Ice Bears 2012-2013 Game Highlights

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs SIUE Cougars - ACHA Regionals

02/23/13 - NORTHBROOK, IL - Two tally's by Jack Ryan, including an empty net goal, sealed a 5-3 win for Missouri State over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and put the Ice Bears one win away from a birth into the ACHA DII National Tournament in March.

Adam Otten (19th) gave Missouri State the lead 6:01 into the game, but SIUE tied the game on a semi-break-a-way by Jared Ippolito (37th) with 8:21 to play in the period.

Missouri State grabbed two quick goals in the second period when Nic Sadorf (4th) scored on the power play with six seconds left, then Alex Nanna (2nd) came down the middle and lifted the puck above the glove of SIUE's goaltender Jake Davis (42 shots, 37 saves) for a 3-1 advantage.

Ippolito (38th) took a pass from the red line on, coming in alone against the Ice Bears' Steve Lombardo (37 shots, 34 saves) and placing the puck past Lombardo's pads to climb a goal short with 2:45 to play in the second.

Ryan (43rd) gave Missouri State a 2-goal lead once again with a drive into the lower right-hand corner at 15:36 of the third period.

Then T. J. Henson (20th) got a drive that, according to Lombardo, hit Sadorf and ricocheted into the net with 2:45 to play in the game.

The Cougars pulled Davis and Ryan notched an empty net goal with 11.4 seconds on the clock.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Loyola Univ. Chicago - Ramblers

02/01/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Three goals by Adam Otten, Jack Ryan and Alex Nanna's first tally as a Division 2 team member helped the Missouri State Ice Bears to a 13-3 win over the Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers on senior weekend at Mediacom Ice Park.

Both teams arrived late on the ice - physically for Loyola - delayed on their trip into Springfield and for Missouri State it was 26 seconds into the game.

Loyola's Nick Kemp broke in on Steve Lombardo (16 shots, 13 saves) on the left side and banked the puck off the back of the boards then off Lombardo for the opening goal.

Nanna says Missouri State, ranked No.5 in the ACHA Central, was not ready to start the game as late as they did.

"We weren't really ready for the game, we got thrown off, but after (Loyola) scored the first goal we got our stuff together," Nanna said.

Justin Kim (5th) scored on Ryan Armstrong's shot from the right point and the Ice Bears tied the game with 17:23 to play in the first.

Otten (16th) broke through traffic to shove a backhander over Rambler starting goaltender Bill McGrenera (16 shots, 4 goals) with 17:23 to play in the first.

Chris Moseley picked up his 7th with 15:11 left and Otten scored his 17th at 3:13 chasing McGrenera in the first and giving the Ice Bears a 4-1 advantage.

Missouri State (24-4-0-2) added a goal by Andy Draper (19th) past Nathan Pecoraro (40 shots, 31 saves) with 17:03 showing, but five minutes later Konrad Gawel scored for Loyola on the power play.

Otten completed the hat trick with his 18th at 11:04 and Marc Kirksey (10th) ended the second period scoring with 4:32 showing on the clock.

Breaking his silence, Jack Ryan took brother Blake's pass and sending it past Pecoraro 1:27 into the third period and scored again with 15:03 to play. Matt Townsend grabbed his 11th on a back handed shot past the Loyola goaltender on the power play and with 9:25 to go the ice Bears had a 10-2 lead.

Nanna tipped in his first goal across the crease with 6:32 to play, then Ryan (40th) completed his hat trick less than a minute later with his 40th of the season picking the puck in the slot and firing it just under the crossbar.

Missouri State finished scoring on John Lucas' wrister with 3:28 to go.

Kemp added the final tally for the Ramblers breaking in and hitting the top corner on Lombardo with 2:15 to go in the game.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 1 on the power play and Loyola-Chicago was 1 for 3.

The Ice Bears have 12 hat tricks this season scored by five different players. Miguel Franco, Draper and Blake Ryan have a pair, while Jack Ryan has four and Otten has two.

Missouri State has scored 10 or more goals in seven games this season.

The Ice Bears have won six games in-a-row, their longest winning streak and it's the second time they have done it this season.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs University of Missouri - Tigers

Jake Guthrie (far right) celebrates a goal in the second period. Photo: Adelle Hutchins

01/26/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Steve Lombardo helped give his team a second straight victory over the Missouri Tigers and taking the same path as most of his Missouri State Ice Bear teammates he's not claiming credit for the 7-2 victory.

Lombardo went 39:59 without giving up a goal allowing the Ice Bears to grab a 3-0 advantage with 2:13 to play in the second period.

"The guys in front of me did everything, I was just out there getting through it," said Lombardo, who stopped 42 of 40 shots.

Carson MacInnis (7th) found the back of the net past MU's Stephen Williams with 1:01 to play in the first. The shot came from the right side and beat Williams, who stopped 42 of 49 shots.

Jake Guthrie (6th) found himself alone in the crease after Blake Ryan's shot was stopped by Williams, then Eric Aldag (3rd) blasted the puck from the top of the slot past Williams on the power play with 2:13 to play in the second.

The Tigers used all but 0.7 seconds of the game clock to score a power play goal on a two man advantage. Jay Moseley took the puck from the draw and snapped it past a sprawling Lombardo.

Missouri (8-12-1) cut the lead to a goal on Stephen Kowalczyk's power play tally 4:14 into the third, but Missouri State retaliated with goals by Blake Ryan (19th) at 15:29, Jack Ryan (37th) on the power play at 12:30, Andy Draper (18th) at 9:05 and Blake Ryan (20th) again with 6:25 to go in the game.

"Hopefully we'll keep playing like this in the playoffs. I'm ready to play through the season and looking forward to the playoffs," Lombardo said.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs University of Missouri - Tigers

01/25/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It's a much anticipated rivalry when the Mizzou Tigers come into town and game one of the series was no exception. Missouri State's Matt Townsend dropped a pass down to the ice, spun 180 degrees, and blasted the puck past Tigers goaltender Stephen Williams for a 3-2 victory at Mediacom Ice Park.

"It was a battle tonight, and it was almost a blur," Townsend said about his game winning goal.

His tenth of the season came with 3:14 to play in the game, which was a tight battle from the drop of the puck.

"Next thing you know I was the third man in, got in the high slot, Adam Otten dished the puck in the slot and I remember catching the puck, turning and the only option I had was to shoot," Townsend said.

Fans had to wait for 25 minutes to elapse on the game clock before Blake Ryan knocked the puck into the net after Ryan Armstrong's shot came to the left of Williams (54 shots, 51 saves) with 14:57 showing on the game clock.

“I looked at Blake as he came off the ice and said ‘How upset is your brother going to be?’ and he said 'I don't think he's happy,'" head coach Bob Bucher joked.

Jack Ryan had a 16 game point scoring streak stopped, including a 15 game goal scoring binge end the game before.

Dayton University transfer John Lucas tipped in Carson Macinnis's shot, on the power play, giving Missouri State (21-4-0-2) a two goal lead 2:23 later.

"That was one of the prettiest goals we saw all year," Bucher said. "Some of the things these guys do all year leaves you in awe."

Nick Webb scored on the power play for Missouri (8-11-1) cutting the lead by one with 7:37 to play in the second.

"These guys are at the mentality that whatever transpires during the game, they'll get an extra punch trying to respond to the goal," Bucher said.

The Ice Bears felt like they were punched in the gut after Drew Davenport banked the puck off the back of the boards then off Ice Bears goaltender Justin Davis (27 shots, 25 saves) tying the game with 12:39 to play in the third.

