 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars lead, and was the catalyst behind 6 straight Missouri State goals and a 6-2 win before another large crowd at Mediacom Ice Park.

Part of a hat trick, Shah put his 8th of the season over SIUE goaltender Luke Venker's (56 shots, 50 saves) shoulder with 56 seconds left in the first period, that brought Missouri State to within a goal.

"I just worked hard out there, and they came," said Shah. "It's a team game, and I just try to do my part."

As a team last season the Missouri State Ice Bears out scored their opponents 2-1 in the first period, giving up only 24 goals. Already this season, the Ice Bears have surrendered 38 and are relatively even in the opening period.

Bret Edwards gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the game. Taking a pass from Geoff Grimes, he moved to his left sending Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel (25 shots, 23 saves) to his right. Edwards shot across the net and put the puck past Guempel's glove for his first goal of the season.

A little over 7 minutes later, Billy Menchak scored his 3rd of the season past Guempel stunning the Ice Bears faithful.

Despite trailing by one and out shooting the Cougars 22-8 after the 1st period, the Ice Bears woke up. Dave Schroeder's 4th goal over the left shoulder of Venker tied the game with 17:19 remaining in the period.

Then Paul Saitta grabbed his 12th of the year (and the game winner) at 15:30 after receiving a pass from John Odenwald giving Missouri State the lead.

With 3:11 left in the period, Shah picked up his second goal of the game (and 9th of the season) slamming it into the top right hand corner of the net where it stuck in the mesh.

Missouri State was out shooting Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 38-14 at the time.

In the third period, Andy Whitener increased the Ice Bears lead to 5-2 with his 5th off the glove of Venker and into the net with 2:44 left.

Shah finished his hat trick 32 seconds later (on the powerplay) walking in front of Venker and blasting the puck past the Cougars goaltender after Ryan McTigue, defending on the play, fell down.

"It's not just an individual out there," explained Shah. "Obviously it's a team effort, and we are coming together as a team."

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos

01/24/09 - EDMOND, OK - Although the score doesn't tell the whole story about Missouri State's 8-4 loss to the Division 1 Central Oklahoma Bronchos, it does hide the fact that the Ice Bears trailed by a goal twice in the game and played with three defensemen and one of their top assist leaders injured.

Clayton Baker sat out the game after he was hit in the knee during the first period of game one. Matt Schroeder's recurring foot problem kept him sidelined, Joe Cero is most likely out for the season after a hit to the shoulder in the second period of the opening match, and C.J. Jung (second in assists with 23) will also most likely be out for the season with a broken ankle after sliding into the boards skates first.

A.J. Alfrey used just 31 seconds to put Central Oklahoma in the lead, with his 8th of the season, slamming home Jonathon Cannizzo's shot past Ice Bears starting goaltender Doug Guempel (22 shots, 16 saves). Then at the 6:55 mark, Alex Jackson scored his 2nd of the season taking a feed from Jason Thibodeau, who was behind the net, sending the puck in front to a waiting Jackson of the Bronchos.

Similar to what happened in game one, a much faster University of Central Oklahoma team - ranked 12th in the ACHA Division 1 - skated circles around Missouri State, at one point out shooting the Ice Bears 12-0.

Despite the shot deficit, the Ice Bears pulled to within a goal twice in the game.

Joe Combs put the Ice Bears to within a goal when he took Jordan Skaggs attempt, which hit the side of the net, came out in front of Bronchos starting goaltender Justin Sgro (13 shots, 10 saves) and blasted it past his left glove side. The Ice Bears trailed 2-1 with 11:04 remaining in the first period on their first shot of the period.

Kyle Hirsch's first goal of the season, a low snap shot from the top of the right face off circle through traffic, gave UCO a 3-1 lead. The goal, on the powerplay at 12:23 was one of two man-advantage goals for the Bronchos, which came during a 4 on 3 skating situation.

Then 2:01 later, Jason Thibodeau put the Bronchos up by three skating in untouched from the left side shooting his 6th goal of the season over Guempel's shoulder on the 16th Bronchos shot of the game.

But the Ice Bears started a comeback.

With 2:29 left in the 1st, Paul Moellenberg notched his 4th of the season (on the Ice Bears 6th shot of the game) on a 5 on 3 powerplay, putting in a rebound of Dave Schroeder's attempt off Sgro's blocker and Missouri State trailed by 2.

In period two, Sam Dean showed he was a good choice to fill in a spot on the Varsity squad, when he broke past the defense and put a perfect backhander up over the glove of Sgro and with 16:05 left in the period (and on the Ice Bears 9th shot) Missouri State trailed by one again at 4-3.

Injuries to the defense caught up with a tired Ice Bears team. Erik Jansen chased down a loose puck behind the Ice Bears defense, came in on Guempel and swatted the puck over the goaltender's shoulder as Guempel also tried to deflect the puck away.

And 1:30 later the Bronchos increased their lead to 6-3 on Thibodeau's second goal of the game. Jansen's shot hit the goal post careening to Guempel's left and was poked through the goaltenders skates on the Bronchos 23rd shot. The goal at 11:25 (Thibodeau's 7th of the season) chased Guempel in favor of Nick Zamora (23 shots, 21 saves).

Both teams traded goals as UCO's Greg Masters figured into the scoring with his 4th of the season at 15:41 of the third period for a 7-3 Bronchos lead. Then Missouri State's Salman Shah went end to end to score his 7th goal and 4th powerplay goal of the season past Eric Murbach (5 shots, 4 saves in relief of Sgro in the 3rd period) with 6:49 remaining.

A.J. Alfrey finished the Bronchos scoring with 48.8 seconds left in the game, and on the powerplay, tipping in Matt Cohn's shot.

Both teams were 2 for 7 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos

01/23/09 - EDMOND, OK - Doug Guempel, the Missouri State Ice Bears' Sophomore goaltender, was ready for his fourth start in a row. But skating off the ice - after a 6-1 defeat by the Division 1 University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos - he felt like a winner.

Guempel had just done everything asked of him, and everything he said he would do.

"In the locker room, Doug was serious about the game," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "He took charge, and told the players that he would stop the first shot if they cleared the rebounds."

Guempel did stop 60 of 66 Bronchos shots including 26 in the first period. Unfortunately, goals by UCO's Ryan Arndt at 15:42 (his 8th of the season), Jonathon Cannizzo at 7:43 on the power play (his 4th), and Matt Cohn with 18.8 left in the period (his 14th on the power play), left the Ice Bears trailing by three after 20 minutes.

The Ice Bears did not have a shot on Central Oklahoma netminder Justin Sgro (26 shots, 25 saves) until the Bronchos had already managed 12 shots on Guempel. Arndt's goal came on the 12th Bronchos attempt.

"After I had faced 11 shots and it was still scoreless, I knew I was going to have a good game," said Guempel. All the Bronchos goals were scored on second effort chances.

A much faster Bronchos team out skated the Ice Bears in the first period, and that carried through the rest of the game. So did the hitting.

The game was not without claiming a few Ice Bears though. Clayton Baker came off the ice in the middle of the first after getting hit for the second time in the right knee. Joe Cero was hit in the shoulder late in the third period, and C.J. Jung twisted his left ankle sliding into the boards to the left of the UCO net. Matt Schroeder also left the ice limping, but returned in the third period.

Jake Roadhouse picked up his first Bronchos goal of the season and third UCO powerplay tally of the game with 1:58 left in the 2nd period. The only scoring in the period gave Central Oklahoma a 4 -0 lead.

Shots nearly doubled after two periods. Guempel had faced 46, and Sgro saw only 18.

"(Doug) played well positionally," said Ice Bears Assistant Coach Mike Brown. "His rebound control was exceptional."

It was the Ice Bears John Odenwald, who picked up his 9th goal of the season, that broke Sgro's shutout bid. He broke past the defense and put the puck over Sgro's right hand glove side with 18:52 left in the third and Missouri State looked to have some momentum.

UCO scored on a strange play with 4:51 left in the game. Kevin Fukala took a shot from the point that bounced off the boards behind the net, sending it through the crease, which Roadhouse buried for a 5-1 Bronchos lead.

Arndt's second goal of the game and 9th of the season, just 11 seconds later ended the scoring.

"When I got close to the 60 shot mark, I was hoping for more," said Guempel, feeling confident up to the final buzzer. "I wanted to see how high it would go."

Missouri State could not score on 6 power play chances, and Central Oklahoma managed 3 goals on 7 opportunities.

 

Minnesota State Mankato - Mavericks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/17/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After narrowly escaping a last second charge by Minnesota State-Mankato the night before, the Ice Bears of Missouri State made it look relatively easy against the Mavericks in game two Saturday night with an 8-4 win.

The Mavericks took a quick 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest when Mike Franks got revenge for his failed penalty shot Friday.

But the Ice Bears retaliated quickly, scoring on three quick goals in a five minute span (including two by Danny Bethmann and a coast-to-coast fly-by from Joe Combs) to take a 3-1 lead with 9:20 left in the first.

