Ice Bears 2011-2012 Game Highlights

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Illinois St. Redbirds - MACHA Tourney

02/17/12 - KANKAKEE, IL - Missouri State played a tough game against the Illinois State Redbirds, but still fell short when ISU's Eric Brown (17th) scored on the 3rd rebound attempt with 3:44 to go in the 3rd period of a 4-3 loss at Ice Valley Center.

Andy Draper did what he could to give the Missouri State Ice Bears the advantage, breaking a scoreless 7 minutes of hockey action, by putting back a rebound of Corey Lafaver's shot off the side of the net at 13:12 of the opening period.

Draper scored his team leading 27th goal wrapping the puck around Illinois State goaltender Ryan Siuzdak's goal pads on the 4th of 37 shots the net minder would face.

But less than 4 minutes later the Redbirds would take a commanding 3-1 lead starting with Michael Kestas' 2nd of the season, 11 seconds after Draper's goal.

Kestas took a shot inside the blue line, closer to the left face-off circle of the Ice Bears zone about 20 feet out, that beat Steve Lombardo (31 shots, 27 saves) tying the game.

Kyle Brown was called for tripping that gave ISU a power-play and Matt Kostopoulos (8th) notched a power-play goal with 9:50 to go. The puck bounced off an Ice Bear defender stunning Lombardo.

Off the draw, Illinois State took the puck back into the attacking zone. From behind the net Nick Santopoalo gave Josh Ambrostat (15th) the puck 5 feet in front of Lombardo and he found an open corner over the fallen goaltender 45 seconds later.

Chris Moseley (4th) scored the only goal in the 2nd taking a deflected puck out of the air, gloving it down, turning, and blasting the puck past Siuzdak as fast as he could drop the disc down to the ice 4:19 into the period.

Illinois State's John Galvan hit the goal post at 16:08 of the 3rd period and Missouri State used that momentum to tie the game on Corey Lafaver's 19th of the season, a shot over Siuzdak's left shoulder, with 13:05 to play in the game.

Ice Bear Notes:

Jack Ryan had his 9 game point scoring streak snapped, but leads the team with 4 game winning goals and ends the season as the leading scorer with 23 goals and 24 assists.

Andy Draper is the leading goal scorer with 27 tallies.

Missouri State was out-shot by 57 ending the 2010-2011 season, the Ice Bears took 96 more than opponents this season, a 39 shot improvement.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis - Billikens

02/12/12 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - Overtime and the Missouri State Ice Bears have become friends again.

Game two was one for the record books as the Ice Bears scored 6 unanswered goals including Andy Draper's game winner with 46.2 seconds left during a 6-5 defeat of the Saint Louis Billikens in overtime at Webster Groves Ice Arena.

It was a game that featured a hat-trick by Draper and Saint Louis' Charlie Garavaglia.

The win secured a 5th place spot in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament next weekend in Kankakee, Illinois on February 17th, 18th, and 19th. 

Missouri State spent the first 3 minutes on the attack, but it was Saint Louis who enjoyed a 3-goal advantage in a 1:15 span.

Brent Wingerter (4th) slid the puck under the goal pad of Steve Lombardo (30 shots, 25 saves) from the right side at 17:12 then a turnover off an Ice Bears defenseman gave Andrew Green (3rd) an open side of the net 15 seconds after and Garavaglia's rebound attempt, his 4th of the season, made it past Lombardo's left side 1:15 later.

Garavaglia scored the natural hat-trick netting one with 3:20 to play in the first and 7:19 left in the second period.

Missouri State looked unsettled and trailed 5-0 at that point until Freshman Jack Ryan sparked a life into an Ice Bears team that needed subsistence.

Vitality started at center ice when Ryan (23rd) skated untouched after stealing the puck, lifting it over the glove of Alex Topoleski (36 shots, 30 saves), and under the cross bar with 6:14 to play in the second period.

Draper tipped in a pass from C. J. Jung and 2:16 later Missouri State went into the locker room trailing 5-2.

Three power plays later the Ice Bears still trailed by 3 goals with less than 5 minutes to play in the game.

Kicking off three tallies in 1:55, Corey Lafaver (18th) tipped Jake Guthrie's shot from the left side (on the 4th power play) with 4:21 on the clock.

Miguel Franco (12th) found an open right corner of the net to put back a rebound, and crashed into Topoleski after the goal counted, at 3:01.

Draper tied the game 35 seconds later off Ryan Armstrong's shot from the right point, then notched the deciding goal in the extra period.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State had lost 3 overtime games in a row before the latest win.

This is the 9th extra period game Missouri State has played. They are 2-4 in overtime with a tie and 2 shootout wins.

Draper leads the team with 27 goals and has 8 power play goals tying Lafaver.

Jack Ryan leads the team with 4 game winning goals, has a 3 game goal scoring streak, and scored points in 9 straight games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis - Billikens

02/11/12 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - Overtime has not been a good friend to the Missouri State Ice Bears and considering this season has seen a record of extra minutes played to mention game one went into overtime is like picking a fight.

Overcoming a 2-goal deficit and taking the lead with 1:47 to play in the 3rd, Missouri State struggled as Saint Louis tied the contest then won 5-4 with 34.4 seconds remaining in the additional period.

This is the 8th extra period game Missouri State has played. They are 1-4 in overtime with a tie and 2 shootout wins and have lost 3 overtime games in a row.

The Billikens took the lead in the first period when Grant Hulsey (8th) put a rebound of Sean Lamb's attempt past Steve Lombardo (41 shots, 36 saves) with 2:15 to play.

Paul Goodwin (who had the hat-trick) scored his 19th, again on a rebound of Lamb's shot at 14:43 of the second period to take a 2-0 lead.

Missouri State scored midway through the period, during a power play, when Marc Kirksey (15th) sent a backhander past Alex Topoleski (35 shots, 31 saves) after Corey Lafaver had tipped C. J. Jung's shot.

Jacob Guthrie (4th) blasted the puck past Topoleski's glove, from the left face off circle, just under the crossbar tying the game with 7:00 on the clock.

Goodwin gave the Billikens a 3-2 lead, after an Ice Bear rush, with 1:36 left in the period.

Missouri State was unable to get back into position giving Saint Louis a 3 on 1 advantage, and that allowed a pass from Brendan Sheehan to Goodwin.

Given their 6th power play attempt, Missouri State made the best of it, tying the game.

Blake Ryan (19th) tipped in Dylan Clark's shot past Topleski's goal stick with 8:36 to go in the 3rd period.

On a penalty kill a few minutes later the Ice Bears had break-a-way possibilities by Miguel Franco and Justin Kim but passes were too far to catch up with.

Saint Louis was called for too many men on the ice at 2:24 and :37 seconds later Jack Ryan (22nd) blasted the puck through an open right side of the net.

On their 8th power play and an empty net, after Saint Louis pulled Topoleski for an extra attacker, Goodwin slammed back a shorthanded tally tying the the game with 6.3 seconds to play.

Ice Bear Notes:

Despite the loss, Missouri State comes out with a positive earning a point for going into overtime. Now the Ice Bears just have to win game 2 out right. The win would give the Ice Bears 3 points versus 2 for Saint Louis.

If game 2 ends in overtime again and the Ice Bears win, both teams would be tied with wins, points, and head to head goals. The tie breaker would move to least penalty minutes, which the Ice Bears own at 14 to 18.

The line of Dylan Clark (8 G, 4 A), Jack Ryan (5 G, 7 A), and Blake Ryan (5 G, 9 A) has combined for 38 points in 7 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles

02/04/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Senior Corey Lafaver left a lasting impression while playing in has last home game of his hockey career with Missouri State Ice Bears. Lafaver scored 3 goals and Freshman Steve Lombardo stopped 33 of 36 shots during a 7-3 win over the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles.

On Senior Night it was a Junior who helped Missouri State tie the game in the first period.

After Anthony Iovino (4th) gave Robert Morris a 1-0 lead at 13:28 on the power play, Andy Draper (23rd) shot the puck off the glove of Eagles' goaltender Emilio Miniscalco (60 shots, 53 saves) for a Missouri State (17-15-1) power play goal with 4:17 to go.

Continuing the power play string, RMC (12-18) added a second goal with the man advantage using Richard Anderson's 5th of the season, a put back after Lombardo kept the puck close to his right, with 3:51 left.

Senior C. J. Jung (8th) scored the only goal of the 2nd period, taking a pass from Draper, skating down the slot, and blasting the puck past Miniscalco with 10:53 remaining.

Blake Ryan (18th) scored on a behind-the-net pass from brother Jack 1:02 into the 3rd, and Lafaver notched his first of the game midway through the period, giving the Ice Bears a 4-2 lead.

After Jung was called for cross checking, Terry Gagleard (8th) scored on the Eagle's third power play launching the puck over Lombardo's glove with 6:36 to play in the 3rd period.

Jack Ryan (21st) scored on a delayed penalty just :30 seconds later, and Corey Lafaver followed up with his 16th of the season, on the power play, with 5:09 to go.

Taking a pass from Draper, who was standing behind the net, the pass found Lafaver's stick en route to finding the back of the net.

Lafaver (17th) finished the scoring, his 2nd power play goal with 1:52 on the clock. Trying to find an open Draper, the shot hit an RMC player and deflected into the net.

Ice Bear Notes:

The line of Dylan Clark (8 G, 3 A), Jack Ryan (4 G, 7 A), and Blake Ryan (4 G, 9 A) has combined for 35 points in 6 games.

With Missouri's sweep of Northern Illinois, the Ice Bears are assured of at least a 6th place spot in the MACHA Gold Division Playoffs.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles

02/03/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Knowing he was the go-to-guy Steve Lombardo entered what could be the beginning of a consecutive starting string through the remainder of the season for the Missouri State Ice Bears and boy did he make the best of it.

