Ice Bears 2013-2014 Game Highlights

Missouri State Ice Bears Vs SIUe Cougars - ACHA Playoffs

02/19/14 - ROLLING MEADOWS, IL - The Missouri State Ice Bears are one win away from heading to the ACHA Division II Nationals after a hard fought 4-3 overtime win over the SIUE Cougars.

The Ice Bears took a 2-0 lead on two goals by Jack Ryan heading into the 3rd period, but the Cougars came back with 3 goals - two by Matt Burton and one by Nick Faulkner - to take the lead. With six seconds left in the game and an extra attacker in the ice, Blake Ryan tied the game 3-3 forMissouri State.

He followed a shot off the face off from the right of Cougars goaltender Danny Selby after Brett DeNap had iced the puck for SIUe.

The Ryan brothers combined for all four goals, with Blake scoring once, and Jack picking up the hat trick, including the overtime winner with 5:40 to play. He took a lead pass on the left side and blasted the shot from the left face off circle off Selby and into the rigth corner of the net.

Seventh ranked Missouri State will play #4 Robert Morris at 11:30 a.m Sunday, Feb. 23rd and you can watch the game on WebSports Radio starting with the pregame 10 minutes before the puck drops.



Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers - Game 2

1/24/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - In game two, the Ice Bears took a 4-0 lead before a Tigers’ rally and late goals closed the gap on a 6-5 win. Missouri State started quickly with Hogland’s spin-around goal in the crease 1:02 into the contest. Jack Ryan followed with a wrister into the upper left corner of the net with 5:09 to play in the first period, then Chase Dobler's blast from the right face off circle made it 3-0 with 14:10 to play in the second period.

Matt Townsend gave Missouri State a four-goal advantage with a power-play tally at 11:44 of the second, but the momentum changed for the Ice Bears when a potential out of bounds puck that hit the net and was not called. That fueled the Tigers, who went on a three goal scoring streak in 7:35. Steven Kowalczk scored at 10:36 on Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo then scored again during a strange series of events on Justin Davis.

Lombardo went to the bench for water with play stopped and less than seven minutes remaining in the second period, but it was during an altercation. Lombardo should have been assessed a penalty but the referee opted for him to sit a play – with Missouri State already short-handed – in exchange for Davis entering the game. On the Tigers next shot, Kowalczk scored against Davis on the power play. Danny Walsh scored three minutes later on Lombardo, who was back in the net, as the Ice Bears clung to a 4-3 advantage.

Jack Ryan scored four minutes into the third period and Hogland notched his fourth of the season for a commanding 6-3 advantage, but the Tigers didn’t go away. Walsh completed his hat trick on a pair of empty net power play goals with 33.7 and 17 seconds to play in the game.

Steve Lombardo stopped 36 of 41 shots, while Davis saw one shot and allowed a goal. Stephen Williams turned away 27 or 33 shots. The Ice Bears went 1-for-8 on the power play and the Tigers went 2-for-8.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Missouri Tigers - Game 1

1/24/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - It’s always a great weekend with the Missouri Tigers head into town. Missouri State came out determined from the start notching a 5-2 win in game one and held on for a 6-5 victory in game two .

Mediacom Ice Park was packed to capacity for game one as the Ice Bears used a goal from Nick Sadorf in the first period and Justin Buchheit in the second to give Missouri State a two-goal advantage through half the game.

A pair of power play goals extended the ice Bears lead to 4-1 with 14:13 left in the third. Jack Ryan and Ryan Hogland scored respectively.

Nick Webb and Ari Shellist scored for Missouri in the third period.

Justin Davis stopped 36 of 38 shots getting the win and Stephen Williams faced 46 shots making 41 saves.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs So. Illinois -Edwarsdville - Game 1

1/17/14 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Momentum is an interesting force. In the case of hockey, it can make or break the outcome of the game.

Missouri State used the invisible vigor to claim a 5-2 victory over the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Mediacom Ice Park in game one of the series and two Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association points.

Out-shot 32-16 mid-way through the game, the Ice Bears had trouble putting pucks on net. SIUE controlled the play until penalties gave Missouri State a lot of ice to work with.

That’s when Adam Otten notched a 4-on-3 power-play goal with 4:57 to go in the second period over SIUE goaltender Danny Selby’s left shoulder. His seventh of the season broke a 2-2 tie and the Cougars energy.

Derek Bartsch added his sixth goal of the season 45 seconds later; taking Jacob Guthrie’s shot off the back of the boards behind the net then poking it past Selby for a 4-2 advantage. Justin Buchheit (2nd) added an insurance goal at 16:10 of the third period, a slow shot that rose over Selby’s glove.

Ranked No. 9 in the American Collegiate Hockey Association Central Division, the Ice Bears used a goal by Bartsch at 14:24 of the first period to take the lead over the No. 8 ranked Cougars.

