Ice Bears 2009-2010 Game Highlights

Missouri State Vs So. Illinois-Edwardsville - MACHA Gold Finals

02/21/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Championship contests are meant to be exciting and the first period of the Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Finals game between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars had the making of a game which would be just that.

Missouri State, winners of two straight MACHA Championships during 2007 and 2008, were hoping to do the same this season after they were shut out in 2009.

It was Corey Beck's tally at 18:02 of the second period for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, which started a 3-goal outburst, that gave the Cougars the lead and eventually a 5-1 MACHA Gold Division Championship.

"We put together one hell of a weekend," said Cougars Captain Mike Dolan. "Everyone came together and we put the puck in the net all weekend long, and had great goaltending too."

Ice Bears Coach Mike Schroeder knows all about influences watching his team give up the first three goals.

"I thought we had a chance, but the momentum wasn't there," said Schroeder in the post game interview. "They (SIUE) have played well all year. They play with a lot of heart and energy, I knew it would be a battle."

Scoreless after 20 minutes, both teams seemed to settle in and the question of who would score first was answered before fans could get their seats warm again in the second stanza.

Just after Missouri State's Andy Whitener hit the goal post on a power play chance carried over from the first period, Beck picked up a loose puck for the Cougars shooting it through skates and bodies past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (49 shots, 44 saves) for the first goal in 21:58 of play.

"It was scoreless after one, we just couldn't put the puck in the back of the net. The effort was there, the boys worked hard, it just didn't go our way," said Schroeder.

SIUE's John Davis had a goal taken away after a penalty for goaltender interference was called with 14:22 remaining putting Missouri State on the power play. Jared Ipolitto swiped a pass from Ice Bears' defenseman Mitch Leonard, skating in untouched on Poepping, stopping, then taping it past the stunned goaltender for a short handed goal with 13:31 showing on the clock.

"It's anybody's game. You just have to come out and work hard," said Cougars Head Coach Larry Thatcher about his team's run from fourth seed to MACHA Champs.

Ryan McTigue matched Beck's goal with his own at 18:09 of the third period putting the Ice Bears in a 3-0 hole to start the final period.

But Bryan Beaman gave Missouri State hope slapping at a rebound of Ryan Armstrong's shot past SIUE net minder Brandon Becker (43 shots, 42 saves) to cut the deficit by two goals with 11:59 left to play.

"I was there freshman year when when got beat by Missouri State and to lose a 3-0 lead (in the 2007 MACHA Championships) was something I didn't want to happen this year,' said Becker.

After Missouri State failed on the power play, Nick Wherley notched a power play goal of his own, at the 4:43 mark, with a drive from the left point that found the back of the net.

Summarizing the Ice Bears plight was a Cougars goal scored by the glass supports. Matt Grimes shot the puck off the glass in the offensive zone. The puck hit metal and beelined for the net. Poepping, who went behind the goal with anticipation of playing the puck, had to scramble back to the front of the crease. It was too late, and Grimes' goal counted with 1:52 left.

"I didn't even see it. I was setting up our next line," explained Schroeder. "Next thing I know the referee is signaling goal."

Missouri State was 0 for 5 on the power play and SIUE went 1 for 3 with the extra man.

 

Missouri State Vs Illinois State - MACHA Gold Semi-finals

02/20/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Determined to change their fate after a loss in last years Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Semi-final game - a 3-0 loss to the eventual 2009 MACHA Champion Missouri Tigers - the Missouri State Ice Bears used 5 power play goals on the way to a 6-2 win over the Illinois State Red Birds and a birth into the MACHA Gold Division finals for the first time in 2 seasons.

Scoring five power play goals on nine tries was the highest special teams output of the season and the Ice Bears saved it for a critical game.

Mitch Leonard's power play goal at 13:02 gave the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead. From the right point, he blasted the puck past Red Bird goaltender Steve Somerfield (45 shots, 39 saves) from 30 feet out.

The first period ended with the Ice Bears out shooting the Red Birds 16-15.

Andy Whitener (19th) opened the scoring with a power play goal at 13:58 of the second period tipping in David Schroeder's shot from the left point. At 7:11 ISU was assessed another penalty and two seconds later Bryan Beaman put back Schroeder's shot that rebounded off Somerfield's right leg pad and on to Beaman's stick for a 3-0 lead. The goal was his 9th of the season, and second of the playoffs, which gave Missouri State 3 power play goals in 5 opportunities at the time.

Illinois State broke the shutout on a goal by Steven Hong with 4:34 remaining in the second period. During a scramble in front of Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (41 shots, 39 saves) Hong tucked the puck past the fallen goaltenders glove.

In the third period, B. J. Norman (12th) gave Missouri State another 3-goal lead with his tally at 17:34, again on the power play, taking David Jaffee's drive off the wall behind the ISU net and poking it past Somerfield from the lower left face off circle.

Andy Draper (21st) skated in untouched down the middle and lifted the puck over Somerfield for a 5-1 lead at 14:58. Draper's shot appeared to have hit the crossbar and Schroeder followed the loose puck back into the net, but the referee named Draper as the initial goal scorer.

A minute later Hong scored as he was knocked behind the net. The official did not call a penalty, but did signal for a goal as the shot apparently went in and out of the goal.

Jaffee (4th) finished Missouri State's scoring on a power play goal from about 30 feet out near the blue line with 2:45 left to play.

Illinois State went 0 for 7 on the power play while Missouri State was 5 for 9.

 

Arkansas Razorbacks At Missouri State Ice Bears

02/13/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Nothing, or no one, could have overshadowed Senior Night, a time to thank 15 Seniors for their contribution to the Missouri State Ice Bears Hockey team.

Mitch Leonard, David Schroeder, Clayton Baker, B. J. Norman, John Odenwald, Salman Shah, Andy Bethmann, Andy Whitener, Joe Cero, Mike Poepping, Paul Saitta, and Nick Zamora, along with JV players John Karl, Stephen Hellwig, and Brian Andris were all honored before the game.

But it was Junior Bryan Beaman who had other plans. His 4 goals, including a 180 footer, helped the Ice Bears to a 9-0 shut out win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the final home game of the regular season at Mediacom Ice Park.

With a delayed penalty called after Odenwald was slammed into the near boards along the goal line, Beaman picked up the puck at the right face off circle, spun and launched the puck down the ice.

"I didn't get to see it, but some how it went in," said Beaman about the shot he took on Razorbacks goaltender Brendan Desjardins. "It wasn't the prettiest goal I've ever scored."

Pretty or not, fans in the nearly sold out arena were left in a frenzy after Beaman's first shorthanded goal of the season (the team's 5th) only 57 seconds into the second period. It was just a clearing pass on a delayed penalty but some how the puck found the back of the net past the stunned net minder.

Beaman foreshadowed what the night was going to be like, taking a pass from Whitener and was able to come down the slot untouched, netting his 5th of the season past the glove of Desjardins (35 shots, 26 saves) just 55 seconds into the game.

A second semester add on, Beaman now has 8 goals, 5 assists for 13 points in 12 games for Missouri State.

"It is great to get Bryan back, we were looking to balance our scoring lines," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder during the post game show. "He adds a lot up front with his speed and his shot."

Before fans had time to get their seats warm though, they were standing :30 seconds later.

C. J. Jung (8th) skated into the Razorbacks zone near the right face off circle and passed the puck to Andy Draper, who gave it back to Jung in time to wrap it past Desjardins for a 2-0 lead.

At 16:58, Odenwald (6th) drove home a shot from 15 feet out for a 3-0 lead. Tyler Polizzi was pushed into Desjardins, who took his eyes off the puck to move Polizzi out of the crease, just as Odenwald wound up for the shot.

Jung (9th) gave Missouri State a 4-0 advantage, with another tic-tac-toe play, getting the puck back from Draper and blasting it home from 15 feet with 11:28 left to play.

After Beaman's lengthy goal to open the second period, he used another 36 seconds to score his 7th of the season and 3rd goal of the game. Taking a pass from Ryan Armstrong at the right point, Beaman was able to move along the right edge of the slot untouched and drilled the puck into the net for a 6-0 lead.

Although only two assists in the game - the opening goal and his 4th - came from his line mates, Beaman was quick to praise his partners. "They are really experienced and know what to do when they are out there, we move the puck well, and get shots," explained Beaman about Whitener and Norman.

Not to be overshadowed, it was Jung's turn to score the hat-trick at the 14:55 mark of period two. The leading assist man skated through the crease just as Sam Dean shot the puck, tipping it past Desjardins for his 10th of the season.

Beaman, the Quizno's sub Player of the Game, took a left-to-right pass from Norman, and launched it from 20 feet out, increasing the Ice Bears advantage to 8 goals with 3:52 left in the second period.

Poepping stopped 14 Razorback shots and was replaced in nets by Zamora (14 shots) to start the 3rd period. Both goalies would share a shut out.

Saitta (12th) recorded the only goal in the final period. Once again Norman produced a pass from behind the net, that feed the Senior from 6 feet in front of Desjardins, with 13:48 showing on the clock.

"We definitely wanted to get some momentum going, something to kick start us for MACHA," said Beaman anticipating the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association League playoffs next weekend. "We really needed (the win) tonight."

