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ACHA Playoffs - Missouri State vs RMC - Maroon (02/17/06)

ACHA Playoffs (Game One Preview) (02/15/06)

MACHA Tournament (Tournament Preview) (02/06/06)

Missouri State @ Iowa State (Game One Preview) (02/02/06)

Marquette @ Missouri State - Game Two Recap (01/28/06)

Marquette @ Missouri State - Game One Recap (01/27/06)

Northern Illinois @ Missouri State - Game Two Recap (01/21/06)

Northern Illinois @ Missouri State - Game One Recap (01/20/06)

Northern Illinois @ Missouri State (Game One Preview) (01/19/06)

Missouri State (Season Preview) (01/15/06)

Missouri State (News And Notes) (12/16/05)

Univ. Of Kansas @ Missouri State (Post Game Tease) (12/10/05)

Univ. Of Kansas @ Missouri State (Post Game Tease) (12/09/05)

Univ. Of Kansas @ Missouri State (Pre Game) (12/05/05)

Missouri State @ Univ. Of Oklahoma (Pre Game) (12/03/05)

Missouri State @ Univ. Of Oklahoma (Pre Game) (11/29/05)

Missouri State (News And Notes) (11/23/05)

Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (Post Game Tease) (10/29/05)

Southern Illinois - Edwardsville @ Missouri State (10/29/05)

Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (Post Game Tease) (10/28/05)

Southern Illinois @ Missouri State (Pre game) (10/28/05)

Missouri State @ Robert Morris College (10/22/05)

Missouri State @ Robert Morris College (10/21/05)

McKendree College @ Missouri State (10/15/05)

Missouri State @ St. Cloud Tournament (10/09/05)

Missouri State @ St. Cloud Tournament (10/08/05)

Missouri State @ St. Cloud Tournament (10/07/05)

Missouri State @ Bradley University (09/23/05)

St. Louis @ Missouri State - Exhibition (09/11/05)



Ozark vs Neosho (09/16/05)

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MACHA Hockey Tournament 48 Hours Away

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02/22/06 - Springfield, MO. - It's two days until the 2005-2006 hockey season comes to a close, and it's two days until WSR will broadcast the first four semi-final games of the MACHA Tournament on Saturday -- concluding with two games of the Gold and Silver Division finals on Sunday.

"People keep asking me who's responsible for committing to broadcast the entire tournament," said broadcaster Steve Casson. "Dan (Lee) tells me we heard back from the Guinness Book of World Records and they are willing to consider our four broadcasts in 12 hours as a record."

The long series of tournament games will start at 12pm (CST) with the Silver Division and Depaul taking on Eastern Illinois. Then McKendree plays Iowa at 3pm. Gold Division play starts at 6pm with Mizzou and SIUE facing each other. The final game wraps up with Lindenwood and Missouri State at 9pm.

It's no secret the "WSR Guys" (as they are beginning to be known as by some) love hockey, and their broadcasts figure to be more excitement than work.

"Actually, that's not exactly true," said Lee. "But once we found out there was free food (including a continental breakfast) I was sold. Besides, when we accepted the deal for the MACHA Tournament, we thought we had an additional six broadcasters on our team -- as it turns out, they were later accepted as the women's U.S. Curling team," explained Lee.

"I miss those girls," said Casson.

ACHA Regionals

Last weekend all three MACHA teams (Missouri State, Mizzou, and Southern Illinois - Edwardsville) who vied for a spot in the ACHA National Tournament lost in their bids to move on to Rochester, New York.

An exciting Central Division Regional playoff series saw both Missouri State and Mizzou win in exciting fashion by similar 4-3 scores in overtime. SIUE lost 7-0 to #3 seed and last years champion, Michigan State. The Cougars did take the consolation game from RMC-Maroon, 5-2.

Several hockey enthusiasts came to Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva, Illinois including former Chicago Blackhawk and Winnipeg Jet Bobby Hull.

Hear Steve Casson's interview with the "Golden Jet."

