Ice Bears 2010-2011 Game Highlights

Missouri St. Ice Bears At MACHA Tournament Vs Saint Louis

02/19/11 - PEORIA, IL - The Ice Bears gave the #1 seeded St. Louis University (SLU) Billikens all they could handle in the semi-final playoff game of the MACHA Gold Division post season tournament.

The goals seemed to come in series as Missouri State scored the first 3 goals but St. Louis scored the next four. With just over 7 minutes remaining in the game, the score was tied at 5-5.

However, the Billikens then scored 2 power play goals and an empty net goal to finish the game for a final score of 8-5.

At 15:43 of the first period, CJ Jung skated behind the SLU goal, drew two defenders toward him leaving Paul Saitta alone in front of the net. A sweet pass and then a quick stick by Saitta beat goaltender, Alex Topoleski (30 shots against with 25 saves).

With just 4 seconds remaining in the period, Cory LaFaver got knocked down in front of the crease, jumped up and found a pass from Andy Draper right on his stick which he fired into the top right corner of the net.

At 19:13 of the second period, Tyler Polizzi blasted a shot which rebounded off the goaltender in front of the net. BJ Norman had been knocked down but while in a prone position on his stomach managed to sweep the puck into the net and the Ice Bears led 3-0. However, a number of MSU penalties ignited the SLU offense and they came storming back with 4 straight goals.

At 13:25, on a power play, Paul Goodwin beat Bears goaltender, Nic Zamora (43 shots against with 36 saves), with a shot to the top left corner of the net. At 12:42 on a 3 on 1 break, Jim Slepka skated in alone and beat Zamora with a blast over his right shoulder.

At 8:45 Eric Wendt was left alone in front of the net and found the upper right corner of the net. At 4:42 an MSU defender came out to stop a rushing attacker but left Johnny Moore alone near the right side of the net and Moore tipped in a nice pass to put SLU on top 4-3. However, just 21 seconds later, Paul Saitta feathered a pass to Andy Draper which Draper tipped over the surprised SLU goaltender to tie the game.

At 16:34 of the third period, on a pass from Miguel Franco, Cory Lafaver’s second goal of the game put the Ice Bears back in front with a hard shot from the left circle which beat the SLU goaltender over his right shoulder.

However, Johnny Moore, the leading scorer for the Billikens, and the SLU power play then took over the game. Moore scored at 11:59, again at 7:09 to break a 5-5 tie, and he also was the beneficiary of the empty net goal near the end of the game. Of the last 5 goals by the Billikens, 3 were on the power play and one was an empty net goal.

For the game, Missouri State was 2 for 8 on the power play and St. Louis University was 4 for 9.

St. Louis University won the regular season championship, and with a 4-3 win against Southern Illinois University the next day also won the post season tournament.

 

Missouri St. Ice Bears At MACHA Tournament Vs Illinois State

02/18/11 - PEORIA, IL - The D2 MACHA Playoffs started with an exciting game between the #3 seed Illinois State Redbirds and the #6 seed Missouri State Ice Bears. The underdog Ice Bears surprised Illinois State and came away with a 4-3 win.

The Redbirds had beaten Missouri State twice pretty handily on their home ice during the regular season. This time around, Missouri State jumped out to a lead and never relinquished it although there were some nervous moments when Illinois State tied the game in the third period on a fluke goal.

At 15:38 of the first period, Mitch Leonard shot the puck from the right point which went through traffic and was deflected by Tyler Polizzi who was camped out in front of the Illinois State goalie, Steve Somerfield.

Somerfield’s vision was blocked and he could not react to the deflection which beat him on his right side.

At 14:00, the Ice Bears had trouble clearing the puck after a face off in their own zone. A shot which was blocked in front of goalie Nic Zamora (33 shots against with 30 saves) rebounded directly to Josh Ambrosat’s stick between the circles about 10 feet in front of the net and he blasted it home.

However, during a power play with less than 2 seconds left in the period, beautiful tic-tac-toe passes from Tyler Polizzi to CJ Jung and then back to Polizzi resulted in the Illinois State goalie moving from his left to his right and then back to his left. Polizzi did not miss the half empty net and got his second goal of the game.

The period ended with the Ice Bears only having 5 shots but a 2-1 lead.

At 4:38 of the second period, Polizzi lifted a long 2 line pass from behind his own net which found BJ Norman’s stick who had skated behind the last Redbirds defender. Norman came in alone on Sumerfield (21 shots against with 17 saves), “deeked” to his right and with his backhand lifted it over the goalie’s right shoulder.

Less than a minute and a half later, on a Redbirds power play, Eric Brown got behind the Ice Bears defense. Skating in on goalie Zamora’s right side, his shot from about 2 feet away hit Zamora’ right shoulder and dropped behind him into the net.

At 11:39 of the third period, Illinois State tied the game on a shot which was going wide of the net but was accidentally tipped into the net by Jake Guthrie.

Guthrie slammed his stick onto the ice in disgust and the game was tied 3-3. Jon Luevano was given credit for the goal.

However, with only 2:37 remaining in the game, the Ice Bears scored again on a long distance pass. Andy Draper flipped the puck out of the Bears defensive zone and found CJ Jung who was streaking down the middle of the ice. Jung split two defenders and beat the Redbird goalie with a shot high on the blocker side.

The game ended with the Redbirds pulling their goalie with about 90 seconds still left in the game and taking the puck into the Missouri State zone with 6 attackers. However, the Ice Bears defenders cleared the puck out of the zone several times.

In their final frenzied attack the Redbirds only managed one shot that got through and was saved by Zamora.

Missouri State was assessed 5 penalties in the game for a total of 10 minutes; Illinois State had only 3 penalties for 6 minutes. Each team had one power play goal.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Kentucky Wildcats

02/12/11 - LEXINGTON, KY - It became a little tougher playing at midnight for the Missouri State Ice Bears after a 7-3 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats in the second game of the series.

The opening period was scoreless with the Ice Bears playing a sound defensive game, but the second period is one the team would like to forget.

Matt Kinman (3rd) gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead on a power play goal 37 seconds into the period, then Sean Wormald (4th) was left alone in the slot and put the puck past Ice Bears net minder Nic Zamora (38 shots, 31 saves) for a 2-0 advantage with 10:13 left to play.

Kinman gave UK a 3-0 lead with his 4th of the season on a drive from the right point from about 20 feet out at 8:22.

Jay Morgan found the puck on his stick 1:03 later for a 4-0 Wildcat lead after two periods.

In the third period, Corey Lafaver (11th) broke the shutout with a drive from the left side face-off circle that beat UK goaltender Jim Borgaard (43 shots, 40 saves) at 14:18.

Kentucky's Josh Knicker (9th) poked at the puck after Zamora made a save sending it over the glove of the stunned goaltender into the net with 13:31 to go.

Then during a 4 on 4, Michael Getz (28th) followed Andrew Serres' shot past Zamora's right side for a 6-1 advantage with 12:03 on the clock.

Kinman (5th) notched the hat-trick with a shot along the goal line at 10:42.

Lafaver picked his 12th of the season, tipping in Pete Cero's drive from the high slot on the power play, cutting the Wildcats lead to 7-2.

With 2:31 to go in the game, Andy Draper (22nd) scored the final tally on a give and go with C. J. Jung.

Missouri State was 1 for 7 on the power play and Kentucky went 1 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Kentucky Wildcats

02/11/11 - LEXINGTON, KY - It's loud, it's small, and it's at midnight. University of Kentucky fans are used to staying up late to watch the Wildcats play hockey at the Lexington Ice Arena, and perhaps they were not used to their team trailing 3-1 after two periods.

Some fans left the arena. For those who did, they missed 5 unanswered UK goals in the 3rd period and a 6-3 win over the Missouri State Ice Bears.

Mike Getz (25th) gave the Wildcats (18-10-1) the lead 19 seconds into the game, taking a pass from Billy Glass and slamming it past Elliott Schmidt's (34 shots, 28 saves) glove and into the net from 7 feet out.

The Ice Bears (11-22), who had trouble getting the puck into the Wildcat zone early in the first period, tied the game on Evan Leutchmann's 4th of the season. Following up Mitch Leonard's drive, Leutchmann nailed the upper right corner of the net with 1:07 left to play.

Missouri State took the lead on Andy Draper's 20th of the season. Taking a rebound of C. J. Jung's shot that had enough height to clear the goal pads of UK goaltender Jim Borgaard (24 shots, 21 saves) with 15:07 to go in the second period.

Then Draper and Miguel Franco combined on the Ice Bears' 3rd goal with 8:18 left on the clock and Missouri State had a comfortable 3-1 advantage.

Unfortunately, 5 unanswered Wildcat goals in the third period sealed the Ice Bears fate.

Getz (26th) stole the puck in the Ice Bears zone and gave it to Sean McLaughlin, who passed back to Getz standing 5 feet in front Schmidt, and with 18:53 on the clock UK inched closer at 3-2.

The Wildcats tied the game on the power play at the 17:08 mark, a shorthanded effort by Getz.

Sean Wittman (10th) found the back of the net past Schmidt with 9:51 to play.

At 6:42 Drew Beardsley (7th) put the puck past Schmidt for a 4-3 advantage.

Glass (2oth) finished the scoring 1:04 later with a power play goal assisted by Getz.