Missouri State drops to 23.4% on the power play going 0 for 8, while Arkansas didn't fare much better, not scoring on 7 opportunities.

 

Arkansas Razorbacks At Missouri State Ice Bears

02/12/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It was a 'Miracle on Ice' of sorts for Arkansas Razorbacks Head Coach Rick Desjardins. His team, on a 17 game winning streak, thankful to be playing the Ice Bears Varsity team during an off week, happy to have games before the D3 Regional Playoffs, and most likely ecstatic after a 4-3 overtime win against the Missouri State Ice Bears at Mediacom Ice Park.

Arkansas took the lead first with 9:39 left to play in the opening period. Billy Dolan was given credit for his 18th when he put home a rebound of Taylor Shea's shot on the power play.

Andy Whitener (18th) scored a power play goal for Missouri State after tipping Ryan Armstrong's shot past Razorbacks goaltender Brendan Desjardins (47 shots, 44 saves) which was sent through the crease to Bryan Beaman, who returned the favor for a second tip by Whitener. The goal with 2:38 left in the period, tied the game.

After a power play expired, Tyler Polizzi (8th) took a pass from B. J. Norman, standing behind the net, drove it home from 10 feet out, for a 2-1 Ice Bears lead with 13:18 remaining in the second period.

Then Andy Draper (20th) doubled Missouri State's lead with 4:35 on the clock. C. J. Jung took the puck into the Razorback zone, spotted Derek Bartsch at the left face off circle, who found Draper streaking past the crease.

Arkansas clawed back, again on the power play, with Easton Oliver getting his 2nd of the season, from the high slot about 30 feet, past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (21 shots, 16 saves) with 2:06 showing late in the second period.

Power plays would turn out to hurt the Ice Bears, it also changed momentum, and the fans could feel it.

Dolan scored his 2nd of the game and 19th of the season, on the power play, to tie the game for a second time with 15:42 left to play in the 3rd period.

Regulation ended tied and went into a 5 minute overtime period.

Unfortunately, the Ice Bears were assessed a penalty for too many men on the ice at 3:13 of the extra period. Although it did not result in a Razorback score, the penalty did deter Missouri State from getting things set up offensively.

Jonny Stromp got past the Ice Bears defense and while on a 2 on 2 rush elected to take a shot that hit Poepping but trickled into the net with :07 seconds left in the 4th period.

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the power play and Arkansas went 2 for 6 with the extra skater.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders At Missouri State Ice Bears

02/06/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Ryan Armstrong figured the Missouri State Ice Bears didn't give the Texas Tech Red Raiders much credit in game one.

Texas Tech's Jerrin Ashford scored his 6th of the season 1:53 into the opening period, on a 2 on 1 rush with Drew Ramsey, and it looked to Armstrong like the Red Raiders meant business once again.

"We just didn't finish," Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder also confirmed. "I thought the defensive unit played much better (the rest of the game), but it's tough to see the first shot a goal. I feel sorry for (Mike) Poepping. "

Andy Whitener started a streak of four unanswered goals and the Ice Bears won the second game of the series 4-1 to move above .500 for the first time since November 14th, when they were 9-8 in the early season.

"Andy's had a great year. It's refreshing to have him back for the next semester," said Schroeder.

Whitener (17th) moved in on Red Raider goaltender Mark Allen (43 shots, 39 saves), after the puck came to him from B. J. Norman in the right corner, and blasted the puck off Allen's glove tying the game with 12:48 left to play.

Paul Saitta notched his 11th goal of the season sending a shot, off the face off, past Allen for a 2-1 lead with 4:52 remaining.

Missouri State out shot the Red Raiders 15-5 in the first period, and the Ice Bears left the ice leading by a goal.

Tyler Polizzi stole the puck at the blue line and passed to his left hitting John Odenwald, who found the upper right hand corner of the net past Allen for his 5th of the season with 15:25 left to play in the second period.

Then Andy Draper put home David Jaffee's drive from the left point for his 19th of the season at 10:34 giving Missouri State a comfortable 4-1 lead.

"Over all the style and play of our lines was better today, they got into a rhythm which helped with goal production," explained Schroeder.

Missouri State held Texas Tech to 5 shots in the 2nd period and 8 in the third. Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping wins his 13th game of the season facing only 18 shots.

Taking 43 shots in the game marks the first time the Ice Bears (1208) have out shot their opponents (1202) this season.

Both teams did not score on the power play. Missouri State had 7 tries with Bryan Beaman hitting the goal post on an attempt in the second period. Texas Tech squandered four opportunities.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders At Missouri State Ice Bears

02/05/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - "Don't mess with Texas!" That's what the Texas Tech Red Raiders left in the minds of the Missouri State Ice Bears after playing with a short bench, and out lasting a 30 shot barrage in the third period, only to have the Ice Bears score two late goals en route to a 3-1 win at Mediacom Ice Park.

Tyler Polizzi (6th) started the scoring for Missouri State with 12:23 left to play in the first period. Joe Cero's shot from the left point bounced in front of Polizzi then hit his shoulder before bouncing again into the net past Red Raider goaltender Brant MacQuoid.

Texas Tech tied the game late in the opening period on a 2 on 1 rush. Barry Johnson gave a pass from the top of the left face off circle to a streaking Kevin Larney (4th), who buried the puck into the upper right corner of the net past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (30 shots, 29 saves) with 3:54 remaining.

A scoreless second period was not without it's moments as the Ice Bears hit the goal post on 4 consecutive shots, and had to kill off an extended Texas Tech power play which developed into a 5-3 advantage at one point.

Polizzi (7th) posted his second goal of the game with 5:30 left to play in the third period, banking the puck off MacQuoid (58 shots, 56 saves) with a shot along the goal line.

Texas Tech pulled MacQuoid for an extra skater and with 32.3 seconds left, Andy Whitener put the puck into an open net for his 16th of the season and the Ice Bears' second empty net goal of the season.

Missouri State was 0 for 3 on the power play and Texas Tech went 0 for 2.

 

Missouri Tigers At Missouri State Ice Bears

01/30/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A second consecutive sellout crowd of 1,100 came to see the second game of the series between the Missouri State Ice Bears and University of Missouri Tigers, and for the second consecutive night Ice Bears fans went home happy after a 6-0 shut out of the Tigers.

Earlier in the day, the Junior Varsity team shut out the Mizzou Black squad 11-0. Asked if Ice Bears Varsity coach Mike Schroeder could match the results, he unknowingly replied, "We'll do our best."

So, for the first time in Ice Bears history, both teams posted shut outs of the same organization on the same day.

After a scoreless first period, Missouri State (15-16) started the scoring with B. J. Norman and Andy Whitener combining on the opening goal of the game. Placing the puck along the goal line, Whitener left it for Norman (11th) to bank it off Tigers goaltender Aaron Dewitt (52 shots, 46 saves) with 7:13 left to play in the second.

Penalty trouble followed Missouri State and Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (23 saves) came up big during a 5 on 3 disadvantage to keep the Tigers (8-19-1) off the scoreboard.

Then Whitener and Norman united again on a shorthanded goal with 5:58 left on the clock. Banking the puck off the boards to himself, Norman got past the Tigers defense and at the last moment passed the puck to Whitener (14th), who beat Dewitt for his first short- hander of the season and the Ice Bears' 4th as a team.

Missouri State's Assistant Captain was not finished. On the power play, Whitener (15th) tipped in C. J. Jung's pass from the left side past Dewitt with 2:39 remaining in the second for a 3-0 Ice Bears lead.

Evan Leuchtmann grabbed his 5th of the season, at 17:58 of the 3rd period, taking a pass out of the air from Jordan Skaggs and putting it high over the left shoulder of DeWitt.

Off the face off, Tyler Polizzi (5th) gave the Ice Bears a 5-0 lead (on the Ice Bears 37th shot of the game) with 16:02 left to play.

Derek Bartsch ending the scoring with his 6th of the season with 5:16 still to go. C. J. Jung had the puck near the low end of the right face off circle and passed the puck to a streaking Bartsch, near the left face off circle, who buried the shot about 15 feet in front of Dewitt.

Missouri State went 1 for 4 on the power play and Mizzou was 0 for 4.

 

Missouri Tigers At Missouri State Ice Bears

01/29/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Several "S's" were factors between the two Missouri rivals in game one, a 7-2 win for the Missouri State Ice Bears over the Missouri Tigers at Mediacom Ice Park. The Ice Bears grabbed two more points in the MACHA Gold Division standings with a hope for a second place or better finish.

Seven inches of snow covered the Springfield and surrounding areas, but the game went on in front of a sell-out crowd, who arrived in time to see the Ice Bears take a 3-0 lead late into the first period on goals by Mitch Leonard (7th), and two from Paul Saitta.

Batting the puck out of mid-air just below the cross bar, Saitta scored his 9th of the season and second of three goals in the game.

Drew Davenport, called up from Mizzou's JV Squad, broke Ice Bear goaltender Mike Poepping's (20 shots, 18 saves) shutout bid with 43.2 seconds left in the first. Davenport finished up a scramble in front of Poepping, putting the puck high in the upper right corner.

The Tigers inched closer in the second period on Thomas Stream's power play goal at 15:52, but Missouri State answered back :40 seconds later when David Schroeder (21st) banked the puck off Tigers goaltender Alec Schnitzler (52 shots, 45 saves) to give the Ice Bears a 2-goal lead.