In 16 NHL seasons, Hull scored 610 goals and added 560 assists in regular season play, plus 129 points (62 goals and 67 assists during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He was also the first to score 50 or more goals.









Ice Bears Move Into Next Round Of Playoffs

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02/17/06 - Geneva, Ill. - Knowing their rival Missouri University (Mizzou) won 4-3 in overtime the game before, the Ice Bears moved on in the ACHA Regional Playoffs with an identical 4-3 win -- this time with 5:28 remaining in overtime.

Andy Hellwig scored the game winner off a nice feed from Kent Adams, who waited until Eagles goaltender Ron Michalek went down to block the shot, and passed across the net to Hellwig who got the shot over the goalies shoulder.

In the third period the Ice Bears tied the the game 3-3 when Dan Odenwald scored a powerplay goal putting the puck past Michalek during an Ice Bears two man advantage. Odenwald was cross-checked from behind by Eagles defenseman Dan Solakiewicz when he was about to join the Ice Bears bench, resulting in a 5-minute major penalty.

Unfortunately the Ice Bears found themselves trailing 3-2 in the second period on an even strength goal by the Eagles Chris Goerdt and a powerplay goal by Dante Salinas. It was a period that saw Missouri State out shot 16-3.

The Ice Bears got on the board first at 4:54 of the first with a move from John Odenwald infront of the net that beat Michalek, who stopped 42 out of 46 shots. At the 7:20 mark, Joel Livingston got a break-a-way goal that went between the pads of the Eagles goaltender.

Micheal Poepping, playing his first game in four weeks after suffering strained ligaments in both knees, came up big for the Ice Bears stopping 43 out of 46 shots earning the win.

The Ice Bears will face #3 seed and defending ACHA Division II champions, the Michigan State Spartans. WebSports Radio will have the game for you live starting at 8:20pm (CST) with the pregame show.







Preview: ACHA Playoff Match May Be Close

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02/15/06 - Springfield, MO. - For the first time in the team’s five-year history, the Missouri State Ice Bears have won an ACHA playoff berth and will face Robert Morris College (Maroon) Eagles at 8:30pm (CST) Friday, at Fox Valley Ice Arena in the Chicago Suburb of Geneva, Illinois. It will be broadcast live on WSR starting at 8:20pm with the pre-game show.

On paper this series looks to be evenly matched.

Although RMC (23-12-1) was swept in a two game series last week against the University of Michigan -- ranked #6 in the ACHA Central Division -- eleven of their wins came against MACHA Division teams, including sweeps of Bradley, SIUE-Gold and a four game sweep of Lindenwood.

Missouri State (18-9-4) has ten wins and four ties in MACHA league play, including a sweep of Marquette and McKendree -- and ties with Mizzou, RMC – Springfield, and SIUE-Gold.

The Eagles are lead by freshman Mike Benson (29G-16A-45Pts) and sophomore Sergei Vahmistrovs (13G-29A-42Pts) in scoring. The Ice Bears counter with balanced scoring from Dan Odenwald (19G-11A-30Pts), Kent Adams (14G-12A-26Pts), Andy Hellwig (12G-11A-23Pts), Joel Livingston (10G-11A-21Pts), Joe Leiendecker (8G-13A-21Pts), and freshman defenseman Clayton Baker (8G-12A-20Pts).

Staying out of the penalty box and being able to capitalize on the power play will be a key to this series. Missouri State scored on only 2 of 16 chances, including four two man advantages against the University of Missouri last weekend.

The Ice Bears have been penalty prone in the past few games and taking penalties inevitably will lead to an uphill battle in the ACHA playoffs against RMC - Maroon.

The Intensity Factor: playing at a level above your opponent. That’s what the Ice Bears must do for sixty minutes Friday night -- then the game against the Eagles will be part of a non-elimination round.