Lombardo faced 51 shots and turned all of them aside in a 2-0 shutout win over the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles at Mediacom Ice Park, his second of the season.

Senior goaltender Elliott Schmidt has been sidelined since 5:40 of the second period of the January 28th game against the Missouri Tigers.

"I haven't been to the doctor yet," explained Schmidt. "I have an appointment Tuesday, the earliest I can get in.

Schmidt says he's been stretching his hip and trying to do what will help him improve each day.

Missouri State took the lead, after the Eagles put on pressure at Lombardo's end of the ice, using a goal by Dylan Clark.

Taking a shot from the high slot, Clark found the back of the net past Robert Morris goalie Sean Plarski (37 shots, 35 saves) picking up his 11th of the season 3:15 into the game.

The line of Clark (8 G, 2 A), Jack Ryan (3 G, 6 A), and Blake Ryan (3 G, 8 A) has combined for 30 points in 5 games.

Clark found the side of the net past Plarski with 3:30 to play in the 2nd period giving the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles pulled Plarski with 1:52 to go in game and an added penalty to Andy Draper which created a 6 on 4 advantage with 1:04 to play.

Several defensive blocks by the Ice Bears thwarted an Eagles bid to break the scoring drought preserving the win for Lombardo.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers

01/28/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Elliott Schmidt laid on his back in the Ice Bears locker room holding his hip after coming off the ice 5:40 into the second period.

The Senior goaltender, injured earlier in the season, may have aggravated his hip again and is not expected to play until a full evaluation, and is possibly out for the remainder of the season.

Missouri State is now struggling with aggravation after a 7-5 loss and a sweep at the hands of the Missouri Tigers in Mediacom Ice Park.

Dropping two important games in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association play means the Ice Bears will most likely control their own fate heading into the last 2 league games on February 12th, and 13th against Saint Louis University.

The Tigers, who clinched a first round bye with a second place finish in MACHA, took the lead on Alex Roth's 10th of the season. Roth took the puck in front of Schmidt (14 shots, 12 saves) and put it past a series of sticks and skates for the lead 1:48 into the game.

Corey Lafaver (14th) tied the game taking a loose puck, after Tigers goaltender Aaron Dewitt (46 shots, 41 saves) kicked it out from under his goal pad, and putting it past the right goal post. The power play goal tied the game with 4:10 to play in the opening period.

Roth (11th) notched a shorthanded goal 1:05 into the second period and the Tigers never looked back.

Schmidt left the game at 14:20 after making what seemed to be a routine save.

Danny Walsh (14th) at 11:29, and Steve Kowalczyk (8th) on the power play increased Missouri's lead to 4-1 until Dylan Clark's goal cut Missouri State's deficit by a goal.

Clark (10th) took a rebound off the back of the boards and found an open right corner of the net past Steve Lombardo (14 shots, 9 saves) with 2:16 on the clock.

Missouri (15-7-1) took a 5-2 lead 3:29 into the 3rd period on Andrew Clark's power play goal, his first of the season.

Walsh picked up his 2nd of the game and 15th of the season midway through the period and Evan Thill (4th) used a 4 on 4 situation to increase the Tigers lead at 7-2.

Missouri State battled back 1:12 later on Blake Ryan's 17th of the season, a blast from the right face off circle about 15 feet in front of Dewitt, hitting the upper right corner of the net.

Penalties were called after the goal.

Skating 4 on 4 again, Miguel Franco picked up his 11th goal this season :35 seconds later tipping in Pete Cero's shot from the right point.

Andy Draper finished the scoring for Missouri State, stealing the puck from the near boards, Draper gained his team leading 22nd goal with a blast from the right face off circle.

Ice Bear Notes:

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

Dylan Clark has 6 goals in 4 games, 75% of his 10 total tally's this season.

The line of Clark, J. Ryan, and B. Ryan has combined for 24 points (J. Ryan (3 G, 4 A) B. Ryan (3 G, 6 A) and Clark (6 G, 2 A) in 4 games.

Andy Draper's goal is his team-leading 22nd of the season.

Draper and Miguel Franco and Jacob Guthrie are the only Ice Bears to play in all games this season.

Ryan Armstrong has an assist in the last 6 games.

Missouri State has 2 wins in a shoot out; 1 win, 3 losses, and a tie in overtime.

The Ice Bears first shoot-out win on 10/22/11 against Iowa is their first ever in MACHA league competition since shoot-outs were adopted. Their 2nd was 3 games later against Illinois State on Nov. 4th, 2011.

Missouri State's longest winning streak has been 3 games 3 times this season, and longest losing steak has been 5 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers

01/27/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The rivalry just became more intense between the Missouri State Ice Bears and Missouri Tigers after the visiting Tigers scored 5 straight goals starting late in the first period to gain a 7-4 victory over the Ice Bears in a sold-out Mediacom Ice Park.

Missouri State, winners of 7 straight games and 13 of the last 14 meetings against the University of Missouri, found out that statistics had nothing to do with the gritty and gutsy play of the Tigers in the 2nd period.

Nick Web, who had the hat-trick for the Tigers, notched his 13th of the season finding an open corner of the net. Web took a pass from Jay Mosley placing it past the right side of Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (30 shots, 23 saves) to put the Tigers up 1-0 nearly 7 minutes into the game.

Missouri State (15-14-1) responded on Dylan Clark's 9th of the season taking a shot from Jack Ryan and finding the right corner past Missouri goaltender Alec Schnitzler (44 shots, 40 saves) tying the game with 8:53 on the clock.

Power plays were crucial for both teams with the pair notching man-advantage goals 1:04 apart.

Missouri State's Jack Ryan (20th) picked the upper right corner of the net over Schnitzler's glove at 5:59, and Alex Roth (8th) stood at the side of the net to drive home Rodney O'Neal's shot, from the high slot, tying the game again at 2 goals a piece.

Andy Draper gave the Ice Bears a lift with his team-leading 21st goal of the season at 2:07, that's when the Tigers took over.

John Guminski (4th) scrambled for the puck in front of Lombardo poking it into the net with :40 to play in the first period.

Four straight goals in the 2nd period by Missouri seemed to put the game out of reach and forced Missouri State to play catch up.

Missouri (14-7-1) used goals by Danny Walsh (13th) at 18:08, Webb (14th) at 14:47, Roth (9th) at 8:41, and Webb (15th) again with 3:22 to go in the 2nd period to break open a 3-3 game.

Eric Aldag rang both posts for Missouri State with his 3rd of the season at 6:05 of the 3rd.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Wisconsin - Platteville Pioneers

01/21/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - If there was any doubt game two would be an Ice Bear rout, the University of Wisconsin - Platteville ended that thought scoring 1:11 into the first period.

Missouri State fended off a tough Pioneers team, who stayed strong through the second period and the start of 3 unanswered Ice Bear goals, in a 3-1 win at Mediacom Ice Park.

"To come out with two wins this weekend was huge," said Ice Bears assistant coach Mike Ackley during the Ice Bears post game show.

Brett Daggett (3rd) kept after a puck perched past the post on the right side of Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (27 shots, 26 saves) and on the 3rd attempt tapped it into the net at 18:49 of the opening period.

Andy Draper (20th) skated through the crease, after C. J. Jung's drive from the left point, tipping the puck past UWP goalie Andrew Hornick for a power play goal at 12:36 of the 2nd period.

"Our main focus was on moving the puck and taking shots," said Ackley. "I stressed in practice all week that we needed to take advantage on the power play and not to pass up on shots."

Missouri State put 61 shots on Hornick, who much like Jason Cebulski in game one, kept the Pioneers in the game as late as 3 minutes left in the contest.

Jack Ryan (15th) shoveled a pass from brother Blake through Hornick's goal pads, just after a power play expired, at 9:17 of the second period giving the Ice Bears a 2-1 lead.

A 3-on-1 rush was finished by Dylan Clark (8th) as the freshman caught a pass from Blake Ryan combining to take a 2-goal advantage with 2:21 to go in the game.

"We weren't expecting a physical team (Wisconsin-Platteville) to come into our house, but every time they touched the puck, they had a body on us," explained Ackley.

"But (the Ice Bears) were able to match that physical presence on the ice."

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the power play and Wisconsin - Platteville went 0 for 4.

Dylan Clark has 4 goals in 2 games, half of his 8 total tally's this season.

The line of Clark, J. Ryan, and B. Ryan combined for 15 points (J. Ryan (2 G, 2 A) B. Ryan (2 G, 4 A) and Clark (4 G, 1 A) in 2 games.

Andy Draper's power play goal is his team leading 7th of the season.

Draper and Miguel Franco are the only Ice Bears to play in all games this season.

Ryan Armstrong has an assist in the last 4 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Wisconsin - Platteville Pioneers

01/20/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - What was a 3-3 tie turned out to be an exciting finish for the Missouri State Ice Bears in a 10-3 victory over the visiting University of Wisconsin - Platteville Pioneers, a fill-in team this weekend.

After the University of Kentucky was unable to make the trip the Pioneers, accepting an invitation to play in Springfield, showed what their journey to the next level in their hockey history will be like after holding the Missouri State Ice Bears even through two periods in game one.

A barrage of 5 goals in 3:13 broke the game wide open for Missouri State with 5 minutes to play in the 3rd period.

Jack Ryan (18th) gave the Ice Bears the lead taking the puck into the Pioneers zone and blasting it from the left face off circle past UWP goaltender Jason Cebulski (49 shots, 40 saves) just 1:24 into the game.

A near capacity crowd became silenced when John Liedtke (16th) took a pass across the crease from Matt DeGrave hitting the open right corner of the net past Ice Bears goalie Elliott Schmidt (22 shots, 19 saves) at 7:28.