Paul Saitta (10th) grabbed his 3rd goal with a drive down the slot, on the power play at 10:26 giving the Ice Bears control of the game.

Missouri State scored the only goals in the 3rd period.

B. J. Norman added his 10th of the season at 7:23 on Saitta's screen of Schnitzler for a 6-2 lead, and Jacob Guthrie, recently called up from the JV team, finished the scoring for Missouri State and his 1st goal of the season with 43.2 seconds remaining.

Power plays helped the Ice Bears, who were 2 for 4 and the Tigers went 1 for 4 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

01/23/10 - ESTERO, FL - During the first period intermission, Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Head Coach Bob Brinkworth said the opening 20 minutes was a strange one. Perhaps it was strange because the Ice Bears jumped to a 2-0 lead 4 minutes into game on goals by Evan Leuchtman (4th) (although Derek Bartsch was given credit on the score sheet) at 18:04, and B. J. Norman (8th) at 16:06.

Perhaps it was because an out played Eagles team managed to turn things around later in the period with a power play goal at 12:01 by Thomas Patterson (9th) and Tyler Mackereth (2nd) with 51.6 seconds left, en route to a 6-4 win at Germain Arena.

Halfway through the second period the Ice Bears regained the lead on Bryan Beaman's 4th goal of the season at 10:46. John Odenwald and Beaman created a 2 on 1 rush with Florida Gulf Coast short a player. Odenwald carried the puck into the Eagles' zone, drawing the lone defender to him, sending a pass to Beaman who buried it past FGCU's goaltender Andrew Kobrin (24 shots, 20 saves) for a 3-2 advantage. The point was Missouri State's 3rd short handed goal of the season.

The Eagles tied the game at the 5:29 mark on Brett Galbraith's 19th of the season, during a 4 on 4, stealing the puck in front of Ice Bears net minder Nic Zamora (38 shots, 32 saves) and putting it in the upper left hand corner of the net.

A third period outburst by Florida Gulf Coast with Jesse Johnson (4th) tipping in a shot from Ryan Kovesdy at 13:52, and a John Barraco (2nd) drive off the glove of Zamora at 10:12 gave the host team a 5-3 lead.

B. J. Norman (9th) made it a game again deflecting a shot off Kobrin, from behind the net, to give the Ice Bears something to think about.

Unfortunately, 1:45 later Johnson picked up his second of the game to put the things out of reach. Missouri State did pull Zamora for the extra attacker with less than a minute left in the game, but could not score.

The Ice Bears were 0 for 2 on the power play and the Eagles went 1 for 3.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Florida Gulf Coast Eagles

01/22/10 - ESTERO, FL - Getting up early for a flight to Ft. Myers, Florida was not as difficult for the Missouri State Ice Bears as trying to get a goal up on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

Two shorthanded goals by the Eagles in the third period erased a close 2-1 game through two periods and extended the Ice Bears losing streak to two games after a 4-1 defeat in Germain Arena.

With both teams trying to figure out the offense in the opening period, FGCU used momentum near the end of the period to score first on Dan Sbrocci's 2nd goal of the season. Taking a pass from Kevin Olsen, Sbrocci tucked the puck past Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping, from 6 feet out, for a 1-0 lead with 5:52 left.

Out shot 19-4 in the first period, Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder said the team needed to start hitting in the second. It was Bryan Beaman's punch in the gut :57 seconds into the period that had Missouri State' hopes up.

Beaman, who has perfected skating past the defense, scored the unassisted goal on Eagles goaltender Nick Fernandez (22 shots, 21 saves) tying the game. His 3rd of the season (in 6 games) came on Missouri State's 6th shot of the game.

Evan Goetz (11th) gave the Eagles the lead :38 seconds later sending a rebound of Jason Almcrantz' shot past Poepping (55 shots, 52 saves) making it a one goal affair once again.

The third period was all Florida Gulf Coast, who controlled the play and recovered from a few Ice Bear scoring opportunities to score two shorthanded goals.

Thomas Patterson developed a 2 on 1 with Steven Gutowitz and finished the play with a shorthander at 18:34 taking some wind of the Ice Bears sails.

With Missouri State on the power play late in the 3rd period, Coach Schroeder pulled Poepping for an extra attacker, but Kevin Mixon scored his 5th into the empty net with 14.6 seconds remaining.

FGCU's two shorthanded goals in the game now gives the Eagles 9 on the season. Missouri State has allowed 6 this season.

Both teams went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

01/16/10 - EAST ALTON, IL - Faced with a short line up (16 skaters and 2 goalies) and a quick turn around for the second game of the series, the Missouri State Ice Bears knew things would be especially tough on the defensive core with a collection of only four skaters.

Kendal Price notched his 12th of the season for Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at 4:57 of the opening period during a scramble in front of Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping, who faced a season high 69 shots, to put SIUE ahead.

The power play goal gave the Cougars a lead they would not relinquish in a 4-2 win and a split of the series.

Mike Poepping (shown in ACHA Select uniform) faced 69 shots in Game #2 against Southern Illinois- Edwardsville

Mitch Leonard, who dropped back to help on defense for Missouri State, scored his 6th goal of the season at the 11:15 mark of the second period (with one second left on a 4 on 4) tying the game.

The second stanza was relatively even with Missouri State putting 21 shots on Cougars goaltender Brandon Becker, while SIUE returned the favor with 22 tries on Poepping. At this point, Missouri State was out shot 50 to 28.

Tim Dolan's 12th goal of the season put the Cougars ahead at 10:12 of the third period, breaking free from the Ice Bear defense near the left face-off circle and putting the puck past Poepping's blocker in the low left corner.

Price (13th) picked up his second of the game at 8:44 on the power play. As Poepping was scrambling to cover shots from both sides, the puck came to Price, standing on the left side, with an empty net to shoot at for a 3-1 Cougar advantage.

Missouri State would not go quietly.

Andy Draper (18th) took a pass from Bryan Beaman, who poke-checked the puck past the SIUE defense and spotted a streaking Draper in the slot, beating Becker (28 shots, 26 saves) and giving the Ice Bears hope with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

After pulling Poepping for an extra attacker with less than a minute left, an empty goal by Alex Edwards (7th) with 17.5 seconds to play sealed the game and a split of the series for SIUE.

Penalties, meaning power plays, hurt the Ice Bears. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville scored 2 goals on 8 tries, while Missouri State went 0 for 2.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

01/15/10 - EAST ALTON, IL - It didn't matter to the Missouri State Ice Bears they were without practices to start the second half of the season, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period against the SIUE Cougars.

What did matter was losing that lead, trailing 3-2 with less than 6 minutes left in the third period, tying the game, and winning it 4-3 just :38 seconds into overtime on Bryan Beaman's second goal of the season.

Beaman took a pass from C. J. Jung, broke in alone past the Cougar defense, laying the puck low on the ice, and tucking it between the right goal post and Cougars goaltender Brandon Becker.

"We were just gassed in the second period," said Ice Bears head Coach Mike Schroeder after the game.

C. J. Young (7th) started the scoring for Missouri State taking an Andy Draper pass from behind the net to give the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead at the 13:36 mark of the first period. With two Cougars in the penalty box, David Schroeder scored on the front end of a two man power play past Becker (27 shots, 23 saves) at 10:32 giving the Ice Bears a 2-0 advantage.

Things changed in the second period as Missouri State was out skated and out shot while managing just 6 shots in the period. The Ice Bears were not much of an offensive threat trying to find that second wind.

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville managed 17 shots and developed a few good scoring chances while notching the next 3 unanswered goals.

Matt Grimes (4th) started the scoring for SIUE at 16:49 was the only goal in the second period.

In the third, Tim Dolan's blast past Poepping (during a 4 on 4) just 20 seconds into the stanza tied the game. At 13:58 Dolan's second of the game (11th of the season) hit the back of the net over a sprawling Poepping (47 shots, 44 saves) for his 11th of the season (on the power play) to give SIUE the lead.

Cougar fans were ecstatic chanting for their team. They would have a 3-2 lead even as the home team was out shooting the Ice Bears 42 to 19.

Then the sleeping bear woke up.

Bryan Beaman's first of the season with 5:11 left in regulation tied the game, tipping a shot from David Jaffee, past Becker to send the game into overtime.

Beaman foreshadowed :07 seconds after the opening face off what he would do only :38 seconds into the extra period, aiming his first shot at Becker's far right corner of the net, prompting a save.

Missouri State went 1 for 3 on the power play which included a 5 on 3 man advantage, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville was 1 for 4 with the same 5 on 3 situation.

 

Kansas Jayhawks At Missouri State Ice Bears

12/11/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Short players because of finals and team issues, the Missouri State Ice Bears were without Mitch Leonard, Clayton Baker, B.J. Norman, Sean Wring, David Schroeder (sitting disqualification,) and Andy Whitener for the first game of the series against the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

A small bench didn't matter as the Ice Bears jumped out to a 7-0 lead midway through the second period, while Andy Draper pitched in with 4 goals (almost had a 5th) during Missouri State's 9-3 win.