That chased Minnesota State-Mankato's starting goaltender Sean Bloomfield (11 shots, 8 saves), who gets the loss. He was relieved by Tony Beringer.

Nathan Reis got the Mavericks to within one with a power play goal but the 3-2 count at the end of one was as close as Mankato would get.

Jordan Skaggs waited until 2:11 to go in the second to expand the lead to 4-2, then Sam Dean officially opened the can with his first goal as an Ice Bear just 21 seconds later past Beringer (18 shots, 15 saves) and the rout was on.

Joe Herkenhoff gave Mankato brief hope to start the third period, but Missouri State answered with Combs second goal at 14:31 remaining and Dave Schroeder’s effort at 10:46 to make it 7-3.

Franks added his second goal midway through the third period, and Paul Saitta capped the Ice Bears scoring with 2:29 left to play.

C.J.Jung collected four points on four assists for the Ice Bears, while Clayton Baker, Salman Shah and Ryan Armstrong added two helpers each.

Doug Guempel collected his second win in as many nights in goal for Missouri State, stopping 28 of 31 shots.

The Ice Bears improved to 16-11-2 while the Mavericks suffered just their fifth loss at 10-5-1.

Missouri State was 1 for 7 with the man advantage and Minnesota State-Mankato went 1 for 6 on the power play.

 

Minnesota State Mankato - Mavericks @ Missouri State Ice Bears

01/16/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - In his second start of the season, Missouri State Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel showed what patience will do for you when pressed into service. Guempel turned in another spectacular performance stopping a penalty shot by Minnesota State - Mankato Mavericks center Michael Franks, with 2.6 seconds left in the 3rd period, to preserve a 4-3 Ice Bears win.

"The pressure was on....I just had to make the save," explained Guempel.

Minnesota State-Mankato was awarded a penalty shot when Missouri State forward John Odenwald intentionally knocked the net off it's moorings with under two minutes left in the game, an automatic call.

Guempel (21 shots, 18 saves) followed Franks from his right to his left keeping his goal pads low along the ice, stopping the Maverick shooters attempt with the left leg pad, sending a near sellout Mediacom Ice Park crowd into a frenzy.

"I felt fine," said Guempel, who attributed the win to his teammates.

It was the Ice Bears who started things with a bang in the first period when Jordan Skaggs notched his 5th goal of the season, flipping in a rebound of Paul Moellenberg's shot, that hit Mavericks goaltender Tony Beringer (48 shots, 44 saves) and hopped over Maverick's defenseman Brad Yeter's stick for a 1-0 lead at 17:02 of the first period.

Paul Saitta gave Missouri State a two goal lead with 8:37 left in the opening period after redirecting a Joe Cero shot from the point, for his 9th goal of the season, while the Ice Bears out shot the Mavericks 16-5.

Minnesota State came storming back 38 seconds later when Eric Amundson picked up the puck from the blue line in front of the Ice Bear bench and wristed the puck off Guempel to cut the Ice Bear lead by a goal.

Missouri State out shot Minnesota State-Mankato 22-11 after one period.

Part two of a of a three goal burst by the Mavericks took place at the 14:56 mark of the second when Amundson was given credit for his second goal of the game (that Nathan Ries actually scored) to even things up at 2-2. Ries was parked to the right of Guempel and found an open corner, after a scramble in front of the net, for a powerplay goal.

The Mavericks completed their scoring at 10:54 when Alex Maginnis picked up his 19th goal of the season while skating 4 on 4. Ries sent a pass that scuttled across the crease to Maginnis, who put the puck in the upper right corner of the net, giving the Mavericks a 3-2 lead.

The Mavericks enjoyed their brief success despite being out shot 27-17.

With 4:03 remaining in the 2nd period, Paul Saitta tied the game for Missouri State with his 10th of the season and second goal of the game on the powerplay. Waiting on the left side of Beringer, Saitta took a pass from the right side face-off circle - through traffic - from Joe Combs, and the Ice Bears headed into the intermission even, despite out shooting the Mavericks 35-19.

Mitch Leonard, who moved up to the Ice Bears second scoring line, nabbed his 5th of the season on a tip in of Combs' shot 3:40 into the 3rd period and Missouri State held on to the lead until the waining seconds of the game.

"You have to treat it like every other game," said Guempel about making the game winning stop. "You can't really read much into it."

(Missouri State went 1 for 8 on the powerplay and Minnesota State-Mankato was 1 for 7 with the man advantage.)

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Central Michigan Chippewas

01/10/09 - MT. PLEASANT, MI - There was nothing pleasant about a 4-3 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas except the brilliant performance by Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel (52 shots, 48 saves), who was pressed into making his first start of the season after Mike Poepping suffered a groin pull one day before.

Central Michigan's Mike Lesnau scored the game winner with 11:33 left in the game, but 4 minutes of penalties thwarted an Ice Bears attempt to get the equalizer.

The Ice Bears (who were without defenseman Joe Combs (mouth) and leading power play scorer, Jonny Spellman) did have a shot hit the cross bar on Ryan Armstrong's blast from the blue line with 6 minutes left, but a galliant effort at the end was not enough.

Missouri State (14-11-2), who finishes a Michigan road trip with two one goal losses and a hard fought tie, may have dropped out of a battle for a top 10 spot and a bid to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Central Regional (ACHA) playoffs in late February.

But for Guempel (0-1-1), only one Chippewas goal could be considered his fault to someone watching from the stands. With CMU (11-10) on the power play, Tom Murphy put a one-timer into an open net standing to the right of Guempel for a 3-2 Central Michigan lead with 7:58 left in the 2nd period.

"I got caught up in players standing around the crease," said Guempel. "I couldn't get over to my right in time."

Murphy, who waited for a pass from Lesnau, scored the only goal in the 2nd to break a 2-2 tie for the Chippewas.

Guempel said he was coming out to challenge more and the CMU players collapsed across the front of the crease, blocking his path to the other side of the net.

Ice Bears Assistant Coach Mike Brown said that was the result of working with Guempel to confront the shooters more.

"I made it my assignment to take Doug under my wing and get him into the form he would need to be a strong goaltender this year even though he has not seen much playing time," said Brown, former Missouri State goaltender and Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division goaltender of the year last season.

The Ice Bears netminder looked sharp the next time Central Michigan tried a similar play with Guempel following a pass from Murphy to Jordan Jakubic, CMU's leading scorer, and shut down the same scoring play to keep the Ice Bears close.

Mitch Leonard scored his 4th of the season with 13:59 left in the third period. Taking a pass from Jamie Ryan, and while diving across the crease, he tipped in the shot over the goal stick of Chippewas goaltender Willie Mistretta (56 shots, 53 saves) to tie the game for the 3rd time at 3-3.

Special teams hurt the Ice Bears as Missouri State did not score on 4 power play chances, while Central Michigan racked up 3 power play goals on 8 opportunities. In fact, CMU scored twice with the man advantage after Ice Bears goals in the first period.

Salman Shah's even strength goal put Missouri State in the lead 1-0 at 15:08 of the 1st period taking a rebound attempt by Paul Moellenberg and sending it past Mistretta, but 1:58 later, Joe Vandermarliere's power-play goal was a tip-in of Murphy's shot and the game was tied 1-1.

Then at 10:49, Andy whitener gave the Ice Bears a 2-1 lead when he stole a pass from the blue line, forced Mistretta to stack the goal pads, and put the second-effort shot past him for a 2-1 lead. Again with 6:40 left in the first, Jakubic put a wrist shot from the point through traffic beating Guempel for another man-advantage goal to tie the game once more at 2-2.

"Take away the power play goals and this game would have been different," said Brown. "But Guempel has all the confidence in the world now."

 

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

01/09/09 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - Much like what happened in game one, the Missouri State Ice Bears spotted the Ferris State Bulldogs not one, but two 2-goal leads, although the Ice Bears battled back to tie the game 5-5 in overtime.

Missouri State completed the comeback with 15.7 seconds left and a 6th attacker on the ice. As a 2 on 1 breakout organized into a man advantage for the Ice Bears, a shot from the left side by Dave Schroeder rebounded to the right of Delamarter, and John Odenwald found the back of the net with his 8th of the season to tie the game 5-5.

Overtime saw a few chances for both teams, but the Ice Bears could not get much going after having to fend off an FSU powerplay with 3:13 left in the extra 5 minutes.

Ferris State's Mike Bush put the Bulldogs in front at 13:08 of the opening period with his 14 goal of the season after Chris Small's shot hit the goal post and landed on Bush's stick to the right of Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Poepping (46 shots, 42 saves). FSU's Josh Edwards poked Kyle Force's shot past Poepping for his second of the season and a 2-0 lead with 11:52 remaining.

But 40 seconds later the Ice Bears struck back. Mitch Leonard posted his 3rd of the season with another rebound drive past Ferris State goaltender Kevin Delamarter (45 shots, 40 saves) cutting the Bulldogs lead by one.