Curran Eigelberger (3rd) took a loose puck to the left of Cebulski and found the upper right corner of the net with 33.4 seconds remaining giving Missouri State a 2-1 lead.

The Pioneers tied the game at the 15:00 mark of the second, a goal credited to Gojko Rajak (4th), on a shot that originated from the left point.

Less then 4 minutes later, Blake Ryan (15th) had an open right corner of the net when a UWP defenseman got tangled with Cebulski leaving the side unattended.

On a power play, Kevin Ywanauskas (7th) tipped in Brett Daggett's shot with :01 to go.

Dylan Clark used the advantage of playing on a line with both Blake and Jack Ryan in the third period to start 7 unanswered goals by Missouri State.

Clark's 5th at 14:47 was the result of a pass from Jack Ryan after he stole the puck while behind the net.

Marc Kirksey (13th) used the face off to send the puck past Cebulski with 13:02 remaining.

Then the Ice Bears went to work.

Miguel Franco (10th) came in from the left side and took a shot from 15 feet out starting the first in a series of goals with 4:28 to play.

Kirksey (14th) banked the puck off Cebulski's skate on a shot along the goal line :40 seconds later.

Then Clark (6th) found the net on a 2-on-1 with Blake Ryan at 3:05.

Blake (16th) and brother Jack combined on the Ice Bears 9th goal of the game :37 seconds later on another 2-on-1 rush.

Clark scored his hat-trick goal, taking a similar pass from the right side by Blake Ryan, completing an end to end rush with 1:16 left on the clock.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 0 for 2 on the power play and Wisconsin - Platteville went 1 for 3 in a cleanly played game.

Andy Draper had his 5 goal scoring streak stopped after being held without a point in the game.

Dylan Clark scored his first hat-trick as an Ice Bear.

The line of Clark, J. Ryan, and B. Ryan combined for 11 points (J. Ryan (1 G, 2 A) B. Ryan (2 G, 1 A) and Clark (3 G, 1 A) the most of any line this season.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ So. Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars

01/14/12 - EAST ALTON, IL - If both the Missouri State Ice Bears and Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars were suffering from a lack of practice and skating time to start the second semester you wouldn't know it after an 8-7 Ice Bear loss in overtime.

Corey Beck (20th) took a scramble for the loose puck and poked it past Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo for the game winner with 2:02 remaining in the extra period.

Teams had just a week to get reacquainted with the ice and Missouri State showed no signs of slowing down jumping out to a 2-0 lead on C. J. Jungs' 7th of the season (banking the puck off Cougars goaltender Alex Garrard), and Jacob Guthrie's power play goal (from the right point) with 33.5 to play in the first period.

SIUE tied the game on goals by John Wright (9th) just 26 seconds into the 2nd period and Brad Keenan (10th) with 16:37 left.

The Ice Bears took the lead by 2 goals once again on Blake Ryan's 14th of the season at 14:41 on the power play, and the first of the season by Carson MacInnis.

Blasting the puck from the left point, MacInnis found the net past Garrard (38 shots, 37 saves) with 11:23 on the clock.

The series is also important in Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association league play with the Ice Bears (7-3-1) and Cougars (10-1-2) battling for playoff positions. Missouri State remains in 5th place, while SIUE has clinched the Gold Division title with the win.

Southern Illinois scored 3 unanswered goals; Eric Larson's 4th at 7:35 on the power play, Beck's 19th at 6:50, and Alex Nickens' 1st on the power play with 49.8 remaining.

Trailing 5-4, Andy Drapers' 18th at 8:15 and Corey Lafaver's 13th gave Missouri State a one goal lead 35 seconds later.

Jared Ippolito's power play tally with 1:55 to play dead locked the game again. The Cougar forward was left open at the left face off circle blasting the puck past Lombardo (59 shots, 51 saves) evening the score at 6.

Then Alex Edwards (14th) scored from almost the same spot :58 later to give the Cougars the lead once again.

At the puck drop, Lafaver moved to the right side in the Cougar zone. The forward from Eureka, Missouri drove the puck into the net with 37.1 to play.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 2 for 4 on the power play and So. Illinois was 4 for 6.

Andy Draper has scored a goal in the last 5 games.

C. J. Jung had 4 assists tying Blake Ryan for the most in a game this season.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Arkansas Razorbacks

12/09/11 - SPRINGDALE, AR - An up-and-back one game meeting with Arkansas became complicated by school finals Friday resulting in just 12 Ice Bears making the trip to the Jones Center for a game with the Razorbacks.

Ryan Armstrong, C. J. Jung, Miguel Franco, Justin Kim, Andy Draper, Derek Bartsch, Jake Guthrie, Nick Sadorf, Chris Moseley, Corey Lafaver, Evan Leuchtmann, and goaltender Steve Lombardo played in a 9-1 loss.

"We had an interesting situation develop this weekend with the freshman and sophomores having finals on Saturday and we thought we'd be in good shape given past situations when we scheduled the game but that turned out not to be the case," said Ice Bears general manager Stan Melton.

Missouri State started the game controlling the play by stalling behind the net and waiting for the right moment to pass the puck out of the zone thus conserving energy.

Unfortunately, Arkansas jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Casey Womble - the first one on a drive from the top of the slot and second (a power play goal) following up a rebound past Steve Lombardo - with 13:07 to play in the opening period.

While on an Ice Bears' power play, the Ice Hogs scored a short-handed goal midway through the second period.

Justin McDowell (11th) took the puck away in a shortened center ice and came in alone to shovel the puck over Lombardo's glove with 11:45 on the clock.

Razorback goaltender Brendan Desjardins' shut out was broken when Derek Bartsch attempted a wrap-a-round, that was stopped by Desjardins, and put back by Justin Kim, although Andy Draper (17th) was given credit on the score sheet.

The Ice Bears had opportunities hitting the goal post and crossbar on 3 shots but Arkansas scored 3 goals in the last 1:59 of the second period to expand their lead.

Missouri State had to play minus Jacob Guthrie midway through the second period after he was hit in the side of the face and helmet by an errant Razorback shot.

"Guthrie took a shot right behind his ear and it cracked his helmet, but he looks like he'll be OK," said Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith.

Forest Mudgett (10th) gave the Ice Hogs a 4-1 lead at the 2:00 mark, then McDowell scored off the face off 20 seconds later, and Tyler Bynum (6th) scored on a scramble in front of the net with 1 second to go in the period.

Justin Gaddy notched his 11th and 12th goals of the season (through traffic at 16:19 of the 3rd period and on the power play at 10:57) and Johnny Stromp (9th) finished the scoring on a power play goal of his own with 1:48 to play.

"I hate to have the team be in this position, but we made a commitment to do the game, and it's a matter of honor we had to play. I'm proud of the players who were able to play," said Melton. "Our general team priorities are education first, family second, and hockey third."

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions

12/03/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Game two was what a newly formed rivalry should be about, including hard hitting, good passing, and great goaltending, unfortunately the Missouri State Ice Bears couldn't hold off the Lindenwood Lions in the last minute of overtime to suffer a 5-4 loss in the extra period.

Just after an Ice Bear penalty had expired the Lions appeared to attempt to pull goalie Stephen Willett during a rush into the Missouri State zone possibly catching the Ice Bears off guard.

"I didn't notice they pulled their goalie, I was watching the play develop in our end," said head coach Tony Dunseith in the Ice Bears coaches show.

That moment of distraction allowed Ty Shearon (11th) to take a pass from the right side and slip the puck past Steve Lombardo's right leg pad (who did everything he could to stretch across the goal mouth attempting to keep the puck out of the net) with 42 seconds left in the extra period.

"Everyone played well, it was just a bounce either way and the game could have turned out differently," said Dunseith.

Missouri State (13-10-1) gave up 3 goals during a 5-minute major assessed to Marc Kirksey and the Lions jumped out to a commanding lead.

Although Detrick Pierzinski's (11th) goal came during the major, the Lions (13-4-2) also had a man in the penalty box. The 4 on 4 goal came with 7:36 to play in the first period.

Back on the power play, Lindenwood's Mitch Galligan (7th) found the back of the net, past Steve Lombardo (58 shots, 53 saves) who played spectacular in nets for the Ice Bears, at 5:21.

Then Jim Worstenholm (4th) increased the Lions lead with 5 seconds left on the man advantage.

The Ice Bears refused to give up.

Derek Bartsch (6th) banged home a rebound of Jack Ryan's shot under the goal pad of Stephen Willett (53 shots, 49 saves) and with 1:37 left in the period Missouri State was within 2 goals.

"Jack, Blake (Ryan) and Derek (Bartsch) was our strongest line this evening, and Bartsch's goal really was a turning point," explained Dunseith.

Miguel Franco hit the goal post seconds before the first period buzzer or the game would have been closer.

Andy Draper (16th) took a loose puck in the right face off circle and launched it under the cross bar behind Willett for a power play goal with 15:57 remaining in the 2nd period.

Lombardo had to make several stops to keep the Lions from increasing their lead, including a big glove save on a semi break-away by Steve Balint with Luke Haynes.

"Lombardo played great, he covered up a lot of rebounds, he played his game tonight and we played for him....we just came up a little bit short," said Dunseith.

Jack Ryan added kept pace with Draper scoring his 16th of the season on a give-and-go with brother Blake 3:30 later tying the game 3-3.

Lindenwood jumped on top again with a goal by Kyle Vesling that pin balled around before finding the net past Lombardo with 4:29 to play in the second period.

The Ryan brothers converted on another give-and-go and Jack (17th) finished the rush with 36 seconds to play in the second period to even the score once again.

The third period was scoreless, but again the Ice Bears had chances. Jack Ryan had an open net late in the period, although a bouncing puck prevented a score.

"This year's team is truly a team," said Dunseith. "If we're down 2 goals in the last period and pull the goalie, we don't quit."

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 4 on the power play and Lindenwood went 2 for 3.