Ryan Armstrong's blast from the left point (on the power play) put the Ice Bears on the scoreboard 6:43 into the opening period. Less than 2-minutes later, Draper (who hit the goal post on his first attempt) took another pass from C. J. Jung and fired the puck past Jayhawk goaltender Scott Brunnig (44 shots, 35 saves) for a 2-0 lead.

Allowed to move freely into the KU zone while on the power play, Draper (15th) took a feed from Jung scoring his second of the game past Brunnig - just inches from the netminder - with 6:03 left in the first period.

Sam Dean picked up a loose puck, and as Brunnig was scrambling to get back into position, fired it into the lower right corner of the net for his first goal in an Ice Bear uniform with 3 seconds still on the clock.

Andy Bethmann notched his 2nd of the season taking a pass from John Odenwald, breaking past the KU defense, beating Brunnig between the pads for a 5-0 Ice Bears lead at 17:16 of the second.

That tally was part of a 7-goal outburst in the middle period, with Missouri State grabbing 4 more goals and Kansas notching two.

With the extra man, Draper picked up his 16th of the season (and 3rd of the game) off the face-off. Jung won the draw back to Draper, who put the puck past Brunnig's blocker side for a 6-0 Ice Bear lead at the 14 minute mark.

Then 42 seconds later Jordan Skaggs received a pass from Draper, who was stationed behind the net, and scored from the right side of Brunnig for a 7-0 lead. Missouri State goaltender Nick Zamora came in relief of Mike Poepping (10 shots, 10 saves) after Skaggs scored.

Kansas finally got on the scoreboard when Nick Elster's drive from the left point beat a screened Zamora with 8:47 left in the second period. Then Riley Norris put back a rebound of Grant Worden's shot with 5:30 left.

Draper finished his scoring on his 4th goal of the game with 3:10 remaining in the 2nd period, taking a pass once again from Jung standing behind the net, and increasing the Ice Bears lead to 8-2.

Payton Jensen picked up the final score for the Jayhawks on a strange play with 15.8 seconds left in the period. Goaltender Zamora (16 shots, 13 saves) caught the puck in his glove as Armstrong pushed a Kansas player into the Ice Bears' netminder making the puck cross the goal line before the whistle blew. The referee ruled a goal was scored since an Ice Bear player caused the interference.

Bethmann scored the only goal in the 3rd period - 42 seconds into it - sending Odenwald's shot into the net past Brunnig, giving the Ice Bears a 6 goal lead once again.

Missouri State was 3 for 4 on the powerplay and Kansas went 1 for 2 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Iowa Hawkeyes

12/05/09 - CORALVILLE, IA - A similar situation for the Missouri State Ice Bears in game two: down 2-0 in the first period again and facing a better skating Hawkeyes team. This game ended in a 5-2 loss for the Ice Bears but it was not without its moments.

Graeme Laxton (8th) banked the puck off Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (48 shots, 43 saves) 1:07 into the game, and Kyle Jacobsen (8th) used a nice backhander from Sean Phelan to beat Poepping with 5:22 left in the 1st period for a 2-0 lead.

At 15:45 of the 2nd period Mike Kempkie (4th) scored the second shorthanded goal of the series for the Hawkeyes to extend their lead by 3 goals.

Missouri State answered back with a power play goal by Mitch Leonard (4th) past Hawkeyes goaltender Jeremy Posner (49 shots, 47 saves) with 8:35 left in the period to trail 3-1, but the normality of the game ended with that goal.

Although the Ice Bears were outscored, they tried to claw back. Unfortunately, lopsided penalties called against Missouri State that were not levied against Iowa (for the same type of infractions) lead to consecutive Iowa power plays.

During the stretch, Brian Rook (6th) put back a rebound of Rollie Opalacz's shot at 5:54 giving Iowa a 4-1 lead.

The officiating continued to wreak havoc for the Ice Bears with 5 additional penalties levied in a stretch from Rook's goal to midway through the 3rd period.

As Andy Whitener skated through the slot a shot from the left point hit his skate deflecting into the net past Posner from 10 feet out. The referee, after signaling a goal, disallowed it while skating to the Ice Bears bench to explain his change of heart.

The score would have moved the Ice Bears back to a 2-goal margin, but Phil Johnson's (10th) tally at 15:11 of the 3rd put the game out of reach.

Mitch Leonard (5th) tipped in Joe Cero's shot from the right point to finish the scoring with 32.4 seconds remaining.

The Ice Bears were 1 for 5 on the power play and the Hawkeyes went 2 for 9 with the extra man, including three two-man advantages.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Iowa Hawkeyes

12/04/09 - CORALVILLE, IA - The Iowa Hawkeyes have now won three games in a row over the Missouri State Ice Bears, including a 6-1 affair at Coral Ridge Ice Arena.

Call it "bus legs" or call it a bad start out of the gate, but a lack-luster Ice Bears team had to play catch up all game against a better skating Hawkeyes team.

Iowa got on the board first when Sean Phelan scored his 8th of the season - which trickled past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (40 shots, 34 saves) - for a 1-0 lead at 7:07 of the first period.

After a similar Iowa goal was waved off, ruled kicked in by the officials, Phelan scored his second of the game taking a 2 on 1 pass from Graeme Laxton, moving from his forehand to backhand, and tucking the puck over Poepping's blocker for a 2-0 Hawkeyes lead with 2:43 remaining in the opening period.

Iowa continued scoring in the second on Phil Johnson's 9th of the season 2:48 into the period. Then while the Ice Bears were on a power play, Jon Rowell picked up a short handed goal with a drive from the point that found it's way past Poepping for a 4-0 lead with 15:13 left in the second.

Kyle Jacobsen (7th) scored an unassisted goal at 6:13 on the power play for a 5-0 lead.

Hawkeyes goaltender Will Dodge's (28 shots, 27 saves) shutout bid was broken by Missouri State's Andy Draper, who managed to poke the puck past the goalie with one second left in the period.

Joey Wheeler finished the scoring for Iowa at 16:01 of the 3rd period with a rebound of shot off David Svac.

Missouri State was 1 for 4 on the power play and Iowa also went 1 for 4 but did have a shorthanded goal.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers At Webster Groves, MO

11/27/09 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - In the previous two ShowMe Showcase games the Missouri Tigers had scored the first goal of game, but this time was different as C. J. Jung (6th) gave the Missouri State Ice Bears the lead, at 7:42 of the first period, contributing to an 8-3 win at the 3rd Annual ShowMe Showcase game.

After taking a couple of penalties later in the period, and stopping two Tiger power plays, the Ice Bears continued their scoring with a give-and-go from B. J. Norman to Andy Whitener (13th) who snuck the puck past Tigers goalie Alec Schnitzler (45 shots, 37 saves) for a 2-0 lead with 32 seconds left in the first.

Kyle Gray (4th) brought the Tigers to within a goal sending the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (34 shots, 31 saves) just 33 seconds into the second period.

On a power play, Andy Draper (12th) lifted the puck over Schnitzler's shoulder, on the rebound, for a 3-1 lead at the 14:50 mark. Then Dave Schroeder spun around in the crease and muscled the puck past Schnitzler for a 3-goal lead with 11 minutes left in the second.

Missouri State was given another power play chance at 7:38 and the Tigers tried twice to break a man past the Ice Bears defense. On the third try Missouri was successful sending Christian Watters (8th) alone in front of Poepping, who deked and shot the puck over Poepping's shoulder for a shorthanded goal at 5:49.

Answering back in the third period, the Ice Bears used a second goal by Schroeder (19th) at 16:16 to increase the lead back to 3 goals at 5-2. John Odenwald (3rd) took a pass from Mitch Lenoard, who was behind the net, and slammed it home past Schnitzler giving Missouri State a 6-2 lead at 11:59.

Tim Dolan (4th) returned the favor for the Tigers sending Thomas Stream's pass into the net past Poepping at 7:59, but 49 seconds later Odenwald (4th) gave Missouri State a 4 goal lead once again.

With just under 5 minutes left in the game, Andy Whitener was high sticked in the face and that started a brawl between him and the Tigers Tim Dolan. Salman Shah skated in to help Whitener resulting in a game disqualification. Dolan and Corey Geringer also received disqualifications and a 5 on 3 power play for Missouri State.

Clayton Baker's 4th of the season, a power play goal from the left face off circle, ended the scoring for the Ice Bears with 50 seconds left in the 3rd.

Missouri State was 2 for 5 with the man advantage and Missouri went 0 for 6 on the power play

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears At Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos

11/21/09 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Seven penalties in the first period lead to three power play goals for the University of Central Oklahoma, a 6-2 victory over Missouri State at Arctic-Edge Ice Arena, and the Bronchos 7th win in a row over the Ice Bears.

"I liked our effort and energy especially five on five...we played well," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder in the WSR post-game show. "Unfortunately, the first period was ugly from the standpoint of having to face so many penalties. The refereeing was definitely one-sided in the first period. It put us in the hole 3-0."

Sean Steggles (9th) gave the Bronchos the lead (on the power play) finding the puck to the left of Ice Bears starting goaltender Doug Guempel (26, shots, 21 saves), after A. J. Alfrey's attempted wrap-a-round, putting the rebound in the net.

After fighting off 6 minutes of penalties, Missouri State surrendered another power play goal to Central Oklahoma with 1:23 left in the period. Mike Haszto (2nd) tipped in Nick Novak's shot as the Ice Bear defense collapsed on Guempel screening him.