With the Ice Bears on the power play, Paul Saitta slammed home his 8th of the season, from the side of the net, past Delamarter at the 17:23 mark to tie the game 2-2.

In the second period, after Salman Shaw hit the cross bar on an attempt to give the Ice Bears the lead, it was the Bulldogs who jumped in front on Jeff Baysarowich's 6th goal of the season with 9:02 left.

A bad clearing pass by the Ice Bears, resulted in the 16th goal by FSU's Jonathan Juliano with 11.4 seconds remaining in the second and the Ice Bears were again trailing by double digits.

In the third period Missouri State suffered a big loss when Poepping left the ice with 13:08 left in the period after making his 41st save sliding from his right to his left and pulling his groin.

Danny Bethmann's 14th goal of the season came just as several minutes of powerplay time ended and with 8:28 left in the period Missouri State had life again trailing 4-3.

Unfortunately 23 seconds later, Scott Morrison's long shot from the blue line was apparently redirected by Baysarowich past Doug Guempel (6 shots, 5 saves) for his 7th of the season and another two goal Bulldog lead.

The Ice Bears, who were without Bryan Beaman for 10 minutes, scored with 4:50 left when Dave Schroeder found the puck in front of Delamarter and the Bulldog lead was again cut to a goal. That set up Odenwald's game tying tally.

Missouri State went 1 for 9 on the powerplay and Ferris State was 0 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

01/08/09 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - Doing their best to cure "bus legs," the Missouri State "Ice Bears spotted the Ferris State Bulldogs two goals in the first period, took the lead in the third period - but after a 2 goal Bulldog blitz in 8 seconds - it was the Ice Bears who skated away losing 5-4.

Ferris State's leading scorer Jonathan Juliano picked up the puck and came in alone on Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (35, shots 30 saves) ripping a shot low past his blocker for a 1-0 lead, and his 15th of the season, at 12:21.

Just 29 seconds later, the Bulldogs' Jacob Carney put home a rebound of Matt Oliver's shot that hit the goal post and caught Poepping leaning to the right.

Missouri State, who took most of the opening 20 minutes to shake of those bus legs, came within a goal on a powerplay late in the period. Matt Schroeder notched his 2nd of the season as he tipped in Clayton Baker's shot past Bulldog's net minder Kevin Delamarter (32 shots, 28 saves), while falling through the crease, with 1:17 left.

Bryan Beaman's 11th goal of season for Missouri State on the powerplay, and the only one in the second period, tied the game at 2-2 with 10:22 remaining.

The Ice Bears took their only lead in the game in the 3rd period on Beaman's 2nd goal of the game and 12th of the season with 10:04 left. But that lead was short-lived when at 7:48 FSU's Juliano scored his 15th goal of the season putting home David Dettmer's rebound, after the Ice Bears defense collapsed on Poepping, tying the game 3-3.

Ferris State took the lead 8 seconds later. Off the face off, the Bulldogs' Jacob Carney took a shot that was stopped by Poepping but came across to the stick of Oliver, who found an open corner and dragged the puck into the net for a 4-3 Bulldog lead.

Two minutes later, Missouri State's B.J. Norman deflected Paul Moellenberg's shot off his chest that found the net behind Delamarter, and the game was tied for the second time.

Ferris State picked up the game winner 53 seconds after that when Carney grabbed his second goal of the game with 4:47 left on the clock.

Missouri State was 2 for 5 on the powerplay and Ferris State went 0 for 1.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri @ Webster Groves, Missouri

01/02/09 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - After a 36 day wait for the second annual Show Me Showcase, a holiday hockey meeting between the Ice Bears and Tigers, the game finally took place and ended with the same result as last year - a 7-4 victory by Missouri State over Missouri.

Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, the game change (due to ice mechanical equipment problems) may have been a blessing in disguise. Instead of a four week layoff, the Ice Bears were able to play a game one week before facing the Ferris State Bulldogs and Central Michigan Chippewas, in Michigan.

Missouri State had a few good scoring chances turned away by Tigers goaltender Jeff Vogt (46 shots, 39 saves) which included C.J. Jung's tip in attempt, but it was the Tigers that scored first. With 7:26 left in the first period, Evan Thill put home a rebound of Brett Hensley's shot that had Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Poepping (36 shots, 34 saves) scrambling to his right, for a 1-0 lead.

Chad Dewitt's 4th goal of the season at 16:42 tied the game for the Ice Bears. He tipped in Paul Moellenberg's shot, and both teams went into the locker room even. Shots were close as Poepping faced 15 Tiger shots and Vogt saw 13 from the Ice Bears.

Missouri State broke the game open in the second period with two goals in 47 seconds. On a man advantage, Clayton Baker found the net with a redirection behind Vogt, and at the 11:28 mark the Ice Bears took a lead they would not relinquish.

Baker tipped in his second goal of the game and 4th of the season at 10:41 when Joe Cero's drive from the right point was deflected in front of Vogt and off his glove for a 3-1 Ice Bears lead.

Missouri pulled to with in a goal with 5:32 left in the second. On a delayed penalty (and with the Tigers putting an extra skater on the ice) MU's Kyle Gray sent home the third rebound and his 8th goal of the season past Poepping and Missouri trailed 3-2.

After MU's Tim Dolan hit the goal post for the Tigers in a bid to tie the game, the Ice Bears John Odenwald took a pass from CJ Jung and put a low wrister past Vogt on the left side for his 6th goal of the season with 2:15 remaining and the Ice Bears had a 2 goal lead again.

In the third period, the Tigers took several penalties which put the Ice Bears on the power play for a 6 minute stretch. Danny Bethmann tipped in Jung's shot on a 2-man advantage at 17:55. His 13th of the season gave Missouri State a 3 goal lead.

Just 49 seconds later John Odenwald scored a powerplay goal. It was his 2nd of the game and 7th of the season from a steep angle along the side of the net as he was looking for a centering pass to Paul Saitta. Unfortunately for Vogt, it hit him and went in.

Missouri State's newest player, Dave Schroeder, picked up his first goal in his first game at 11:02 on the powerplay. Schroeder was in position to grab a rebound of Salman Shah's shot and put it over the shoulder of Vogt giving the Ice Bears a 7-2 lead.

At 8:13, Missouri State's Doug Guempel (8 shots, 6 saves) replaced Poepping in nets and with 6:33 left in the 3rd, the MU's Brock Gale scored a powerplay goal 6:33 after picking up a pass through the crease and beating Guempel over the right shoulder. Then the Tiger's Tim Dolan picked up his 3rd of the season with 3:53 left to round out the scoring.

Missouri State was 4 for 6 on the powerplay and Missouri went 1 for 5.

 

Robert Morris - Springfield Eagles @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/13/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It took just 74 seconds at the start of the game for the Missouri State Ice Bears to take the lead and not look back en route to a 9-2 win over the Robert Morris College - Springfield Eagles. Ice Bears' win closes out the home portion of the first half of the 2008-2009 season on a good note.

Jonny Spellman picked up his first of three tallys getting behind the RMCS defense and snapping the puck past Eagles goaltender Kyle Briant (68 shots, 59 saves) for the 1-0 lead.

"We put a note up in the locker room asking when we dominated a first period," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "We were stressing to get off to an early lead, we knew (the Eagles) were tired with the limited amount of players they had."

With 3:57 remaining in the first, Danny Bethmann (2G) took a pass from Salman Shah, as he skated in along the boards and behind the net, passing the puck to a streaking Bethmann for a 2-0 lead.

Missouri State put alot of pressure on RMCS out shooting the Eagles 25-8 at the time. But with 35.5 seconds left in the period, Nathan Murray's 5th goal of the season cut Missouri States' lead to a goal at 2-1. Murray put home Derrick Brown's shot past Michael Poepping (12 shots, 11 saves) the Ice Bears starting goaltender through 42 minutes.

"Coming into the locker room up by a goal, we weren't satisfied and wanted to step up our game in the second period," explained Schroeder.

That's just what the Ice Bears did putting 23 shots on Briant in the second period and scoring 3 times.

Spellman grabbed his 10th of the season on the powerplay when Shah passed the puck from the left side of Briant, shoveling it right to Spellman who tipped it home at 17:21 for a 3-1 lead.

Ten minutes later the Ice Bears struck again.

Andy Bethmann (2G) scored his second goal of the season picking a centering pass from Mitch Leonard, who was behind the net, banging it past Briant with 7:01 remaining in the 2nd and Missouri State had a 4-1 cushion. Then with 5 seconds left, Spellman completed his hat trick (and 11th of the season) slamming home a rebound through a maze of skates.

"We kept working and stressed we had to take the Eagles out of the hockey game," said Schroeder. "We had to find a way to develop an insurmountable lead...and we did that."

The Ice Bears poured on 4 goals in the 3rd period starting with Andy Bethmann's third of the season at 17:37. He skated in from the blueline, getting behind the defense, snapped the puck low past Briant. After the goal, Doug Guempel replaced Poepping in nets.