Miguel Franco (7th) tipped in Jacob Guthrie’s shot as he skated past Selby’s left side, tucking the puck just inside the left goal post with 5:26 to play in the opening period.

Brett DeNap (8th) scored off the faceoff at 4:41 with a rebound past Ice Bears goaltender Steve Lombardo in the first period. The Cougars tied the game at 8:04 of the second period on the power play during a scramble in front Lombardo. DeNap lifted the puck over Lombardo’s left shoulder.

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

Lombardo stopped 35 of 37 shots and Selby saved 24 of 29.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions - Game 2

12/07/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - P. J. Adams’ power play goal at 9:53 of the first period gave Missouri State the lead but it was short-lived as Lindenwood notched the next seven goals taking a 7-1 advantage and eventually a 7-4 win.

Missouri State would get three back in the third period. Matt Townsend’s sent a shot over Lions goaltender Cody Karpiski’s shoulder at 3:15, then three minutes later Adams scored his fifth of the season. He took Miguel Franco’s pass from the left side of the net and buried the puck past Karpiski.

Brian Leslie picked up his fifth of the season for the Ice Bears on an assist from Chase Dobler with 7:12 left in the game.

Steve Lombardo stopped 39 of 46 in the loss. Karpiski stopped 39 of 43.

The split bodes well for the Ice Bears, currently ranked No. 9, with the third American Collegiate Hockey Association ranking period scheduled for a December 20 release.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Lindenwood Lions - Game 1

12/06/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Missouri State completed an unbelievable comeback after skating silent for two-thirds of the hockey game en route to a 3-2 win over Lindenwood.

Jack Ryan ignited the Ice Bear’s offense by erasing a 2-0 Lindenwood lead – on goals by Brenden Church and Niklas Bunnstedt - with a drive from the left faceoff circle that beat Lions goaltender Cody Karpiski with 12 minutes left in the game.

Ryan raced to the goal line, waving off icing then passing from the left corner to the point. He eventually took a pass from Eric Aldag and snapped off a wrister from the left face off circle.

Blake Ryan scored his 15th, a shorthanded goal 2:31 later, and the Ice Bears tied the game. The Ice Bears developed momentum with each trip down the ice. Jack Ryan scored his 17th - the game winner - with 3:24 to play on a breakaway from the red line.

Justin Davis saved 55 of 57 shots in the win. Karpiski stopped 21 of 24.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Arkansas Razorbacks - Game 1

11/15/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Twice the Arkansas Razorbacks have come into Mediacom Ice Park with winning streaks and twice they have been broken by the Missouri State Ice Bears.

Miguel Franco and Nick Sadorf had a goal an assist each to help the Ice Bears snap Arkansas' 16-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory. Missouri State did not have the lead until less than five minutes remaining of the third period. It was also the first time an Ice Bears game ended without penalties for either team - though several could have been called.

Stone Mudgett put Arkansas in front on a rebound that bounced 10 feet from Missouri State goaltender Justin Davis (36 shots, 33 saves) at 10:26 of the first period, but a minute later Sadorf tallied the equalizer past Razorback netminder Kevin Scheer (32 shots, 28 saves) on a shot from the left side.

Marcel Toure took a pass from James Haddock, who took an Ice Bear defender out of the play, leaving Toure open for a wrister past Davis for a 2-1 advantage at 9:54 of the second period.

Arkansas (16-3) took a 3-1 advantage when Ryan Machos moved past the Ice Bear's defense of Adam Thrower on a 2-on-1 with Toure wristing the puck over the glove of Davis with 28 seconds to play in the second period, but in a game-saving reply the Ice Bears retaliated 17 seconds later.

Jack Ryan took a shot that was tipped in by Derek Bartsch past breathing new life into a Missouri State team that was trying to figure out Arkansas' neutral zone play and setting the stage for the third period.

Missouri State (8-3-3) scored midway through the third on Franco's blast from the left face off circle that bounced off Sheer's glove into the net. Justin Kim gave Missouri State the lead with 4:56 to play in the game on a 2-on-1 with Franco.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Ferris State Bulldogs

10/05/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Not expecting the season start it was hoping for, the Missouri State Ice Bears may have turned things around after a pair of blowout games against the Ferris State Bulldogs.

Brian Leslie scored his first goal with the team 1:41 into the first period of game one and the Ice Bears never looked back in a 9-0 rout. Missouri State scored six special team goals during an 11-4 victory in game two.

In game one, Adam Otten led all scorers with two goals and three assists. Jack and Blake Ryan continued their scoring prowess with a goal a piece, Jack with two assists and Blake with one. He also scored the teams’ first shorthanded goal of the season at 14:10 of the opening period.