Missouri State was 0 for 7 on the power play and Kentucky went 1 for 6.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions

02/05/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The weather report keeps getting worse for the Missouri State Ice Bears. A blizzard in game one and a deep freeze in game two ends the Ice Bears season at home with a 6-1 loss.

"The effort's there, but sometimes we don't show up when we need to," said Ice Bears' captain Mitch Leonard.

The effort started out well for Missouri State in the first period.

Tyler Polizzi (13th) gave the Ice Bears their first lead in the series, at 15:36 on the power play, tipping in B. J. Norman's pass past Lions goaltender Bjorn Lindberg (21 shots, 20 saves).

"I saw Tyler streaking and saw (Armstrong) from the blue line, but didn't want to force a pass to him so I threw it on the back door," said Norman. "Actually it was a high pass and all I saw was Tyler's stick at the right spot. That was one of the best goals all year."

But three LU goals in 1:51 changed things for Missouri State.

Tobias Jansson (11th) tied the game at 11:59, then Zach Branovan came in untouched on Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (46 shots, 40 saves) and fired the puck over Zamora's glove for a 2-1 advantage 1:14 later.

Ty Shearon scored his 15th of the season 37 seconds later, and Branovan notched his second goal of the game at 8:24 on the power play to round out the scoring in the opening period.

Joe D'Amico scored the only goal in the second period for the Lions, again on the power play, and Missouri State trailed by 4 goals.

Out shot 31-14 after two periods, the Ice Bears had good scoring opportunities in the second game than the night before.

"We didn't show up to play," explained Leonard about game one. "We watched a lot of pucks and missed a ton of assignments, and waited for somebody else to do their job."

Tim Gardner scored the final goal at 15:04 during a delayed penalty in the 3rd period.

"We are a well rounded hockey team, we need to put it together," said Leonard. "Unfortunately, we haven't been able to figure it out all year."

Missouri State was 1 for 3 on the power play and Lindenwood went 2 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions

02/04/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Winter weather advisories normally make people cautious but that didn't stop the Lindenwood Lions from unleashing a blizzard inside Mediacom Ice Park and coming away with a 13-0 win over the Missouri State Ice Bears.

Struggling to get into the Lions offensive zone in the first period, the Ice Bears were out shot 24-2 and trailed 6-0.

Goal scorers for Lindenwood were: Mitch Gallegan 13 seconds into the game (over Elliott Schmidt's blocker), Detrick Pierzinski at 16:19, TY Shearon at 13:08 on the power play, Tim Gardner at 10:06 on the power play, Zach Branovan (down the middle past the Ice Bears defense) at 4:36, and Brenden Church at 2:22.

Missouri State played a better second period and Schmidt (41 shots, 33 saves) made key saves to hold the Lions to one goal - Shearon at 19:15 - while his team put 14 shots on LU goalie Stephen Willett (22 shots).

Mirroring the opening period, the final 20 minutes saw another 6 goals: Branovan at 17:23, which chased Schmidt and had Cameron Fleming see his first action of the season.

Unfortunately, Fleming surrendered a goal to Shearon 1:29 later and the Lions had a 9-0 advantage.

Nicklas Ankarstad scored shorthanded at 14:12, the 7th given up by Missouri State this season.

After Curran Eigelberger was assessed a 5 minute major for boarding, the Lions scored two more times on the power play. Gallegan at 11:09 , and Branovan at 10:23.

Victor Langsved finished the scoring for the Lions, on the power play with 3:14 to go.

Penalties were tough throughout the game with the Ice Bears assessed 16 penalties for 35 minutes, while the Lions took 14 for 36 minutes.

Missouri State was 0 for 6 on the power play and Lindenwood went 6 for 8.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers

01/29/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Several players on the Missouri State Ice Bears and Missouri Tigers have heard about the rivalry between both storied hockey teams, but few have experienced it until this weekend.

Bragging rights stay with the Ice Bears after an 8-4 win over the Tigers before 1,100 loud fans in sold-out Mediacom Ice Park.

Once again the Ice Bears (11-19) took the lead on Corey Lafaver's 10th goal of the season 4:20 into the first period. Lafaver tipped a pass from Miguel Franco past Tigers net minder Aaron Dewitt (48 shots, 41 saves).

B. J. Norman (8th) followed Tyler Polizzi's shot during a give-and-go with Derek Batrsch with 2:31 left to play in the first period.

Marc Kirksey gave the Ice Bears a 3-0 lead with his 3rd of the season following up a rebound past Dewitt 1:55 into the second period.

Franco (8th) extended the advantage to 4 goals over the Tigers (12-15) sending a rebound of Kirksey's shot past Dewitt with 14:16 left on the clock.

The Tigers' Jay Moseley took advantage of a bad pass off the face-off, moving in alone on Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (39 shots, 35 saves), to break the shut-out a minute later.

After Schmidt made a big save on MU's Tommy Stream, Missouri State took advantage of a 4 on 4 situation giving Jacob Guthrie (3rd) room up the middle of the ice, moving to his left, and placing the puck past Dewitt's blocker side for a 5-1 lead at 10:12.

Thomas White's sniper shot over Schmidt's shoulder with 5:59 left to play ended the scoring in the 2nd period with the Tigers clinging on to hope heading into the 3rd period.

Missouri stayed optimistic after Mitch Gates placed a backhander over Schmidt's right shoulder from behind the net 2:25 into the final period to trail 5-3.

Curran Eigelburger gave the Ice Bears some breathing room with his 6th of the season, skating the puck into the zone, moving to his right, and placing it over the blocker of an angered Dewitt at 5:37.

Missouri answered back with Rodney O'Neal's drive from the right point past Schmidt to climb within 2 goals with 5:37 left to play.

Paul Saitta's 12th of the season, a blast over Dewitt's shoulder, gave the Ice Bears a 7-4 lead with 2:48 showing on the clock. Dewitt protested the goal saying Andy Draper interfered with him, but Draper was pushed into the goaltender by a Tiger defenseman allowing the goal.

Mitch Leonard notched an empty net short-handed goal with 32.4 seconds left to finish the scoring.

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

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers

01/28/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A hockey game that had the making of a classic took place at Mediacom Ice Park between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Missouri Tigers, but quickly turned into an interesting and exciting contest.

The sold-out crowd of 1,100 saw the Ice Bears take a 3-0 lead 2:16 into the first period only to have the Tigers storm back to tie the game twice before Missouri State could seal the 6-4 victory late in the 3rd period.

Derek Bartsch (8th) finished a 2 on 1 with Tyler Polizzi, tipping the puck past Tigers goaltender Alec Schnitzler (41 shots, 35 saves) on the right side, just inside the right goal post, 60 seconds into the game.

Then the pair combined 28 seconds later, this time Polizzi took a drop pass from Bartsch, to send the puck past Schnitzler's glove.

Mitch Leonard's power play goal 48 seconds later, a shot from the right point, increased the Ice Bears' lead.

Mizzou's Nick Webb scored on a drive from the left side past Ice Bears' goaltender Elliott Schmidt (41 shots, 37 saves) about 15 feet out at the 1:07 mark to get on the board.

Webb notched his second of the game, following up a shot after Ice Bears' goaltender Elliott Schmidt was knocked into, with 5:43 left to play in the period, and the Tigers trailed 3-2.

The period ended with Mizzou out shooting the Ice Bears 13-9.

Thomas White tied the game for the Tigers 4:34 into the 2nd period after Miguel Franco blocked a shot while the Ice Bears were getting two skaters back into position from the penalty box.

Then Mizzou took the lead on Webb's third goal of the game, during a 4 on 4, with a drive over the glove of Schmidt with 5:27 to go in the 2nd.

Polizzi returned the favor 33 seconds later with his 12th of the season to even the score at 4 a piece, then 56 seconds later Paul Saitta's 11th from the slot gave Missouri State a 5-4 lead.

Cory LaFaver notched his 9th of the season working with Mark Kirksey and Franco on a give-and-go to finish the scoring at 6:48.

Missouri State went 1 for 5 on the power play and the Tigers were 1 for 6.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

01/22/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears followed up their best game this season with one that did not tell the whole truth in a 5-0 loss to the Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars.

The question now is what to do is with this blip in an up-and-down season.

"The effort was there, but we missed our fundamental assignments which lead to turnovers, which lead to goals," said Ice Bears' captain Mitch Leonard.

John Wright, who had a chance to tie game #1 of the series with 2 seconds left in the contest, scored his 13th of the season on the power play and the Cougars had a 1-0 lead with 5:45 remaining in the first period.

Corey Beck gave SIUE a 2-0 advantage with a follow-up shot past Ice Bears goalie Nic Zamora (41 shots, 36 saves) 1:15 into the 2nd period.

"We should have played a little bit more disciplined and stayed out of the box," explained Leonard. "Because I think everyone would agree with me that we owned the second period, we just couldn't get the puck in the net."

Although the Ice Bears played well in the period, it was the Cougars who took a 3-0 lead when Alex Edwards' shot across the crease hit Jacob Guthrie's skate and deflected past Zamora at 14:05.

"There were a lot of weird bounces in the game," said Zamora. "We couldn't put the puck in the net, but they (the Cougars) could."

Mike Dolan posted his 29th of the season with 2:56 remaining after Zamora dove to poke check a shot away from Brad Keenan, but Dolan followed it over the fallen goaltender.