Danny Bethmann followed with his 12th of the season and second of the game just 43 seconds later, off Shah's pass from the corner.

With 14:38 left in the third, Shah fed Jordan Skaggs a break-a-way pass and he made good on the reception. Skaggs, coming in alone on Briant, tucked the puck under his right arm for an 8-1 lead.

Then RMCS got one back at 11:22 when Henry Barnes deflected the puck over Guempel (20 shots, 19 saves) as he crashed into the goaltender knocking the net off, but after the puck crossed the plane of the goal line.

Missouri State used a powerplay goal by Matt Schroeder (his 1st of the season) at 6:19 on Shah's 5th assist of the game to round out the scoring.

"Defensively we worked on keeping it simple, and it was a matter of executing," said Schroeder. "We know what we have to do and we did it tonight."

Missouri State was 2 for 4 and Robert Morris was 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

 

Robert Morris - Springfield Eagles @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/12/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For the fans that left the game between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Robert Morris - Springfield early - when the Eagles had a 3-0 first period lead - they missed an exciting finish.

The Ice Bears used a goal by Danny Bethmann with 1:43 left in the third period to complete an amazing comeback to win the opening game of the series 4-3.

"I went to the back door and Salman (Shah) saw me there like he's done time and time again," said Bethmann.

Robert Morris - Springfield took a 3-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes of play and it was the Ice Bears who saw shades of the Iowa series, where they trailed at the beginning of both games.

"We thought....oh not this again," explained Bethmann.

RMCS scored first when the Ice Bears' Ryan Armstrong mishandled the puck in the defensive zone, and the Eagles' Derek Brown picked it up launching a wrister over the right side of Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (26 shots, 23 saves) for a 1-0 lead at 13:52 of the opening period.

David Long gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead, again started by a turnover in the the Ice Bears zone, with 8:10 left in the period. Just 1:02 later, Long notched his 8th goal of the season and 2nd of the game picking up a pass from Henry Barnes behind the net. He came out in front of Poepping and nailed a shot above his right side and over his blocker.

RMCS, who only dressed 12 skaters and two goaltenders, came off the ice up by three goals despite being out shot 16 to 9.

"We did get a little scared," said Shah. "But in the locker room we knew we needed to come out top notch in the second and third."

And it was the Ice Bears Captain who started the comeback for Missouri State.

Part of a 24 shot second period on Eagles goaltender Jarion Walk (75 shots, 71 saves), the Ice Bears' Jonny Spellman spotted Shah open to the right of Walk and he tipped the puck home - his 3rd power play goal of the season at the 12:12 mark - to trail 3-1 on Missouri State's 3rd power play opportunity.

Then 24 seconds later, Paul Moellenberg scored his 3rd of the season, off a rebound of Andy Whitener's shot, turning what looked like a rout by the Eagles back into a game.

Walk played exceptional in goal turning away shot after Ice Bear shot, but could not stop Bryan Beaman's 4th powerplay goal of the season with 4:51 left in the 2nd period. Beaman used a well placed snap shot past Walk to score his 10th of the season.

Even with Missouri State piling 33 shots on Walk in the 3rd period, it was the 74th shot by Danny Bethmann that won the game for the Ice Bears with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game.

"We came through, and I think we are on a good pace for the second semester," said Shah.

RMCS could not score on 5 power play advantages, and Missouri State was 2 for 6.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/06/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Sweeping the Missouri State Ice Bears at home is something that had not happened for two years and thirty two days, but the Iowa Hawkeyes did just that in game two with a 5-3 whipping at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.

Not since the weekend of November 3rd and 4th, 2006 -- and a pair of losses to the University of Missouri -- had any team taken two games on the Ice Bears' home ice.

Missouri State came out with a better skating effort in the first period. Unfortunately, after an Ice Bear rush that resulted in 3 shots on Iowa goalie Jeremy Posner (34 shots, 31 saves), defenseman Josh Eastham found himself on a break-a-way from his own blue line and put the puck past Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping (28 shots, 23 saves) at the 9 minute mark for 1-0 lead.

Missouri State then had 8 minutes of consecutive powerplay time, including a two man advantage for 1:47 that they could not score on. With 6.9 seconds left in the period, Bryan Beaman tied the game for Missouri State on the powerplay zipping a low wrist shot from the right side about 20 feet out past Posner.

Period two belonged to Iowa. Brian Rooke scored his 6th goal of the season for the Hawkeyes tipping in Phil Johnson's shot past Poepping for a 2-1 lead at 15:07 of the second. Then at 12:40, Mike Kempke picked up his 9th goal of the season on the powerplay to put the Hawkeyes up by two goals.

Again on the powerplay, Brian Mostyn got credit for a goal tipped in past Poepping, from a shot that originated from the blue line, and it was a 4-1 lead for Iowa with 9:15 remaining.

With 18:24 left in the 3rd period and on the powerplay, C.J. Jung saw the puck taken away from Posner and deflect in front of the net. Making good on the mistake Jung put the puck past him and Missouri State was within two goals.

But Kyle Jacobson used a turnover in the Ice Bears end to score his 20th of the season and with 15:36 left in the game things looked bleak for Missouri State.

Then at the 8:30 mark, Paul Saitta, got his 7th of the season over Posner's shoulder to finish the scoring. That was as close as the Ice Bears could get to the 10th ranked Hawkeyes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Central Division 2 rankings. Missouri State is currently ranked 9th. The top 10 teams move on to the Regional playoffs in February.

The Ice Bears were 2 for 4 on the powerplay and Iowa went 2 for 5.

 

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

12/05/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears could not take advantage of a miscue by the Iowa Hawkeyes (who arrived less than 50 minutes before the start of the game), then gave up two power play goals in the first period to trail 3-0, and ended up losing the game 4-1 before a packed crowd at Mediacom Ice Park.

The Ice Bears' loss broke a 6 game winning streak and a 32 game Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) Gold Division league winning streak dating back to November 2006.

Missouri State looked flat to start the game, turning the puck over in their own end, missing passes, and seeing three clearing attempts by the defense that lead to Hawkeyes goals.

Iowa came to play, despite having only a 3 minute warm up, and out played a slow Missouri State team to start the game. A turnover at the blue line kept the puck in the zone for Iowa and Alex Johnson, who took a pass from Brian Rooke, got a second effort rebound past Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping (32 shots, 28 saves) for a 1-0 lead at the 10:18 mark of the first period.

Then with the Ice Bears Matt Schroeder in the penalty box and the Hawkeyes on a 2 man powerplay advantage, Mike Kempke tipped in a bouncing puck past Poepping with 4:24 left and it was 2-0 Iowa.

Still on the last part of a one man advantage -- on the same power play series -- Johnson notched his second of the game and 16th of the season off a deflection at 3:14 for a 3-0 lead. Missouri State was outshot 17-6 in the first period.

Period two was not much better for the Ice Bears, who were out shot 13-8 and gave up semi-breakaway goal (on a 2 on 1) to Iowa's Kyle Jacobson (his 19th of the season) and Missouri State trailed 4-0 with 6:28 left in the 2nd.

Paul Saitta broke the zero for the Ice Bears when he tipped in Paul Moellenberg's shot past Hawkeyes goalie Will Dodge (31 shots, 30 saves) with 17:32 left in the 3rd period.

Although the Ice Bears had a glimmer of light in the 3rd period, they couldn't keep it shining.

Missouri State was 0 for 5 on the power play and Iowa was 2 for 4 with the man advantage.

 

Saint Louis Billikens @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/22/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - On the strength of 4 goals in the first period by 4 different players, the Missouri State Ice Bears used that momentum to take game two of the series against the Saint Louis Billikens 6-2 and increase their Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league win streak to 32 games.

Despite the win, Missouri State did suffer injuries to defensemen during the game. Ryan Armstrong left in the second period with a bandage around his left ankle and leg, while Matt Schroeder suffered a mild concussion.

"We had 4 defensemen go down at one point during this game, but it was nice to see the other defensemen step up and played really well," said Head Coach Mike Schroeder.

Missouri State, who has won 6 games in a row, struck early in the first period -- 17 seconds to be exact. Chad Dewitt picked up the puck after Clayton Baker's shot hit a player and Dewitt had an open net on the right side of Billikens starting goalie Alex Topoleski (15 shots, 11 saves) for the easy goal, and his 3rd of the season.

At 15:15 on the powerplay, Jonny Spellman (8G) poked home a rebound of Paul Saitta's shot that just made it into the net before he was sandwiched between four SLU players.

Joe Combs (6G) scored his first of two in the game when Paul Moellenberg's shot went wide to the left side, came off the boards behind the net to Mitch Leonard who spotted Combs trailing the play to give the Ice Bears a 3-0 lead.

With 6:40 left in the first and again on the powerplay, Paul Saitta got into the scoring act tipping in his 5th of the season skating through the crease and redirecting CJ Jung's pass from the blue line.

"The guys did a tremendous job jelling with different line combinations," said Ice Bears Assistant Coach Mike Brown. "We had no set defensive lines and had to rotate lines... but it worked...because this team gets along so well with each other."