The Ice Bears have stopped 51 of 58 opponent power play attempts in the past 14 games.

Andy Draper is on a 3 game goal scoring streak.

Blake Ryan had 4 assists, the most in a game this season.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions

12/02/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The closest game the Missouri State Ice Bears have played against the Lindenwood Lions in the past 3 seasons didn't look like it - a 4-1 loss - in the first game of the series.

Scoreless after one period, it was a battle of goaltending that kept players from finding the back of the net.

Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (45 shots, 41 saves) gloved several shots through traffic stopping 12 Lions' attempts, while Stephen Willlett (32 shots, 31 saves) turned aside 16 Ice Bear shots.

Lindenwood's Detrick Pierzinski (15th) scored from the top of the slot breaking the tie 2:37 into the second period.

Blake Ditch (1st) increased the Lions' lead with a shorthanded goal, stealing the puck at the Ice Bears blue line and scoring a break-away goal with 13:01 to play in the period.

Five minutes later, Andy Draper (15th) launched a shot from the right side that trickled off Willett to bring Missouri State closer at 2-1.

Despite the Ice Bears having twin 2-man power play advantages, the Lions' Ty Shearon scored the final two goals.

Shearon's 9th came during a give-and-go with Kyle Vesling, that had Schmidt moving across the crease, at the 16:01 mark and 10th - a power play goal - with 55.1 seconds left in the 3rd period.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 6 on the power play and Lindenwood was 1 for 4.

The Ice Bears have stopped 49 of 55 opponent power play attempts in the past 13 games.

Missouri State is 5 -12 since 2005 against Lindenwood last winning 5-4 in OT on 11-13-09.

 

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

Jack Ryan scores the winning goal with 1:05 left to play in the game...... Photo: Rhonda Armstrong

11/25/11 - WEBSTER GROVES, MO - It took almost 59 minutes for the Missouri State Ice Bears (13-8-1) to take the lead in the 5th annual Show Me Showcase game against the Missouri Tigers, and come away with a 4-3 win on a late goal by Jack Ryan.

That's just fine for an Ice Bears team that has won every contest since Nov. 23rd, 2007.

A different Tigers team showed up (one that just a week before had played the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles - #1 Division II Southeast - to a 3-3 tie) scoring the first goal of the game.

Alex Roth (2nd) found an open left side when Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo went to clear the puck behind the net and had his pass intercepted with 15:42 to go in the opening period.

Nick Sadorf (3rd) tipped in Jacob Guthrie's shot past Missouri goaltender Alec Schnitzler (33 shots, 29 saves) tying the game at the 12:56 mark.

Tigers forward Steve Kowalcyk (3rd) took the puck off the face off and notched it past Lombardo (38 shots, 35 saves) giving Missouri (10-6-1) the advantage again with 11:12 left to play.

Missouri State's leading scorer, Jack Ryan, tied the game with 7:30 to go in the period.

Ryan carried the puck into the Tigers zone and was allowed to move in close on Schnitzler placing a backhander over the surprised goaltenders' glove.

The second period was open-ended with both teams having good scoring chances, but it was Kowalcyk who broke the tie once again.

Standing 5 feet in front of Lombardo, Kowalcyk (4th) took a pass from Josh Dayton and shoved the puck into the upper left hand corner with 1:04 to play in the second period.

After the Ice Bears killed a 2-man Tigers advantage with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd period, Missouri State was awarded a power play on a double-minor assessed to Sean Philbin for roughing.

Andy Draper (14th) scored on the first power play, a shot from the right face off circle that found the net under Schnitzler, tying the game for the third time with 3:34 to play.

With renewed energy, Corey Lafaver drew the Tigers goaltender to his right giving Ryan (15th) an open right hand corner to place the game winner with 65 seconds remaining.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 1 for 4 on the power play and the Tigers were 0 for 2.

Missouri State has won all 5 Show Me Showcase games by a combined score of 31-17.

Jack Ryan has at least one goal in 5 of the past 6 games.

Missouri State has killed 48 of 51 opponent power play attempts in the past 12 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Kansas Jayhawks

11/19/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Blake and Jack Ryan continued their scoring streaks and join Derek Bartsch for the scoring lead (13 goals) after an 8-0 win over the Kansas Jayhawks.

Pete Cero scored his 2nd goal in as many nights on a shot from the high slot 1:30 into the game and the Ice Bears never looked back.

Both Ryan's had 2 goals with Miguel Franco (9th), Chris Moseley (3rd), and Corey Lafaver (11th), notching single scores.

Steve Lombardo gets the shutout win stopping 15 shots and T. J. Berk is given the loss facing 62 shots.

Ice Bear Notes:

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

Missouri State's 3rd victory this season over Kansas has been won by a combined goal total of 30-1.

Jack has at least one goal in 4 of the past 5 games, while Blake is on a 2-game scoring binge.

C. J. Jung has a point in the past 4 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Kansas Jayhawks

11/18/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Looking to rebound from a sweep last to St. Louis area rival Lindenwood last weekend, the Missouri State Ice Bears took advantage of the short bench of the Kansas Jayhawks to grab the first game of the series in a 16-1 rout.

C. J. Jung, Corey Lafaver, Miguel Franco, and Dylan Clark scored 2 goals while Derek Bartsch, Pete Cero, Andy Draper, Jack Ryan, Blake Ryan, Justin Kim, Chris Moseley and Eric Aldag added solo goals.

The Ice Bears scored 3 short-handed goals (by Kim, Clark and Aldag) with 2 coming on the same power play series.

Peter Vanderhoofven had the lone goal for Kansas, a tricky wobbling shot that flew over the blocker of goaltender Elliott Schmidt.

Schmidt gets the win for the Ice Bears facing 22 shots and T. J. Berk takes the loss after playing 34:24 and giving up 11 goals. Peter Seward finished in nets allowing 5 goals on 25 shots.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State did not have a power play opportunity and Kansas was 0 for 3.

Scoring 16 goals tied an Ice Bear production record. Missouri State won 16-0 over Oklahoma State University on Oct. 13th, 2002 and 16-2 over the University of Southern Indiana on Feb. 7th, 2003.

The win is the largest margin of victory since a 15-1 drubbing of the Northern Illinois Huskies on Nov. 6th, 2009.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

11/12/11 - WENTZVILLE, MO - Missouri State goaltender Elliott Schmidt couldn't stop the Lindenwood Lions threat and once again 4th ranked team in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Central used a 5-0 lead to take the second game of the series by a 7-4 score.

An energized Ice Bears team (10-8-1) put the pressure on Lions goalie Stephen Willett early in the opening minutes but once again it was Lindenwood who started the scoring.

Zach Branovan (9th) kept the puck in the right point then sent it behind the net to Steve Balint who passed in front to Branovan for the opening goal with 7:10 on the clock.

Josh Prygon (12th), Balint (3rd), Kyle Vesling (3rd), and Detrick Pierzinski (9th), tallied and just after the half-way mark of the game and Lindenwood (11-2-2) lead by 5.

Missouri State battled back during a 4 on 4.

Jace Carlton (3rd) took a pass from Corey Lafaver and blasted the puck past Willett (30 shots, 26 saves) breaking the Lions shutout at 8:46 of the 2nd period.

Then Derek Bartsch (4th) scored a power play goal, taking a pass from C. J. Jung, and picking the right corner of the net from the left face-off circle :34 later.

Branovan (10th) gave Lindenwood a 3-goal lead again at 6:45 on a wrister past Schmidt (44 shots, 37 saves) but Lafaver kept the Ice Bears close on his 8th of the season with 3.6 seconds remaining on a backhander.

Jung (4th) made the game closer moving to the right and between the right face off circle and slot, launching the puck past Willett with 13:19 to go in the 3rd period.

Vesling picked up his 3rd of the season with 5:01 to go, after an Ice Bears rush.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears went 1 for 9 on the power play and Lindenwood was 0 for 5.

Missouri State has killed 32 of 35 opponent opportunities in the past 8 games.

The Ice Bears have lost 7 games in a row to Lindenwood.

C.J. Jung has a point in the past 3 games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

11/11/11 - WENTZVILLE, MO - The Missouri State Ice Bears came out of the blocks like a team that wanted to put the last 6 straight losses to the Lindenwood Lions behind them.

Unfortunately, Thomas Burns (10th) scored 5 minutes into the first period for the Lions, to take the lead and eventually the win 7-5.

Jim Worstenholm (3rd) and Steve Balint (2nd) scored in 1st period, sandwiched between Andy Draper's 11th of the season for the Ice Bears, which left Missouri State (10-7-1, #11 Div. 2 Central) trailing 3-1.

Draper opened the second period with a wrap-around goal to the right of Lions goaltender Stephen Willett (35 shots, 30 saves) cutting the lead to a goal 2:45 after intermission.

Lions defenceman Scott Leslie picked up his first goal of the season, a drive from the far right point, that stopped only when it hit the back of the net with 14:50 left to play giving Lindenwood (10-2-2, #4 Div. 2 Central) a 4-2 advantage.

Then Marc Kirksey's (12th) power play goal (a tip-in from Eric Aldag's right point shot) and Blake Ryan's 10th of the season (a semi wrap-around) tied the game with 6:08 remaining.

Both teams traded goals with Bo Eastman (4th) giving the Lions and lead again with 3:32 to go in the second period, and Jack Ryan (10th) returning the favor for the Ice Bears 9 seconds into the 3rd period.

Zach Branovan (8th) scored at 14:08 as the puck was loose in front of Lombardo and the senior eventually poked the puck into the net since there was no whistle on the play.

Dettrick Pierzinski (8th) drove the puck off Lombardo's glove (52 shots, 45 saves) and into the net with 2:33 to play.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 1 for 4 on the power play and Lindenwood was 0 for 8.