Then Derek Szecsodi (3rd), from a steep angle along the goal line at the near boards, scored past Guempel's goal pads for a 3-0 lead (and another power play goal) with 7.3 seconds left in the 1st period.

"UCO is a very fast team...they skate and pass well and don't have very many weaknesses," said Schroeder. "I hope that we can carry over this level of speed into our games for the rest of the semester."

Outshot 22-7 in the 2nd period, the Ice Bears surrendered a 4th goal when Tony Panizzo (3rd) stole the puck, putting home a bad clearing attempt by Guempel, at the 15:13 mark.

Mike Haszto, once again from an angle along the goal line put the puck over Guempel's glove for a 5-0 lead. The goal chased Guempel putting Nick Zamora into the net with 13:16 left in the 2nd period.

On a 4 on 4, Tyler Polizzi picked up his 2nd goal of the season, taking a pass from Derek Bartsch, scoring the first goal of the series for Missouri State (who were out shot 29-11) at 10:09.

Casey Smith's (4th) goal at 16:10 of the 3rd period beat Zamora on the short side between the goal post and his glove for a 6-1 Bronchos advantage.

Andy Draper (11th) racked up a second Ice Bear score against Bronchos goaltender Eric Murbaugh (29 shots, 27 saves) with 6:12 left in the 3rd.

The Bronchos were assessed a 5-minute major at the 15 minute mark, when Steggles slashed Ryan Armstrong behind the net, but the Ice Bears could not score in the final minutes of the game.

Missouri State was 1 for 3 with the man advantage and Central Oklahoma went 2 for 6 on several extended power play opportunities.

"Even strength we played well," explained Schroeder. That's why we play this team, and teams in Division 1...we do play better."

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears At Univ. of Central Oklahoma Bronchos

11/20/09 - OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Take away 2 minutes and 13 seconds of period two and the game between the Missouri State Ice Bears and University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos may have had a different outcome, but 3 quick goals by UCO's Kyle Novak (2nd of the season at 14:40), Greg Masters (5th at 13:58), and Eric Jansen (5th at 12:27) lead to a 4-0 Bronchos win at Arctic Edge Ice Arena.

The first period was evenly played with both teams getting good scoring chances and the first period relatively even in shots with Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (42 shots, 38 saves) facing 10 shots in the first period, and Bronchos netminder Justin Sgro (20 saves) facing 8 first period shots.

Unfortunately, all 3 goals in that 2-minute stretch were scored in nearly the same way, with Poepping screened and lots of legs in the crease.

Sean Steggles picked up his 8th of the season with 3:58 remaining in the 2nd getting a low shot past Poepping right side, as he was screened, to give the Bronchos a 4-0 lead.

Poepping came up big for the Ice Bears in the 3rd period stopping Jansen and Steggles on 2 on 1 opportunities.

 

Lindenwood Lions Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

11/14/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - There is a phrase that says 'history repeats itself,' and for the Missouri State Ice Bears and Lindenwood Lions it did. Game two ended with the Ice Bears on the losing side of a 5-4 score, and a split of the series.

Derek Bartsch (4th) gave the Ice Bears the lead breaking free, coming down the right side, and blasting the puck low to the left of Lions goaltender Bjorn Lindberg (38 shots, 34 saves) 4:45 into the game.

Ty Shearon (3rd) tied the game for Lindenwood, on the power play, putting home a rebound past Missouri State goalie Mike Poepping (28 shots, 23 saves) with 11:19 left in the 1st period.

Despite out shooting the Lions 16-7 after 20 minutes, LU's Josh Bunjan's (2nd) drive from the top of the slot found the back of the net as Jeremy Meletti created traffic in front of Poepping with 15:55 remaining in the 2nd period.

During a 4 on 4 situation, Andy Whitener (12th) put C. J. Jung's shot past Lindberg tying the game once again with 12:16 left in the 2nd period.

Four minutes later, Bartsch picked up his 2nd goal of the game and 5th of the season skating in past the defense on the right side and lifting the puck up over Lindberg's glove for a 3-2 lead.

Then with 6 minutes left, the Lions' Zach Branovan put the puck over a sprawling Poepping which appeared to go just under the goal post and hit the netting before exiting. The power play goal tied the game once again for Lindenwood at 3-3 despite being out shot by Missouri State 28-19 after two periods.

C. J. Jung's shot from the top of the slot, through traffic, found the net past Lindberg, and the power play goal gave Missouri State the lead back at 4-3 with 11:17 remaining in the 3rd period.

Once again the Lions regained the lead, at 6:21, when the puck was turned over at the Ice Bears blue line and Detrick Pierzinski beat Poepping low on the right hand glove side along the ice.

With Missouri State killing a penalty, Cody Donati took the puck from behind the net, spun around in front of the net, and lifted the puck over Poepping's glove for the lead with 1:41 remaining in the game.

The Ice Bears were 1 for 5 on the power play and the Lions went 3 for 8.

 

Lindenwood Lions Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

11/13/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For paraskevidekatriaphobics — people who believe in Friday the 13th superstitions — luck was definitely on the Missouri State Ice Bears side after a 5-4 win in overtime against the Lindenwood Lions at Mediacom Ice Park.

Andy Whitener (11th) registered the game winner 59 seconds into the extra period, taking a pass along the boards at the right point from C. J. Jung, skating to the middle of the right faceoff circle and blasting the puck over Lions goaltender Matt Dennison's glove.

"I was yelling at C. J. to pass along the boards," said Whitener, the Ice Bears Player Board President. "We work on it in practice and we made it work in the game."

Some will argue it was not luck, but the Ice Bears' sheer determination to play a much better second half of hockey that sent a shocked Lions team to the locker room wondering if Missouri State's 12th place ranking in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) was a fluke.

"You have one heck of a goaltender," said Lions Head Coach Jeff Wear referring to Ice Bears netminder Mike Poepping who steered aside 41 of 45 shots to earn the victory and has been selected to play with the ACHA Select team in Europe from December 27th, 2009 to January 7th, 2010.

Not only did Poepping stop Lindenwood's Jeremy Meletti on a bid for a 4th goal midway through the 3rd period, but he turned away a 2 on 1 attempt by Zach Branovan and Detrick Pierzinski that would have given the Lions the lead late in the game.

After the Ice Bears jumped ahead 27 seconds into the first period on Jung's (4th) tip in of Salman Shah's shot, the Lions roared back with a natural hat trick (16:11 and 6:48 of the 1st period, and 19:40 of the 2nd) from Meletti.

Lindenwood controlled most of the game at that point, dictating the play and skating much faster than the home team, who was out shot 30-12 at the time.

But on a day when most superstitious people refuse to do business or travel, the Ice Bears refused to go quietly, starting to show some life in the 13th minute of the 2nd period.

Then at 10:24 of the period, Shah's 35 foot drive from the left point found the back of the net past Dennison (21 shots, 16 saves) for his 4th of the season. Mitch Leonard, who skated through the crease screening Dennison, helped to cut the Lions lead to 3-2.

Now a rejuvenated Ice Bears team had some life, skating and passing like it was any ordinary Friday. On the power play, Dave Schroeder found himself alone to the right of Dennison notching his 17th of the season and tying the game 3-3 with 5:58 left in the 2nd.

Fans wondered if a 20-minute delay due to problems with the Zamboni would change the Ice Bears momentum in the 3rd period, but Sean Wring's power play goal at 17:01 put an end to those fears with his first of the season, a blast from the top of the right face-off circle, giving Missouri State the first lead of the game.

Wring (who played with the Ice Bears during the 2006-'07 season) returns from a stint in Minnesota to bolster the Ice Bears defense.

LU's Zach Glazer (5th) tied the game for the second time at the 13:12 mark of the 3rd with a shot through traffic that beat Poepping over his glove hand. The goal came during a 2-man power play advantage, although one penalty had expired just as Glazer scored.

Missouri State was 2 for 4 with the man advantage and Lindenwood went 2 for 5 with the extra skater.

 

Northern Illinois Huskies Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

11/07/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A different Northern Illinois Huskies team came out for game two and although the Missouri State Ice Bears may not have figured on the same outcome as game one, they found the 8-5 win tougher than expected.

Northern Illinois scored first when Mike Strumberger's pass in front of Ice Bears starting goaltender Doug Guempel (10, shots, 6 saves) was tipped in by Chris Bednarek (4th) at 7:45 for a 1-0 lead.

Missouri State's B. J. Norman (7th) tied the game with 1:37 left in the period and the Ice Bears left feeling fortunate to stay even with the Huskies.

A barrage of goals in the second period had Missouri State trailing by 2 goals once and a goal twice. NIU's Strumberger (5th) put the Huskies ahead just 26 seconds in to the period. Then the Ice Bear's Clayton Baker (3rd) used a power play goal to pull even 1:23 later.

Two goals by Northern Illinois' Justin Waterman (2nd) at 14:52 and Brett Wheeler (3rd) with 11:35 left in the 2nd period gave the Huskies a 4-2 lead, chasing Guempel.

Then Missouri State got to work. Paul Saitta, from an angle along the goal line, took a pass from Mitch Leonard and put the puck past Alex Alessi (44 shots, 36 saves) to pull within a goal for the 3rd time at the 10:29 mark.