Ben Leonard broke the scoreboard goose egg against Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Poepping (18 shots, 16 saves) sending Justin Petruska's shot into the net at 15:22 of the second period, but Missouri State still lead 4-1.

Goals notwithstanding against Poepping, Missouri State Assistant Coach Mike Brown says opponents are having to earn their goals. "(Ice Bears goaltender Mike) Poepping is playing great because he has confidence in his defense and the defense is playing well because they have confidence in Poepping," explained Brown.

Both teams traded goals the rest of the game with the Ice Bears' John Odenwald nabbing his 5th of the season at 6:53 of the second, picking up a rebound off the pads of Billikens goaltender Jason Magusiak (25 shots, 23 saves) in relief of Topoleski, to give Missouri State another 4 goal lead at 5-1.

In the third period, Josh Daugherty scored only the 3rd shorthanded goal given up by Missouri State this year at 13:59. Then Combs picked up his second goal of the game for the Ice Bears just 56 seconds later, as the puck squirted free of the glove of Magusiak and Combs tipped it into an open net.

After a penalty to Missouri State's Mitch Leonard for slashing with 4:12 left in the third, Doug Guempel (3 shots, 3 saves) relieved Poepping in goal and finished the game.

The Ice Bears went 2 for 6 on the powerplay and the Billikens did not score on 6 attempts.

 

Saint Louis Billikens @ Missouri State Ice Bears

11/21/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Lead by a Jonny Spellman hat-trick, the Missouri State Ice Bears took a 6-1 lead midway into the third period, and held on to beat the St. Louis Billikens 6-3 and increase their Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league winning streak to 31 games and 7-0 in the league standings this season.

"We did everything we could do to win and I was just fortunate to get three of those goals," said Spellman on the WSR post-game show.

Spellman gave the Ice Bears the lead at 17:05 of the first period when he took a pass from Paul Saitta, on a 2-on-1, and found the lower right hand corner of the net sliding the puck past Billikens starting goaltender Alex Topoleski (32 shots, 26 saves).

Paul Saitta gave the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead with 19:05 remaining in the second period when he came up with a second effort on the rebound getting his 4th goal of the season.

Saint Louis narrowed the gap to a goal when Andrew Wiltz scored his 3rd goal of the season at 11:53 with only 2 seconds left on a powerplay. "That was the only shot I did not see at all," said Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Poepping (21 shots, 20 saves) who was able to move and get a good look at shots from the point and in close, but couldn't see this rebound.

Joe Combs got into the scoring act at 6:24 getting a rebound off Topoleski's pad, from Chad DeWitt's shot, and returned it back into the twine for a 3-1 Ice Bears lead.

Spellman opened the 3rd period with his second goal of the game, just 47 seconds into it on the powerplay, as he picked Salman Shah's shot up from the back of the boards and tucked it past a sliding Topoleski for a 4-1 Ice Bear advantage.

Then 44 seconds later, DeWitt intercepted a Billiken pass, came down the middle on Topoleski, and notched his 2nd goal of the year past his glove hand.

With 14:48 remaining, Spellman completed the trifecta when he poked home his second attempt off Comb's initial shot for a 6-1 Missouri State lead.

"Our coach tells us all game long to crash the net.....and good things happen," said Spellman.

After that goal, both teams replaced goaltenders, with Nic Zamora coming in nets for Missouri State and Jason Magusiak for Saint Louis. Magusiak (5 shots, 5 saves) held the Ice Bears scoreless for the rest of the game, but Zamora (9 shots, 7 saves) was tested immediately after arriving.

DJ Andreasen scored for SLU at 13:21 on the first shot Zamora faced. Then with 38 seconds left in the 3rd, and the game in hand, the Ice Bears defense allowed Ben Blank to get a third rebound past Zamora.

Missouri State was 1 for 3 on the powerplay and Saint Louis went 1 for 6.

 

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Illinois State Redbirds

11/14/08 - BLOOMINGTON, IL - Ice Bears assistant coach Mike Brown said the Missouri State Ice Bears 2-1 win over the Illinois State Redbirds in overtime at the U.S. Cellular Collesum was a culmination of turning several negative factors of the game into a positive one.

"We were up against a short turnaround, (playing game one at 9:30pm the night before and playing game two at 12 noon) questionable officiating, couldn't score on the power play, and had to rely on our defense to keep us in the game," said Brown.

C.J. Jung beat Redbird goaltender Steve Somerfield (45 shots, 43 saves) on the right (blocker) side with 1:15 left in overtime to give the Ice Bears a sweep of the Redbirds, who managed only one goal against Missouri State in the series.

Penalty calls in overtime had the Ice Bears killing a disadvantage during most of the extra period, but with 1:35 left the Missouri State was able to manage a 2 on 1 rush with Jung and John Odenwald leading the charge.

Illinois State did get on the scoreboard first in the 3rd period when the Ice Bears failed to clear the zone and ISU's Eric Brown kept the play alive. The Ice Bears were scrambling and missed three chances get the puck out of harms way.

Brown managed to get the puck back and from behind the net and fed Steven Hong who put it past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (48 shots, 47 saves), on the right side, to take a 1-0 lead with 15:51 left in the game. It was the first goal the Ice Bears had given up in 203:32 going back to 19:23 of the second period of game one against the Northern Illinois Huskies.

After a Redbird goal was disalowed when the linesman blew the whistle for the net being dislodged by an ISU's player, the Ice Bears tied the game on Danny Bethmann's 9th goal of the season. On the powerplay, Bethmann came in alone on Somerfield's right side and banked the puck off his shoulder and neck, putting it under the crossbar, and Missouri State pulled even with 10:23 remaining in the 3rd period.

"We talked about going backdoor on the goalie," said Bethmann. "After I scored, I told C.J. that would be the best way to get the puck past him (Somerfield)."

The win also extended the Ice Bears Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league winning streak to 30 games and 6 games this season. The Ice Bears have also won 4 games in-a-row.

"This game is about what we are as a team," said Brown. "We came back from a deficit, had the defense play phenomenally, and showed that we could keep doing what we worked on in practices and it carried into the games."

The first two periods were scoreless, but not without being filled with powerplay opportunities. Missouri State had two powerplay chances and Illinois State had 4 tries with the man advantage. For the game, Missouri State was 1 for 8 and Illinois State did not score on 11 powerplay attempts.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Illinois State Redbirds

11/14/08 - BLOOMINGTON, IL - Several streaks continue for the Missouri State Ice Bears after a 3-0 shutout of the Illinois State Redbirds in the first meeting of the season between the teams at Pepsi Ice Center.

Missouri State extended it's streak to 29 Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) wins in a row (including playoffs) dating back to 2006, and have not allowed a goal in 6 periods, have registered 3 wins in a row to move one game above .500, and Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping earned his second shutout in as many games turning away 30 shots in the win.

An exciting first period ended scoreless with both teams enjoying several scoring chances and powerplay opportunities, with Missouri State not able to capitalize on three chances and ISU not converting on two tries.

In the second period, Missouri State used a 2-man advantage with John Odenwald tipping in his 4th goal of the season passed Steve Somerfield (33 shots, 30 saves) at 12:25 to give the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead. "I was close enough to get a stick on it," said Odenwald. "There was no way I would miss that tip in."

The rest of the period was filled with end to end rushes with both Poepping and Somerfield having to make several stops on potential goal scoring break-a-ways.

The Ice Bears increased their lead to 2-0 when Ryan Armstrong, on a 3-on-3 skating situation, got behind the ISU defense and put home his first goal of the season with 15:05 left in the third period. Paul Saitta's quick shot off the face off beat Somerfield just 1:47 later and the powerplay goal rounded out the Ice Bears scoring.

Missouri State went 2 for 7 on the powerplay and Illinois State was 0 for 6.

 

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Northern Illinois Huskies

11/08/08 - WEST DUNDEE, IL - It feels good to win. That's what the smiles on the faces of the Ice Bears were saying after a 5-0 blanking of the Northern Illinois Huskies in the second game of the weekend series.

Missouri State goaltender Mike Poepping recorded his first shut out of the season facing 21 shots. One spectacular stop included a butterfly save with Poepping facing the net and his back to the ice to keep the Huskies off the scoreboard.

"That was the only way he could get from one end of the net to the other in time," said Head Coach Mike Schroeder. Poepping (21 saves) sensing a wrap-around-shot by NIU's Pat Giannini, went from his left to the right with his goal pads touching each goal post and the puck hitting the back of his leg.

After a well played first 15 minutes of the opening period by both teams, the Ice Bears scored first at 15:14 when Andy Bethmann faked passing behind the net then, on the forehand, slipped a shot past Huskies goaltender Brandon Colello (40 shots, 35 saves) catching him by surprise.

In the second period, Missouri State was given a powerplay with the Huskies Greg Bahnsen in the penalty box for interference, and Bryan Beaman notched his 8th goal of the season on a tip-in of C.J. Jung's shot with 5:07 left giving the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead.