"Bad bounces happen, nine times out of ten (Davis) is not going to make that error, he just got caught and it was a bad moment," Ice Bears goaltending coach Jeff Crenshaw said.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Titans

01/24/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - For the first time in Missouri State hockey history a home game was played on a Thursday. The Ice Bears are now 1-0 after a 12-3 win over the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans at Mediacom Ice Park.

Adam Otten and Miguel Franco scored hat tricks and Steve Lombardo stopped 31 of 34 shots to earn his ninth victory of the season.

"The first two shifts I had, I was given a great feed from two different people and it was a good way to start off the game with two goals," Otten said.

Missouri State (21-4-0-2) now has ten 3-goal games by five different players and this is Franco's second of the season.

Otten's first goal came on a break-a-way from the UWO blue line, skating to the right on starting goaltender Tony Grandprey (33 shots, 26 saves) and placing a backhander over his out-stretched goal pad at 15:57.

Jack Ryan fed Otten (14th) after an attempt was stopped by Grandprey. The freshman found an open right corner for his second of the game with 11:44 to play in the first period.

Both teams traded goals twice starting with the Titan's Luke Whitlow (11th) sending a drive through the slot past Steve Lombardo at 9:56, then Jack Barrett (8th) returned the favor 42 seconds later.

With Carson MacInnis in the penalty box for tripping, Qunicy Berg (2nd) scored a power play goal from the right point past the pads of Lombardo at 6:05, but Evan Leutchmann 's 7th of the season, another break-a-way, gave the Ice Bears a 4-2 lead with 2:00 to play in the first.

Wisconsin-Oshkosh (5-12-2) in for one game then heading to Arkansas to play the Razorbacks, becomes a warm-up for the Ice Bears before a two game set with the Missouri Tigers.

Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher says the team is ready to play their in-state rivals despite having to play three consecutive games.

"The intensity with Mizzou will be the driving factor for the remainder of the weekend," Bucher said. "The players probably won't realize they are tired until after the second game."

Three unanswered goals by Matt Townsend (9th) at 4:49, Chris Moseley (4th) at 7: 42, and Carson MacInnis (6th) at 13:27 gave Missouri State a 7-2 advantage.

Jack Slater (2nd) gave the Titans hope 12 seconds later but Franco started his hat trick on an Ice Bears' power play with 3:57 to play in the second.

Leutchmann (8th) opened the third with his second of the game 13 seconds into the period, then Franco picked up a rebound of Ryan's shot and sending it past Eric Vela (22 shots, 17 saves) for his second goal of the game at 15:15.

Franco was asked before the game about being placed on a line with Leutchmann and Ryan inferring to the Junior forward it was his time to score three goals, referencing Ryan's hat trick against So. Illinois-Edwardsville the weekend before.

"Hopefully I will be the one getting the assists," replied Franco, ignoring the fact that his last goal came Nov. 17th against Saint Louis.

Otten (15th) completed his hat trick, at 14:22, on a give-and-go with Andy Draper and Matt Townsend then Franco matched Otten's effort, his 11th of the season, taking a pass from Leutchmann while standing on the right side of the net, with 3:00 to play in the game.

Justin Davis, who will start between the pipes for Missouri State in the first game against Mizzou, says the team is excited about the rivalry.

"When the crowd gets big and with the fans behind us, we really perform well," Davis said during the second intermission.

Both games will be MACHA league contests with the Ice Bears ranked No. 4 in Gold Division play.

"We are looking forward to playing Mizzou, and came off a good weekend with SIUE, but we handled things well tonight too," Otten said. "Hopefully (against Mizzou) we will come out on top."

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State went 1 for 3 on the power play and Wisconsin-Oshkosh was 1 for 4.

The Ice Bears have 10 hat tricks this season scored by five different players. Franco, Draper and Blake Ryan have a pair, while Jack Ryan has three and Otten has one.

Jack Ryan had four assists in the game, one behind his season leading five helpers on Oct. 27, 2012.

Jack Ryan did not have a goal, ending his 15 game goal scoring streak, but continues a 16 game point scoring streak.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs So. Illinois Edwardsville - Cougars

01/19/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Even though his hat-trick was instrumental in a 4-2 Missouri State Ice Bears win over the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars, sophomore Jack Ryan was quick to praise his line mates.

"It was good work by my line mates. Blake (Ryan) and (Alex) Nanna made it easy for me tonight," Ryan said during the post game show.

Called up from the Division III team, Nanna's credentials include 11 goals, 10 assists, and a game winning goal.

Ryan, who now has 36 goals and a 15 game goal scoring streak, broke free from the SIUE blue line, moved from the right to the left making goaltender Jake Davis open his goal pads for the first goal of the game with 56.7 seconds to play in the first period.

"We knew this weekend was huge and we knew the first period was our biggest jump point so we needed to start off well," Ryan said.

The Ice Bears have scored 58 goals and given up 17 in the first period. The numercal difference is the same as the second with the Ice Bears netting 61 goals and allowing 21.

Adam Otten (12th) scored on the power play putting back Matt Townsend's shot at 17:24 then Ryan was left alone up the middle to notch his 35th at the time past Davis (45 shots, 41 saves) just 28 seconds later.

Ryan scored again at the end of the second with a shot over the right shoulder, from the left side of Jake Davis with 2:08 to play.

Southern Illinois (17-6-1-1) caught Missouri State (20-4-0-2) sleeping when Alex Edwards found the puck to the right of goaltender Justin Davis tapping it past the right goal post 32 seconds later.

Edwards (11th) scored for the Cougars with 1:15 to play in the third.

For Ryan, this game is history. He's already looking ahead to the following week.

"We can't look past this next weekend because we are going to need everyone at full tilt," Ryan said about the rivalry with the University of Missouri this weekend. "Games against Missouri brings a lot of energy and fan noise, it's a good feeling."

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs So. Illinois Edwardsville - Cougars

01/18/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State Ice Bears goaltender Justin Davis came of the ice tired but energized. Davis had just helped his team, ranked No. 6 in the ACHA Central, to a 6-3 win over the No. 3 ranked Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars at Mediacom Ice Park.

"Most of the shots were coming right at me, I was able to make some easy saves," Davis said after the game.

But many were not easy.

Stopping Nick Edwards and Jared Ippolito on consecutive attempts and turning away 43 shots in the game, Davis almost single-handedly helped the Ice Bears to one of the biggest wins in Missouri State hockey history.

Cougars goaltending coach Casey Kicielinski said Davis was the turning point in the game.

"(Justin) Davis played well, he shut down our offense, you can't ask anything more from a goaltender," Kicielinski said.

Derek Bartsch (11th) gave the Ice Bears the lead midway through the first period taking Marc Kirksey's pass from the left side, driving to the net, from 10 feet in front of SIUE goaltender Jake Davis with 10:02 on the clock.

On a penalty kill, Jack Ryan took the puck at the Cougar blue line and lifted a back hander over Davis' shoulder for his 33 of the season and 10th shorthanded goal of the season with 4:21 to play.

Ryan has a 14 game goal scoring streak and has scored shorthanded goals in four of the last six games. Missouri State (19-4-0-2) has scored 21 shorthanded goals this season.

The lead was short-lived when SIUE's John Wright (8th) scored a power play goal 11 seconds later past Davis, but Kirksey extended the Ice Bear's advantage with his 9th of the season following up John Lucas' shot with 53.8 seconds remaining.

Evan Leutchmann (6th) forced a turnover in the Cougars zone and blasted the puck past Davis (39 shots, 33 saves) 5:21 into the second.

Lucas (6th) redirected Bartsch's shot (that was going wide) past Davis with 10:29 to play in the second. Lucas' power play goal came despite the Ice Bears being out shot 25-19.