Moments later Ice Bears goaltender Nick Zamora, in relief of Guempel was immediately tested by NIU's Peter Alfano. Zamora's glove save on a break-a-way kept the game from becoming a 2 goal advantage again for the Huskies.

Then Derek Bartsch came down the left side and sent a drive past Alessi, from 20 feet, to tie the game 4-4 with 8:42 left in the 2nd period.

Five minutes later, NIU took the lead once again. Bednarek (5th) got around the Ice Bears defense and beat Zamora over the right side, who expected the shot low, for a 5-4 lead.

Andy Whitener (9th) evened the game once again with 1:10 left after a rebound came through the crease and put back past Alessi.

Whitener picked up where he left off in the 2nd. On the power play, he skated through the slot and tipped in C. J. Young's shot, and the Ice Bears had their first lead of the game with 15:39 left in the 3rd period.

Leonard (3rd) increased Missouri State's lead 7-5 with 5:45 remaining, and they needed the breathing room. NIU had a 2-man power play advantage with less than 3 minutes left in the game, but the Ice Bears survived the challenge.

Dave Schroeder (16th) picked up an empty net goal with 1.1 second left in the game.

Missouri State was 2 for 5 on the power play and Northern Illinois went 0 for 5.

 

Northern Illinois Huskies Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

11/06/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - All players in the lineup with the exception of both goaltenders recorded points in the Missouri State Ice Bears' 15-1 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies at Mediacom Ice Park.

Paul Saitta had a hat trick and Dave Schroeder (2 goals) and C. J. Young (2 goals, 4 assists) figured into multiple point scoring.

 

Illinois State Redbirds Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

10/31/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - After a big win the night before, the Missouri State Ice Bears took the lead 3:31 into the game, but found themselves trying to catch up, before losing a 4-3 contest to the Illinois State Redbirds at Mediacom Ice Park.

Andy Draper notched his 9th of the season, taking a pass from C. J. Jung, as he skated down the low slot untouched, blasting the puck past Illinois State goaltender Steve Somerfield (34 shots, 31 saves) for a 1-0 Ice Bear lead.

Just 24 seconds later, the Redbirds' Brian Harrison (4th) returned the favor taking Eric Brown's pass from behind the net and slammed it past Ice Bears net minder Mike Poepping (32 shots, 28 saves) tying the game.

Harrison's (5th) second of the game came less than 8 minutes later when he took Nick Santopoalo's rebound off Poepping's pad and put over his right shoulder for a 2-1 lead with 8:41 left in the period.

B. J. Norman's power play goal tied the game for Missouri State, in the second period with 13:10 left, taking a pass from Draper and getting a shot from a steep angle past Somerfield.

Then Chris Drinkwater delivered the puck down an empty middle to a passing Andrew Jesernig for his 11th of the season and a 3-2 Illinois State lead with 5:20 left in the second.

David Schroeder (13th) pulled the Ice Bears even after Jung won the face off, it deflected in the slot, and was driven from 20 feet out past Somerfield with 10:27 remaining in the 3rd period.

Illinois State took the lead for good when Phil O'Connor broke past the Missouri State defense and put the puck over Poepping's blocker to his left and just under the cross bar with 8:02 left in the game.

The Ice Bears went 1 for 3 on the power play and Illinois State was 0 for 3.

 

Illinois State Redbirds Vs Missouri State Ice Bears

10/30/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Two goals by Andy Draper and Clayton Baker were the catalyst for an 8-4 Missouri State Ice Bears win over the Illinois State Redbirds, a team that had previously lost only one game in regulation play this season.

Both teams traded 4-minute stretches of the opening period to develop scoring chances, but it was B. J. Norman (5th) who put the Ice Bears on the board first. David Jaffee's shot from the right point was deflected by Norman past Redbird goaltender Evan Casas (33 shots, 25 saves) at the 12:30 mark giving Missouri State a 1-0 lead.

"We have been focusing on creating traffic in front of the net," said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "We felt that the way we were able to score against Illinois State in pervious years was on rebounds and deflections."

Just 1:03 later Tim Putlak picked up his 4th of the season to tie the game. The line of Putlak, Andrew Jesernig, and Chris Drinkwater combined for 10 points (4G, 6A) for Illinois State during the game.

With 4:48 left in the 1st, Even Leuchtmann notched his first goal with the Ice Bears putting home a rebound of Jordan Skaggs' shot giving Missouri State a 2-1 lead after 20-minutes.

Clayton Baker (1st) used :24 seconds of the 2nd period to extend the Ice Bears lead when he got behind the defense and took a shot from 15 feet in front of Casas that went off his arm stretching the net.

Then the Redbirds top line got into action. Jesernig (9th) returned Drinkwater's shot past Ice Bears net minder Mike Poepping (35 shots, 31 saves) with 16:38 remaining. Then Jesernig picked up his 10th goal of the season after Putlak's shot was stopped by Poepping, who moved to his right expecting the puck to be there, but it came up the middle and put back for the game tying goal with 14:01 left in the 2nd.

"On our backcheck, at times, we were not moving as well as we should have," said coach Schroeder. "But that's something we adjusted later in the period."

Dave Schroeder (12th) put a stop to the Redbird advance (on the power play) taking a pass from Paul Saitta, moving in front of the net, snapping a shot past Casas for a 4-3 lead with 9:48 to go in the 2nd.

Draper (7th) took the puck away from ISU's Nick Santopoalo and put it over Casas' glove for a 2-goal lead for the second time in the game.

In the 3rd period, Draper continued the scoring when he was given credit for a goal after a scramble in front of the Illinois State net minder Schroeder and Draper were both in front of the net as the puck was in the air, deflecting it past Casas.

"It's a point, and that's all that matters," said Schroeder conceding the goal to Draper.

Salman Shah used a pass from Draper, who set up the play behind the net on the power play, to score his 3rd of the season with 9:30 left in the 3rd.

Illinois State changed lines, with a 4 on 4 ending and the Redbirds anticipating a power play, allowing Baker to skate in untouched to grab the Ice Bears first shorthanded goal of the season with 4:17 left in the period.

The Redbirds ended the scoring when Poepping lost his goal stick and Baker gave up his to the Missouri State goaltender. That resulted in a scramble in front of the Ice Bears net with ISU's Drinkwater putting the puck over Poepping's glove, just under the crossbar, on the same power play that involved Baker's shorthander.

Missouri State continued to take advantage of power play opportunities scoring on 2 of 5 chances, while Illinois State was 1 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis Billikens

10/24/09 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - A determined Missouri State Ice Bears team thwarted a Saint Louis University attack early in the 1st period (then took the lead on Andy Whitener's 7th goal at 8:38) en route to a 4-1 win and sweep of the series against the Billikens at Webster Groves Ice Arena.

Whitener moved past two Billiken defensemen and along the goal line to flip the puck past Billikens goaltender Trey Spiller's (36 shots, 32 saves) left leg pad.

On a power play, Missouri State's Ryan Armstrong chased a loose puck into the Ice Bears defensive zone and was able to stop it in front of goaltender Mike Poepping (51 shots, 50 saves) but not able to move the puck from the crease.

Poepping decided to clear the puck hitting Jonny Moore (8th), who sent it past Poepping to tie the score 1-1 with 1:25 remaining.

Mike Poepping makes one of his 50 saves versus SLU Photo: Rhonda Armstrong

The shorthanded goal was the first allowed by the Ice Bears this season.

On the same powerplay, Dave Schroeder (10th) put back a rebound of Whitener's shot, on the right side, and Missouri State regained a one goal lead with 51.4 seconds left in the 1st period.

Paul Saitta (2nd) returned the favor stealing the puck from Spiller, who attempted to clear it, hitting the back of the net for a 2-goal advantage.

Saint Louis used a couple of power plays trying to get back into the game, but the Ice Bears defense held strong turning away the Billiken advantages.

Schroeder (11th) picked up his 2nd goal of the game, blasting the puck over Spiller's glove on the power play, to round out the scoring.

The Ice Bears were 2 for 4 with the extra skater, and Saint Louis was 0 for 7, but did score a shorthanded goal.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis Billikens

10/23/09 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - Facing a Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association opponent for the first time since the opening series of the season, the Missouri State Ice Bears used 2 power play goals and excellent goaltending by Mike Poepping to hand the Saint Louis Billikens a 5-1 loss at Webster Groves Ice Arena.

B.J. Norman fed an outlet pass to Andy Draper, on the power play, past Billikens goalie Alex Topoleski (43 shots, 38 saves) for a 1-0 Ice Bear lead.

Saint Louis evened the score when a shot from Eric Wendt was poked to the left with an open left side available, after a scramble in from of the net, for Tyler Tessen to tip the puck past Poepping (31 shots, 30 saves).

With 30.6 seconds left in the 1st period, Salman Shah's (2nd) drive from the left point seemed to rise over the net, but Topoleski jumped and the puck ricochet through his pads, giving Missouri State a 2-1 lead.

Moving and passing the puck well in the 2nd period, it was a power play goal by Andy Whitener at the 12:04 mark of the 2nd period, which doubled the Ice Bear's lead. Whitener tipped in C. J. Jung's shot from the middle of the crease for a 3-1 lead.