Missouri State is 83% on the penalty kill. They have allowed 16 goals in 94 opportunities.

The Ice Bears have lost 6 in a row to the Lions dating back from a 5-4 win in overtime on November 13th, 2009.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Illinois State Redbirds

11/05/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It may look like the Missouri State Ice Bears (10-6-1) were filleted after a 4-1 loss to the Illinois State Redbirds (8-6) in game 2.

The ingredients made for a great game until a short-handed goal by Connor Anderson with 7:56 to play in the 3rd period expanded a 2-1 Redbird lead late in the game.

Missouri State (#11 Division II Central) began the scoring for the 12th time in 17 games on Jack Ryan's (9th) rebound of Derek Bartsch's goal-post-ringing attempt with 15:55 to go in the opening period.

Ryan's goal over the glove of Ryan Suizdak (40 shots, 39 saves) was not without a few saves by the goal post. C. J. Jung, Justin Lee, and Andy Draper also hit metal.

Illinois State (#9 Division II Central) tied the game 4 minutes later.

From the face off to the right of Ice Bears goaltender Elliott Schmidt (23 shots, 19 saves) James Wietecha (11th) found the gap between Schmidt and the pipe to tie the game with 11:28 on the clock.

Just 2:27 later Josh Ambrosat (5th) took a pass from Phill O'Connor catching a sliding Schmidt down low on the right side for a 2-1 Redbird lead with 9:01 remaining.

The second period was scoreless, but Missouri State had to kill off a 2-man advantage late in the period, and despite a 2-1 shot margin the Ice Bears still trailed by one.

Following Anderson's goal in the final period, Vinnie Senese's after-dinner mint, a backhander, sailed past Schmidt with 7.8 seconds left to play.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Illinois State Redbirds

11/04/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Tied after three periods, the Missouri State Ice Bears and Illinois State Redbirds, two evenly matched teams, took their time to decide a winner in game one of the series.

Derek Bartsch scored in the 4th round of a shoot-out to give the Ice Bears a 6-5 win - the team's 5th overtime game and 2nd win in a shootout - used after a scoreless 5-minute 4th period.

Missouri State squandered a 2-0 lead on goals by Justin Kim and Miguel Franco, trailed by a goal early in the third period, and used a tally by Kyle Brown to tie the game early in the 3rd period.

Derek Bartsch

Kim (2nd) took a bouncing puck in the slot about 10 feet in front of Steve Somerfield, spun 360 degrees, and blasted the puck past a stunned goaltender for a 1-0 lead with 16:06 remaining in the first period.

Six minutes later, Franco used a pass from Eric Aldag to notch his 6th of the season from the left face-off circle.

ISU's Alan Urbaniak was given a penalty shot as the Ice Bears' Jacob Guthrie was called for obstructing Urbaniak while attempting to shoot ahead of the Missouri State defender.

The junior forward scored one-on-one against Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo to cut the lead in half with 1:17 to go.

Corey Lafaver's 7th goal, on the power play, with 18:42 remaining in the second period hit the crossbar and danced inside the net giving the Ice Bears a 3-1 advantage.

After Vinnie Senese cut Missouri State's lead to a goal once again with his 8th of the season at 14:07, Dylan Clark (2nd) returned the favor for the Ice Bears at 12:42 tipping in Chris Moseley's shot past Somerfield (38 shots, 33 saves).

Then Senese and Urbaniak used the remainder of the period to tie the game 4-4.

Ryan Dunne (9th) took a pass from the right side and slid the puck past a diving Lombardo for the redbird's first lead of the game.

Lombardo faced 48 shots in 65 minutes and used help from Pete Cero, clearing the crease on a shot through the goal mouth, and Bartsch's work in the shoot-out to give the home team an important MACHA League win.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 1 for 3 on the power play and Illinois State went 1 for 2.

The ACHA Division II Central Rankings were released and Missouri State has been ranked 11th and Illinois State has been ranked 9th.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Arkansas Razorbacks

10/29/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Taking advantage of defensive lapses and what the Arkansas coaching staff calls a "trap system" helped the Division 3 Razorbacks pull out a 5-3 win over the Missouri State Ice Bears in game two.

After Andy Draper (10th) gave the Ice Bears the lead 3:57 into the game, Johnny Stromp scored twice for Arkansas in 1:07 to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage with 12:27 to go in the first period.

Blake Ryan (9th) tied the game taking a pass from Derek Bartsch, who was standing low along the goal line in the corner, and drove the puck home from 10 feet in front of Ice Hogs goaltender Brendan Desjardins (29 shots, 26 saves) with 2:27 left.

Arkansas extended the lead scoring 2 goals in 1:44.

Justin Gaddy took a pass from Michael Kress and tapped the puck past Ice Bears starting goaltender Elliot Schmidt at the 1:53 mark, then Justin McDowell drove a shot from the left side that deflected off Schmidt's goal stick with 14.7 seconds to go in the period.

The second period was scoreless, but Missouri State had 4 power play opportunities which went unsettled. Steve Lombardo (16 shots, 16 saves) started the period in relief of Schmidt, who gave up 4 goals on 10 shots.

Finally the Ice Bears were able to break the Razorbacks' strong hold on the trap in the 3rd period with a power play goal by Nick Sadorf.

From the left face off circle, the freshman defenseman blasted the puck past Desjardins with 10:04 to go.

Down to the wire, Missouri State pulled Lombardo and Justin McDowell fired the puck into the empty net with 50.5 seconds left in the game.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 1 for 5 on the power play (26.2% for the season) but Missouri State has been is 2 for 11 on the last 13 attempts.

The Razorbacks went 0 for 5 with the man advantage.

Opponents are 2 for 15 in the last 4 games on the power play.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Arkansas Razorbacks

10/28/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Justin Kim waited 14 games to make an impact on the ice for the Missouri State Ice Bears.

The Canadian, by way of Phoenix, Arizona, scored his first goal drew a few Arkansas penalties, and added the game winning goal during the Ice Bear's 5-3 win over the Razorbacks.

Missouri State jumped out to a 3-0 lead 26 minutes into the contest, starting with Evan Leuchtmann's 4th of the season to give the home team a lead with 4:21 left in the first period.

Standing to the right of Razorback goaltender Brendan Desjardins (42 shots, 37 saves), Leuchtmann took a pass from Miguel Franco, who picked up a bouncing puck behind the net, and forced it past the stunned net minder.

Jace Carlton (2nd) skated into the Razorback zone and from the right side sliding to his left he lifting a backhander past Desjardins for a 2-0 advantage with :35 seconds to play.

Team goal leader Mark Kirksey (11th) followed up his own rebound and knocked it out of the air past Desjardins at the 14:40 mark of the second period.

Ryan Hollaway put Arkansas on the board 3:28 later with a shot past Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (35 shots, 32 saves) to cut Missouri State's lead to 3-1.

Kim took a pass from defenseman Eric Aldag and through skates and sticks in the slot, tipped in the shot from 10 feet out with 2:54 remaining in the period.

C. J. Jung (3rd) added to Missouri State's total in the third period. Catching Arkansas on a line change, Jung blasted the puck past Desjardins from the right face off circle ringing the post and into the net at the 15:25 mark.

The Razorbacks scored the final two goals, both off the face off, with Hollaway scoring :13 seconds later, and Justin McDowell with 9:38 to play.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 0 for 3 on the power play and the Razorbacks went 0 for 6 with the man advantage. Missouri State is 1 for 6 on the last 7 attempts.

Miguel Franco was assessed his first penalty of the season, he had been the only Ice Bear to not have a penalty and have played all games.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Iowa Hawkeyes

10/22/11 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (Updated 10/25) - Ice Bears senior goaltender Elliott Schmidt knew he would have to make a good impression in his first start of the season.

Did he ever.

Schmidt stopped 38 shots, making several key grabs early in the opening period, then turned away Iowa's Jacob Ulanski preserving a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in Cedar Rapids.

Out since the June mini camp, Schmidt had only made one appearance in relief of Steve Lombardo, on October 7th against Northern Illinois, giving up 3 goals in half a period.

Just minutes into the game Schmidt dove to his right across the goal mouth, stretching his arm out, keeping Brian Rooke from giving the Hawkeyes the lead.

Missouri State scored first on Chris Moseley's deflection from the side of the net past Iowa goaltender Jeremy Posner with 9:43 left to play in the second period. The goal was Moseley's first of the season.

Then Iowa's Johnathan Sladek (1st) found himself alone in front of Schmidt (35 saves) driving the puck over his shoulder tying the game with 8:46 remaining.

Derek Bartsch (3rd) took Blake Ryan's pass and found the right side of the net past Posner (22 shots, 19 saves) to give Missouri State a 2-1 lead with 15:14 to go in regulation.

Matan Nader (6th) waited until an Ice Bear penalty kill to score a power play goal by capturing the puck from Rooke and sliding it into a open corner of the net past Schmidt with 6:53 on the clock.

Iowa took the lead when Patrick Wright scored 1:07 later through the slot.

Missouri State pulled Schmidt with 1:29 to play in regulation, and with an empty net, Andy Draper (9th) used the extra traffic in the crease to launch the puck over Posner's left shoulder with 1:13 to play.

After a scoreless overtime, the MACHA league game went to a shoot-out.

Corey Lafaver's tally, the only one in the six player shoot-out, needed just Schmidt's save to seal the win.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears went 0 for 1 on the power play and the Hawkeyes were 1 for 2 with the man advantage.

Missouri State has one win, loss, and tie in overtime.

The Ice Bears D2 team's shoot-out win is their first ever in MACHA league competition since shoot-outs were adopted. The D3 team does have a shoot-out win against Illinois State in 2009.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Iowa Hawkeyes

10/21/11 - CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - Lead by Miguel Franco's hat-trick along with two goals by Marc Kirksey and Andy Draper, the Missouri State Ice Bears took game one of the series against the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena by a score of 7-4.