One interesting side note: If SIUE-Gold beats Michigan State -- it’s conceivable that should Missouri State and Missouri University, Columbia move on – the Ice Bears (#9) and Tigers (#7) could meet up in the second game to determine who goes to the National playoffs. Should SIUE-Gold lose its first round game and the Ice Bears and Tigers win, both would be remain seeded in different brackets with (if both win their second playoff games) Missouri State being ranked #3 and Mizzou ranked #4 heading into National competition.










Missouri State Plays Lindenwood in MACHA

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02/06/06 - Springfield, MO. - The Ice Bears will play the Lions in post season play at the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association Gold Division Tournament, February 25th, in Danville, Illinois.

Earlier this season Missouri State beat Lindenwood (17-8-1) in overtime 5-4, and had a comeback fall short in the second game, a 3-4 loss. With teams not keeping D1 players on its roster, since they were required to have them set at the end of January, the MACHA playoffs could see a different story.

The Ice Bears (18-8-3) have played mostly with the same core of players from the beginning of the season. The addition of David Ellis on defense and play of Clayton Baker have sparked continuing life in and Ice Bears team that is supplemented with the scoring ability of Bobby Saitta, Kent Adams, Dan Odenwald. In fact, a couple of Joel's -- Loeffler and Livingston -- have played well.

But I'm not singling out any Ice Bear, because the whole team has stepped up, especially at home going 13-0-1. The real test will be away from Jordan Valley Ice Park where the Ice Bears have not fared as well going 5-8-2 on the road.

WebSports Radio will have the entire tournament live for you starting with game one Saturday February, 25th at 11:50am (Central Time) with the pre-game show.










Ice Bears Look To Put A Twist In Cyclones

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02/02/06 - Springfield, MO. - Enjoying one of the best seasons in recent history, Missouri State travels to Iowa this weekend for two games against the Cyclones, in a crucial series that -- with a win -- will assure the Ice Bears a birth in the ACHA playoffs -- and a close series -- would make pollsters have to take a good look at the Ice Bears with one more raking period left.

If the Ice Bears are going to turn some heads this weekend, they will have to play 60 minutes of hockey -- smart hockey, using the fundamentals that lead the Ice Bears to a 18-6-3 record.

The Lindenwood series where the Ice Bears came back to win 5-4 in overtime was an incredible win, but also came on the heals of a game where the Ice Bears went half the game before starting to play up to their potential.

Let's look at game one of the Oklahoma series against the Sooners, and use that 3-2 loss as the basis for the Ice Bears play. Filled with solid forchecking, complete with two potential game winning shots hitting the posts, the Ice Bears proved they can match up with a D1 team.

To be successful, the Ice Bears will have to stop ten Cyclone players who have 30 or more points on the season, and a goaltending core that has lead the team to a 29-5-4 record.

Don't count the Ice Bears out of this series. Missouri State can definitely put a twist in Iowa State's plans by playing the game of hockey like it's meant to be played -- fundamentally sound.

WSR will have game one for you live Friday at 7:20pm (CST) with the pre game show. Remember: Saturday's game will start at 7:30pm too.






Final Score Doesn't Explain Game Two

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01/28/06 - Springfield, MO. - Determined to come out strong against the Golden Eagles, the Ice Bears dominated the game climbing to a 7-2 lead over Marquette University midway through the third period and eventually squeeking out a 7-6 win.

But things changed with 10:28 left in the game after a major and double minor (9 mins of penalty time) was assesed to defenseman Jake Mowry which contributed to two powerplay goals and an even strength goal.

Over 1,000 fans saw Missouri State (18-6-3) start to lose the lead. The last 15 seconds tells it all.





Missouri State Takes Game One Of Series

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01/27/06 - Springfield, MO. - Knowing that the ACHA rankings were coming out Friday, Missouri State (17-6-3) knew they had to play well -- and win -- not only to guarantee a spot in the MACHA Gold Division playoffs, but keep the pollsters interested.

Another huge crowd of 960 fans saw the Ice Bears beat the Golden Eagles 4-1 extending its home unbeaten streak to 12 games, going 12-0-1.