Out shot 16-9 after one period, the Ice Bears poured 20 shots on SIUE goaltender Luke Venker (45 saves) to take a 29-28 shot advantage into the final 20 minutes of play.

Jared Ippolito finished the scoring for SIUE in the 3rd period with his 20th goal (on the power play) with 2:39 left in the game.

Despite the loss, the team is still looking to the future and a MACHA playoff spot.

"Were looking to the positives, we broke a losing streak and beat the number one team in MACHA, answered Zamora. "That proves we can play with anyone in the league or the region for that matter."

Missouri State was 0 for 4 with the man advantage, and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville went 2 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

01/21/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Playing at home for the first time since November 20th, 2010, and backed by the best performance of the season from goaltender Nic Zamora, the Missouri State Ice Bears took a 3-2 decision in game #1 of a critical series against the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) league leading Southern Illinois Edwardsville Cougars at Mediacom Ice Park.

Zamora turned away 41 of 43 shots including a potential game tying attempt by SIUE's John Wright with seconds left in the game.

"We needed this one so bad," Zamora said. "It feels great to know I helped the team out tonight but the defense played great, they blocked shots, and they made it easy for me."

From the opening face-off Missouri State (9-18) came out skating as a different team than games past. Hitting, passing, positioning, it all came together against the Cougars.

Miguel Franco (7th) started the scoring for the Ice Bears at 7:36 of the opening period skating through the crease after Marc Kriksey's attempt, and banking the puck off Cougars goaltender Luke Venker.

"We haven't won here in several years," said SIUE goaltending coach Casey Kicielinski.

"The atmosphere (in Mediacom Ice Park) is amazing," Kicielinski said referring to the 1,100 faithful that showed up to see the Ice Bears win.

The cheering crowd saw the Ice Bears take a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period on an Andy Draper (19th) power play goal at 11:54, but Corey Beck (19th) found an open corner of the net zipping the puck past Zamora with 9:39 left to play. The power play goal gave the Cougars some life.

But 1:10 later, Ryan Armstrong's (3rd) drive from the left point found the net past Venker (28 shots, 25 saves) and Missouri State had a 2-goal lead once again.

With 2:05 remaining in the period TJ Henson made the game interesting with his 15th of the season.

In a scoreless 3rd period, Zamora made save after save including several key stops during a Cougar power play late in the game, earning him the Quizno's Sub Player of the Game.

"That sub's going to go to my defense," said Zamora. "I'll cut it up into 8 different pieces."

Missouri State was 2 for 6 on the power play and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville went 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Illinois State University Redbirds

01/16/11 - BLOOMINGTON, IL - A change in venue didn't lead to a change in the outcome for the Missouri State Ice Bears, who lost for the third time in a row, after a 6-1 loss to the Illinois State University Redbirds.

Moving from the U.S. Cellular Arena to the Pepsi Ice Center gave the Ice Bears a few extra hours from playing an early morning game to starting just before noon.

A scoreless first period was broken by ISU's Steven Hong with a shot between the pads of Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (19 shots, 15 saves) on the power play just 1:09 into the 2nd period.

Phill O'Connor (7th) gave the Redbirds a 2-goal lead 1:41 later and Hong followed up with another power play goal at the 12:11 mark and ISU lead by 3 goals.

Allan Urbaniak added a 4th Redbird goal with 4:10 left to play chasing Schmidt and bringing in Nic Zamora.

The move worked when Marc Kirksey (2nd) followed up Derek Bartsch's shot 1:26 into the 3rd period breaking up the shut out bid of Illinois State's Steve Somerfield (29 shots, 28 saves).

Zamora (19 shots, 17 saves) gave up a goal to Hong 3:39 into the period, then Zamora slowed the Redbirds scoring drive until 13:05 when O'Connor notched his second of the game.

Missouri State went 0 for 9 on the power play and Illinois State was 3 for 9.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At Illinois State University Redbirds

01/15/11 - BLOOMINGTON, IL - It was not lack of effort that contributed to the Missouri State Ice Bears 6-3 loss to the Illinois State Redbirds at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, it was missed opportunities.

Hitting 4 goal posts (one when Andy Draper apparently hit the corner of the goal post and crossbar, in a bid to give the Ice Bears a 2-goal lead early in the 3rd) and not scoring on power plays late in the game.

Looking fairly fresh after not playing since December 11th, 2010, Missouri State answered back from a first period goal by Illinois State's Eric Brown (from the left face off circle on the power play) with two goals of their own in 20 seconds.

Tyler Polizzi (10th) tipped in a high-slot shot from C. J. Jung, on the power play, past ISU's goaltender Steve Somerfield (29 shots 26 saves) at the 6:10 mark, then Draper put back Mitch Leonard's shot into an open net at 5:50 for a 2-1 lead.

Carter Kernbauer tied the game with a shot past Ice Bears net minder Elliott Schmidt (30 shots, 25 saves) midway through the second period, but 2:12 later Corey Lafaver and Miguel Franco combined on a 2 on 1 rush to take the lead back.

Illinois State's Chris Drinkwater tied the game 3-3 with an unassisted goal at 9:44, then Steven Hong gave the Redbirds the lead on the power play at 7:47.

James Wietcha extended ISU's lead to 2-goals with a rebound of Josh Ambrosat shot with 4:13 left to play.

The Ice Bears had opportunities with 2 consecutive 2-man advantages and a 6 on 3 with the Schmidt on the bench, but could not score.

Brian Mostyn added an empty net goal with 2 seconds remaining for Illinois State.

The Ice Bears went 1 for 3 on the power play and Redbirds were 2 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At University of Kansas Jayhawks

12/11/10 - OVERLAND PARK, KS - A change in game time did not change the outcome for the Missouri State Ice Bears (8-16), who lost the second game of the series against Kansas 5-1, leading to a sweep by Jayhawks (2-13) for the first time recent memory.

Justin Jes put Kansas on the board first with a drive from the left point through traffic that found its way past Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (32 shots, 28 saves) with 13:55 to go in the opening period.

Brendan Colbert scored on the power play 3:02 later and the Jayhawks took a 2-0 lead.

Tyler Polizzi (9th) scored his 3rd goal in 2 games (also on the powerplay) banking the puck over Jayhawks goaltender Cooper Fredricks' shoulder, to pull Missouri State to within a goal with 5:10 left to play.

The second period was scoreless with both teams putting 11 shots on each net minder.

Matt Berard gave Kansas an insurance goal with 10:44 left in the 3rd and the Jayhawks fended off an Ice Bears powerplay opportunity two minutes later.

With Schmidt pulled for an extra skater and about 1:20 left, Jes scored his second goal of the game into an empty net six seconds later.

Mike Tulini finished the scoring for the Jayhawks with :02 seconds to go tipping the puck past Schmidt.

Both teams went 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears At University of Kansas Jayhawks

12/10/10 - OVERLAND PARK, KS - The Kansas Jayhawks had not won a game against the Missouri State Ice Bears in more than 8 tries so it would be fitting to think a two game sweep would be in the works this season.

Kansas had other plans during a 6-3 win over Missouri State, who played game one with a short bench due to finals and an injury.

Ryan Armstrong helped on the bench after suffering a leg injury during games with Saint Louis, and only 14 players were available due to weekend school finals.

Halfway through the first period Kansas took the lead when Price Duncan knocked the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (40 shots, 35 saves) for a 1-0 advantage.

Andrew Clifton (4th) tied the game with 9:30 left to play taking a cross-ice pass from Miguel Franco and hitting the back of the net past Jayhawks goaltender Cooper Fredricks (37 shots, 34 saves).

During a 4 on 4 in the second period, Duncan notched his second goal of the game putting the puck over Zamora's blocker at 17:35, but Tyler Polizzi (7th) returned the favor at 14:36 with a similar shot over Fredrick's glove and the game was tied once again at 2-2.

At 10:43 KU's Schilar Kessler used the powerplay goal to put the Jayhawks ahead, then Kessler picked up his second goal, a break-a-way from the blue line, on a pass from Justin Jez to give Kansas a 2-goal lead with 5:04 showing in the clock.

Ryan Dunn scored for Kansas at 15:12 of the 3rd period and the Jayhawks took a 5-3 lead.

Polizzi (8th) put the Ice Bears to within a pair of goals with 9:45 to go banging home a second effort to pull Missouri State closer once again.

After 3 powerplay chances (two 2-man advantages) late in the game went for naught, Grant Worden scored into the empty net for KU with Zamora pulled for an extra skater, and 51 seconds remaining.

The Ice Bears went 0 for 5 on the powerplay and the Jayhawks were 1 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Missouri Tigers

11/26/10 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - Having won all three previous Show Me Showcase games, the Missouri State Ice Bears were looking keep at least one streak going.

Bragging rights continued for the Ice Bears with a 5-3 win over the University of Missouri Tigers at Webster Groves Ice Arena, as the victory ended the team's franchise record 12 game winless streak.

Mizzou scored first on Nick Webb's goal 2:32 into the game past Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (30 shots, 27 saves), but two goals by Missouri State gave the home team a 2-1 advantage.

Just 16 seconds later, Curran Eigleburger (5th) scored his second goal in two games taking a pass from Evan Leutchmann, shooting the puck past Missouri goaltender Alec Schnitzler (41 shots, 36 saves), tying the game.