Defenseman found their scoring touch with goals including Eric Aldag at 12:07 of the first period, Jake Guthrie with 18 seconds left in the second and Chase Dobler at 6:44 of the third.

Missouri State (3-1-1-1) went 3-for-10 on the power play in game one, with Otten, Guthrie and Alex Nanna notching advantage goals. Penalty killing has been a bright spot for the Ice Bears, who are averaging 90 percent. The Bulldoge were 0-for-9 on the power play.

Goaltender Justin Davis faced 20 shots in the shut out win.

Game two took a while to get the scoring started, but when it did Missouri State jumped out to at 10-0 lead. Jack Ryan had two goals, both shorthanded and assisted on Blake’s shorthanded goal with 3:22 to play in the third.

Missouri State was effective on the penalty kill starting the scoring on Jack Ryan’s nifty move with 6:58 to play. The junior took a shot that rebounded of the boards behind the net, picked up the puck and moved around the net, snapping it into the upper right corner past Ferris State starting goaltender Reuben Medrano.

Three Ice Bears scored first goals of the season including Justin Buchheit, Brendan McClew and Doran Jaenke, while Brian Leslie, Blake Ryan and McClew had two goals a piece.

Ferris State (1-3) took advantage of a softening Ice Bears defense to score four goals in an eight minute span before Blake Ryan’s shorthanded goal late in the game. The Ryan brothers moved the puck to perfection on a 2-on-1 ending with a shot past Bulldog goaltender Nick Nuzzolo.

Steve Lombardo gets the win stopping 36 shots for the Ice Bears and Medrano, who was chased midway through the second period, takes the loss giving up seven goals on 35 shots. Nuzzolo faced 21 shots surrendering four Ice Bear goals.


Missouri State Ice Bears Vs Northern Illinois Huskies

02/01/13 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Capturing three of four points against the Northern Illinois Huskies is a good start to the season for the Missouri State ice Bears, but knowing they could have swept the series may add some comfort the next time these two teams meet.

Goaltender Justin Davis stopped 39 of 42 shots including a penalty shot in a 3-2 game one win and Matt Townsend started the scoring for the Ice Bears in a 3-2 shoot out loss of game two.

“It’s a battle always with these guys,” Townsend said. “They got a win today, but that’s not going to stop us the next time we play them.”

And that will be in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs in February, one of the many goals the Ice Bears have this season.

Missouri State (1-1-1) had trouble adjusting to its first game on the ice, that’s when the Huskies’ Tyler Sukel notched the first goal of the game at 15:19. Two minutes later Adam Otten scored the Ice Bears’ first goal of the 2013-2014 season on the power play.

Jake Guthrie drilled Ryan Hogland’s pass for a power play goal 25 seconds later and the Ice Bears had a 2-1 advantage. Jack Ryan extended the lead 4:05 into the second period.

Davis stopped 13 shots in the second period including a penalty shot. Jake Guthrie stopped a shot in the crease and with Davis down and out the senior defenseman dove across the crease tripping NIU’s Justin Rucinski.

Nick Remley brought the Huskies to with in a goal at 15:06 then Davis and company held on for the win. Missouri State went 2-for-3 with the man advantage and No. Illinois went 0-for-7.

A scoreless first period in game two gave way to Townsends’ tip in of Ryan’s behind the net pass, giving Missouri State the lead at 11:20 of the second.

“First period we came out hard and we got momentum on the puck,” Townsend said. “It got cycled down to Jack Ryan, he gave me a beautiful pass and I buried it.”

Northern Illinois (1-2) evened the match with 5:42 to play in the second on Rob Bock’s shot over Steve Lombard’s blocker. The Ice Bears had trouble clearing the puck which resulted in the goal.

Troy Heurlin’s drive from the top of the slot screened Lombardo (37 shots, 35 saves) giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead with 2:01 to play in the second.

Less than five minutes into the third, Nick Sadorf tied the game with a drive from the right point that hit nothing but net, but neither team would score in overtime.

Nick Leon scored a goal in the shoot out for No. Illinois and Hogland answered back for Missouri State, but and Rucinski notched the game winner for the Huskies.

Ice Bear Notes:

Missouri State was 2-for-3 on the power play in game one but went 0-for-7 in game two. The Ice Bears did stop Northern Illinois on all 14 man advantages in both games.

Adam Otten gets the first Ice Bears goal of the season in 2013. Blake Ryan notched the opening goal in 2012, Marc Kirksey in 2011, Tyler Polizzi in 2010, BJ Norman in 2009, Paul Saitta in 2008, Andy Whitener in 2007, Josh Conlin in 2006 and Kent Adams in 2005.

BJ Norman holds the Ice Bears record as the only player to score the first two goals at the start of the season.