Missing defenseman Jace Carlton (school) in the line up meant the Ice Bears would rotate a 5-man defense in the game, something that proved to be tough last weekend.

"We gave up a lot of odd man rushes I noticed late in the third period," explained Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith in the post game show. "I asked the guys if they were tired, and asked to them to work on cleaning up things. They really worked and didn't give up. They are a team this year."

Goaltender Steve Lombardo (38 shots, 34 saves) was asked to make another big save performance after learning that Austin Hoglen will under go knee surgery and will be out for the season.

Joe Henrici (1st) started the scoring for the Hawkeyes with a drive over the glove of Lombardo from the slot at the 13:47 mark of the opening period. The goal came after Missouri State threw a barrage of shots on Iowa goaltender Will Dodge (40 shots, 33 saves).

Draper (7th) tied the game with 5:32 to play stealing the puck in the right face off circle and driving it past Dodge.

Iowa battled back when Matan Nadler (5th) tipped in Alex Johnson's shot 1:58 into the second period to take a 2-1 advantage.

Franco (3rd) started his scoring affair for Missouri State at 16:16 of the period putting a second effort shot past Dodge's blocker to tie the game.

"Franco worked very hard tonight, in fact he almost had another goal on a wrap-around earlier in the second period, we need a guy like that...one that works hard both ways and is a catalyst," said Dunseith.

David Goldsmith's (1st) blast from the left side through traffic put Iowa ahead for the third time in the game with 5:53 to play.

Franco (4th) notched his second tally at 15:24 of the third period with a wrap-around goal, then picked up his 5th of the season and 3rd of the game with 10:50 to go.

On a delayed penalty, the sophomore sent the puck over the glove of Dodge to give the Ice Bears their first lead of the contest.

On a power play, Kriksey (9th) tipped in a rebound of Nick Sadorf's shot 45 seconds later and the Ice Bears had a commanding 5-3 lead.

Michael Tiede (3rd) made things interesting for Iowa with with a power play goal of his own with 2:21 to play in the game, but Draper extended the Ice Bears advantage to 2 goals for a second time.

After Jack Ryan's rush into the zone and initial shot on Dodge, who made a left leg pad save, Draper poked the puck past the goal line with 1:45 showing on the clock.

Iowa pulled Dodge for an extra skater and Kirkesy (10th) scored into the empty net with 7.8 seconds to go.

"Lombardo played great, our defense and first and second lines had a few issues early on, but our 4th line played well picking up the pace,"said Dunseith. "They worked hard and that's the sign of our depth.

Ice Bear Notes:

Both teams were 1 for 2 on the power play.

Austin Hoglin will see the Ice Bears team doctor next week for surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.

Captain Ryan Armstrong suited as back up goaltender since Elliot Schmidt had transportation problems.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Loyola University - Chicago Ramblers

10/15/11 - WILMETTE, IL - It's said that baseball is a game of inches. Well, you can add hockey to the mix.

One inch lower and the Ice Bears go into overtime, an inch higher and it's a 5-4 loss.

C. J. Jung's last second shot hit the cross bar with one second left as the Missouri State Ice Bears failed in their bid to tie the game against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.

Not only did Missouri State have to come back from a 3-0 deficit, they had to play through suspect penalty calls.

"We battled the whole time, we shouldn't hang our heads on the outcome, there's nothing to be mad about," said Blake Ryan.

Just like he did in game one, Loyola's Mike Maclowski (2nd) scored off the glove of Ice Bears Goaltender Steve Lombardo (42 shots, 37 saves) to give the Ramblers a 1-0 lead at the 4:38 mark, but that did not sway Missouri State's opinion of what they could do to overcome the loss of a lead in the first period.

Andy Read (2nd) picked the puck off the back of the boards on a bad bounce and shoved it past Lombardo at 18:55 of the second period, then Nick Kemp (4th) extended the Ramblers advantage by 3 goals at the 12:36 mark.

Blake Ryan's (7th) goal 47 seconds later broke Loyola netminder Bill McGrenera's shutout bid, then Ryan launched the puck over the glove hand of McGrenera (58 shots, 54 saves) at 7:14 (on the powerplay) cutting the Ramblers lead to a goal.

Jack Ryan's (8th) powerplay strike, with 5:10 to play in the second period, evened the game at three a piece.

The tie didn't last as Kyle Brown was called for hooking, and Loyola's Nick Kemp (4th) placed got a shot over Lombardo's glove for the go-ahead-goal with 3:43 remaining.

After killing a two man Rambler advantage near the end of the second period, Loyola opened the third with Read's second goal of the game 50 seconds into the final period.

Corey Lafaver's (6th) tally at 13:50 rounded out the 3rd period scoring, but the Ice Bears kept the pressure on with 22 shots against McGrenera.

Missouri State's momentum was stopped after Derek Bartsch was called for interference off the faceoff with 1:48 left to play.

"That's just my luck," Jung replied when asked about his potential game tying miss at the end. "The officials probably wouldn't have counted it anyway had it gone in."

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears were 3 for 4 on the power play and the Ramblers were 2 for 10 on the lopsided penalty assessments.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Loyola University - Chicago Ramblers

10/14/11 - WILMETTE, IL - Jack Ryan's goal in overtime gave the Missouri State Ice Bears a 5-4 win and a sigh of relief after trailing 4-1 with less than 17 minutes to go in the third period of game one against the Loyola University - Chicago Ramblers.

Ryan drove the puck past the glove and shoulder of Ramblers goaltender Bill McGrenera (32 shots, 26 saves) with 3:09 remaining in the extra period to cap off the comeback win.

"We started off slow but the team showed resilience and we battled back," said Ice Bears assistant coach Jeff Crenshaw.

Outscoring opponents 21-7 in the first period this season didn't matter for the Ice Bears, who trailed 2-0 midway through the opening stanza, had problems in the defensive zone, and took penalties early in the third period.

Loyola's Mike Maclowski (1st) picked up a power play goal at 16:56 of the first period after the puck deflected off the glove of Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (35 shots, 31 saves) to give the Ramblers the lead.

Nick Kemp's drive from the left face off circle found the net past Lombardo at 11:59, then Kevin Creevy (3rd) opened the second period with a shot off the shoulder of Lombardo and the inside of the goal post for a 3-0 Loyola advantage.

Mark Kirksey (8th) notched a power play goal for the Ice Bears with his patented wrap- around goal from behind the net, breaking McGrenera's shutout bid at 9:30 of the second.

With Marc Kirksey in the penalty box for tripping, Jared McPartlin (1st) scored with 16:17 left to play in the 3rd and the Ramblers had a commanding 4-1 lead.

"We talked about the individual talent on the team in the 2nd period intermission and how to mold that (talent) as a team in the third period," said Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith.

"As a team they killed off the 5 on 3's and did not quit as a team. This was a big step to making sure we had last Saturday's game (a 13-7 loss) out of our mind."

After killing those 2-man advantages early in the final period, Blake Ryan (6th) notched a 4 on 4 goal (between penalties) to bring Missouri State closer at 10:03.

Corey Lafaver (5th) slipped the puck under the right goal pad of McGrenera (on the power play with 3:18 to go) and the Ice Bears knew they could score, trailing 4-3.

McGrenera, 6'-5", 190lbs, is a tall netminder who looks as big in the net as he is wide with his goal pads.

"We know we had to get him moving side to side, and it allowed us to score easier," said Crenshaw.

Missouri State did get McGrenera moving and he scrambled out of the net leaving Andy Draper (6th) open in the crease to put home an easy goal with 1:52 left in regulation.

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears went 2 for 5 on the powerplay and Loyola - Chicago was 2 for 8.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois Huskies

10/08/11 - SPRINGIFELD, MO - A different Northern Illinois Huskies hockey team came out in game two against the Missouri State Ice Bears jumping out to a 3-0 lead 8 minutes into the game and eventually winning 13-7.

"It was a circus," said Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith. "The wheels fell off our game, (Northern Illinois) made some adjustments in their neutral zone area and maybe started running a trap."

Goals by NIU's Mike Sible (3rd), Colin Phelan (1st), and Justin Rucinski (2nd), gave the Huskies a 3-goal advantage 7:45 into the game.

"We got caught up with a lot of neutral zone work and gave up several odd-man rushes. The basic game of hockey fell apart on us," said Dunseith.

Missouri State responded with a 5 goal outburst starting at 10:44 of the first period - Andy Draper (5th), Blake Ryan (5th), Marc Kirksey (7th), Eric Aldag (1st), Miguel Franco (2nd) - to take a 5-3 lead over the Huskies at Mediacom Ice Park, but 5 unanswered goals by Northern Illinois gave the Huskies an 8-5 advantage.

Rucinski (3rd), Strumberger (2nd), Rucinski (4th), Mike Sible (4th), and Strumberger (3rd) pushed the visitors to back in front by 3 goals for a second time with 18:07 to go in the 3rd period.

Both teams traded goals twice; Jack Ryan (7th) on the power play with 16:26 to go, then Mark Greenberg returned the favor for NIU 3 minutes later.

C. J. Jung tipped a rolling puck past Huskie goaltender Nick Bonin (38 shots, 31 saves) and the Ice Bears climbed closer at trailing 9-7 with 13:34 to go in the game.

Then Rucinski picked up his 4th goal of the game driving the puck over the glove of Ice Bears' starting goaltender Steve Lombardo (40 shots, 30 saves) to increase NIU's lead by 3 goals again.

Elliott Schmidt relieved Lombardo giving up the final trio of goals to Mike Hansen (2nd), Troy Hickey (1st), and Kyle Cornier (2nd) in the final 10:45 of the contest.