Then Miguel Franco (6th) notched the Ice Bears' go-ahead goal from Schnitzler's right side after falling to the ice on his 3rd save attempt. Franco launched the puck over the downed goaltender at the 11:47 mark.

Andy Draper assisted on the play giving him points in 6 straight games. Franco has goals in two straight.

MU tied the game 2-2 at 10:27 on Thomas White's goal, fed by Tommy Stream, but Paul Saitta (10th) waited until 1:57 was left in the period to put home a break-a-way goal.

Saitta took a lead pass from Mitch Leonard and shot the puck into the right corner of net over Schnitzler's blocker from 5 feet out for a 3-2 Ice Bears lead.

Missouri State put 10 shots on Schnitzler, and Mizzou had 8 shots Schmidt after 20 minutes of play.

Leonard (3rd) gave the Ice Bears a 2-goal lead 2:12 into the second period, but the Tigers Bill McKeague got the goal back at the 15:52 mark.

With 40 seconds left in the period, Draper deked Schnitzler from to the left then hit lower right corner of the net giving Missouri State another 2-goal lead at 5-3.

Schnitzler saw 17 Ice Bear shots in the second period and the Tigers put 12 on Schmidt.

The third period went scoreless with Missouri State putting 14 shots on Schnitzler and MU adding 10 on Schmidt.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis University Billikens

11/20/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Hard work pays off. That's the sediments of Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith who feels bad for the team's woes over the past 12 games.

Lost powerplay opportunities, and two short-handed empty net goals sealed Missouri State's fate during an 8-3 defeat and sweep of the series by the Saint Louis Billikens.

"We had a great week of practice and went in last night expecting to make things happen, they worked hard all week," said Dunseith.

Lately the Ice Bears pay check has been lost in the mail.

"The weekend is their pay day and they haven't been collecting," said Dunseith.

Miguel Franco started the scoring for Missouri State, coming out of the penalty box, taking a perfect pass from Marc Kirksey and breaking in alone on Saint Louis goaltender Jason Magusiak (34 shots, 31 saves) for a 1-0 lead 5:23 into the first period.

But less than 5 minutes later Chris Bourget tied the game after Randy Peters stepped around two Ice Bears and passed the puck to Bourget who beat Elliott Schmidt (23 shots, 17 saves) with 9:09 showing on the clock.

Less than a minute later Charlie Garavaglia scored after the drop of the puck, to the right of Schmidt, to give Billikens a 3-1 lead.

After coincidental minors, Andy Draper fed C. J. Jung to the right of Magusiak, and 24 seconds later the Ice Bears had tied the game 2-2.

That's as close as the Ice Bears would get.

"We work on things we are not good at and try to improve them, but for what ever reason we have a hard time hitting the net," explained Dunseith.

To get the offense going, coach Dunseith moved Jung to defense, Mitch Leonard to forward, Paul Saitta joined B. J. Norman's line and had Draper center Franco and Andrew Clifton.

"Some of the changes we made line wise was to try and put the puck in the net," said Dunseith. " You can't put the puck in the net if you don't shoot it. We have to keep working on hitting the net and getting rebounds."

Saint Louis rebounded with 3 straight goals, starting with Phil Blackwood's 17th at 3:48 of the period. Then with 7.4 seconds remaining Ben Blank shot the puck past Schmidt after it rebounded off the back of the boards behind the net for a 4-2 Billikens lead.

Johnny Moore wrapped the puck around the net and scored the Billikens 5th goal, on the power play, with 14:34 left to play in the second period.

Missouri State closed to within two goals once again on Curran Eigleburger's 4th of the season just 21 seconds later.

That margin would be as close as the Ice Bears would come in the game.

Moore grabbed his second goal of the night 17 seconds into the 3rd period on the power play and two short-handed goals by Saint Louis rounded out the scoring.

Eric Wendt shot into an open net with 1:31 left and Justin Petruska scored without a goaltender (during a 6 on 3 for Missouri State) with 11.4 seconds to go.

"Hard work emits it's own good luck," said Dunseith. "Tonight the empty netters were just us trying to score and make a difference."

Missouri State was 0 for 9 on the power play and Saint Louis went 2 for 7.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis University Billikens

11/19/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Pete Cero had his head down rubbing his eyes as the buzzer sounded signaling a 7-2 Missouri State Ice Bears loss, their 11th straight defeat, to the Saint Louis University Billikens at Mediacom Ice Park.

Out of the line up for a mild concussion suffered in the second game of series with Lindenwood, Cero was able to see from a different view how tough things are for a struggling Missouri State team that is trying everything they can to get back on track.

"We just are not playing 60 minutes of hockey," said the Ice Bears defenseman who substituted as color commentator on the WebSports Radio broadcast.

It was tough for Cero watching Saint Louis take a 2-0 lead 7 minutes into the 1st period on Justin Petruska's (10th) rebound of Charlie Garavaglia's shot at the 14:37 mark, and Paul Goodwin (8th) poking a shot past Ice Bears starting goaltender Nic Zamora (23 shots, 17 saves) with 12:07 left to play.

After Andy Draper beat SLU goaltender Jason Maguisak (32 shots, 30 saves) between the goal pads, there was some life in an Ice Bears team who now trailed 2-1 with 7:19 showing on the clock.

Draper's goal gave him points in 4 straight games.

But it was defensive lapses that doomed the Ice Bears late in the first period and midway through the second.

"They are unacceptable, especially at this point of the season," said Cero.

Tony Mosello (5th) snuck past the Ice Bear's defense and slid the puck into an open right corner past Zamora for a 3-1 lead with 1:17 remaining in the first period.

At 9:29 of the second period (on a 2 on 1 rush) Phil Blackwood slid a last-second pass to Jonny Moore (12th), who converted on the powerplay, giving the Billikens a 4-1 lead.

Then 27 seconds later, on a similar 2 on 1 play, Moore fed a pass to Brent Wingerter (9th) beating Zamora on the blocker side for a 5-1 advantage.

Off the face off in the Missouri State zone Petruska (11th) took a pass from Garavaglia notching his 2nd of the game, chasing Zamora with 8:23 left to play.

"We have to be more reliable defensively," said Cero during the Ice Bears' goaltender change to Elliott Schmidt. "This was not Nic's fault, he's not getting any help."

Blackwood picked up his team leading 16th goal at 18:17 by moving around Andrew Clifton and sending the puck high over Schmidt's glove for a powerplay goal.

Schmidt stopped 18 of 19 shots.

"If there was one positive, we played the Billikens even in the third period," said Cero.

Corey Lafaver (7th) extended his goal scoring streak to 3 games on a power play tally with 2:05 to go in the 3rd period.

"We've got to learn from our mistakes. We have been making the same ones all season. It's a matter of fact do we keep making the same mistakes over and over again or do you get mad at yourself and start changing your game," explained Cero.

Missouri State was 1 for 6 with the man advantage and Saint Louis went 2 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood University Lions

11/13/10 - WENTZVILLE, MO - Once again the Missouri State Ice Bears (7-12) jumped on the ice with fire in their eyes, gaining a 2-0 lead before 4 straight goals gave the Lindenwood University Lions a 4-2 win and sweep of the games at Lindenwood Arena in Wentzville.

C. J. Jung (8th) found himself alone in front of Lions goaltender Bjorn Lindberg (21 shots, 19 saves) after a pass from Andy Draper hit an LU defenseman. Jung's second effort rebound past the left leg pad of Lindberg made it 1-0 just 1:14 into the game.

At the 9:30 mark Cory Lafaver (6th) was given credit for scoring his second goal in as many games, but it was Andrew Clifton who actually poked the puck past Lindberg while he tried to keep his goal pad against the goal post to no avail.

Unfortunately, Lindenwood (13-1) threw some water on Missouri State's fire with 2 goals in the second half of the period.

Tobias Jansson (4th) took a shot from the left face off circle that beat Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (34 shots, 30 saves) between his blocker and body to cut Missouri State's lead to one goal with 8:57 left to play.

Matt Pilgrim (7th) evened the game, with 1:25 on the clock, after Brendan Church's shot trickled to Zamora's right and Pilgrim poked it into the net.

Detrick Pierzinski (9th) gave Lindenwood the lead 1:20 into the second period, and 2:35 later Zach Branovan (5th) gave the Lions a 4-2 lead.

Both teams did not score in the 3rd period, but Missouri State had 4 power play opportunities in the period and could not convert.

Missouri State was 0 for 7 with the man advantage and Lindenwood went 0 for 4.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Lindenwood University Lions

11/12/10 - WENTZVILLE, MO - A different and determined Missouri State Ice Bears team came out against the Lindenwood University Lions in Game #1 by hitting and playing tough with the #1 ranked team in the ACHA Division 2 Central Region, unfortunately four straight LU goals (and an empty-netter) erased a 3-1 Ice Bear lead and contributed to their 9th straight loss, 5-3 on the road.

Opening the game hitting and gaining possession of the puck, Missouri State showed their speed and passing of old, using it to grab the first goal of the contest.

Paul Saitta (9th) took a pass from Andy Draper that beat Lions starting goaltender Stephen Willett (11 shots, 8 saves) with 12:45 left to play.

Lindenwood's Detrick Pierzinski tied the game at 10:55 taking a pass from Chris Sevier, standing to the side of Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (37 shots, 33 saves) and breaking the goal line.