Alex Nickens' 11th goal of the season came on the power play for SIUE (17-5-1-1) 1:49 into the third, but Adam Otten (11th) gave Missouri State a 6-2 lead on a blast from the left point with 8:18 to play.

Nick Edwards (15th) took a pass from T. J. Hensen sending the puck past Davis with 6:13 left in the game.

"In the end I was getting a little tired, but it worked out. We need these games for rankings and we played a good game tonight," Davis said.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 5 on the power play and Southern Illinois-Edwardsville went 2 for 4 opportunities.

Jack Ryan has a 14 game goal scoring streak and has scored shorthanded goals in four of the last six games.

Missouri State has scored 21 shorthanded goals this season.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois - Huskies

01/12/13 - GENEVA, IL - Things just didn't go the Missouri State Ice Bears way, then things just became weird against the Northern Illinois Huskies during a 6-1 loss at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

This game had just about everything fans could want including a penalty shot featuring a goalie change, a shorthanded goal and a goaltender serving a 10-minute misconduct penalty off the ice.

"We just had a difficult time getting things going," said Ice Bears assistant coach Tyler Polizzi.

Northern Illinois scored first at 12:10 when Justin Ruchinski (1st) found Ryan McSweeney's pass in front of Steve Lombardo (30 shots, 24 saves) putting the puck over his right shoulder.

With 2:06 to play in the first, Jacob Guthrie dove to swipe the puck away from Ruchinski tripping him in the process. The referee initially called a tripping penalty then signaled a penalty shot.

Instead of Lombardo facing Ruchinski, Justin Davis entered the net for the penalty shot making the save.

"We felt Davis is better at facing shooters one-on-one. We talked with (Steve) Lombardo about the switch and he was ok about it," Polizzi said.

On the penalty kill, Mike Hansen (15th) picked up a loose puck in the crease and poked it past Lombardo for a 2-0 lead with 15:54 to play in the second.

The short-handed goal was the first one the ice Bears have given up this season.

Shawn Budz notched his 6th goal at 6:13 tipping the shot in front of Lombardo and Mike Remley added a power play goal, his 3rd of the season, with 2:59 showing on the clock.

Nick Leon's drive from the right point found the net 2:06 into the third. The power play goal was his first of the season.

Missouri State's Jack Ryan (32nd) tipped in Marc Kirksey's shot 24 seconds later to break Hare's shutout bid.

After Hare (23 shots, 22 saves) was called for high sticking and given a 10-minute misconduct, Jonny Perillo finished the game and didn't allow a goal.

Leon added his second goal for the Huskies with 3:29 to play in the game.

"We'll be ok....time to focus on next week's games," Polizzi said.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois - Huskies

01/11/13 - GENEVA, IL - It was a game that had all kinds of implications for the Missouri State Ice Bears. A game that could determine where the team stood in the ACHA Central Division, to the MACHA playoff picture, to laying the ground work for a second half of the season start.

Not missing a beat, or heartbeat, the Ice Bears (#6 ACHA Central) pulled out a 4-3 win in an overtime shootout over the Northern Illinois Huskies (#7 ACHA Central) on a shoot out goal by Carson MacInnis.

"(NIU goaltender Alex Hare) was cheating to the right and the left side was open," Macinnis said. "I was just thinking about shooting to the left."

Eight shooters were stopped on each side by Missouri State goaltender Justin Davis and Hare held back seven.

A slower Ice Bears team started the first period but still managed the opening score on Jack Ryan's (31 st) tip in of Nick Sadorf's shot. The power play goal came with 9:53 to play in the period.

"I guess you can call it 'bus legs'," said forward Justin Kim about the start of the game. He added; "We started out ok, but a few mental mistakes made it tougher in the second period for us."

All 6 goals were scored on the power play.

Northern Illinois (14-7-1) tied the game 1:21 into the second on Rob Bock's (4 th) shot from the right side and Mike Hansen's (13 th) power play effort over Davis' right shoulder 1:33 later giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.

Blake Ryan (17 th) scored his 6 th power goal of the season with 11:27 to play in the second then Northern Illinois took the lead on Hansen's 14 th of the season with 8:25 left on the clock.

Mark Kirksey's (8 th) unassisted goal tied the game with 14:11 to play in the third, but it was a much more composed Ice Bears team that controlled the game.

Missouri State (18-3-0-2) had opportunities late in the game and both teams did not manage to score in the 5-minute over time period.

"I just want to win the next game then go home and think about school," MacInnis said.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Eastern Illinois - Panthers

12/08/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Saying the Missouri State Ice Bears scored 5 power play goals and won the hockey game 14-0 over the Eastern Illinois Panthers - but those are not records this season - shouldn't come as a surprise.

Two goals and 3 assists from Adam Otten, a goal and a pair of assists from Nic Sadorf along with two goals from Jack Ryan added to Missouri State's rout of the Panthers.

The Ice Bears (17-3-0-2, 6th ACHA Division 2 Central) finished the first half of the season the same way they started the season, by not giving up a goal. This time it was Justin Davis sharing duties with Sam Jones.

Davis stopped 7 shots in 31:41 of work, while Jones, the Springfield native, played the final 28:19 stopping 20 shots and making several big saves to preserve the shutout.

Sadorf (2nd) notched the game winner :29 seconds into the contest with a shot from the right point that found the net past Andrew Teske, one of 59 shots delivered by the Ice Bears.

Matt Townsend (8th) scored at 10:55 off a pass from behind the net by Andy Draper, then Chris Moseley (5th) tipped in Eric Aldag's shot from the left point at 8:22 and Adam Otten (9th) made it 4-0, on the power play, tipping in Sadorf's shot with 4:25 to go in the period.

Jack Barrett (7th) tipped in Sadorf's shot at 15:31, then Jack Ryan picked up his 29th of the season lifting the puck over the arm of Teske at 14:07, while Derek Bartsch (10th) gave Missouri State a 7-0 advantage at 12:47 taking a pass from behind the net by John Lucas.

Jack Ryan's 30th of the season and 9th shorthanded goal came after he skated end-to-end then moved down the left side to put the puck past Teske's pads for an 8-0 advantage.

Jake Guthrie (5th) matched Ryan's rush, this time on the right side, waiting until he was 5 feet from Teske to back hand the puck past the Eastern Illinois (8-7-0-3) goaltender with 8:19 to play in the second period.

Jones filled the goal and was immediately tested by the Panthers making two big saves.

The final 5 goals in the third period started at 13:19 with Marc Kirksey's power play goal.

Taking a loose puck, the Senior was able to poke the puck into the net just before being pushed down from behind for his 7th of the season, his 4th with the man advantage.

Otten assisted on the next two goals. Ryan Armstrong (2nd) blasted a shot from the right side finding the net cleanly past Teske at 8:50 during a delayed penalty.

Draper (17th) took Otten's pass from the side of the net to score a power play tally 27 seconds later.

Jones stopped Steven Kriegshauser on a break-away from the Ice Bears side of the blue line with under 6 minutes to play in the game leading to a rush by Missouri State.

Justin Buchheit became fourth defencemen to score in the game getting his first of the season with 5:35 remaining. Buchheit took Barrett's pass from the right side sliding it into the net on the power play.

Otten (10th) finished the scoring with 3:21 to go after spinning around in the crease.

Missouri State was 5 for 9 on the power play and Eastern Illinois did not score on 7 chances.

Ice Bear Notes:

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Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Eastern Illinois - Panthers

12/07/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Records are made to be broken and they also are set. On pace to start the first half of the season with the best record in Missouri State hockey history, the 2012-2013 Ice Bears needed one win to top the 2007-2008 season start of 14-5 and assure their place in team history.