Paul Saitta picked up the puck after Chad DeWitt's shot hit Colello and he pounded it home, at the 11:15 mark, to give the Ice Bears a 3-0 advantage.

Poepping kept the Huskies off the scoreboard through the rest of the second and the remainder of the third period, but the Ice Bears finally got to a frustrated NIU team scoring two goals with 1:01 left in the game.

Missouri State's 4th goal came off the stick of B.J. Norman, on the powerplay, when he lifted the puck over a screened Colello for his 4th goal of the season.

With 22.9 seconds left, Joe Cero scored his first goal of the season when he shot the puck toward the net and it ricocheted off Mike Mannina's body and past Colello.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Northern Illinois Huskies

11/07/08 - WEST DUNDEE, IL - If the Missouri State Ice Bears were going to turn things around this weekend, they knew it would have to be without Joe Combs (family), Paul Moellenberg (disqualification) and Mike Poepping (transportation) but that did not prove to be a factor in the Ice Bears 7-2 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies at Leafs Ice Center.

Missouri State had lost 6 of the last 7 games, but are now one game closer to a .500 record, and they are now 3-0 in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association league play.

Things did not start well for the Ice Bears though. Northern Illinois got on the board first when the puck was partially fanned on from the point, and hobbled its way through the Ice Bears' Salman Shah's stick and ended up on Peter Alfano's wicket, who beat Ice Bear's goalie Nick Zamora (30 shots, 28 saves) for a 1-0 lead just 32 seconds into the game.

Missouri State came back on the powerplay with Bryan Beaman's 6th goal of the season at 10:48. Then on another powerplay Danny Bethmann took a pass from Shah beating NIU's goalie Brandon Colello (29 shots, 22 saves) and 1:19 later the Ice Bears had 2-1 lead.

With 5:19 left in the period, Bethmann scored his second goal of the game and 8th goal of the season pounding home a rebound of Spellman's shot.

The start of the second period was a repeat of the first for the Huskies when Chris Bednarek, after Alfano stole the puck, scored a shorthanded goal (the second of the season against the Ice Bears) coming in alone on Zamora and putting it past his glove on the right side with just 37 seconds gone in the period and the Huskies were within a goal at 3-2.

Jamie Ryan got the goal back with his first as a member of the Varsity team at 9:04. With a 9-7 shot advantage in the second period, Missouri State out shot NIU 25 to 14 through two periods.

Beaman's second goal of the game and 7th of the season at 17:01 put the Ice Bears up by three at 5-2. Then C.J. Jung blasted the puck into the upper left corner of the net past Colello at 16:09 and the Ice Bears were up by 4 goals.

Zamora played spectacular in nets for the Ice Bears stopping several shots with every inch of his goal pad to earn his first win at the Varsity level.

With :56.6 seconds Jonny Spellman rounded out the scoring with a similar blast in the upper right corner past Colello from about 20 feet away.

Missouri State went 2-8 on the powerplay and Northern Illinois did not score on 4 chances with the man advantage.

 

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

11/01/08 - WENTZVILLE, MO - In almost a repeat of game one, the Missouri State Ice Bears fell deeper into a funk losing their second game in row 7-2, but this time goaltender Mike Poepping could not bail the team out.

Although it was a scoreless first period, it was similar to the first period of game one with the Ice Bears not scoring on three powerplay opportunities, including a 2-man advantage.

With 18:11 left in the 2nd period, Cody Donati gave Lindenwood a 1-0 lead when he dug the puck out of the right corner and was allowed to skate in front of Poepping (35 shots, 29 saves) blasting it from 10 feet away.

Lindenwood's Jake Gehrin scored his 7th goal of the season when he tipped Barry Baxter's shot from the blue line past Poepping a minute and a half later. With 12:47 left in the second, Zach Branovan tipped another shot - this time from Dettrick Pierzinski - and the Lions took a 3-0 lead.

Then on the powerplay at 14:14, LU's Fredrick Hagelback was given credit for a goal that originated from Matt Pilgrim's snap shot 25 feet up slot and the Lions went to the locker room with a 4-0 lead. The Lions out shot the Ice Bears 16 to 12 in the period.

Just 42 seconds into the 3rd period, LU scored again. Oskar Haglund broke in alone on Poepping and beat him between the pads for a 5-0 advantage. Then 11 seconds later Pierzinski, off the face off, skated into the right wing corner to the side of the net and taking advantage of a fallen C.J. Jung, came back in front of Poepping and scored past his right leg pad for to lead 6-0.

Donati grabbed his second powerplay goal with 13:04 left in the game past Nick Zamora (8 shots, 7 saves), who came in relief of Poepping at 14:28 of the third, and the Lions completed their scoring. LU was 2 for 8 on the powerplay and Missouri State was 0 for 8.

The Ice Bears did not go quietly though. John Odenwald muscled the puck past Lion goaltender Matt Dennison (26 shots, 24 saves) with 1:16 remaining in the game. Then Danny Bethmann bounced the puck off Dennison's right leg pad, from behind the net, to finish the scoring for the Ice Bears with 5.7 seconds left in the third.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

10/31/08 - WENTZVILLE, MO - When the first ACHA D2 Central ranking poll came out hours before the game between the Ice Bears and Lions, some people were critical of Missouri State's 8th place spot. After a 3-1 loss to the Lions, the same people are wondering if the pollsters were right.

The Ice Bears came out flat to start the game, not taking advantage of three powerplays and managing only 8 shots in the first period.

Lindenwood lit up the scoreboard first on the powerplay when Missouri State's Clayton Baker sent a clearing shot from the side of the net that hit Joe Combs moving in front. It ended up back behind the net where LU's Matt Pilgrim fed Dettrick Pierzinski who put it up over Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (48 shots, 45 saves) for the 1-0 lead.

With 38.5 seconds left in the first, LU had a 2-0 lead when Tobias Jansson intercepted the puck at the Ice Bears blue line and drawing the defense to the right, fed back to the left hitting Pierzinski for his second goal of the game. Lindenwood had 14 shots in the first.

Missouri State changed things around with more pressure on the Lions, and with 18:57 left in the second, BJ Norman took a shot that banked off a Lion defenseman redirecting past a stunned Matt Dennison (27 shots, 26 saves) and early indications saw the Ice Bears on the rebound.

Unfortunately, turnovers and a hit goal post by LU later in the period, was a pre-curser to another LU goal. Drew Childs, just after the Ice Bears killed the first part of a two man advantage, tipped in Oskar Haglund's shot past Poepping for a powerplay goal and a 3-1 lead.

The third period was scoreless, and Missouri State was out shot 16 to 10 in the period, the Ice Bears highest shot total of the three periods. Missouri State was 0 for 7 on the powerplay, while Lindenwood went 2 for 7.

 

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

10/25/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - With the first raking period coming out next week, the Missouri State Ice Bears probably didn't think about that as much as stopping a 5 game winless streak. They did that by taking game two against Florida Gulf Coast 4-1 and handing the Eagles their first loss of the season.

C.J. Jung got his first goal as an Ice Bear 2:38 into the opening period on 3 on 2 Ice Bear rush taking a pass from Joe Combs and put the puck past Eagles goaltender Nick Fernandez (28 shots, 24 saves) and the Ice Bears never looked back.

Paul Moellenberg scored his second goal of the season late in the second period after the Ice Bears put pressure on the Eagles but were turned away by Fernandez, who at that time faced 24 Ice Bears shots. Despite that the Ice Bears had a 2-0 lead.

C.J. Jung scored his second goal of the game and season on a break-a-way after taking a pass from Clayton Baker and beating Fernandez on the glove side, and Missouri State had a 3-0 lead.

Mike Poepping's (43 shots, 42 saves) bid for a shutout was spoiled with 5:01 left in the 3rd when Mike Sellitto took a pass across the ice from Mike Lendino and buried it.

With 4:12 remaining, the Ice Bears got the goal back on Clayton Baker's second goal of the season. Missouri State and FGCU both went 0-5 on the powerplay. Poepping, the Quizno's sub player of the game, made several big saves to keep the Ice Bears in the game.

 

 

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

10/24/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Trying to turn around a 4 game winless streak, the Missouri State Ice Bears hosted an undefeated Eagles team that had not been tested yet. "Our season really starts this weekend," said Eagles Head Coach Bob Brinkworth. "This Ice Bears team will be our toughest test."

Unfortunately for the Ice Bears, they continue to look for a win after a 3-2 loss to last years number one ranked team in the Southeast of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2.

The Ice Bears (4-5-1) came out strong against the Eagles (6-0) at one point out shooting FGCU 12-6, but Mike Lendino gave the Eagles the lead at 8:56 of the first when he got around the Ice Bears defense and put the puck low on the ice past Missouri State goaltender Mike Poepping (31 shots, 28 saves).