Tyler Polizzi (6th) scored on the power play 14 seconds into the second period giving Missouri State the lead once again at 2-1.

Corey Lafaver scored his 5th of the season (on the power play) squeaking a blast from the slot off Willett's left side goal pad giving the Ice Bears a 3-1 advantage with 5:22 showing on the clock.

Then the momentum turned against the Ice Bears.

Lindenwood switched goaltenders in favor of Bjorn Lindberg (6 saves) which gave the Lions confidence.

Nicklas Ankardstad (6th) stole the puck in the Ice Bears zone and deked Zamora to his right cutting the Ice Bears lead to one at 3-2 with 4:19 to go in the 2nd period.

Tim Gardner's power play goal tied the game at 12:57 of the 3rd period. Then Matt Pillgrim (6th) gave the Lions the lead 1:29 later.

Missouri State was awarded a 2-man advantage at 9:32 then 2 minutes later it turned into a 5 on 4, but the Ice Bears could not score.

Ty Shearon finished the scoring for Lindenwood with his 8th goal of the season into an empty net with 16.9 seconds to play.

The Ice Bears went 2 for 8 on the power play and Lions were 1 for 5 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Central Oklahoma Bronchos

11/o6/10 - EDMOND, OK - Two power play goals were not enough to help the Missouri State Ice Bears take the second game of the series as the Central Oklahoma Bronchos extended the Ice Bears losing streak to 8 games with a 6-2 win in Arctic Edge Ice Arena.

UCO took the lead with a short-handed goal 2:54 into the first period when Jonathan Cannizzo (8th) broke in on Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (41 shots, 35 saves) and put the puck past Zamora's right side.

Josh Harris (3rd) gave the Bronchos a 2-0 lead, just as an Ice Bear penalty expired, with 14:52 showing on the clock.

Greg Masters (3rd) notched a power play goal at 12:54, tipping in Cannizzo's shot.

With 52 seconds left in the period Paul Saitta (8th) blasted the puck past the pads of Bronchos goaltender Pierre Sorrenson (24 shots, 22 saves) and the Ice Bears trailed 3-1 after the power play goal.

Two second period goals by Cannizzo (9th) and Mike Haszto (4th) gave UCO a 5-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Derek Bartsch (7th) opened the 3rd period scoring for Missouri State with a power play goal 4:15 into the period.

Luke Ward (2nd) finished the scoring for the Bronchos with 1:31 left to play.

Missouri State was 2 for 3 on the power play and Central Oklahoma went 1 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Central Oklahoma Bronchos

11/o5/10 - EDMOND, OK - Once again things didn't go as planned for the Missouri State Ice Bears who allowed 3 power play goals and a hat-trick by Don Geary giving the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos a 6-1 win at Arctic Edge Ice Arena.

Geary (5th) scored 4:06 into the first period on a powerplay and notched his 6th with 7:14 left to play.

The first period ended with the Ice Bears being out shot 10-5.

Brent Block (2nd) made it 3-0 at 17:22 then Peter Ekholm's power play goal gave UCO a 4-goal lead at the 13:58 mark of the second period.

The Ice Bears were given a powerplay with the Bronchos' Patrick Higgins in the penalty box for slashing at 10:2o. Using all but :15 seconds of the advantage, Derek Bartsch (6th) hammered the puck past UCO goaltender Nick Holmes (18 shots, 17 saves) with 8:45 on the clock.

Anthony Knuth (4th) ended the scoring at 6:59 of the second taking a pass from Jonathon Cannizzo sending it past the blocker side of Ice Bears starting goaltender Elliott Schmidt, who faced 23 shots in 2 periods of play.

Nic Zamora started the 3rd period facing 22 shots while making several big saves. Zamora gave up one goal in the period, a power play score by Geary (his 7th, completing the hat-trick) with 59.1 seconds left in the game.

Missouri State scored 1 power play goal on 5 opportunities, while Central Oklahoma had 3 on 8 tries.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Arkansas

10/30/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Six games. That's what the Missouri State Ice Bears' losing streak is at after getting swept by the Division 3 Arkansas Razorbacks in Game #2 by a score of 6-3 at Mediacom Ice Park.

Arkansas goaltender Brendan Desjardins played another spectacular game between the pipes stopping 40 Ice Bear shots including a 5 on 2 rush (pictured above) to secure the win.

For the second time in the series, Missouri State took the lead first. Curran Eigleburger notched his 3rd goal of the season, taking a bouncing puck and getting past the Razorback defense, to put it behind Desjardins for a 1-0 advantage with 10:40 left in the first period.

Justin Gaddy (6th) picked up a rebound of Garth Derry's shot, which the Ice Bears had trouble clearing, and launched it over Missouri State goaltender Nic Zamora's (33 shots, 27 saves) right shoulder to tie the game with 8:16 showing on the clock.

Derry put the Ice Hogs up by a goal again at the 5:07 mark (during a 4 on 4) by tucking the puck past Zamora's right goal pad from behind the net.

With 2:17 to go in the period, Paul Saitta picked up his 7th goal of the season, on the power play, banging the puck home on the third try.

Arkansas regained the lead 12 seconds later when Johnny Stromp (8th) came down the left side and wristed the puck past Zamora from almost the same spot where he scored the overtime game winner last season.

Kyle Swinburne (1st) gave the Razorbacks a 2-goal lead our goal lead with a power play goal at 17:11 of the second period. The shot from the high slot down the middle found the back of the net on the front end of a 4-minute man advantage.

Gaddy (7th) picked up a power play goal on the second part of the advantage sending Marcel Toure's pass from behind the net into the mesh. The shot, from 6 feet out at 16:08, gave Arkansas a 5-3 lead.

Less than 3 minutes later, Evan Leutchmann (3rd) scored on a pass from Andy Draper and the Ice Bears trailed 5-3.

The only goal in the third period was a short handed tally by Zach Pizzey (4th) with 4:43 left to play.

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

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Arkansas

10/29/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Five games. That's what the Missouri State Ice Bears' losing streak is at after a 4-3 loss to the Division 3 Arkansas Razorbacks on their home ice, Mediacom Ice Park.

You will have to go back to last season when the Ice Bears lost five straight, and to the 2006-2007 season for another round of five wallops.

Three powerplay goals were enough to help the Razorbacks come back from three Ice Bear leads and win the game on Marcel Toure's 6th goal of the season with 1:48 left to play in regulation.

"We can't seem to stay out of the penalty box. It's the third week in a row it's cost us dearly," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith.

Missouri State showed they meant business in the first period with a goal from Andy Draper, his 14th of the season. Shooting the puck from the left side, Paul Saitta hit Arkansas goaltender Brendan Desjardins' (33 shots, 30 saves) goal pad, then the puck trickled in off Drapers stick for a 1-0 lead with 18:58 left on the clock.

On the powerplay, Billy Dolan notched his 5th of the season for the Ice Hogs (they are also known as) past Ice Bears net minder Elliott Schmidt (21 shots, 17 saves) tying the game at the 14:03 mark.

Andrew Clifton (3rd) gave Missouri State a one goal lead again taking Miguel Franco's pass from the near boards and sending it to Clifton, skating down the slot, with 6:47 to go in the opening period.

But Easton Oliver (2nd) answered back for Arkansas with another powerplay goal, a drive from the right face off circle, and the game was tied 2-2 just 2:21 later.

"We stress every game not to take penalties," said Paul Saitta who's back in the lineup after a 4-game absence due to a thumb injury. "It's been one of our big things. Lately our opponent has been capitalizing on the power play and you saw it here tonight."

Over the past 5 contests, the Ice Bears have given up an average of 2 powerplay goals a game.

Only one goal was scored in the second period, Draper's 15th of the season, just as an Ice Bear powerplay expired. Taking a pass from Saitta, who was standing behind the net, Draper drove the puck past Desjardins giving Missouri State a 3-2 lead with 5:21 to go.

"We spent a lot of time in the finesse area and move the puck around, it all looks great, we gain position, but we need more shots," explained Dunseith.

Trent Richie (7th) followed up a missed shot in front of Schmidt, with the man advantage, tying the game for a 3rd time with 5:50 left in regulation.

"They had a (defensive) trap, but we didn't move the puck," said Dunseith. "We mishandled the puck a lot tonight and it cost us."

"We talk about it a lot (after the game) but I think the team tonight has finally come together to want to practice the details, and play the details needed to win."

Missouri State was 0 for 5 on the power play and Arkansas went 3 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Illinois Fighting Illini

10/23/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A search for answers to winning a game is being conducted by the Missouri State Ice Bears after overcoming two 2-goal deficits and a 6-5 overtime loss to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

Illinois' defenseman Mike Chiligiris put Ricky Vaca's shot past Missouri State goaltender Elliott Schmidt :58 seconds into the extra period, stunning an Ice Bear team that had clawed their way back into the game with 2 goals in the 3rd period.

The loss extends the Ice Bears' losing streak to 4 games.

Missouri State (7-6) found themselves trailing 1-0 after Tom Finn tipped in Chad Himley's shot from the left point, for a power play goal, with 12:31 left to play.

Finn picked up his second goal of the game, with 6:18 remaining, and with less than 2 minutes left in the 1st period it looked like it would end that way.

Miguel Franco had other thoughts for Missouri State.