History was made with a 7-4 win in game one of the series against the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

Also broken was a 2006-2007 record for short handed goals when Jack Ryan (7th, 8th) notched a pair and Dylan Clark (1st) added one to give the Ice Bears 19 disadvantaged scores.

Chris Moseley (4th) took a pass from Adam Otten, standing behind the net, to score the opening goal of the game with 5:40 to play in the first period.

Then on a penalty Jack Ryan (27th) took the puck from the red line, skated across the blue line and snapped off a shot from the right side beating the glove of Andrew Teske (47 shots, 40 saves) with 1:02 to play in the first period.

John Lucas found a wide open net, standing on the left side of Teske, sending back Derek Bartsch's shot at 16:16, then Dylan Clark (8th) scored a short handed goal off a deflected pass from Justin Kim at 12:01 of the second.

The Panthers' Andrew Maronich (6th) picked up a loose puck sitting in the crease of Steve Lombardo (25 shots, 21 saves) poking it in :29 seconds after Clark, but Derek Bartsch (9th) found the top corner of the net at 9:44 to give Missouri State a 5-1 advantage.

Playing with a short bench was not a problem for Eastern Illinois, who split with Northern Illinois (10th ACHA Central) and lost by one to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (4th ACHA Central) earlier in the season.

Three goals in the third period by Michael Sorrentino (22nd) on a break-a-way at 13:22, Loren Jacobs (1st) over the shoulder of Lombardo at 9:11 and Sam Guttosch (5th) with 6:05 to play in the game brought the Panthers to within a goal.

Jack Ryan (28th) changed momentum back to the Ice Bears with a short handed tally :43 seconds later on a Blake Ryan pass, then Jack Barrett (6th) back handed the puck over the shoulder of Teske with 2:51 to go.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Univ. Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers

11/30/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - When not scoring first the Missouri State Ice Bears have won 2 games and lost 3 but after the weekend series with the Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers the Ice Bears are now 4-3 with another come-from-behind win 9-3 at Mediacom Ice Park.

Missouri State has a 3-game win streak thanks in part to Jack Ryan's hat trick and a season high 5 power play goals in one game along with 32 saves by Steve Lombardo.

"We weren't 100% happy with what we did defensively, but we only gave up 35 shots," said Ice Bears assistant coach Tyler Polizzi.

Riley Zehner (13th) shot the puck through Lombardo's goal pads 3:34 into the game, and Abe Liebel (5th) scored on a rebound of Andrew Beherend's shot at 13:43 for a 2-0 Pioneer advantage.

"We left (Lombardo) out to dry on the first two goals, but we adjusted," said Polizzi.

Missouri State, ranked 6th in the ACHA Division 2 Central, started their comeback with 4 unanswered goals. Marc Kirksey fed the puck low along the goal line to Jack Ryan (24th) who snapped a shot past Andrew Hornick (50 shots, 41 saves) at 10:58 on the power play.

"We're thinking offense because we're aggressive to the entrance to our zone," explained head coach Bob Bucher.

Jack Barrett (5th) took the puck after Hornick had trouble on a clearing attempt, lifting it over the shoulder of the goaltender to tie the game at 8:30 of the first period.

Carson MacInnis (5th) blasted the puck past Hornick's glove from the left side at 17:09 of the second period, then John Lucas hit where the crossbar and goal post meet sending the puck into the net at 14:53 and the Ice Bears (15-3-0-2) had a 4-2 advantage.

"That first 15 feet from the blue line to the top of the circle is crucial and if we can get a body or free up a puck, it's really easy to push it to free space and create opportunities," said Bucher.

UWP's Tom Kelley returned the favor, closing the gap, with his 11th of the season 1:13 later.

Jack Ryan (25th) scored a power play goal (his 6th of the season) 1:08 later extending the Ice Bears lead to 5-3.

On another man advantage, Adam Otten (8th) scored :05 seconds into the penalty sending Justin Buccheit's shot into the net at 10:48.

Continuing on a penalty from the second period, Matt Townsend (7th) scored a power play goal, the third in a row for the Ice Bears, with 19:38 left in the game.

Scoring two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill happened twice in consecutive games this season, a team record, but Missouri State set another record by scoring a third set of shorthanded goals on the same penalty - a major to Carson MacInnis.

Jack Ryan (26th) came into the zone double covered, skated to the right side, lifting the puck over the shoulder of Hornick during a 2-man disadvantage with 4:27 to play.

With 2:59 to play, Kirksey (6th) picked up the puck from the red line skated in and deiked Hornick to his right for the team's 16th shorthanded goal of the season, one short of a team record.

"We knew we had to take care of our business tonight and we obtained our goal; to get the victory," said Bucher.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 5 for 10 on the power play (11 for 25 in the last 3 games) and is 18 for their last 72 opportunities in 14 games. Wisconsin-Plateville went 0 for 5 opportunities.

This is the 4th game in a row the Ice Bears have held opponents scoreless on the power play, they are 0 for 28.

When not scoring first the Ice Bears are now 4-3.

Two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill has happened 3 times this season, is an Ice Bear team record, and happened twice in two consecutive games which is also a team record.

Missouri State currently has 16 short-handed goals. The team record is 17 in 2006-2007.

Jack Ryan leads the team with 6 power play and 6 shorthanded goals, while Blake Ryan is second with 5 power play goals.

Jack Ryan has a 9 game goal scoring streak and leads the team with 26 goals and 16 assists for 42 points.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Univ. Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers

11/30/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Two goals a piece by Blake and Jack Ryan and a 26 save performance by Justin Davis helped the Missouri State Ice Bears capture their third victory, 7-1, over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneers at Mediacom Ice Park.

John Kelley gave UWP the lead at 13:02 of the first period putting a 15 foot rebound past Davis, who slid from the left side to make a save on Tom Kelley.

Missouri State matched their previous game power play totals going 3 of 7 with the man advantage and notching two goals in 3:05 taking a 2-1 lead.

Marc Kirksey (5th) kept the play alive after Blake Ryan's shot to poke the puck from Pioneers goaltender Andrew Hornick (44 shots, 37 saves) then moving to his right and wrapping the puck just inside the goal post at 11:07.

On their second power play, Jack Ryan (22nd) returned Nick Sadorf's shot from 10 feet in the slot with 8:02 to play.

Blake Ryan (15th) scored on a 4 on 4 midway through the second period giving the Ice Bears a 3-1 advantage and picked up his 16th with 1:37 left to play in the period on the power play.

John Lucas picked up his 3rd of season with a wrister that hit the cross bar and deflected in 4:57 into the 3rd period, then :37 seconds later Jack Ryan (23rd) found the back of the net.

Ryan Armstrong's blast from the left point, his first goal of the season, ended the scoring with 3:54 to play in the game.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis Billikens

11/17/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Someone brought a bunch of mirrors into Mediacom Ice Park and the Missouri State Ice Bears saw their reflection turning game two into a 7-2 win.

This time Saint Louis put on the pressure early in the game, hitting, passing, and starting the game strong, but it was Miguel Franco who gave the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead with his 6th of the season at 16:13 of the opening stanza.

Dylan Clark stole the puck at the blue line in the Billikens zone, skated untouched and wristed the puck over Tyler Stewart (44 shots, 37 saves) hitting the post and banking it in the net with 12:28 to play in the period.

Missouri State entered the game 27.8% on the power play, but scored 3 goals on 7 opportunities starting with Derek Bartsch's 8th of the season.