The Ice Bears fought off two Eagle powerplay opportunities in a relatively penalty free game. The period ended with the Ice Bears out shooting the Eagles 16 to 8. Missouri State went 0 for 2 on the powerplay and Florida Gulf Coast was 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

Justin Aquino gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the second at 4:53 when he shot the puck toward Poepping, but it was blocked by the Ice Bears Joe Cero. Aquino then took another shot and it deflected off a spinning Cero and off Popping's goal pad and into the net.

Just 21 seconds later, Evan Goetz skated down the left wing alone, got off a shot from the side boards at a weird angle, and beat Poepping over his glove hand and just under the cross bar for a 3-0 Eagle lead.

A minute and 39 seconds later, the Ice Bears got on the scoreboard when Danny Bethmann followed up Bryan Beaman's rebound shot off the right goal pad of Eagles goaltender Andrew Kobrin (39, shots, 37 saves). Again Missouri State out shot FGCU 14 to 11 in the period.

John Odenwald put the Ice Bears to within a goal at the 17:45 mark of the third period when he followed up Salman Shah's shot off the back of the boards behind the net, lifting the puck into an open corner to the left of Kobrin.

That's as close as the Ice Bears would come despite pulling Poepping for an extra skater with 1:32 left in the game.

 

Vermont Catamounts Vs Missouri State Ice Bears @ D2 Showcase

10/19/08 - HARRISBURG, PA - Injuries have taken it's toll on the Missouri State Ice Bears and it showed during the 6-2 loss to the Vermont Catamounts. Jonny Spellman was not in the line up due to a hip flexor suffered during the game with Siena, as was Paul Saitta absent due to sore ribs.

Also getting a rest was goaltender Mike Poepping, who started the first eight Ice Bears games of the season. Nick Zamora started the game, but was replaced at 15:28 of the second period by Doug Guempel, after giving up 4 goals on 12 shots.

Vermont's first goal came at 4:54 of the first when Michael Andrusko took a pass from Ryan Yost and slipped it past Zamora. Then on the powerplay, Charlie Hagen scored for a 2-0 Catamount lead. At the 1:58 mark of the second period, Dan Halpin scored his first of two goals in less than 5 minutes. His second goal came at 4:32 on the powerplay chasing Zamora.

Andrusko gave Vermont a 5-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 9:14 of the second breaking the Ice Bears defense, moving in on Guempel, beating him between the pads. The Catamounts were 2 men short at the time.

Joe Combs wiped the goose egg off the scoreboard for Missouri State just :45 later with a blast down the middle that got past Vermont goaltender Ezra Ranz-Schleifer (34 shots, 32 saves), the only powerplay goal for the Ice Bears in the game. Then in the third, Danny Bethmann broke in alone after receiving a perfect pass from C.J. Jung and the Ice Bears had some life trailing 5-2 with 12:54 left.

David Tyburski finished the scoring for the Catamounts with 7:32 remaining in the game.

Missouri State had problems mounting an offensive charge throughout the game, and the Catamounts took advantage of 2 powerplay goals on 4 chances. The Ice Bears were 1 for 6.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Siena Saints @ D2 Showcase

10/18/08 - HARRISBURG, PA - Taking a clue from the first game of the Showcase, a 3-2 loss to the hands of Davenport, the Missouri State Ice Bears came out against the Siena Saints hitting. "We need to throw the body around," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "We have to get the jump on Siena." Despite that decree, the Ice Bears couldn't get past the Saints, falling 5-3 with Siena's Rob Duhoski claiming an empty net goal.

Salman Shah's 4th goal of the season gave the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead just 3:01 into the first period. A shorthanded goal, it came just as the front penalty of a 4 on 4 expired. About 10 minutes later, James Whalen tied the game after Pat Markienicz's shot was saved by Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping (37 shots, 32 saves) but the rebound came to Whalen on the left side with 6:43 left in the first period.

Injuries are starting to mount for the Ice Bears as defenseman Clayton Baker dressed for the game but played one shift before being taken out of the game. Jonny Spellman came off the ice in the second period with a possible hip pointer.

Joe Combs scored his first goal of the season when he blasted the puck past Saints goalie Adam Brown (23 shots, 20 saves) with 4:36 left in the 2nd. But the next three goals belonged to the Saints. Chris Harjung scored 1:33 later to bring the Saints even for the second time in the game.

Then the Ice Bears defense had to kill off several penalties, but couldn't stop powerplay goals by Rob Duhoski at 2:57 of the 3rd period, and Erik Reinfried at 12:57 and Siena took a 4-2 lead. Siena went 2 for 4 on the man advantage and Missouri State did not score on 4 power play chances.

Joe Combs scored his second goal of the game with 6:55 left in the third and the Ice Bears looked the gain some momentum. That was short lived when the Ice Bears could not break through a Saint's team the used quick line changes that stymied Missouri State.

The Ice Bears pulled Poepping for an extra skater in an effort to tie the game, but Duhoski scored into the empty net.

 

 

Davenport Panthers Vs Missouri State Ice Bears @ D2 Showcase

10/17/08 - HARRISBURG, PA - It took a goal with 3:30 left in the game to break a close game between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Davenport Panthers and seal the 3-2 victory for the Panthers.

The Ice Bears gave way to bus legs early in the first period having to fend off two Panther powerplay opportunities. Both teams used good back-checking, and phenomenal goaltending through traffic to keep the first period scoreless.

Off the face off, Jonah Rogowski blasted the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (42 shots, 39 saves) 1:38 into the second period and DU had a 1-0 lead. Missouri State answered back 10 minutes later on the powerplay when Andy Whitener bounced a shot off the skate of a Panther defenseman and past goaltender Chris Joswiak (17 shots, 15 saves) tying the game.

In the third period, Jon Stolarz trailed the play coming off the bench. Kevin Doyle hit Stolarz with a pass near the top of the right face off circle and he skated in getting off a blast that beat a screened Poepping to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the 10:04 mark. Less than 4 minutes later, Dan Reaume passed the puck from behind the net to Rick Gadwa, just after the Ice Bears killed a powerplay, and DU took a 3-1 lead.

Missouri State, who held close to Davenport all game, made the game respectable when Mitch Leonard, on a two-man advantage, banked the puck off Joswiak with :02 seconds left in the period.

Missouri State went 2 for 7 with the man advantage, and Davenport was 0 for 5.

 

Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/11/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - If those who attended the first game of the series between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Robert Morris-Chicago Eagles thought it was exciting, both teams gave witnesses to the second game even more excitement after the Ice Bears pulled out a 4-3 win in an overtime shootout.

Bryan Beaman got the only goal in the shootout slipping the puck past RMCC goalie Drew Stanton (33 shots, 30 saves) and the Ice Bears' Mike Poepping (27 shots, 24 saves) held off Matt McTigue's final attempt for the Eagles. Missouri State improves to 5-1 and has won 5 in a row, including 4 straight overtime games at home while RMCC drops to 1-5.

(10/12/08 - (Update) - Although the on-ice officials allowed the shoot out to take place and since ACHA D2 rules do not officially recognize shootouts, the 4-3 win by the Ice Bears will technically be recorded as a tie. Missouri State's record is 4-1-1.)

After a scoreless first period, Bryan Beaman put the Ice Bears ahead with a powerplay goal at 11:12 of the second following up on his own rebound. It was 2-0 when BJ Norman put home a rebound of Joe Cero's shot at 9:28 while out shooting the Eagles 22-11.

Manny Madrigal gave Robert Morris-Chicago new life when his goal at 1:37 into the third period cut the Ice Bears lead to 2-1. But John Odenwald, off a screen pass from C.J. Jung, gave Missouri State breathing room with a powerplay goal at 10:45. Less than 2 minutes later the Eagles ' Devin Hapanovich made it 3-2 when he tipped Dennis Holmquist's shot past Poepping.

Then on a clearing shot from center ice, Pat Reardon put the puck past a surprised Poepping, who had the corner covered but felt the puck glance off his glove, tying the game at 3-3 with 3:05 left in the third. Penalties kept the Ice Bears off the ice during the end of the third and parts of the overtime period, but the extra 5 minutes ended without a score.

Missouri State went 2 for 7 on the powerplay and Robert Morris-Chicago was 1 for 7.

 

 

Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/10/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Two years ago the Missouri State Ice Bears defeated the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles 4-3 in overtime at the 2006 ACHA Division 2 Regional playoffs and earlier this year 5-3 at the 2008 Regionals. This time the Ice Bears used a goal at 3:29 of overtime by Danny Bethmann to give Missouri State a 3-2 victory, extend their winning streak to 3 games over the Eagles, and 4 in a row this season.

"Beaman gave me a pass by the edge of the net. I didn't have a pass, took the shot and it went in. It feels great," said Bethmann. The goal was Bethmann's second game winning goal of the season and the third straight win in overtime at home for the Ice Bears.

After a potential goal was waved off at 15:16 of the first period when BJ Norman hit both goal posts and the puck slid across the goal line, Bethmann officially started the scoring for the Ice Bears when he took a pass from Jonny Spellman just a minute later for a 1-0 lead. Then Paul Moellenberg picked up his first goal of the season when Paul Saitta hit his stick from behind the net at 8:15 to put Missouri State up by two.