Poepping came up with the save of the game to keep things just out of reach for Saint Louis. Moving to his left for a shot, Poepping could not get back square in front of the net. While sitting on the ice, he gloved a shot from 5 feet out by the Billikens' Eric Wendt to preserve the 2-goal Ice Bear lead.

Andy Bethmann tipped in Shah's drive from the left point, after a scramble in front of Topoleski, for a 4-1 lead with 5:44 left in the 3rd. Then Draper nailed his 2nd of the game and 6th of the season, moving through the slot - getting by two Billiken defenseman - and picking the upper right corner past Topoleski to give Missouri State a 4 goal lead.

Special teams were a plus for the Ice Bears going 2 for 7 on the power play, although one was a short 10 second stint. Meanwhile, Saint Louis was 0-4 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles

10/17/09 - BENSENVILLE, IL - The second go around for the Missouri State Ice Bears against the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles ended in the same manner as game one, a 5-2 loss.

Different was the fact that the Ice Bears came out hitting and showed a better passing game, but ultimately a good 1st period was interrupted by Shaun McKenzie's goal (17th) at 7:25 for a 1-0 Eagles lead after 20 minutes.

Before Missouri State could think about offense, they had to kill penalty that carried over from the 1st period. Shawn Shufelt used the advantage to notch his 2nd of the season, and with 19:25 left in the period the Robert Morris - Chicago jumped in front 2-0.

Although the Ice Bears skated well in the 2nd period, and picked up a goal from David Schroeder (8th) to cut the lead to 2-1, the Eagles used a scramble in front of Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel (37 shots, 32 saves) to go ahead by 2 goals on Mike Palmeri's 3rd of the season with 3:06 left.

Schroeder's 9th of the season beating the Eagles' netminder Mike Brown (34 shots, 32 saves) brought Missouri State close, for the second time in the game, with 19:04 remaining in the 3rd period.

RMCC regained a 2-goal lead for their second and final time, with 3:13 left, on David Stachowiak's 2nd goal of the season.

The Ice Bears pulled Guempel for an extra skater and the Eagles' Floyd Alma beat C.J. Jung to the puck after banking it off the back of the boards for an empty net goal with 7.8 robert seconds left in the game.

Missouri State was 0 for 3 on the power play and Robert Morris went 1 for 3 with the extra skater.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles

10/16/09 - BENSENVILLE, IL - Things looked good for the Missouri State Ice Bears after the first period leading 1-0 on David Schroeder's 7th goal of the season with 10:07 left, but 6 straight goals by Robert Morris - Chicago lead to a 6-2 Eagles win.

"We didn't play well in front of our own net," explained Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "This was our #1 priority in our pre game talk....to protect the goaltender. We did not execute."

With 2:21 left in the 1st period, Matt McTigue scored his 4th of the season beating Ice Bears net minder Doug Guempel (37 shots, 31 saves) to tie the game.

Then the flood gates opened with Shaun McKenzie scoring the natural hat trick at 18:25 of the 2nd, 16:59, and 10:05 for a 4-1 lead.

At the 2:22 mark of the 2nd, Nick Mahoney (4th) took a pass from Kevin Sychowski sending it home for a 5-1 lead.

Missouri State came out hitting early in the 3rd with John Odenwald notching his 2nd of the season at 17:25 past Eagles goaltender Mike Brown (23 shots, 17 saves) to put the Ice Bears to within three goals.

Due to consecutive penalties by both teams and odd expiration times, Missouri State went 0 for 9 with the man advantage and Robert Morris - Chicago went 0 for 4.

"We have to play more physical and finish off checks," said Schroeder.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Illinois Fighting Illini

10/15/09 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - Special teams were not a problem for the Missouri State Ice Bears until they met the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. The Ice Bears used three power play goals to score a 4-2 win and snap a 5 game losing streak.

Andy Whitener netted the first goal of the game (on the power play) when his shot from the right corner deflected off Illini defenseman Mark Price's skate and past Illini goaltender Brett Carey (23 shots, 19 saves) for a 1-0 lead 2:29 into the 1st period.

Whitener (5th) picked up his 2nd of the game taking a pass from C.J. Jung and spinning a backhander in the slot in front Carey. The power play goal with 13:20 left in the period gave Missouri State a 2-0 advantage.

Andy Draper scored his 4th of the season beating Carey just 2:35 into the second period, again on the power play, to take a 3-0 lead.

Early in the 3rd period Dave Schroeder notched his 6th of the season for a 4-0 Ice Bear lead with 17:51 left. Schroeder's goal was the only even-strength goal in the game.

During consecutive power plays (4 penalties in a row) the Fighting Illini, on RickyVaca's 4th goal of the season at 13:11, broke the shut out. Vaca's third effort over the glove of Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (28 shots, 24 saves) was on the power play. Then Paul Cook scored on the same power play opportunity to make the game interesting with 11:45 still to go in the 3rd period.

Missouri State was 3 for 5 with the man advantage and Illinois went 2 for 3 thanks to the extended power play.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Colorado State Rams

10/11/09 - WENTZVILLE, MO - Not scoring for just over 5 periods in the ACHA D2 Showcase is something the Missouri State Ice Bears did not expect to happen, but it did, as the Ice Bears lost to the Colorado State Rams 7-1 and scoring only a late 3rd period goal at Lindenwood Arena.

The Rams took no time to score, on a 3 on 2 break, when Kollin Vandersluis' first shot of the game beat Missouri State starting goaltender Mike Poepping (25 shots, 18 saves) for a 1-0 lead and Vandersluis' 3rd goal of the season at the 17:41 mark.

Paul Jenkins (7th) put home a rebound from Vandersluis' shot that ricocheted off Poepping's goal pad, to the left, giving Colorado State a 2-0 lead with 8:08 left in the period. Then 29 seconds later Ben Smoot (2nd) gave the Rams a 3-0 lead banking a shot off the inside of Poepping's right leg pad.

Things went from bad to worse for the Ice Bears when Brady McQuin's drive, with 19.1 seconds remaining in the 1st period, was accidentally redirected back into the Ice Bears net by defenseman Clayton Baker. McQuin was given credit for the power play goal, his 1st of the season.

The 2nd period had Colorado State scoring three goals to jump to a 7-0 lead. Mike Saint notched his 4th of the season with 12:31 left and Smoot picked up his 3rd of the season and 2nd of the game at the 6:08 mark.

Parker Harrison scored (5th) with 2:05 left in the period, chasing Poepping. Doug Guempel (18 shots, 18 saves) entered the game in nets and did not allow a goal for the remaining 22:05 of the game.

Rams starting goaltender John Miller played two periods and did not give up a goal while facing 16 Ice Bears shots. Danny Jobson (8 shots, 7 saves) entered the game in the 3rd period and surrendered a goal to Missouri State's Dave Schroeder (5th) to break the shutout, on the power play, 1:24 into the period.

Missouri State went 81:24 without scoring a goal.

The Rams were 1 for 6 on the power play and the Ice Bears went 1 for 2 with the man advantage, but did have an extended 2 man power play during a consecutive Ram penalties early in the 3rd period.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Miami Of Ohio RedHawks

10/10/09 - WENTZVILLE, MO - A scoreless two periods of hockey between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Miami of Ohio Redhawks was broken with a goal by Devin Zimmer (2nd) just 56 seconds into the 3rd period as the Redhawks skated to a 4-0 shut out of the Ice Bears.

Missouri State goaltender Doug Guempel was given an opportunity to start the game and made the best of it. Guempel turned away 41 of 37 Redhawk shots (22 in the first two periods) including several spectacular ones to keep the game scoreless.

Miami of Ohio's Mike Omahen picked up his 1st of the season on the power play just 1:44 later and the Redhawks climbed to a 2-0 lead. With 9:01 remaining, Noah Hirshman notched his first of the season for a 3-0 advantage.

Ryan Gallagher's first of the season ended the scoring with 5:21 remaining in the 3rd.

Earlier in the 2nd period the Ice Bears appeared to score what would have been the first goal of the game when a shot appeared to hit the right goal post pad and slid under Miami of Ohio goaltender Seth Wolfe (32 shots, 32 saves) but was not called a goal as the official was not in position to properly determine if the puck had crossed the line.

The Ice Bears, who drop to 2-4 on the season, did not score on the power play and the Redhawks went 1 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Davenport Panthers

10/09/09 - WENTZVILLE, MO - Flying high after a 1-0 first period Ice Bears lead, on a goal by Andy Draper (2nd) with 3:56 remaining, it all came crashing down in the 2nd period in a 7-3 loss to the two time ACHA Division 2 National Champion Davenport Panthers.

"We broke down," said Ice Bears Assistant Coach Dan Odenwald.

Davenport's Josh Andres (1st) tied the game 3:24 into the 2nd period, but Missouri State's Andy Draper (3rd) took a pass from Ryan Armstrong and put it past Panthers goaltender Jacob Schira (28 shots, 25 saves) for a 2-1 lead.

But that's where the Ice Bears lead ended.

"I said....keep it simple boys...skate....make strong passes...strong shots. Five minutes into the 2nd period we totally lost that," said Odenwald.