Taking a pass from John Lucas, the senior forward got off a shot 10 feet in front Stewart at 8:54 giving Missouri State a 3-0 advantage.

After SLU's Grant Hulsey (11th) broke Steve Lombardo's (24 shots, 22 saves) shut out bid:52 seconds into the second period, Jack Ryan (21st) picked up the puck on the right side lifting it over Stewart and into the right corner at 17:18 giving Missouri State a 4-1 lead.

Marc Kirksey (4th) took a pass from Blake Ryan and notched a power play goal with 7:42 on the clock, then Franco (7th) added his second of the game 1:08 later.

Johnny Moore tried a wrap-a-round on Lombardo but at the last second lifted the puck over the goalie's shoulder and under the crossbar just 1:06 later for the Billikens.

Blake Ryan's (14th) power play goal, his 4th of the season, ended the second period scoring frenzy with 2:43 to play.

The third period was scoreless with Lombardo facing 5 shots and Stewart seeing 16.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Saint Louis Billikens

11/16/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Many times in hockey a team can dominate the play for several minutes only to have the other team score a goal and the Saint Louis Billikens remembered it can still be possible against the Missouri State Ice Bears.

The Billikens scored at 13:36 of the first period on Sean Lamb's (4th) deflection after the Ice Bears began the game hitting, skating, and out playing their guests in the opening minutes of what became a 5-3 defeat.

When not scoring the first goal Missouri State is now 2-4 and found themselves trailing by 2 goals when Matt Aul (5th) caught Missouri State on a line change, skated in alone, and blasted the puck between Justin Davis' (40 shots, 35 saves) goal pads from 20 feet out.

Struggling to find rhythm and stave off a Billiken attack, it was Jack Barrett (4th) tipping in Jack Ryan's pass with 4:22 to play in the opening period that gave the Ice Bears life again.

Jony Riel (1st) was given credit for scoring when a bouncing puck hopped over Davis' glove and into the net with 7:43 to go in the second period.

Saint Louis was out shot 30 to 19 at that point.

Offsetting penalties resulted in a Billiken power play and Jack Ryan found the right side of the net past Tyler Stewart (50 shots, 47 saves) notching his 20th goal of the season and 14th team shorthanded goal with 2:26 to play.

Brendan Sheehan (5th) and Grant Hulsey (9th) scored 2:11 apart less then 5 minutes into the third period asking the Ice Bears to try and close a 5-2 gap, the biggest scoring margin of the season.

Missouri State had not lost by more than a goal all season and Carson MacInnis helped to bring the Ice Bears closer with a blast from the top of the slot for his 4th of the season with 10:58 to play in the game.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 0 for 6 on the power play and is 7 for their last 41 opportunities in 11 games. St. Louis was 0 for 5 opportunities.

The Ice Bears are 10-2 when scoring first and in the past 8 games in which they have grabbed the first goal, Missouri State has won those games.

When not scoring first the Ice Bears are 2-3.

Jack Ryan is the points and goal scoring lead with 20 goals, 13 assists and 33 points and has a 6 game goal scoring streak.

Jack Barrett is the only Ice Bear, excluding goaltenders, that has not been assessed a penalty.

Two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill is an Ice Bear team record and happened twice in two consecutive games which is also a team record.

Missouri State currently has 14 short-handed goals. The team record is 17 in 2006-2007.

Draper and Guthrie have 4 power play goals each while Jack Ryan leads the team with 5 shorthanded goals.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Illinois Fighting Illini

11/03/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Scoring first is beginning to be a good habit for the Missouri State Ice Bears. Derek Bartsch (7th) gave the home team the lead en route to a 4-2 win over the Illinois Fighting Ilini and their fifth victory in a row.

Bartsch followed John Lucas' shot with a wrap-a-round past Illinois goaltender Lucas Lambert (46 shots, 42 saves) sliding across the goal with 4:28 to play in the first period.

Evan Leutchman (5th) took a pass from the redline, catching the Illini a line change, sending the puck into the net for a short-handed goal with 3:20 to go.

Extending his goal scoring streak to 5 games, Jack Ryan (18th) put back Blake Ryan's shot with 11:07 to play in the second period for a 3-0 lead.

Then Ryan scored the second short-handed goal of the game for Missouri State (the team's 13th of the season) with 5:43 on the clock in the third period.

Ryan broke free at the red line and deiked Lambert to the right lifting the puck over the Illinois goaltender.

After Jake Guthrie was given a game misconduct for kneeing during an open ice check, and an Illini penalty, both teams skated 4 on4.

Illinois' Matt Crook (6th) found the lower left corner of the net past Steve Lombardo (22 shots, 20 saves) to break the shut-out bid with 4:10 to play.

Up to that point the Ice Bears had held opponents off the scoreboard for 125:39 going back to 10:11 of the third period in the second game versus Iowa.

Anthony Altosino took a clearing attempt by Lombardo and fired it back to the goaltender but the puck glanced off the arm of Lombardo and into the net with 47.3 seconds remaining in the game.

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Illinois Fighting Illini

11/02/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Continuing their dominance in the opening few minutes of games, the Missouri State Ice Bears scored 1:13 into the contest and never looked back during a 6-0 win over the University of Illinois.

A late posting of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II Central rankings shows the Ice Bears 6th after the first ranking period.

Missouri State has not given up a goal in 69:49 going back to 10:11 of the 3rd period in game two versus Iowa. The streak extended thanks in part to Justin Davis' third shut out of the season turning away 20 shots.

The Ice Bears are 9-2 when scoring first and in the past 7 games in which they have grabbed the first goal, Missouri State has won those games.

Andy Draper (16th) started the scoring with 18:47 remaining in the period when he drove down the middle and back handed the puck off Lucas Lambert's blocker, one of a 61 shot barrage on the Illini goaltender.

Marc Kirksey (3rd) took a shot from the left face-off circle, as close to the boards as possible without affecting his drive, that trickled past Lambert at 15:19.

Jack Ryan scored his team leading 17th goal with 51.7 seconds remaining in the first period when he tipped in Ryan Armstrong's shot from the left point.

Adam Otten (6th) moved in front of Lambert to put the puck between his pads with 17:07 to play in the second period for a 4-0 lead.

On the power play, Blake Ryan (13th) took a pass from Kirksey low in the right corner and buried the pass past Lambert for a 5-0 advantage with 13:07 on the game clock.

Miguel Franco (6th) finished the scoring with 2:45 to play in the game tipping in a shot from Chris Moseley.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 3 on the power play and Iowa went 0 for 3 opportunities.

Missouri State is 4 for 8 on the power play in the last three games and is 7 for their last 32 opportunities in 9 games.

The Ice Bears are 9-2 when scoring first, 2-2 when not, and have grabbed the first goal in the past 7 games.

Jack Ryan is the points and goal scoring lead with 17 goals, 12 assists and 29 points.

Townsend (5G, 2A) has a 6 game point scoring streak.

Jack Ryan has a 4 game goal scoring streak.

 

 

Missouri. State Ice Bears Vs Iowa Hawkeyes

10/27/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Four shorthanded goals and hat tricks from Andy Draper and Blake Ryan lead to a 16-2 rout of the Iowa Hawkeyes and a sweep of the series.

John Lucas (2nd) scored :18 into the game and Draper notched two goals 1:14 apart giving Missouri State a 3-0 lead just 3:26 into the contest.

"The game just went in our favor. The puck was going on our sticks and we got the lucky bounces tonight," said Jack Ryan, the Ice Bears leading scorer.

Chris Moseley (3rd) scored with 2:15 to play in the first giving the Ice Bears a 4-0 lead.