He took a pass from Andrew Clifton along the side of the net, to the right of Illini goaltender Brett Carey (25 shots, 21 saves), sending the puck to Franco in the slot, hitting the back of the net with 1:37 showing on the clock.

Evan Leutchmann scored his second goal in as many games taking Franco's pass from behind the net, and sending the puck by Carey from 10 feet out with 8:22 left to play.

The 2-2 tie was broken 1:13 later when Mark Price was fed the puck to the right of Schmidt (23 shots, 18 saves) by Ben Burbridge, to give Illinois (6-4) the lead once again.

Corey Lafaver, the Quizno's Sub Player of the Game, notched his 4th goal of the season with 7:04 showing, and the Ice Bears pulled even for a second time.

After Himley(at 16:07) and Lucas Dahlin (at 13:42) put Illinois ahead by a pair of goals in the 3rd period, Missouri State scored twice to tie the game once again.

Tyler Polizzi (5th) took a wrist shot from the high slot, just across the blue line, blasting it past Carey's glove with 11:52 left to play.

Then Andy Draper notched his 13th of the season directing Lafaver's pass through the air and past Carey for a 5-5 tie with 5:53 remaining in regulation.

Missouri State did not score on 3 opportunities, and Illinois went 2 for 1 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs University of Illinois Fighting Illini

10/22/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Things looked good for the Missouri State Ice Bears to break a 2-game losing streak, but an upstart University of Illinois team used 2 goals in the 3rd period to break a 4-4 tie and defeat the Ice Bears 6-4 at Mediacom Ice Park.

Moments after Tyler Polizzi was robbed by the glove of Illini goaltender Brett Carey, Illinois (5-4) struck first with 6:33 left to play in the 1st period. Chad Himley followed up Ricky Vaca's shot, which had Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora scrambling from his right to left, putting the puck over the sprawling net minder's right shoulder for a 1-0 lead.

The Ice Bears tied the game 3 minutes later when C. J. Jung (6th) fired the puck from the left side about 20 feet out, beating the glove of Carey (25 shots, 21 saves) and tying the game 1-1.

The lead stood until 50.7 seconds remaining in the period when Vaca (on the power play) took a pass from Himley in the high slot and ripped a 15 footer past Zamora (23 shots, 18 saves) from the left face off circle.

Missouri State (7-5) came back to tie the game at 2-2 when Evan Leutchmann finally notched his first goal of the season, on a 2 on 0 rush with Derek Bartsch, sending the puck over Carey's left glove and under the cross bar at 17:55 of the second period.

Four minutes later the Illini took a 3-2 lead when Devin O'Dowd was given the puck 5 feet in front of Zamora after it went of Mitch Leonard's skate.

But 1:30 later, the Ice Bears roared back with Bartsch's 5th goal of the season and 2nd power play goal of the year.

Jung (6th) scored his 2nd of the game with 8:25 left to play, stealing the puck in the Illini zone, to give the Ice Bears their only lead.

After Draper was called for slashing, the 3rd power play for Illinois was converted 24 seconds later when O'Dowd slammed the puck past Zamora on the rebound, tying the game at 4-4.

In the 3rd period, Matt Moynihan gave the Illini the lead once again with a shot that went off Zamora's glove and trickled into the net with 7:05 left to play.

With 70 seconds remaining, Missouri State pulled Zamora and had an opportunity with Corey Lafaver getting a shot just wide of the net. Then Nick Avino scored into an empty net sealing the win for Illinois.

The Ice Bears went 1 for 3 on the power play and Illinois was 2 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois Huskies

10/16/10 - WEST DUNDEE, IL - Two goals by Miguel Franco and Andy Draper were not enough to hold a 5-3 lead as the Missouri State Ice Bears were swept by the Northern Illinois Huskies for the first time in 5 seasons by a score of 7-6 at Leafs Ice Center.

After Franco (2nd) put the Ice Bears in front at 16:40 of the first period with a breakaway goal, Missouri State surrendered the next three goals (Chris Bednarek, his 5th, at 15:58, Brian Pounds, his 4th, at 13:12, and Mike Sible, his 6th, at 2:34) while being out shot 21-3.

In the second period, Missouri State showed some life scoring 4 unanswered goals, including three in 2:22.

C. J. Jung (5th) began the scoring with 15:00 left in the period (on the power play), Franco (3rd) at 13:35, Drapers 11th (on the power play) at 13:09, and Eigleberger (2nd) with 11:57 left to play to give Missouri State a 5-3 advantage.

But the Huskies gave it right back to the Ice Bears with 4 unanswered goals of their own starting with Jon Pounds' 10th (on the power play) at 6:52, and Billy Line's 1st with 3:17 remaining in the 2nd period to tie the game at 5-5.

In the 3rd period, Joe Boris notched his 5th of the season at 18:25, and Brian Pounds (5th) gave NIU a 2-goal advantage again with 17:11 left to play.

Unfortunately, the Ice Bears couldn't score until 1:51 remaining in the game on Drapers 12th of the season, but the rush was effectively killed when Draper was assessed a penalty for hitting a Husky after the score.

Missouri State went 2 for 4 on the powerplay and Northern Illinois was 2 for 8.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois Huskies

10/15/10 - HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - Things went from bad to worse for the Missouri State Ice Bears in Game #1 against the Northern Illinois Huskies. After giving up a short-handed goal in the first period during a 2 on 1, the Ice Bears couldn't catch up and eventually lost by a 4-2 score.

"We got out played in our zone." said Ice Bears Assistant Coach Andy Whitener. "It's tough to win a game like that."

Northern Illinois's Brian Pounds and brother John worked a perfect odd man rush with Brian sending the puck over Missouri State's goaltender Elliot Schmidt (44 shots, 40 saves) for a shorthanded goal, and 1-0 lead with 14:35 on the clock.

NIU took a 2-0 lead in the second period when Mark Greenberg put the puck over Schmidt's glove with 13:36 remaining.

On the powerplay, Ryan McSweeney converted a blast from the right point that beat Schmidt between the pads for a 3-0 advantage with 4:54 left to play.

"We really didn't capitalize on any of the special team play," said Whitener.

Jake Guthrie (2nd) broke NIU goaltender Craig Haa's (31 shots, 29 saves) scoreless bid with a blast from the right point, working the tail end of a 5-minute major penalty to Brian Staffeldt for checking from behind.

With 2:42 left, Joe Boris stole the puck from Ryan Armstrong in the slot and whipped it over Schmidt's blocker for a 4-1 advantage.

After NIU's Mike Reporto was called for high-sticking, Derek Bartsch scoped a powerplay goal with 1:33 left to finish the scoring.

"They were better disciplined and gave our defense alot of pressure, we just turned the puck over," explained Whitener." (NIU) scored 2 big goals when they needed them."

Missouri State was 2 for 4 on the power play and Northern Illinois went 1 for 7.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Eastern Illinois Panthers

10/09/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Game 2 was a much closer contest than the Missouri State Ice Bears expected out of the Eastern Illinois Panthers, and despite leading the entire game, the Ice Bears pulled out a 5-3 win and sweep of the series.

Sophomore Justin Wiseman scored his first two goals as a member of the D2 Ice Bears.

"This year I have a different role on the team," said Wiseman, who had 13 goals and 2o assists last season on the D3 team. "I'm a grinder, work hard, dig in the corners and fight for playing time."

Andy Draper started things off for Missouri State (7-2) with his 10th goal of the season, on the powerplay, when Eastern Illinois Panther goaltender Andrew Teske had trouble with the shot and Draper poked it into the net with 12:17 left on the clock.

The first period ended 1-0 with the Ice Bears being out shot by the Panthers, 15-14.

"We say we can't take any team for granted because we are capable of losing to any team and we learned that against Ferris State," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith.

"EIU came out stronger, their goalie played better, they forchecked a lot harder, and as a team they played a lot better. There was a degree of consistency they (EIU) had that we didn't have."

Eastern Illinois (0-2) tied the game 28 seconds into the second period on a drive from the left point beating Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora (33 shots, 30 saves) low on the right side.

Less than 4 and a half minutes later, B. J. Norman (7th) gave Missouri State the lead with a follow up of Derek Bartsch's shot.

Wiseman notched his first of the game 21 seconds later, taking a left side pass from Evan Leutchmann, and finding the back of the net on the right side of Teske (42 shots, 37 saves).

With Leutchmann off the ice for an interference penalty, EIU scored a powerplay goal with 4:16 left to play in the second period.

After Tim Shannon hit the goal post on an attempt to pull the Panthers to within a goal, Sam Guttosch (1st) finished a scramble in front of Zamora, who was flat on his back.

"We ended up in the box a little more then we should have, but I told the team that we need to pick up the hitting when we play tougher teams," said Dunseith. "I expected the body work penalties, but not the stick work penalties."

Bartsch gave the Ice Bears some breathing room with his 3rd of the season on a nice passing play from Mitch Leonard (left point) to Draper (right face off circle) to Bartsch, standing at the left corner of the net to tap the puck in 70 seconds later.

With 17:39 remaining in the 3rd period, Wiseman notched his 2nd goal of the game taking the face off, moving in on Teske, and placing the shot low past his left leg pad.

EIU's Jack McDonnell scored the lone goal in the 3rd period for the Panthers, stealing the puck in slot and firing it past Zamora.