Though they were out played to start the game, the Ice Bears scored first when Kent Adams stole the puck from Golden Eagles defenseman Ryan Denton giving the Ice Bears a 1-0 lead at 11:01 of the first.

In the second period, a controversial play changed the momentum of the game. The Ice Bears turned things around on a goal by Andy Hellwig at 11:43.

Then on a penalty kill in the third period, Joel Livingston took a pass up the middle and beat goaltender Blake Hallada at 14:15 to give Missouri State a 3-1 lead. With :26 seconds left David Ellis got his second goal this season.

The same night a win clinched a playoff spot in the MACHA tournament the Ice Bears (10-3-3 in MACHA) found out they were ranked 10th in the 4th ACHA Central Region rankings period leaving them that much closer to a spot in that tournament as well.






Ice Bears Get Convincing Win Over Huskies

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01/20/06 - Springfield, MO. - Although they didn't take the Northern Illinois lightly, the Missouri State Ice Bears (16-6-3) got it's second win of the series 8-1 over the Huskies before the largest crowd to see a hockey game this season. The Ice Bears are 9-0-1 at home. (Not counting two forfeit wins.)

The Ice Bears (8-3-3 in MACHA league play) lead 6-0 through two periods until the Huskies scored at 2:28 of the third period. Matt Hayen beat Kevin Rekowski to break the shut out.

In the first period Andy Whitener, Bobby Saitta, and Joel Livingston scored to give Missouri State a 3-0 lead. In the second period, Josh Conlin, Michael Deutman, and Dan Odenwald gave the Ice Bears a 6-0 lead.

Bobby Saitta scored on a wrap-around to put the Ice Bears up 7-1 with 4:32 left in the third. David Ellis rounded out the scoring with his first goal with the Ice Bears this season on a second effort try just to the left of Huskies goaltender Robert Martinez. He faced 35 shots while Rekowski saw 27.








Ice Bears Comeback Stuns Huskies

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01/20/06 - Springfield, MO. - It took Missouri State (15-6-3) just over two minutes at the start of the third period to erase a 3-2 deficit (with Jake Mowry, Andy Whitener, and Kent Adams notching goals to give the Ice Bears a 5-3 lead over Northern Illinois) en route to a 7-4 victory over the Huskies before 975 fans at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

Not knowing what to expect after finding out several players suffered injuries during the off season, the Ice Bears came out strong against the Huskies in the first period of game one. Despite good scoring opportunities by Andy Hellwig, and David Ellis, Bobby Saitta, and Josh Conlin, four minutes into the game, the Huskies scored first.

Ice Bears goalie Michael Brown tried to control a rebound of a third attempt by Jerry Connor which gave the Huskies 1-0 lead. It was 2-0 Huskies when Dennis Folliard took a pass from Eric Hummel that beat Brown, who was out of position after making the first save. The Ice Bears made it 2-1 when Dan Odenwald took a pass from Andy Hellwig and got it past Huskies goalie Robert Martinez.

The Huskies came back 1:07 later to make it 3-1 on a goal by Eric Madden which chased Brown. After Kevin Rekowski came in the nets, Missouri State scored the next four goals, three in just over two minutes to make it 5-3.

Late in the third period James Salerno took a pass from Connor and got it past Rekowski to put the Huskies within two goals. Dan Odenwald notched his second of the game moments later. His brother John Odenwald was given credit for the last goal after the Huskies pulled their goalie.

Odenwald skated in ahead of the defense getting tripped with an open net in front of him. A penalty shot was called but league rules state a penalty shot called, as the result of a penalty with an empty net because the goalie is pulled, is an automatic goal.








Ice Bears Vs Huskies: Game One Preview

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01/19/06 - Springfield, MO. - Will three straight days of practices get Missouri State's hockey legs going again after a long layoff? That question will be answered Friday night when the Ice Bears host the Huskies of Northern Illinois.

Missouri State is 6-3-1 in its last ten games (8-3-1 counting two forfeit games) and coming off a two game win streak against the University of Kansas. While Northern Illinois is 4-6-0 in ten games and split with Robert Morris College-Chicago.