In the second period, Jacob Guthrie (4th) blasted a shot from the right point past Hawkeyes starting goaltender Landon Weber (20 shots, 15 saves) for his 4th power play goal of the season 2:11 into the period.

After Weber left the game, Carson MacInnis (3rd) drove the

Blake Ryan Passes To Brother Jack During A 16-2 Win

puck into the right corner of the net past Jonathan Krueger (25 shots, 11 saves) for a 6-0 advantage.

During a 4 on 4, Blake Ryan spun around at center ice feeding his brother Jack, who carried the puck to the right of Krueger. At the last moment Jack dished the puck to Blake for his 10th of the season.

With Justin Kim in the penalty box Missouri State scored two short handed goals on the same Iowa power play.

Matt Townsend (6th) skated end-to-end getting around the defense to shoot the puck, which trickled past Krueger with 5:59 to go in the period for the Ice Bears' 8th short handed goal of the season.

Then Draper (15th) picked up a length-of-the-ice pass from defenseman Eric Aldag at the blue line, skated to the left face off circle, picking the upper right corner of the net at 4:25 giving Missouri State a 9-0 advantage.

"Everyone brought their game, it started from the defensemen who we broke it out to," explained Ryan.

Jack Ryan (15th) scored the third shorthanded goal in a row at the 3:30 mark when brother Blake fed the sophomore a pass from inside the Ice Bears' zone as he was being tripped. Jack Ryan took the puck from center ice, deiked from the left to the right, finding the back of net.

Iowa's Jake Dobson (3rd) took a pass from Larry Laino in front of Steve Lombardo (38 shots, 36 saves) breaking the shut out bid with :15.3 to play in the period.

Jack Ryan increased Missouri State's lead to 11-1 with his 16th of the season 1:43 into the third period, and :43 later Dylan Clark (5th) added to the totals.

Missouri State poured on 3 more goals in :47 with Aldag, Clark and Blake Ryan adding to the score sheet between 13:04 and 12:17 to make it 15-1.

After Dobson (4th) grabbed a power play goal for Iowa at 10:11, Blake Ryan (12th) gave the Ice Bears a team record 4th short handed goal with 1:26 left in the game.

"We have a huge boost going into next weekend," said Ryan the "Wingman of the Game" winner. "All these goals and points keep things clicking and things keep rolling, it keeps the lines loose and it keeps us going."

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 1 for 2 on the power play and Iowa went 1 for 8.

Missouri State is is 3 for 5 on the power play in the last two games and is 6 for their last 29 opportunities in 8 games.

The Ice Bears are 8-2 when scoring first, 2-2 when not, and have grabbed the first goal in the past 6 games.

Jack Ryan takes the points and goal scoring lead with 16 goals, 12 assists and 28 points.

Townsend (5G, 1A) has a 5 game point scoring streak.

Two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill is an Ice Bear team record and has happened twice in two consecutive games which is also a team record.

Missouri State currently has 11 short-handed goals. The team record is 17 in 2006-2007.

Draper and Guthrie lead with 4 power play goals while Jack Ryan guides the team with 3 shorthanded goals.

 

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Iowa Hawkeyes

10/26/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Iowa Hawkeyes were seeing red after a 13-1 loss to the Missouri State Ice Bears and it was not because the ice surface at Mediacom Ice Park was painted for breast cancer awareness.

Two lines had multiple points while the Ice Bears scored goals :07 and :16 apart including two short-handed tally's on the same Hawkeye power play.

The second annual "Pink The Rink" night at Mediacom Ice Park to benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation Of The Ozarks packed the park providing Ice Bears' fans something else to cheer about at 14:26 of the first period.

Adam Otten (6th) gave Missouri State the lead wrapping the puck around the net past Landon Weber (27 shots, 20 saves) the Hawkeyes starting goaltender.

Otten, pared with Andy Draper and Matt Townsend scored goals while Dylan Clark, Jack Ryan, and Blake Ryan notched two a piece.

After Matan Nadler's power play goal, picking up a loose puck that bounced in front of Ice Bears goaltender Justin Davis (20 shots, 19 saves), the Ice Bears had trouble with a pressing Iowa defense.

Blake Ryan (9th) broke Iowa's momentum with 5:18 to play and Townsend gave the Ice Bears a 3-1 lead with 2:21 to go in the first period spinning completely around and wristing the puck into the net.

Nick Sadorf scored his first of the season on a blast from the right point at 15:35 of the second period and Blake Ryan took the next face off to wrist a shot over Weber's glove at 15:28.

Jack Ryan (power play goal) and Clark scored chasing Weber then Jack Barrett (3rd) found an open left corner of the net past Jonathan Krueger (22 shots, 16 saves) in a 5-goal second period.

Clark (4th) and Draper (11th) gave Missouri State a 10-1 advantage :16 apart and less than 3 minutes into the final period.

Not finished yet, the Ice Bears scored two short-handed tally's when Derek Bartsch took the puck at the Hawkeye blue line, muscled it past the defense, placing it over Krueger's glove :15 into the penalty.

Jack Ryan (14th) skated free moving to his right to find the net with :11 to go on the penalty kill.

Bartsch's power play goal, taking a pass through the slot and shooting past Krueger's blocker on the right side, finished the scoring with 3:18 to play in the game.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 2 for 3 on the power play and is 5 for their last 27 opportunities in 7 games. (Iowa was 1 for 4 with the man advantage.)

The Ice Bears are 7-2 when scoring first, 2-2 when not, and have grabbed the first goal in the past 5 games.

Jack Ryan takes the points and goal scoring lead with 14 goals and 20 points.

Townsend (4G, 1A) has a 4 game point scoring streak.

Two short-handed goals on the same penalty kill is an Ice Bear team record.

Missouri State has 7 short-handed goals this season, one shy of last year's season total.

Draper leads with 4 power play goals while Jack Ryan guides the team with 2 shorthanded goals.

 

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

10/20/12 - BENSENVILLE, IL - Matt Townsend gave the Ice Bears a lead with 3:51 to go in the first period and this time Missouri State took advantage of it with a 3-0 win over the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles and a split of the series.

Townsend broke free from the defense just inside the blue line and placed the puck under Eagles goaltender Mike Czupryn's right goal pad and just inside the left goal post.

Czupryn saw 31 shots while Missouri State's Justin Davis stopped all 25 shots he faced earning the shut out.

During a stoppage in play, after a pane of glass fell from it's supports, the Ice Bears used the rest of the 10:25 showing on the clock to keep the Eagles at bay with a scoreless second period.

On a replay of Townsend's first period goal, the freshman scored on a similar play from the left side in the third.

Breaking free past Richard Anderson, he scored on a semi break-a-way while being pulled down (drawing a delayed penalty) 1:43 into the third period. Townsend placed the puck under Czupryn's pads, scoring his 4th of the season, from the left side before the net was dislodged.

Jack Ryan (11th) notched a power play goal off the ensuing penalty at 16:38 for a 3-0 lead.

Ice Bear Notes:

Ryan is tied with Andy Draper for the Ice Bears scoring lead with 15 points but Ryan has 12 tally's to remain the goal scoring leader.

Townsend (3G, 1A) has a 3 game point scoring streak.

Missouri State is 3 for their last 24 opportunities in 6 games on the power play.

 

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

10/19/12 - BENSENVILLE, IL - Andy Draper scored 1:26 into the opening period to give the Missouri State Ice Bears a lead that they could not hold on to during a 4-3 lost to the Robert Morris - Chicago Eagles.

Matt Townsend hit the crossbar midway through the third period in an Ice Bear bid to take the lead, but it was Kevin Orchard who picked up a loose puck while standing alone to the right of Lombardo for the game winner with 5:39 to play in the game.