It was only the 5th time the Ice Bears had given up a goal in the 3rd period in 9 games.

"We needed to play simple hockey and that's why the game was closer than it was (Saturday)," said Wiseman. We didn't play simple hockey, and didn't look good in warm ups, we just thought it would be a simple win."

Missouri State went 1 for 3 on the powerplay, although two were only short advantages, and Eastern Illinois scored 1 goal on 8 opportunities.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Eastern Illinois Panthers

10/08/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Needing to fill a void in the 2010-2011 schedule, the Missouri State Ice Bears asked the Eastern Illinois Panthers to return a trip to Mediacom Ice Park, but a larger void was created when EIU skated off the ice after a 12-0 drubbing in game one.

Andy Draper had the hattrick and goalie Elliott Schmidt recorded his first shutout of the season for Missouri State facing 27 shots.

"I really don't like to play games like this," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith. "It gets us into bad habits, and focuses us into individual play and not team play. We need to focus on team play."

EIU started the game quickly, changing lines, and staying with the Ice Bears.

"We played the 1st period like we played the 3rd period," said Dunseith. "We didn't take the Panthers too seriously, but we talked about the first period in the locker room and got our focus straightened out."

Any loss of concentration was suspect after Cory Lafaver (3rd) used a turnover in the EIU end of the ice, finishing a 2 on 1 with Andrew Clifton, to put the puck past Panthers goalie Andrew Teske (64 shots, 52 saves) for a 1-0 lead with 14:27 left in the 1st period.

B. J. Norman (5th) banged home a shot from Pete Cero that dropped out of EIU goaltender Andrew Teske's glove, and at the 10:45 mark, the Ice Bears took a 2-0 lead.

Jordan Skaggs scored his first goal this season just 1:40 later. On another 2 on 1 with Evan Leutchmann, Skaggs kept the puck himself and blasted it over Teske's blocker for a 3-0 score.

Norman (6th) tipped in Carson MacInnis' shot from the right point with 5:20 left to play.

On the Ice Bears' 27th shot, Clifton (1st) and Eigelburger combined on a third odd-man rush to extend the Ice Bears lead to 5-0 with 56.2 seconds on the clock.

Moments later the pair was denied on another rush by Teske.

Missouri State waited until 4:48 left in the second period to score a powerplay goal (on the last part of a 2 man advantage) when Paul Saitta blasted the puck past Teske's closed goal pads from about 10 feet out.

Draper scored 2 goals in 12 seconds, an Ice Bears record.

His first goal with 33.9 seconds left to play developed off a pass from Saitta from behind the net, and Draper's second goal at the 21.5 second mark came off C. J. Jung's behind-the-net pass.

Ryan Jobe started the scoring in the 3rd period with his first goal of the season sending a shot from the right point off the faceoff, that stunned the EIU goaltender, just 44 seconds into it.

Draper (9th) completed his hattrick getting around two Panther defenders, sending a backhander over Teske's shoulder, and with 17:00 minutes left to play the lead extended to 10-0.

Skaggs (2nd) scored a shorthanded goal, Missouri State's first of the season, sending the puck over Teske's glove hand with 9:42 on the clock.

At the 5:07 mark, Marc Kirksey posted his first of the season with help from Leutchmann after the puck bounced over the Panthers goaltender and found it's way on Kirksey's stick.

"Neither player had scored this year, so I left them out a bit longer," said Dunseith about the line of Kirksey, Leutchmann and Skaggs. "Leutchmann has been a work horse out there and it just didn't happen for him tonight."

Missouri State was 2 for 4 on the powerplay and Eastern Illinois went 0 for 4.

 

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers

10/02/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It took 17 seconds longer this game for the Missouri State Ice Bears to score early in the first period, build a 5-0 lead on the strength of two goals by Paul Saitta, and eventually a 7-2 victory over the Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers.

Andy Draper notched his 5th goal of the season on a play that started with Joe Cero's shot from the high slot which rebounded off Ramblers goaltender Ben Archer who sent the puck to Saitta. The Ice Bear Senior forward sent the puck past Archer's right side to Draper for the opening goal of the game with 18:41 left to play.

With 2:43 on the clock, Derek Bartsch (2nd) came down the right side and blasted a shot past Archer's glove hand, and under the crossbar, stunning the Loyola net minder.

Missouri State grabbed a 3-0 lead when Cory Lafaver fed C. J. Jung (4th) past two defenders and he was able to break in alone on Archer (40 shots, 33 saves) beating him low on the right side with 11:50 remaining in the 2nd period.

Just 42 seconds later, Saitta (4th) took a pass from Jung, stationed behind the net, and launched the puck in the upper right corner past Archer for a 4-0 advantage.

Saitta, the Quiznos Sub Player of the Game, scored his 5th goal of the season with 3:35 left to play in the 2nd period following up Drapers shot that squirted in front of Archer.

After 40 minutes the Ice Bears had out shot the Ramblers 28-11, but Loyola's Kevin Creevy (1st) used the first 15 seconds of the 3rd period to break Ice Bears goaltender Nic Zamora's shutout bid.

B. J. Norman (4th) came off the bench, down the middle un-touched, placing the puck over Archers glove, from 15 feet out, with 14:53 remaining in the game.

But the Ramblers answered back on an Ice Bear turnover in the slot. Jeff Tlusty took the puck and blasted it past Zamora (21 shots, 19 saves) at 14:05 for a power play goal.

Draper notched his team leading 6th goal of the season with 1:37 left to play. Taking a pass from Jung and moving around Loyola's Mike Mackowski, Draper sent a shot past Archer's blocker for the final tally of the game.

The Ice Bears went 0 for 3 on the power play and the Ramblers were 1 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers

10/01/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Loyola University-Chicago had not played a game in two weeks, but that did not stop the Ramblers from making the game close before the Missouri State Ice Bears turned a 2-1 lead into a 4-1 win on an empty net goal with 8.3 seconds left in the game.

"We need to work on the 1st period, we came out flat," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith.

B. J. Norman (3rd) started things for the Ice Bears 1:02 int0 the first period with a wide open net to shoot at thanks to Cory Lafaver. The Ice Bears Junior waited for Ramblers goaltender Adam Sabh (47 shots, 43 saves) to move to his right then passed across Sabh's left to an open Norman and a 1-0 lead.

Derek Bartsch (1st) gave Missouri State a 2-0 lead 31 seconds into the second period with a quick wrist shot past Sabh.

Loyola's Josh Smith (2nd) broke Ice Bear net minder Elliott Schmidt's bid for a shutout putting home a shot that bounced into the chest of Schmidt and to his right side making it a one goal game at the 12:23 mark.

Missouri State lead despite being out shot 28-26 and having to kill 4 penalties.

"We can't take anything lightly, we need to be more focused and talk a bit more," explained Dunseith. "We need to get back to basics....break out better, keep the puck out of our own end and use the glass. We did it in practice and we should be able to do it in the game."

Andy Draper (4th) gave the Ice Bears breathing room with 6:51 left to play on a 2 on 1 with C. J. Jung, then Mitch Leonard capped the night with an empty net powerplay goal with 8.3 left.

Missouri State went 1 for 4 with the man advantage and Loyola was 0 for 5.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Central Michigan Chippewas

09/26/10 - MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - Special teams were a bright spot for the Missouri State Ice Bears in the first four games of the season. Coming into the game with the Central Michigan Chippewas the Ice Bears had only allowed 3 goals on 27 opportunities, but 4 powerplay goals and a short-hander sealed Missouri State's fate in a 7-2 drubbing by the Chippewas at the Isabella County Events Center.

"It's pretty clear we can't stay out of the box, and if we cant stay out of the box, we can't play hockey," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith about the 7 man advantages given to Central Michigan.

Lead by 2009-2010 ACHA European Team member Jordan Jakubik's goal and 4 assists, the Chippewas lead 5-0 more than half way through the game.

"We didn't come to play. Our heads weren't in it, especially the first two periods," explained Dunseith.

After Missouri State's Justin Wiseman drew a penalty, the Chippewas' Matt Cinader intercepted a clearing pass in the left face off circle of the Ice Bears zone and fired it past starting goaltender Nic Zamora (42 shots, 36 saves) short-handed to open the scoring with 14:44 left in the 1st period.

Just after Zamora made a glove save on CMU's Thomas Murphy, Nick Badder scored up the middle on a pass from Mike Lesnau (again on the powerplay) for a 2-0 lead with 1:07 remaining.

Lesnau scored two goals in the 2nd period, both assisted by Jakubik with 18:55 (tipped in) and 11:58 (passed) left in the period. Another powerplay goal by Ryan Belfy at the 8:09 mark made the score 5-0.

"They played us like we played Iowa," said Dunseith. "We dominated in the offensive zone, but these guys (Central Michigan) are great back checkers, great forcheckers and any mistake we made they capitalized on."

Jacob Guthrie scored his first Ice Bears goal with the D2 squad (on a 4 on 3 powerplay) with a drive from the middle slot area to break Chippewas goaltender Brandon Allor's (37 shots, 35 saves) shutout bid with 1:58 left in the 2nd.

Cory Lafaver started the scoring in the 3rd period, at 19:31, tipping in C. J. Jung's shot to give the Ice Bears life.

But Badder's second goal of the game, a rebound off Zamora's goal pad, chased the netminder with 7:34 on the clock. Elliott Schmidt replaced Zamora in nets.