Although both teams have used three goalies during the season, Missouri State seemed to have the edge. Things changed this week when Mike Poepping suffered a knee injury in practice Tuesday and according to Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton, will be out for a while. Poepping has two shut-outs while goaltenders Michael Brown and Kevin Rekowski have one a piece.

Injuries continue for the Ice Bears with Anthony Trupiano gone for the rest of the season with an arm injury suffered in a snow boarding accident. Tom O'Sullivan is still out with an injury lagging since December. Andy Hellwig is nursing a knee injury and John Timmerberg will miss both weekend games for getting his second game disqualification during the Kansas series. The Ice Bears also learned Jason Whitt will not be with the team for the second half of the season.

On the plus side, defenseman Clayton Baker is working on an eight game point streak (6G, 5A) and Joe Leiendecker has scored in three straight (4G, 2A) games. Although the Ice Bears have eight players (Leiendecker, Joel Livingston, Baker, Kent Adams, Andy Hellwig, Dan Odenwald, Bobby Saitta) in double digits in scoring, (Jason Lee, who's injury ended his season rounds out the eight) they will face a huskies team that has three of its top players scoring more than 20 points. Jerry Connor, James Salerno, and Kevin Wittenberg are the big guns for the Huskies.

WSR will have game one of the series live for you Friday starting at 6:50pm (CST) with the pre-game show.





Missouri State Hockey Returns This Week

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01/15/06 - Springfield, MO. - After 40 days of no hockey, the Ice Bears will spend this week getting ready to play a weekend series with Northern Illinois at Jordan Valley Ice Park starting Friday. One point behind Robert Morris College-Springfield for the MACHA Gold Division lead, Missouri State will play the next four against division teams including two against Marquette.

The Ice Bears will be gaining two players as Jason Whitt and David Ellis are eligible to play the remainder of the season. This will leave a "nice problem" for the coaching staff with nine defensemen on the roster.

The time off gives players a chance to heal. That will help Tom O'Sullivan who suffered an injury in December.


Is there a penalty name for this?

The latest rankings from the American Collegiate Hockey Association were somewhat of a shock with Missouri State ranked 11th. " I am very pleased to see the Ice Bears remain high in the ACHA Central Region rankings and feel we still have a great chance to finish in the top ten regional rankings and earn a trip to the ACHA Central Region playoffs in mid-February," said Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton.

"I was surprised to see a team we had beaten and tied in our two game series this season, Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, ranked in the 10th position but I think our chances to move up in the rankings are still good."

In fact, the remainder of the season looks favorable to the Ice Bears with six of the final eight games to be played at home in JVIP.

Olympic Village Comes to Springfield

Speaking of the Ice Bears home: Jordan Valley Ice Park will be transformed into Springfield's Olympic Village during the Winter Games in Turin, Italy, Feb. 10th through the 26th.

Several activities will take place to highlight Springfield's ice sports. Hockey and figure skating clinics will be available, along with Missouri State taking on cross-state rival Mizzou at 7pm the weekend of February 10th and 11th.

The Olympics will be shown on all Ice Park television sets as well as a giant projection screen mounted on the West Rink for viewing during free skating sessions and lessons. Other planned events include broomball, a "Silly" Olympics/Winter Carnival, and a mother-daughter event to watch the Ladies Figure Skating Finals.







News And Notes: Canceled Games, Rankings

12/16/05 - Springfield, MO. - For the second time this season a hockey team has canceled games with the Missouri State Ice Bears. According to information provided by Ice Bears General Manager Stan Melton, the reason the Billikens wrote off Missouri State's two game road trip January 6th and 7th was a rink scheduling conflict.

"We were looking forward to playing both games with St. Louis University as a tune up before starting MACHA league play," said Assistant Coach Andy Marquart referring to starting the second half of the hockey season after the long winter break.

The announcement was made during Saturdays post game show after the Ice Bears shutout the Kansas Jayhawks 6-0.