Draper (11th) followed up Townsend's shot from the left point and putting it past Eagles goaltender Lawrence Miller (31 shots, 28 saves) for a 1-0 lead after the Eagles put the pressure on from the opening drop of the puck.

RMU's Nick Ernst's blast, on the power play, beat Steve Lombardo (33 shots, 29 saves) from the left face off circle with 15:05 showing on first period clock tying the game.

Missed opportunities and trouble getting out of their zone occasionally plagued the Ice Bears (7-2-0-2) in the first and second periods.

Robert Morris (4-3) took the lead in the second when Tom McEachern (3rd) found the left corner past Lombardo at 14:36 then Evan Leuchtmann (4th) scrambled to put the puck into an open net when Miller slid to make a save with 12:37 to play.

The Eagles regained the lead 30 seconds later when Jack Warren notched his first goal of the season on a 3 on 1 with Nick Ernst drawing the defense to the right and passing to the left.

Carson McInnis (2nd) muscled his way free of the defense and placed the puck off Miller's glove tying the game 3-3 with 8:30 to play in the second period.

Ice Bear Notes:

Leuchtmann has a 3 game goal scoring streak.

Draper's 11th goal ties him with Jack Ryan as goal scoring leaders.

Missouri State is 2 for their last 18 opportunities in 5 games on the power play.

 

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

10/13/12 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - Bring out the brooms. The Missouri State Ice Bears won two games in a row against the Ferris State Bulldogs for the first time in team history with a 5-3 win at Ewigleben Ice Arena.

Evan Leutchmann (3rd) gave Missouri State the lead putting Miguel Franco's shot past Max Schwan (40 shots, 34 saves) 3:35 into the game then Ferris' Michael Potoniec (1st) notched a power play goal (on a 2-man advantage) with 7:29 left on the clock to tie the game.

Adam Otten (5th) gave the Ice Bears a goal advantage with 4.6 seconds to play taking the face off draw and lifting the puck past Schwan.

Missouri State escaped a second period in which the Bulldogs tied the contest on Joey Weiss' first of the season tipping in Collin Shook's shot past Steve Lombardo (28 shots, 25 saves) 1:39 into the period.

Matt Townsend took a bouncing puck off the back of the boards from Jake Guthrie giving the Ice Bears the lead for the third time 2:27 into the period.

On their third power play opportunity, James Kuhlman (2nd) tipped in Dan Cosgrove's shot for the second Bulldog power play goal at the 13:56 mark.

Missouri State finished the period out shooting the Bulldogs 24-19 and went into the locker room trying to figure out how to stop a special team effort that was keeping Ferris State in the game.

Andy Draper discovered how to give the Ice Bears their 4th - and final - lead of the game at 12:37 of the third period. A pass from Otten scooted through the crease and Draper found a sliding Schwan's right pad had lifted enough to send the puck in the net.

Jack Ryan (11th) added an insurance goal into an empty net, on a break from the blue line, with 41.6 seconds to play in the game.

Ferris State's Victor Tocco was assessed a 5-minute major with 22.1 seconds left, and Draper (10th) scored a power play goal (on a 4 on 3) with 7.6 seconds to go.

Ice Bear Notes:

Draper becomes the Ice Bears leading scorer with 14 points (10 G, 4 A) but Jack Ryan has 11 tally's to remain the goal scoring leader.

Missouri State scored their first power play goal in 3 games. The Ice Bears are 2 for their last 16 opportunities in 4 games.

Draper leads the team with 4 power play goals.

Miguel Franco (3G, 3A) has a 4 game point scoring streak.

Jack Ryan, Evan Leuchtmann and Adam Otten have a 2 game goal scoring streak.

Missouri State has not allowed double-digit goals in all periods this season.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Ferris State Bulldogs

10/12/12 - BIG RAPIDS, MI - You have to go back to September 25th, 2010 to find the last time the Missouri State Ice Bears had won a game against the Ferrris State Bulldogs in the Ewigleben Ice Arena. Missouri State had lost twice and tied Ferris State in the past two seasons.

The streak came to an end after a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs which featured two goals by Jack Ryan and 19 saves by goaltender Justin Davis.

Missouri State put 44 shots on Reuben Medrano with the first shot a goal by Ryan (9th) just :57 seconds into the game, and the Ice Bears never looked back.

"You know we beat their best goaltender?" quizzically explained Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher.

Medrano listed as 6'-1" and 183 lbs. stands big in the net for Ferris State. His presence takes up nearly 90% of the available shooting area.

Adam Otten (4th) put back a rebound of Matt Townsend's shot at the 14:59 mark for a two goal advantage.

Stealing a clearing pass, James Kuhlman (1st) brought the Bulldogs close on a 20 foot shot from the right side with 5:39 to play in the first.

Jack Barrett (2nd) tipped in Miguel Franco's shot from the left point and the Ice Bears took a two goal advantage once again.

Ferris State clawed their way back on a tally by Victor Tocco (1st) 3:15 into the second period only to see Missouri State's Evan Leutchmann tipped the puck past Medrano 3:47 later giving the Ice Bears a 4-2 lead.

Ryan, Otten and Derek Bartsch and Mark Kirksey muscled their way past the defense creating breakaways, but were stopped by Medrano.

The next time Ryan, the Ice Bears' leading goal scorer with 10 tallies, stopped in front of Medrano to reach back and sent the puck behind the netminder with 1:30 to play in the second period.

Collin Schook finished the scoring with a power play goal for Ferris State with 4:12 left in the third period.

Ice Bear Notes:

With the win, Missouri State is 2-6-2 lifetime against Ferris State. The Ice Bears have been outscored 39-47 and are 0-3-1 at home while going 2-2-1 away. They do have one neutral site loss (5-6) at the ACHA Regional Playoffs on February 17th, 2007.

Missouri State has outscored opponents 59-17 in 9 games.

Jack Barrett and Justin Buchheit are the only players not have been assessed a penalty this season.

Opponents have scored at least one power play goal in the past 4 games, they are 6 for 27 (22.2%) with the man advantage.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Arkansas Razorbacks

10/06/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Pulling out all the stops including an obscure penalty for 'too many men on the ice during warm ups' the Arkansas Razorbacks ran out of tricks as the Missouri State Ice Bears gave the Razorbacks an early Halloween gift with a 4-2 win and the sweep of the series.

Moments into the game Martin Sundstedt took a right side pass from Easton Oliver poking the puck past Justin Davis (16 shots, 14 saves) for a power play goal.

Andy Draper (8th) tied the game tipping Justin Buchheit's shot from the left point with 12:22 to play in the first period.

"We were irritated as a team to have a penalty called on us," said Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher during the Ice Bears post game show. "It's hard to get traffic in front of the net but we were able to break (Arkansas) down defensively earlier in this game and turn things around after the penalty."

Then Dylan Clark (2nd) tipped Eric Aldag's pass past Razorbacks goaltender Kevin Scheer (28 shots, 24 saves) on the power play for a 2-goal advantage with 8:36 showing on the clock.

"We made things happen by putting three players in front of the net," explained Bucher.

Chris Moseley, who has scored a point in every game he's played in, notched a goal by carrying the puck while trying to free it from his equipment, placing it on the ice in the goal crease, and slamming it past scheer.

Bucher says the goal happened because of hard work and believes he's developed a team that doesn't quit.

"We talked about going from the start to the finish, we have the bodies to do it and they get things done," said Bucher.

Sundstedt brought the Razorbacks to within a goal late in the third period, again on the power play, giving Arkansas some life.