"I really didn't want to put Schmidt in but at some point when a goalie is getting shelled you have to take the pressure off to keep his confidence up," said Dunseith. "I really didn't want it to happen, but you had to so something."

After the game the Ice Bears gave the jerseys off their back as a result of a silent auction with all uniforms sold to raise money for the American Cancer Society and breast cancer awareness.

Dunseith says he's confident the team has "no quit" in them, but still frustrated with the outcome.

"It was a calamity of errors tonight," explained Dunseith. "How many times do you score 7 goals in the game and still lose?"

Ice Bear Notes:

The Ice Bears had given up just 4 goals in the first period this season coming into tonight's game, but gave up 3 goals (75%) in game two of the series alone.

Missouri State was 1 for 4 on the power play and Northern Illinois went 2 for 5.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois Huskies

10/07/11 - SPRINGIFELD, MO - You would think the Missouri State Ice Bears would want to paint their home rink, Mediacom Ice Park, a different color more often.

Playing on pink ice as a benefit the American Cancer Society called "Making Strides On Pink Ice", the Ice Bears used the electric atmosphere to capture a 6-3 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies.

'Players at this level tend to have their head up while skating with the puck, so it won't be too difficult for the players, said Community Olympic Development Program Hockey Director and event organizer Joe Combs.

"As the periods go on the ice will lighten up, there will be snow on the ice and the goalies will see the puck coming and I don't think it will have that much of an impact from the players standpoint."

Ice color wasn't a problem for the Ice Bears who jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by Kyle Brown (his first as an Ice Bear) at 13:08 of the first period.

Evan Leuchtmann notched his 3rd of the season, slipping the puck under the goal pads of Northern Illinois goaltender Nick Bonin (36 shots, 31 saves) 29 seconds later, then Corey Lafaver (4th) added to the lead with 10:22 left on the clock.

NIU's Mike Sible took a pass from Joe Borris and sent the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (17 shots, 14 saves) through players on the right side with 6:48 to play.

In the second period, Mark Greenberg scored an unassisted goal to make it a 1-goal game with 14:27 remaining.

Dylan Clark (1st as an Ice Bear) scored a shorthanded goal chasing the puck down in the NIU zone, and while sliding on his knees, placing the shot in the lower left hand corner of the net with 6:16 showing.

Greenberg scored his second goal of the game for the Huskies to move a goal closer once again with 3:11 to play.

Andy Draper gave the Ice Bears breathing room with his 4th of the season 4 minutes into the 3rd period. Trying get the puck through a defensemans' skate, the junior forward's second effort found the net past Bonin.

Jack Ryan (5th) scored an empty-net goal after the Huskies pulled Bonin for an extra skater with less than a minute remaining in the game.

"These guys don't have any quit in them," said Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith. "They just want to win."

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ University of Illinois Fighting Illini

09/30/11 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - Right out of the gate the Illinois Fighting Illini meant business in game two of the series with the Missouri State Ice Bears taking a two goal lead on Ricky Vaca's score 29 seconds into the game, and Matt Crook (a blast from 15 feet) 40 seconds later en route to a 6-5 win over the Ice Bears in overtime.

Undaunted, Missouri State settled down and C. J. Jung's (1st) break-a-way goal forced past the goal pads of Brett Carey (36 shots, 31 saves) to close the gap to a goal with 17:30 to play.

Marc Kirksey (5th) broke past the Illinois defense and wristed the puck over Carey's glove at 10:34, tying the game 2-2.

Steve Lombardo's second start and a series of saves could not stop the Illini from scoring on the power play starting the second period.

P. J. Gross gave the Illini the lead 32 seconds into the period, tipping in Adam Stack's shot, on the first part of a 2-man power play.

Still shorthanded, Miguel Franco notched his first Ice Bears goal of the season, breaking in alone on Carey from the redline, tying the game 1:22 later.

Missouri State took the lead on their only power play goal after Evan Leuchtmann hit the goal post then followed up his own shot, banking the puck off Carey, into the net with14:10 to go in the second period.

Illinois tied the game and regained the lead on two tallies by Cole Nordwall. The defenseman's shot from the right point found the back of the net passed Lombardo (40 shots, 34 saves) for a power play goal at the 13:05 mark of the 3rd period.

Nordwall notched his second on virtually the same shot, from the right point, with 9:32 to play.

The Ice Bears waited until 3:29 left in regulation to connect on a perfectly placed pass from Jacob Guthrie to Kirksey (6th), who tipped the puck past Carey's left goal pad.

Penalties became a problem late in the game for Missouri State and Adam stack scored the winner on the power play with a 15 foot shot past Lombardo's glove 1:05 into the extra period.

Missouri State was 1 for 6 on the power play and Illinois went 3 for 8.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 0 for 6 on the power play and Illinois did not score on 4 opportunities.

Corey Lafaver played in game 2 and assisted on the game tying goal. Austin Hoglin did not dress for the trip, but says he feels good and wants to play.

The two goals scored by Illinois in game 2 was the most given up in the 1st period by the team this season.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ University of Illinois Fighting Illini

09/30/11 - CHAMPAIGN, IL - Superstitions are a tradition in hockey. Could this game with the University of Illinois be considered part of a superstition?

I'll let you decide.

Missouri State won the game 3-2 (although the scoreboard showed 2-3), both teams were tied in shots at 23-23 after 2 periods, the Ice Bears have scored 2 shorthanded goals this season, but gave up a shorthanded goal tonight - the 3rd of the season.

There were 2 assists for the Illini and 3 for the Ice Bears, Miguel Franco (#23) missed on two 3 on 2 scoring attempts in the 3rd period.

Did I mention that on the bus (number 518....5 plus 18 = 23) we watched a movie called 'The Number 23' staring Jim Carey who has an obsession with the 23 enigma? It's an esoteric belief that all incidents and events are directly connected to the number 23, some variation of the number 23, or a number related to 23.

Convinced now?

Well, Missouri State scored at 14:31 (I tried to find a 23 connection but it will be too complicated) of the first period as Marc Kirksey notched his 4th of the season on a 2 on 1 with Derek Bartsch.

"It's possible, if you do the math, that the rink we play on (Mediacom Ice Park) is 2/3 the size of Illinois' rink," said Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith.

Illinois plays on a former speed skating track that is 115' by 191' which is much wider than a standard NHL size rink of 200' by 85' .

Blake Ryan scored his 4th of the season, with 2:05 to go in the period, blasting the puck past Illini goaltender Brett Carey (36 shots, 33 saves) for a 2-0 lead.

So, let's take Kirksey's number 12 and the number Ryan was wearing - 21, and add them together - that's 2 sets of 3's as they add up to 33.

Still not convinced?

The first time these two teams met in 2001, Illinois scored 23 goals in the series.

Now you're thinking about it, aren't you?

Illinois broke the shut-out bid of Steve Lombardo (37 shots, 35 saves) when Matt Moynihan came off the Illini bench after a penalty expired, broke past the Ice Bear defense, and placed the puck over Lombardo's shoulder with 8:10 to go in the 2nd period.

Then Nick Sadorf notched his first Ice Bears' goal of the season driving the puck from the right point and having it bounce over Carey and drop into the net with 3:33 to go.

The Illini's P.J. Gross waited until the 3rd period to blast a 23 footer past Lombardo for a short-handed tally with 1:55 remaining.

Still not budging?

The Ice Bears skated off a winner at 12:13 in the morning, in a game that went 2 hours and 33 minutes.

Oh, by the way.....my hotel room number was 233.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 0 for 6 on the power play and Illinois did not score on 4 opportunities.

Corey Lafaver did not play in game 1 but is ready to dress for the second game.

Missouri State has only allowed one goal in the first period this season, but has scored 11.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Ferris State Bulldogs

09/24/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - How a team responds after a loss can be indicative of what a team is made up of and the Missouri State Ice Bears gave their answer by jumping out to a 2-goal lead on Andy Draper's 2nd and 3rd of the season before playing to a 3-3 tie in the second game of the series with the Ferris State Bulldogs.

"This year these kids are sticking together and playing better together as a team," said Ice Bears Head Coach Tony Dunseith on the Ice Bears Coaches Show. "We fought back and it was a real victory as far as the way we are playing this year."

Andy Draper notched a short-handed goal with 9:04 to play in the first period, on a give-and-go with Jack Ryan, placing the puck over the blocker of backup goaltender Reuben Medrano.

Ferris' Mitch Bryant started in nets but left the game 43 seconds into it with an arm injury.

Dunseith says he prepared his team to be ready for more physical play.

"Last night we got woken up real early. They're (Ferris State) a big physical team from Michigan, they play hard, hit hard, forecheck hard, we really hadn't run into that this year yet."

Then 25 seconds later Draper completed a similar play, this time on an assist from C. J. Jung, giving Missouri State a 2-0 lead.

Back from a one-game sitting disqualification, the Ice Bears benefited from Jack Ryan's on ice presence and assistance on Drapers goals.

"Jack is a young kid, very deceptive and very aggressive, I think teams will underestimate him," explains Dunseith. "He has great hands, doesn't give up, and he skates well. We had problems shooting the puck last year but Jack will shoot the puck."

Ryan Tubbs' powerplay tally at the 8:52 mark of the second period, a blast past Austin Hoglen's (34 shots, 31 saves) goal pads, moved the Bulldogs a goal closer.

In the third period, a turnover in Missouri State's defensive zone helped Mike Potter notch the game tying goal with 11:22 to go.

Tubbs took Jake Carney's pass 1:30 later and tucked it past Hoglen for the go-ahead goal.

"Tonight's game was a game of opportunity that if you make a mistake, the other team will capitalize on it," said Dunseith.

Given a powerplay after Travis Greer was called for holding, Blake Ryan took a pass from Eric Aldag and placed a shot over the shoulder of Medrano (44 shots, 41 saves) with 6:40 left to play.