Hear part of the interview

with Steve Casson, Dan Lee, and Assistant Coach Andy Marquart.


Meanwhile, the third seasonal ranking went out Friday and the Ice Bears stayed in 11th place. Perhaps it's because of two forfeit wins over Palmer College, or two tough losses against Oklahoma.

Two teams did change places with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville moving from 12th place to 10th swapping positions with Depaul. Missouri State beat and tied the Cougars back in October.

Despite the criteria for ranking teams, one thing is for sure -- another canceled series of games will make it even tougher for Missouri State to climb into 10th place -- and a birth in the ACHA national tournament. On the Ice Bears side -- they will be playing the final six of eight games at home in Jordan Valley Ice Park. The Ice Bears are 7-0-1 at home.





Another Penalty Filled Game For Both Teams

12/10/05 - Springfield, MO. - Game two between the Missouri State Ice Bears and University of Kansas Jayhawks was again filled with penalties. The first period started with the officials trying to control the game, and it ended in the players creating the penalties.

Check out the in the archived section, or click on the links below.

Here are a few highlights of the second game of the series with the Jayhawks. Keep in mind they may reveal the score at the time of the highlight. If you would rather listen to the game in it's entirety without knowing the score -- don't click below.







Ice Bears Come Home To A Warm Reception

12/09/05 - Springfield, MO. - The Missouri State Ice Bears skated in front of 775 fans who packed the house -- whooping and hollering -- hoping to see it's hockey team win the first game of the two game series against the Kansas Jayhawks at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

The game is archived -- but if you can't wait -- you can click on the links below.

These links below contain highlights of game one, but may reveal the score at the time of the highlight. If you want to listen to the game in it's entirety without knowing the score -- don't click below.

The Ice Bears will meet the Jayhawks today at 4pm (CST) and WebSports Radio will have the game for you live starting with the pre-game show at 3:50pm (CST).





Ice Bears Look For Wins Against Jayhawks

12/05/05 - Springfield, MO. - Missouri State (12-6-3) will be looking to rebound after suffering their worst loss this season, 6-2 against the University of Oklahoma last weekend. The Ice Bears will be home for the final time this year to play the University of Kansas for two games starting Friday.

Last Saturday's loss is only the second game Missouri State has been defeated by more than two goals (3-0 to Wagner College in the St. Cloud Tournament, October 8th.)

Ice Bears leading scorer Dan Odenwald left the game in the third period with what turns out to be a mild shoulder sprain and a hit to the chest. "He should be Okay," said Ice Bears Head Coach Benjamin Alexander in Saturday's post game show.  

Meanwhile, the Jayhawks (7-11-0) were swept by McKendree College the weekend of November 18th, and they split two games with Missouri State's JV (White) team to begin their season.

This weekend will also feature some fun events at Jordan Valley Ice Park. Friday is Ladies Night and all women get in free, it's also Greek night for Fraternities and Sororities. The second tailgating event will also be held Friday at the Shrine Mosque from 5pm to 7pm (CST).

Join WSR for live play-by-play coverage starting with the pre-game show at 6:50pm (CST).




Ice Bears Welcome Rematch With Sooners

12/03/05 - Oklahoma, OK. - If followers of the Ice Bears had questions about Missouri State's ability to keep up with a Division I team, they were answered in game one against the Sooners.

The Sooners skated lines reminiscent of the movie "Miracle" (where coach Herb Brooks of the 1980 USA Hockey team had his players skate because he felt the team didn't play well against it's opponent) last night.

"It's more of an insult to us," said assistant coach Andy Marquart referring to the fact that the Ice Bears are underestimated by many teams this year. "We'll turn that into a positive for tonight."

Join WSR for game two tonight starting at 7:20pm (CST) with the pre game show.




Ice Bears Begin Second Half With Sooners

Editors Note: MACHA league statistics in the story from 11/23/05 were incorrect and have been corrected in the story below.

11/29/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - An exciting season continues Friday for Missouri State, and it's going to be an important time for Ice Bears Hockey. They will face even tougher opponents including three D1 teams along with an Iowa State team that as of this week is 20-2-1.