Derek Bartch (4th) gave the Ice Bears breathing room :51 seconds on a 2-on-1 break.

"The team continues to evolve, our identity is not completely defined," a determined Bucher said. " I look forward to seeing us in post season play and it will happen as the team continues to gel."

Ice Bear Notes:

Draper had been the only Ice Bear to play all games without having been assessed a penalty until he was called twice in the game.

Jack Ryan and Blake Ryan have been have not registered a point in 3 games.

Matt Townsend (1G, 1A) has a two game scoring streak.

Opponents have scored at least one power play goal in the past 3 games, they are 5 for 21 (23.8%) with the man advantage.

 

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears Vs Arkansas Razorbacks

10/05/12 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Miguel Franco scored a short-handed goal with less than 3 minutes remaining in the second period turning around a Missouri State Ice Bears team that had been trying to figure out a way to score against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Franco's three tallys helped the Ice Bears come from behind in a 4-1 win.

Johnny Stromp (2nd) skated through the crease taking a pass from Martin Sundestedt and blasted the puck past Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (23 shots, 22 saves) giving the Razorbacks the lead with 6:36 to go in the first period.

Despite out shooting the Razorbacks 20-7 in the first 20 minutes, and continuing the onslaught in the second period, Franco set off a volatile Ice Bears squad searching for an ignition source.

Moving past Easton Oliver, the Wichita, Kansas native out muscled his defender, leading Arkansas goaltender Kevin Scheer (47 shots, 43 saves) to the right, placing the puck in the upper right corner of the net with 2:58 left in the second period.

Just 33 seconds later, Adam Otten (3rd) took Matt Townsend's pass from the left side behind the net for an Ice Bears lead.

On the face-off, Franco (5th) placed the puck past Scheer's left skate for a 3-1 lead with 13:17 to play in the final stanza notching his third of the night. Franco banked the puck off the cross bar and past Scheer's glove.

Missouri State went 0-3 on the power play and Arkansas was 1 for 5.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State has 5 shorthanded goals already this season and 8 total last season.

The Ice Bears have shorthanded goals in 2 consecutive games.

Justin Kim (4G, 2A) has a point in all 5 games he has played in.

There are 4 players with hat-tricks: Franko, Andy Draper, Jack Ryan and Blake Ryan.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Illinois State Redbirds

09/28/12 - BLOOMINGTON, IL. - Call it a nightmare or just dumb luck but the Ice Bears suffered another overtime/shoot out loss to the Illinois State Redbirds, this time 3-2.

Derek Bartsch and Jack Ryan failed to score in the shoot out while Eric Brown and Brian Reimel had scores for the Redbirds.

In regulation play, Matt Townsend scored his first of the season on a pass from Justin Kim just 1:40 into the game.

Trent Webb scored at 17:00 faking Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo (32 shots, 30 saves) to the right for his first of the season.

Missouri State took the lead with :24 to play in the opening period on a give-and-go with Townsend, tipping the puck past ISU goaltender Ryan Suizdak (27 shots, 25 saves).

Connor Anderson tied the game on a blast - from just inside the blue line on the left side that found the left post - to even the game with 3:44 to play in the second period.

Both teams did not score on the power play. Missouri State had 5 attempts and Illinois State was given 9 advantages.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

Lindenwood Lions fall flat on ice during 11-1 loss ......Photo: Rhonda Armstrong

09/21/12 - WENTZVILLE, MO - The stands remained full as the buzzer sounded ending the hockey game. Missouri State had just presided over an 11-1 knock out of the Lindenwood Lions on their own ice.

Andy Draper had a hat trick and the Ice Bears scored 7 power play goals during the largest margin of victory against the Lions in team history.

Jack Ryan's shorthanded goal gave Missouri State the advantage :49 seconds into the game and Draper notched a power play goal 14:24 later.

All of Draper's tallys came on the power play while Adam Otten, Blake Ryan, Chris Moseley and Jake Guthrie also scored with the man advantage.

Blake Ryan matched brother Jack with a short handed goal himself.

Justin Davis gets the win facing only 18 Lions shots, a team record, and put 51 shots on Steven Willett (39 in first 2 periods) and Tim Craig, who faced 12 in third period.

 

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Lindenwood Lions

09/21/12 - WENTZVILLE, MO - No team had more than a 1 goal advantage in the game and the lead changed hands 5 times, but ultimately it took 2 extra minutes for the Lindenwood Lions to win 5-4 in overtime against the Missouri State Ice Bears on Friday night.

Brennan Devers found Ice Bears goaltender Justin Davis (54 shots, 49 saves) leaning to his left and shooting from the left side to score the game winner 2:00 into the extra period.

"We know what we have to do, this was anybody's game tonight," said Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher.

Behind Jake Guthrie's power play goal and Andy Draper's 3rd of the season, the Ice Bears erased the opening goal by LU's Scott Lesilie.

Detrick Pierzinski tied the game again on a power play goal in the second period and Christoffer Roos sent back a rebound shot of Pierzinski's for a 3-2 Lions lead at 8:42.

Jack Ryan found the upper corner above LU goaltender Tim Craig's glove (50 shots, 46 saves) for a power play goal tying the game at 3-3 with 44.1 seconds left to play.

John Lucas scored his first goal as an Ice Bear (on the power play) with a scramble in front of the net to give Missouri State the lead again 1:53 into the 3rd period.

Mitch Galligan's wrap-around goal (on the power play) evened things at 4-4 with 7:50 showing on the game clock.

"I think we turned some heads tonight," said Bucher. "Many people came up to me saying they couldn't believe how quick we were as a team tonight."

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Kansas Jayhawks

John Lucas attempts one of 57 shots on Kansas Goaltenders. Photo Adelle Hutchins....

The Ice Bears only scored half the first game's total in a 9-0 win over the Jayhawks. Jack Ryan notched 2 goals, Kim, Kirksey, Blake Ryan, Adam Otten, Draper, Carson MacInnis and Bartsch had solo goals.

Justin Davis stopped 12 shots en route to the second Ice Bears shut out in as many games.

KU goaltender Peter Seward takes the loss facing 57 shots, while Chamberlain finished the game facing 19.

 

Missouri. St. Ice Bears @ Kansas Jayhawks

09/14/12 - TOPEKA, KS - It took 3:55 for the Missouri State Ice Bears hockey team to show they mean business in the 2012-2013 season with an 18-0 win over the University of Kansas Jayhawks at Landon Arena.

Missouri State set a team record for most goals in a game, largest margin of victory and most players with 4 goals in a game.

Blake (2 goals), Jack (2 goals), Derek Bartsch, Marc Kirksey, Dylan Clark, Jacob Guthrie and Eric Aldag scored in the first period to give Missouri State a 9-0 lead.

Six players had multiple goals and while Blake and Jack Ryan contributed with 4 goals each, the additional skaters notched opening period goals.

Tallies by Bartsch, Blake Ryan and Guthrie came on the power play. Missouri State went 3 for 5 with the man advantage. Kansas was 0 for 5.

Kim, Andy Draper, Jack Ryan and Kirksey added scores in the second period. Draper's was scored shorthanded with 11:25 to play in the period.

Both Ryans', Clark and Franco took turns on Chamberlain in the 3rd period, but Kansas came close to breaking Lombardo's shut out with less than 6 minutes to go in the game.

KU's Vic Greenberg stole the puck at the red line, came in all alone and deked to the right hitting the goal post.

Jayhawks goaltender TJ Berk gets the loss facing 30 shots in the first period and 29 in the second, while Joseph Chamberlain saw 26 in the third period during an 85 shot Ice Bears' outburst.

Steve Lombardo saw only 12 Kansas shots in the win.