Jakubik finished things with a powerplay goal of his own tipping in Nick Dewitt's shot past Schmidt (7 shots, 6 saves) with 2:51 left to play.

"We can't put the puck in the net. We work on it, but still struggle on it," said Dunseith about preparing for their next game. "We've got to keep working on the basics, and develop better neutral zone play."

Missouri State was 1 for 9 on the powerplay and Central Michigan went 4 for 7.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

09/25/10 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - Tony Dunseith said he didn't really want to come back and have the same conversation regarding a 3rd period collapse, but Missouri State's head coach did talk about how the Ferris State Bulldogs gave up two goals late in the game during a 5-4 Ice Bear win.

This time it was the visiting team's time to score two goals in 1:33, both by Ryan Armstrong. With 3:20 left in the game, Armstrong's shot from the right point sailed over Bulldog goaltender Mitch Bryant's left glove hand tying things 4-4, and a similar shot hit Bryant (38 shots, 32 saves) in the chest. As he spun around to find the puck, it dropped into the net with 1:47 on the clock.

Once again the Ice Bears developed a 3-goal lead early in the 3rd period - on Tyler Polizzi's (4th) powerplay goal with 14:52 - only to have the Bulldogs tie the game and eventually take a 4-3 lead with 6:17 remaining in the game on Mike Potter's powerplay goal.

"Ferris State is a late game team based on what they pulled off yesterday," said Dunseith about losing a lead again. ""They are a very stable team and used their physical presence on the ice."

Mike King started the Ferris State comeback at 11:35 of the 3rd and Henry Capouch tipped in Dale Kolatski's shot through the crease with 7:41 left to play. The goal was only the second powerplay strike the Ice Bears had allowed in 26 opponent opportunities.

Senior goaltender Nic Zamora scored his first win of the season in his first game of the season turning away 31 of 35 shots, including several big saves on Bulldog scoring chances that could have changed the complexity of the game.

"Nic did great at being part of the offense too," said Dunseith. "He and (Elliott) Schmidt have both come a long way. They both have stood up to the shots and have played great."

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the powerplay and Ferris State scored 2 goals on 4 tries, but one goal came on a 5 on 3 advantage.

 

Missouri State Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

09/24/10 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - Three Ferris State Bulldog goals in a span of 3:23 helped erase a 4-1 advantage as the Missouri State Ice Bears lost for the first time this season by a score of 5-4 at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (44 shots, 39 saves) was run into by Ferris State's Mike Potter with 4:25 left in the 3rd period, knocking Schmidt into the goal post and dislodging the net it as he gloved the puck, but the shot was called a goal.

"This is the most i've ever been upset at an official," said Schmidt. "I can't believe he called it a goal just because a player was cheering."

That play was the catalyst for a 3-goal outburst t0 spoil Missouri State's (2-1) bid for a third win in a row.

"We let down late in the 3rd period," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith. "We played an offensive game when we should have played a defensive one."

Jake Carney's (1st) unassisted goal 2:25 into the 1st period started the scoring for Ferris State (1-0), but the Ice Bears tied the game with 5 minutes left in the opening period.

On the powerplay, Curran Eigelburger (1st) tipped in Ryan Armstrong's drive from the top of the slot, despite being out shot 14-8 in the period.

In period two, B. J. Norman scored his 2nd goal of the season redirecting Tyler Polizzi's shot at the 11:15 mark for a 2-1 lead. Then increased the lead with 6.1 seconds left to play.

During a 5 on 3 powerplay Andy Draper (2nd) picked up a loose puck at the right face-off circle and blasted the puck past Bulldog net minder Mitch Bryant (36 shots, 33 saves) to lead 3-1 after two periods.

Then Cory Lafaver (1st) stole the puck from behind the net, circled to the front, and shot it between Bryant's legs for a 4-1 score with 16:05 left in the game.

But Missouri State, who had not allowed a goal in the 3rd period thus far, surrendered the final 4 goals to Ferris State.

Nolan Stempin (1st) returned the favor 57 seconds later with a shot through Schmidt's legs, to start the Bulldog comeback, trailing now by two goals.

With 1:33 remaining, Carney (2nd) tipped in Mike Penhollow's shot and the game was tied.

Then 31 seconds later Penhollow on a 2 on 1 (after Armstrong fell down at the blue line) fed Mike King, who tipped the puck past Schmidt for the game winner.

"We talked about it in the locker room and know the adjustments we need to make, we'll have another attitude for game two," said Dunseith

Missouri State was 2 for 7 with the man advantage, and Missouri State improved to 95.7% on the penalty kill by not allowing a goal on 4 Ferris State tries.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

09/18/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - A newly conditioned Missouri State Ice Bears team took the ice for game 2 and they came away with a 6-1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Four different Ice Bears figured in the scoring, including rookie Andrew Clifton, as Missouri State swept the series and started 2-0 for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.

Tyler Polizzi picked up where he left off the night before with the first goal of the game 18:40 into the first period. B. J. Norman started the play face down on the ice, sweeping the puck in the Ice Bears zone to Derek Bartsch who fed Polizzi. The puck edged past stunned Hawkeyes goaltender Will Dodge (38 shots, 32 saves) for a 1-0 advantage.

Missouri State out shot Iowa 16 to 10 in the first period.

In the second, Norman saw Mitch Leonard (1st) coming off the bench and hit him with a pass to the right corner. Leonard blasted the puck past Dodge for a two goal lead with 14:21 left to play.

Then on a 4 on 4, Paul Saitta (2nd) was left alone in the high slot area sending the puck over Dodge's glove for a 3-0 Ice Bear lead at the 11:39 mark.

Iowa took advantage of slow coverage in the slot area by Missouri State when Jonathan Sladek put a pass on John Rowell's (2nd) stick, as he skated up the middle, posting the shot past Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (21 shots, 20 saves) with 7:51 remaining.

A rough second period ended with the Ice Bears out shooting the Hawkeyes 26-16.

Missouri State shutout Iowa in the 3rd period for the second time in as many games, while team scoring leader C. J. Jung (3G, 4A) started things with a goal :53 seconds into the final stanza. Andy Draper, from behind the net, found Jung open at the left face-off circle to drive home the 4th Ice Bears goal.

Clifton picked up his first goal as an Ice Bear in spectacular fashion batting the puck out of mid-air under the crossbar. During a 3-2 rush, Curran Eigelburger's shot hit Dodge and Clifton was able to send the puck into the net with 13:48 left in the period.

Just 1:09 later, Saitta scored his second goal of the game (3rd of the season) on the powerplay. Draper was able to get past the defense sending the puck to Saitta who tapped the puck past the sprawling Hawkeyes goaltender.

Missouri State was 1 for 6 on the powerplay and Iowa went 0 for 8.

 

Iowa Hawkeyes @ Missouri State Ice Bears

09/17/10 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Tyler Polizzi and C. J. Jung had two goals for the Missouri State Ice Bears while Andy Draper scored the game winner during a 7-4 decision over the Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening game of the season at Mediacom Ice Park.

Along with playing the first home game to start the season since 2004-2005, the organization held a 10-year celebration to honor past Alumni players.

Despite opening night jitters, the Ice Bears got on the board first after Iowa's Michael Kempke was called for interference. Polizzi took advantage of the extra skater and tipped in Jung's shot from the left point to give Missouri State a 1-0 lead at the 17:25 mark.

Iowa returned the favor, on the powerplay, when off the face off Cam Comeaux broke down the middle and sniped a shot over the glove of Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (30 shots, 26 saves) tying the game 45 seconds later.

Iowa took the lead when David Svac followed up a rebound of Jonathan Sladek's shot past Schmidt's right goal pad for a 2-1 advantage with 9:51 left to play in the period.

Jung (2G, 4 A) tied the game with less than 7 minutes left on a 2 on 1 with Draper. Jung slowed, looked to pass, then spun around and put the puck past Iowa goaltender Jeremy Posner (34 shots, 27 saves) on the right side just inside the goal post.

Powerplays were key in the first period with the next two Ice Bear goals coming with the man advantage. With 5:32 on the clock, B. J. Norman (1st) tipped in Jung's drive from the top of the high slot and Missouri State regained the lead at 3-2.

Jung's second goal of the season (and game) finished 1st period scoring with 3:30 left to play. His second drive (and the Ice Bears 13th shot) from the high slot found it's way through sticks and skates and past Posner.

Andy Draper (1st) increased the Ice Bear's lead to 3 goals at 17:06 of the second period with a backhander over the shoulder of Posner. But it was short-lived when Iowa's John Rowell (1st) took a centering pass from Kempke in the right corner and beat Schmidt's glove hand at 16:28.

During a 4 on 4 situation, Brian Rooke followed up Rollie Opalacz shot past Schmidt to bring the Hawkeye's to within a goal with 7:38 left to play in the second.

Then Paul Saitta's (1st) blast with 5:57 left hit just under the crossbar and Missouri State increased the lead to 6-4.

Polizzi (2nd) finished the scoring 44 seconds later with a shot along the goal line that hit Posner's goal stick and deflected into the net.

Both teams did not score in the third period, but 9 minor penalties (7 for MSU and 2 for Iowa) and two misconducts (one each team) were called.

Missouri State was 3 for 5 on the powerplay and Iowa went 1 for 11.