All that aside, the Ice Bears (12-4-3) treated fans to a first ever win (after the university name change) over the University of Missouri on October 2nd, a third place trophy in the St. Cloud Tournament, on October 9th, and an incredible come-from-behind 4-4 tie against Southern Illinois on October 29th. In fact, Mike Poepping had to make a big save :30 seconds into overtime to preserve the tie.

The winning continued for the Ice Bears sweeping Northern Michigan, and pulling out a come-from-behind win in overtime to beat Lindenwood 5-4 after trailing by four goals late in the second period. The next day the Ice Bears ran out of time on another comeback attempt -- which ended in a 4-3 loss.

These heroics placed the Ice Bears ninth in the Central Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association through October 31st, but have fallen to 11th during the second ranking period. In MACHA division play Missouri State leads the Gold Division with 15 points (6-3-3) and have home games with division foes Northern Illinois, Marquette and the University of Missouri.


This weekend the Ice Bears will face an Oklahoma Sooners team that has only won once in it's last 10 games, and had their original coach Craig McAlister (48-17-4 in two and-a-half years) leave under strange circumstances a month ago.

WSR will have game one for you live starting at 7:20pm (CST) Friday.




News and Notes: Missouri State Ice Bears

11/23/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - It makes you wonder if a break for the Thanksgiving holidays is welcomed or not by the Missouri State Ice Bears.

Yes, the time off will give players some time to heal from injuries, but it's also coming at a time when the Ice Bears have not lost in 12 of the last 13 games (including both games forfeited by Palmer College) and enjoyed a 10 game unbeaten streak.

Their play hasn't gone unnoticed either. Missouri State is ranked 9th in the Central Division of the American Collegiate Hockey Association through the first ranking period ending October 31st. (the second regional ranking is due out this week) with the top 10 teams going to the playoffs in Geneva, Illinois.

Meanwhile, the Ice Bears have taken the lead in the MACHA Gold Division standings with 23 points (10-3-3) while going 12-4-3 overall. The last half of the season will be a tough one, and could prove to the hockey world that the Ice Bears are for real this year. They play three D1 teams, University of Oklahoma, Saint Louis University and Iowa State. They'll end the regular season against a much improved Missouri University, Columbia team.

Missouri States' run to the top has been supplemented by goaltending, with three netminders that have played at the top if their game when given the chance in net. Although Mike Poepping has seen most of the action -- and is ranked third in the ACHA among goaltenders in the country -- the Ice Bears have Mike Brown, and Kevin Rekowski, who each have a win under their belts.

Dan Odenwald leads the Ice Bears in scoring with 24 points (14G, 10A) and is working on a five game goal scoring streak. Defensively, Clayton Baker (5G, 5A) has scored five goals in the past five games too. There's even balanced scoring as Joe Leiendecker, Joel Livingston, Kent Adams, and Andy Hellwig all have double digit points, with several more poised to join the group.

Nearly 3,300 fans have packed Jordan Valley Ice Park in six home games, and if that doesn't lead the league in attendance, it would be surprising. Unfortunately, the Ice Bears will be on the road to begin the second half of the season December 2nd. They'll play two against the University of Oklahoma, Sooners.

WSR will have the game live for you starting at 7:20pm (CST) with the pre-game show.



Series Second Game Could Go Either Way

10/29/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Another game against last years MACHA Gold Division II champions, and the Ice Bears were trying to keep their six game unbeaten streak alive against the Southern Illinois - Edwardsville Cougars.

The game is archived, but those who need to know now, can click on the options below.

With Assistant Coach Andy Marquart

Missouri State will be home again this Friday with the Northern Michigan University Wildcats at 7pm (CST). WSR will have the game live starting at 6:50pm with the pre game show.



Ice Bears Comeback Ties Second Game

10/29/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Missouri State, down by 4 goals more than half way through the game against SIUE Saturday, extended their 6 game unbeaten streak to seven by scoring four unanswered goals to tie the Cougars 4-4 in overtime.