Although the Ice Bears were out shooting the Eagles 14-2 at one point and 16-7 by the end of the first period, the second was a different situation for both teams.

"We seemed to go into a 'coast-mode' after we were up by two," explained Bethmann. "Two goals is a dangerous lead in hockey."

A big hitting affair turned into two goals for RMCC. Shaun McKenzie put home his own rebound off Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping (22 shots, 20 saves) on the powerplay to cut the lead in half. Chris Yacoumakis's scored after Manny Madrigal's shot hit Poepping and careened across the crease to Yacoumakis with 8:31 left to tie the game and even shots at 19 a piece. RMCC went 1 for 3 and Missouri State did not score on 3 powerplay chances.

Then Missouri State started to put pressure on RMCC with several good scoring chances in the second and 9 additional shots on Eagles goaltender Drew Stanton (48 shots, 45 saves), who used a hot glove hand to thwart the Ice Bears chances.

A scoreless third period did not come without a several odd man rushes for both teams and penalties resulting in 4 on 4 skating situations including a powerplay for the Ice Bears to end the period.

 

Eastern Illinois Panthers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/04/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - If there was any indication of the way the second game of the series between the Ice Bears and Panthers would go, it came just :31 seconds into the game when Andy Whitener scored to give Missouri State a 1-0 lead en route to a 9-2 win over Eastern Illinois.

Bryan Beaman put the Ice bears up by two on a pass from behind the net by Danny Bethmann, with 13:29 left in the first, despite being out shot 5-4 at the time. Jordan Skaggs scored his third goal of the season past the glove hand of EIU's starting goaltender Tanner Houston (15 shots, 11 saves) at 13:09 for a 3-0 advantage.

Clayton Baker made it 4-0 with a power play goal at the 14:59 mark of the second period putting a perfectly positioned puck past the glove and pad of Houston. It was 5-0 when Beaman and Bethmann combined for a shorthanded goal (the first of two in the game) at 9:30 of the period. With 1:05 left, Anthony Trupiano took a pass from John Odenwald to extend the Ice Bears lead to 6-0.

Pete Bensing got into the scoring act with :48 seconds left in the period and it was 7-0 going into the second period intermission.

Ice Bears starting goaltender Mike Poepping left facing 13 shots and making 13 saves. Doug Guempel (5 shots, 3 saves) relieved Poepping in the third period and gave up the first Panther goal to Danny Delvecchio at 12:03.

Whitener was given credit for a shorthanded goal at 10:19 (that we called Trupiano's) which bounced over Eric Grapp (17 shots, 15 saves), who started the third period for EIU in relief of Houston. Mitch Leonard made it 9-1 just 1:18 later. EIU finished the scoring on Richie Nelson's powerplay goal with 7:02 left the game.

Eastern Illinois was 2 for 10 with the man advantage and Missouri State went 1 for 6.

 

Eastern Illinois Panthers @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/03/08 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - On paper the Missouri State Ice Bears' 8-3 win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Mediacom Ice Park looked to be a blow out. Thanks in part to EIU goaltender Brian Blake, who faced 18 Ice Bears shots in the first period (46 shots, 38 saves) despite a 3-1 Missouri State lead, the game was closer than the score sheet indicated.

Jordan Skaggs (2G) put the Ice Bears on the scoreboard first at 2:52 when he picked up the puck through several skates and lifted a backhander through the pads of Blake for a 1-0 lead. Just 16 seconds later Salman Shah took a pass from Jonny Spellman jamming it past Blake and it looked like Missouri State was on a roll.

Then at 9:37 of the first, the Panthers' Connor Maly broke in all alone on Ice Bears starting goalie Mike Poepping (10 shots, 7 saves) shooting a pad-save rebound over the blocker side of Poepping to cut the Ice Bears lead to 2-1.

With :50.3 seconds left in the first, Skaggs grabbed his second goal of the game picking a spot over the left side glove hand of Blake.

Dale Michonski got behind the Ice Bears defense with 14:52 left in the second period and put a shot over the glove of Poepping, and despite being out shot 24-7 the Panthers found themselves within a goal at 3-2.

The celebration was short-lived when the Ice Bears Joe Cero scored to give Missouri State breathing room with the score 4-2. Shah's second goal of the game (on their 33rd shot) at 16:57 on a powerplay taking a pass from Bryan Beaman. Missouri State went 1 for 4 on the powerplay and Eastern Illinois did not score on 7 opportunities.

BJ Norman gave Missouri State a 6-2 lead 1:02 into the third period taking a pass from Paul Saitta, who stepped on the puck and finally got it over the Norman.

After Michonski's second goal of the game for the Panthers at 3:16 to make it 6-3. But the Ice Bears came back 21 seconds later with Spellman scoring on a give-and-go with Danny Bethmann to increase Missouri State's lead to 7-3 with16:23 left in the third.

Beaman rounded out the scoring notching his second goal of the season with 5:49 left. Nic Zamora relieved Poepping in net making 2 saves in 5:49 minutes of work, although most of the pressure was in EIU's zone.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa State Cyclones (D1)

09/27/08 - AMES, IA - As far as opening road trips go, it couldn’t have been much better for the Missouri State Ice Bears than their trip to Ames, Iowa. After fighting back from a first period, 3-0 deficit to fall by a whisker (3-2) on Friday, The Ice Bears powered up for a 4 - 2 victory over the eight-ranked (in pre-season ACHA Division 1) Iowa State Cyclones Saturday night.

It was a complete reversal of Friday night, as it was the Ice Bears (ACHA Division II) who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period of Saturday‘s tilt. Salman Shah blasted the puck past Cyclone starting goaltender Jim Stenson to give the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead with 11:04 remaining in the first period. It was the only power play goal of the night, a 25-ft slapper that found its mark.

Chad Dewitt made it 2-0 with 7:02 left in the period, then with 4:23 left in the first Danny Bethmann was officially credited with a goal that was actually scored by Johnny Spellman. At any rate, Missouri State (1-1) took a not-so-comfortable 3-0 lead to the locker room by the time the period expired.

As the Ice Bears did the night before, Iowa State (3-1) stormed back in the second period. The Cyclones out-shot the Ice Bears 19-8 in the period and scored on two goals by Brian Spring near the beginning (18:49) and end (3:01) of the period.

The two teams waged war down the stretch, with both teams surviving two-man power plays along the way. The Cyclones defense killed all but one of nine power play opportunities for the Bears. Missouri State stopped five of six Cyclone power plays. The Ice Bears had not given up a power play goal in the series having killed all 11 Iowa State opportunities until Spring's goal with :05 seconds left on Matt Schroeder's penalty.

With a 3-2 lead Ice Bear's lead looming large, Bryan Beaman got a quick feed from Bethmann off the face off to ice the game with just 1:30 remaining, giving Missouri State their first-ever win over the Cyclones.

Goaltender Mike Poepping was stellar in net for Missouri State, stopping 46 of 48 ISU shots. The Ice Bears shellacked ISU's Stenson with 3 goals on 7 Ice Bears shots. Last night's starting netminder Erik Hudson, who came in relief at 15:37 of the first period fared better, fending off 17 of 18 MSU shots.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Iowa State Cyclones (D1)

09/26/08 - AMES, IA - Take away 3:33 seconds of the first period and the Missouri State Ice Bears would have won their opening game of the season, but with three goals in that span the Iowa State Cyclones (3-0) held on for a 3-2 victory over one of the better Ice Bears teams to hit the ice in recent years.

A scoreless first period was broken at 14:59 by the Cyclones' Matt Verdoni who slapped a face off draw over the shoulder of Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping. Then Adam Mueller poked a shot by ISU's Jordan Pascale at 15:58 past a sliding Poepping for a 2-0 lead.

Brian Spring gave Iowa State a 3-0 lead when he tipped in Brody Toigo's shot past Poepping with 1:02 left in the first.

But the second period was a completely different story. Missouri State (0-1) used Paul Saitta's goal just 1:02 into the second period to add life into an Ice Bears team that was out shot 12-3 in the first.

Then on a two-man advantage, Jonny Spellman picked up his first goal as an Ice Bear at 16:24 of the second off a pass from Danny Bethmann that went behind Erik Hudson (23 shots, 21 saves), ISU's Sophomore goaltender.

The Ice Bears went 1 for 3 on the powerplay, and Iowa State went 0-6.

The rest of the 2nd and third period was dominated by Missouri State. In fact, it prompted the assistant coaching staff to say the Ice Bears were the best back checking team the Cyclones had faced in several years.

The Ice Bears benefited from a disallowed goal with less than 3 minutes left in the game, and when ISU's Jordan Pascale hit the goal post with 1:18 left.

Mike Poepping (34 shots, 31 saves) had to come up big to keep the Cyclones off the scoreboard having to scramble twice to stop 3 on 1 break-a-ways in the third period.