"We fought through it and ended up with a tie. Last year the difference maybe would have been a loss (after giving up the go-ahead goal) but tonight they really came together as a team."

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Ferris State Bulldogs

09/23/11 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Consecutive penalties in the third period contributed to a scoring drought that caused problems for a Missouri State Ice Bears comeback in a 4-1 loss to the Ferris State Bulldogs at Mediacom Ice Park.

Missouri State was assessed 12 penalties for 35 minutes including 15 minutes of penalties to Marc Kirksey, who was tossed for illegal head contact.

The string of penalties started with 14:53 to go in the 3rd period and stopped at the buzzer.

If there was any sense of "bus-legs" afforded to the Bulldogs after traveling 9 hours to Springfield, there was no evidence after Joey Weiss scored on a power play 13:06 into the game.

Weiss was allowed to skate in along the goal line and backhanded the puck over the glove of Ice Bears' goaltender Austin Hoglen (33 shots, 30 saves) to take the lead.

The one bright spot for Missouri State was killing 8 of 9 Ferris State man advantages to improve upon their penalty kill, which includes stopping 20 of 22 on the season.

Corey Lafaver tied the game 2:39 later. Stealing the puck at the Bulldog blue line and skating in on Ferris State goaltender Max Schwan (39 shots, 38 saves) to place the puck in almost the same fashion as Weiss, a back hander that caught Schwan moving to his right.

With the Ice Bears on a power play, Ryan Tubbs drove the puck over Hoglen's glove for a shorthanded goal with 18:11 to go in the 2nd period.

Then after the Ice Bears had a goal disallowed (the officials said the puck was knocked in with a glove) Ryan Gerke scored by tipping in Weiss' shot with 7:56 to go in the period.

Tubbs ended the scoring by notching an empty net goal with 12.9 seconds to play.

Ice Bear Notes:

Jack Ryan is back in the line up the second game after sitting due to a disqualification assessed in the game with Kansas.

Missouri State is at 90.9% on the penalty kill, their best start in franchise history after 4 games. The Ice Bears were 95.7% after the first 3 games last season.

According to WSR color commentator Dave Armstrong, Ice Bears captain Ryan Armstrong does not have an MCL injury but is still undergoing tests to determine the extent of the injury.

Goaltender Elliot Schmidt is attending rehab 3 times a week and hopes to be in playing shape by November.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears At Kick Off Tourney Vs Kansas Jayhawks

09/18/11 - INDEPENDENCE, MO - Jack Ryan kept pace with Derek Bartsch for the Ice Bears scoring lead with two goals while Bartsch had a goal and an assist during a 6-0 shutout win over the Kansas Jayhawks in the third game of the College Kick Off Hockey Tournament at the Independence Events Center.

Missouri State wins the tournament and for the first time in team history, the Ice Bears have started the season with three wins in a row.

A last minute start for goaltender Austin Hoglen proved to be a good move for the Sophomore from Lee's Summit, Missouri. Hoglen played in place of Steve Lombardo, who had been hampered with a sore leg, turning away 17 shots.

Unfortunately, Jack Ryan will be unavailable for the Ice Bears' next game with Ferris State after he was assessed a 5-minute major and a game disqualification for slashing KU's Brenden Colbert with 4:05 to play in the second period.

It took 4:17 of the opening period for Missouri State to get on the scoreboard first. During a delayed penalty, Dylan Clark came into the Kansas zone and fed Corey Lafaver (2nd) who found the right side of the net past starting KU goaltender Peter Seward.

More than a minute later Jack Ryan (3rd) notched his first of two tallys in the game on the power play. Then Ryan (4th) waited until 6:08 remained in the period to follow up his own rebound to give Missouri State a 3-0 lead after one period.

The Ice Bears have not allowed opponents to score a goal in the first period this season.

Derek Bartsch (2nd) regained a tie for the scoring lead at the time with Ryan, taking the puck off the face off and driving it into the net past Seward (36 shots, 30 saves) inside the right goal post 46 seconds into the 2nd period.

With 5:03 to play in the second period, Jace Carlton scored his first goal as an Ice Bear after tipping the puck past Seward, who was late getting his goal stick across the front of the net.

In almost an exact replay of his short-handed goal the game before, Marc Kirksey (3rd) took a pass from Andy Draper, moved to his left, and put the puck over the blocker of Seward with 11.9 seconds to play.

Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd period but Missouri State was assessed a 10-minute misconduct and Kansas was given two 10-minute misconducts in a game that started to get chippy as it continued.

Missouri State increased it's excelent special teams work going 3 for 5 on the powerplay and did not allow a goal while playing shorthanded 5 times.

 

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears At Kick Off Tourney Vs Missouri Tigers

09/17/11 - INDEPENDENCE, MO - Blake and Jack Ryan reinforced the rivalry between the Ice Bears and Tigers while Derek Bartsch grabbed a goal and added 3 assists during a 9-3 win over Missouri in the second game of the College Kick Off Hockey Tournament in the Independence Events Center.

Backed by Austin Hoglen's left leg pad and Kyle Brown's skate, the Ice Bears blocked an attempt by Tyler Garsky which would have given the Tigers the lead early in the first period.

"We're playing really well," said forward Miguel Franco at the post-game meal. "This team is really passing and thinking well on the ice."

Blake Ryan (1st) scored a rebound of Bartsch's shot past Tigers starting goaltender Ian Horath (23 shots, 19 saves) 5:03 into the game.

Evan Leutchmann followed Jack Ryan's attempt redirecting the puck past Horath with 6:48 remaining in the period for a 2-0 lead.

During a penalty kill, Marc Kirksey (2nd) took Bartsch's pass skating in from the blue line and placed the puck over Horath's glove for a short-handed tally two minutes into the second period.

Defenseman Ryan Armstrong left the game with a twisted knee which put the Ice Bears defensive core into action.

"Ryan's one of our leaders on the team and we had to make up for it a little, but the guys did a pretty good job," said assistant coach Tyler Polizzi. "We are coming together, you can see the way we kept the pressure on them (Missouri) and that's what made the big difference."

Missouri State took a 4-0 lead on the front end of a 2-man advantage. Corey Lafaver (1st) took another Bartsch pass and threaded the puck between the pad of Horath and the goal post with 14:44 to go in the period.

Missouri returned the favor with a power play goal of their own as Danny Walsh flipped the puck over a sprawling Hoglen at 11:37.

During a 4 on 4, Andy Draper (1st) tipped in Nick Sadorf's shot over the glove of Steve Williams (20 shots, 15 saves) gave the Ice Bears a 5-1 lead with 5:15 left.

Walsh notched his second goal of the game 4:45 into the third period for the Tigers, but Missouri State responded with a goal by Jacob Guthrie over the glove of Williams 2:24 later.

Blake Ryan (2nd) drove the puck from just inside the Tiger blue line on the right side with 6:42 left in the game for a 7-2 Ice Bears lead.

Back up goaltender Steve Lombardo stopped the Tigers' John Guminski on a penalty shot with 5:07 showing on the clock.

Missouri's Ross Agrest took a bouncing puck and deflected it into the net past Lombardo (11 shots, 9 saves) just 19 seconds later, but Jack Ryan (2nd) followed up Jace Carlton's drive from the right point with 3:51 left to play.

Bartsch (1st) finished the scoring with a drive over the glove of Williams with 2:18 to go.

It's the third consecutive term Missouri State has started the season with two wins and coach Polizzi says this year's team looks at the streak as an important positive while striving for a third win.

"It's something to build on and the guys are ready for tomorrow," explains Polizzi. "They know it's not going to be a cake walk."

Missouri State was 1 for 3 on the powerplay and Missouri went 1 for 6 with the man advantage.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears At Kick Off Tourney Vs Nebraska Huskers

09/16/11 - INDEPENDENCE, MO - Marc Kirksey and Jack Ryan scored goals and Austin Hoglen turned away 25 of 26 shots to earn the Missouri State Ice Bears their first win of the 2011-2012 season, 2-1 over the Nebraska Huskers at the College Kick Off Hockey Tournament in the Independence Events Center.

Having your first win under your belt in the new season is just what Ice Bears head coach Tony Dunseith wanted. Little did he know that this makes the third straight season opener the Ice Bears have won.

Kirksey took a pass from Derek Bartsch and blasted the puck from 10 feet in front of Nebraska goaltender Chris Taylor (40 shots, 38 saves) for the go-ahead goal with 11:30 left on the first period clock.

Granted a power play early into the 2nd period, the Ice Bears used :37 seconds and Jack Ryan's tally to take a 2-0 lead with 18:25 to go.

"It's great to bring Blake (Ryan from the D3 team) up this year and Jack as well. We heard about him playing for CBC (Christian Brothers College High School) and he skates well and has great hands, " said Dunseith.

Off season recruiting brings new class of players to the team including 7 Freshman including Nick Sadorf and Eric Aldag to help bolster the defensive core for Missouri State.

"Aldag has played some Juniors and he's probably the strongest skater we have on the team, explains Dunseith. "Nick is not a big kid, but he's very patient and physical. He has good hands will probably see some power play time."

But Nebraska did get one goal on a scramble in front of Ice Bears Sophomore net minder Austin Hoglen, who started in place of injured Senior goaltender Elliot Schmidt.

Doug Engle picked up a loose puck and went over the glove hand of Hoglen (26 shots, 25 saves) from the left side face-off circle and halfway through the game the Huskers were keeping up with the Ice Bears.

"Outside of the first line, everyone else is very even because the skill base is there. We were able to use those skills tonight," said Dunseith.

Shutting down the Huskers offense and better neutral zone play stopped much of the Huskers offense from establishing.

"We've added alot of depth and alot of skill," Dunseith said. "Last year we had alot of power but some of the finesse was missing, so this year we are much deeper."