At the 10 minute mark of the 2nd period, Ben Dykstra (4th) on a 2 on 1 rush, put the puck over Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (60 shots, 53 saves) to even the score once again. Then 18 seconds later, Paul Ziemke used the same odd-man rush drawing the defense to him and sent the puck to Jessie Carter for his 2nd of the season and a 3-2 Panthers lead.

Robert Collar (1st) increased Davenport's lead with a shot over Poepping's glove from an odd angle at the side of the net about 10 feet out, and with 7:48 left in the period the Panthers enjoyed a 3-goal lead.

Brit Ouellette (3rd) gave the Panthers a 4-goal lead on a drive with 3:33 remaining. Then Sean McWorter picked up his 4th with 21.4 seconds left in the 2nd period.

The Ice Bears came out hitting in the 3rd period and Mitch Leonard notched his 2nd goal of the season on the power play to give Missouri State hope with 15 minutes remaining.

Unfortunately, time and Collar's 2nd goal of the season, on the power play, with 5:37 left added to what is the Ice Bears 3rd loss in a row.

"We need to stick with the game plan," said Odenwald.

Missouri State went 2 for 4 on the power play, although one attempt was only 9 seconds long. Davenport went 1 for 6.

 

Ferris State Bulldogs @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/03/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Much like the first game between the Ice Bears and Bulldogs another tie midway though the 2nd period was broken by Ferris State - leading to a 7-4 Bulldog win - and sweep of the series at Mediacom Ice Park.

Ferris State used 9 power play opportunities to score 5 goals including the first of the contest by Josh Husted (4th), 4:28 into the game. Mike Bush (2nd) scored his first of 3 in the game at 13:30, after taking a pass from Bulldog leading scorer Jonathan Juliano from the right side, and launched it over Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping's glove for a 2-0 lead.

With 11:24 remaining in the period, Andy Whitener (3rd) pounced on a drive from the right point by Ryan Armstrong, that was sitting in the crease. The Ice Bears were now with in a goal, but the scoring didn't stop there.

Andy Draper took a feed from David Schroeder to create a 2 on 1 with C.J. Jung. Draper used most of the ice before passing left side to Jung, who beat Bulldogs net minder Mitch Bryant (25 shots, 21 saves) to pull even late in the 1st.

Once again on the power play Bush (3rd) redirected a pass from Dan Cosgrove in front of Poepping (41 shots, 34 saves) for a 3-2 Bulldog lead with 6:50 remaining in the opening period.

John Odenwald (1st) tipped in a drive from Mitch Leonard, with 14:08 left in the 2nd period, to tie the game once again.

The lead didn't last long as Ferris State's Chris Wagner (1st) used a 2 on 1 with Wes Shook to send the puck past Poepping at 10:07 giving the Bulldogs their third and final lead of the night.

In the 3rd period, Shook's 2nd goal of the game, on the power play, gave Ferris State a 2 goal lead 4:37 into the final stanza.

Missouri State made it a game again with 10:54 remaining, after Paul Saitta (1st) hit an open right corner of the net after Leonard ran into the goaltender, but quickly moved out of the way. Unfortunately for Bryant, that left him out of position.

Late in the 3rd period two power play goals for the Bulldogs, on consecutive penalties, finished the scoring for Ferris State. Shook notched his 3rd of the season with 4:25 left, and put the for Saitta (1st) and Bush completed the hat trick with 3:10 remaining in the game.

Missouri State continued its futility on the power play going 0 for 4 while Ferris State was 5 for 9.

 

Ferris State Bulldogs @ Missouri State Ice Bears

10/02/09 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - "Bus legs" were not a problem for the Ferris State Bulldogs who broke a 2-2 tie midway through the 2nd period to take the lead en route to a 5-3 win over the Missouri State Ice Bears at the home opener in Mediacom Ice Park.

Mike Bush (1st) gave Ferris State an early lead, on the power play, when his shot through traffic from the right face off circle found the net behind Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping (37 shots, 32 saves) just 2:58 into the game.

Then a perfectly executed 2 on 1 between BJ Norman and Andy Whitener tied the game, at the 12:42 mark, ending with Norman's 4th goal of the season past Kevin Delamarter (35 shots, 32 saves) the Bulldogs #1 goaltender.

Six minutes later, Jonathan Juliano (4th) broke by the Ice Bears defense and skated in on Poepping, who gave Juliano nothing to shoot on, but he found the upper left corner over Poepping's glove for a 2-1 Bulldog lead.

With 1:25 remaining the 1st period David Schroeder (4th) ended an bout of Ice Bears pressure in the Ferris State offensive zone to pull even again at 2-2.

The only goal in the 2nd period was by Ferris State and seemed to change momentum of the game. After Pete Bensing lost the puck in front of Poepping, Ryan Tubbs (1st) picked up the puck and jammed it past the Ice Bears goaltender at the 9:27 mark.

Failure to clear the puck in the 3rd period by Missouri State resulted in Ferris Stat goals by Wes Shook at 16:15 (on the power play) and Juliano (5th) just 35 seconds later, extending their lead to 3 goals.

Mitch Leonard's goal past Delamarter with 6:29 remaining in the game was as close as the Ice Bears would get. Missouri State had to kill off a 4 minute penalty effectively killing any offensive momentum.

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the power play and Ferris State went 2 for 7 with the extra attacker.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Eastern Illinois Panthers

09/26/09 - DANVILLE, IL - Four rookies scored their first goal as an Ice Bear and Missouri State pulled away from a 2-1 first period lead to win their second game of the season 8-3 over the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Salman Shah broke a scoreless opening period, halfway through it, with his first of the season for a 1-0 lead at 9:59. Then David Schroeder notched his 3rd of the season 44 seconds later past Eastern Illinois goaltender Brian Blake (61 shots, 53 saves) and early on it looked like an Ice Bears route.

Penalties, though, kept Missouri State from mounting sustained offensive pressure.

A power play goal by EIU's Connor Mally at 7:55 of the 1st past Ice Bears Starting goalie Nic Zamora (21 shots, 18 saves) gave the Panthers hope going into the locker room after 20 minutes only down by a goal.

The Ice Bears out shot the Panthers 20-7 in the first period.

Andy Draper followed up a breakaway by Schroeder at 12:45 of the 2nd with his first goal as an Ice Bear to give Missouri State a 3-1 lead. Andy Whitener found the right side open with 3:49 left in the 2nd putting the puck past Blake for a 4-1 advantage.

With 34 seconds remaining Derek Bartsch joined the rookie squad of first scorers, taking a pass through the crease from John Odenwald, increasing the Ice Bear lead to their largest margin at 5-1.

The shot ratio increased 3 to 1 with a 41-15 Ice Bears advantage after two periods.

EIU's Ryan Green brought the Panthers to within 3 goals at the 18:20 mark of the 3rd period.

David Jaffee took a pass from Schroeder sending the puck into the upper left corner of the net at 11:47 for a 6-2 Ice Bears lead. Tyler Polizzi wasted no time - just 38 seconds - to give Missouri State their largest lead of the game 7-2.

Unfortunately, it was a clearing pass by the Panthers Michael Sorrentino, 29 seconds after Polizzi's goal, that caught Zamora off guard. It found the back of the net and chased Zamora.

Doug Guempel played the remainder of the period facing 4 shots and saving all shots he faced.

With 3 minutes left in the game, Jordan Skaggs (3rd) finished the Ice Bears' scoring.

Missouri State went 0 for 7 on the power play and Eastern Illinois was 1 for 7 with the extra skater.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Eastern Illinois Panthers

09/25/09 - DANVILLE, IL - What do Jason Lee, Josh Conlin, Andy Whitener, Paul Saitta, and BJ Norman have in common? They all scored the first goal to start the season for the Ice Bears going back to the 2005-2006 season.

BJ Norman now holds the record as the only player to score the first two goals at the start of the season helping the Ice Bears to a 9-2 win over the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Robert S. Palmer Arena in Danville, Illinois.

Norman's first tally was on the power play at 12:49 with the assist to Andy Draper and the second notch on a feed from David Jaffee with 11:24 left in the period.

Andy Whitener moved to the open slot area after his drive went wide behind the net, and took a pass from Norman to give Missouri State a 3-0 lead with 4:14 remaining.

Jordan Skaggs got into the scoring act just 35 seconds later putting home a rebound of Paul Saitta's shot and the Ice Bears were on a roll with a 4-0 lead.

With 1 second left in the first period, Dave Schroeder banked the puck off Eastern Illinois goaltender Eric Grapp (52 shots, 43 saves) and into the net for another Ice Bears score.

"David has really worked hard in the off season not only physically, but mentally." said Ice Bears Head Coach Mike Schroeder. "He's more aware of where the puck is on the ice."

After Ryan Armstrong's 30 foot blast past Grapp at 16:12 of the second period, the Panthers broke the goose egg with a power play goal at 10:06 by Matt Gross past Ice Bears goaltender Doug Guempel (31 shots, 29 saves).

The Panthers continued the scoring in the 3rd period with Connor Maly's goal at 10:35 to cut the Ice Bears lead by 4 goals at 6-2.

Skaggs answered back for Missouri State with his 2nd goal of the game just 15 seconds later, and Schroeder picked up his second with 8:54 remaining in the final period. Norman finished the scoring for Missouri State and his hat trick with an unassisted goal at 16:03.

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the power play and Eastern Illinois went 1 for 6 with the man advantage.