With 6:22 remaining in the second period the Ice Bears mounted their comeback on a goal by John Odenwald. In the third period, Dan Odenwald put a shot past goalie Casey Kicielinski with 9:51 left.

Then on the powerplay Kent Adams scored with 7:15 left to put the Ice Bears with in one goal. Clayton Baker got the game tying goal 1:14 later to complete the comeback. Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping made two spectacular saves, 43 seconds into overtime, on Jason Walker to preserve the tie.

Walker had a hat-trick for the Cougars. John Greffett got the other.



Ice Bears Try To Win Opening Game Of Series

10/28/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - Looking for respect and looking for their first win ever against Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the Missouri State Ice Bears were glad to be home in Jordan Valley Ice Park to play the Cougars.

They found out leading scorer Andy Hellwig will be out until at least the middle of December after injuring his hand in a game against Robert Morris College last week.

The Ice Bears' bench was thin dressing only 19 skaters as Joel Loeffler, Justin Schlobohm, Anthony Trupiano, Stephen Hellwig and Kevin Rekowski played with the JV squad.

For those who want to know the score of the game before listening to the archived game can click here.

You can listen to part of the post game show with Steve Casson talking to Head Coach Benjamin Alexander.

If you want to hear the goal of the game click here.

The Ice Bears will take a six game unbeaten streak into the game tonight against SIUE (7pm CST) live on WebSports Radio.com with the pre game show starting at 6:50pm.



Weekend Series Should Be A Good One

10/27/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO. - If Missouri State wants to turn some heads in Division II of the Mid-American Collegiate Hockey Association Gold division, they can do it with wins over Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville this weekend.

SIUE (7-1) has out scored opponents 45-19 with their only loss to the University of Kentucky, October 7th. A closer look at SIUE's schedule shows the team has played 4 it's 8 games against independent teams.

Contrast that with Missouri State (6-3-2) who, with the exception of the St. Cloud Tournament, have played MACHA opponents so far. The Ice Bears have three more goals at 22 than it's rivals who have 19.

But, the key to the series will be goaltending -- and the Ice Bears have the edge. Usually most teams downfall, Missouri State has three netminders can step in at anytime.

Join WSR for live coverage of Ice Bears hockey starting at 6:50pm (CST) Friday with the pre game show. The puck drops at 7pm inside Jordan Valley Ice Park in Springfield, Missouri.


Teams Pick Up Where They Left Off Friday

10/22/05 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Who would have guessed that four goals in the weekend series between Missouri State and Robert Morris College would be all the offensive production, and leave both teams without a win.

Skating to a rare 0-0 tie in overtime Saturday, the game featured splendid play from Ice Bears goaltender Mike Poepping and Eagles netminder Nathan Oppe.

Missouri State (6-3-2) played without the services of John Timmerberg and Tom O'Sullivan who sat out for fighting in the first game. Andy Hellwig was knocked out of the game in the second period and Michael Deutman injured his hand half way through the second period. He left with a banged up finger after taking a hard hit, but returned midway in the third.

The Ice Bears came close hitting the goal post twice, and put great pressure on the Eagles with 5 minutes left in the game, but couldn't get the puck past Oppe. Missouri State out shot Robert Morris College 37-30.


Nobody Wins The First Game Of Series

10/21/05 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Missouri State learned that no lead is safe on the road, especially against Robert Morris College. Leading 2-1 going into the third period, the Ice Bears couldn't hold off the attack of the Eagles, and skated away with at 2-2 tie in overtime at the Nelson Center Ice Arena.

Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping kept the Eagles off the scoreboard for nearly two periods, until the 11:35 mark of the third period when Steve Masse tied the game. Chad Lhanon and Andrew Bell assisted on the goal.

Having the JV team playing at the same arena became an advantage for Head Coach Benjamin Alexander, creating different line combinations, and allowing the teams to exchange skaters while both games were being played. Missouri State's JV team defeated RMC's JV team, 7-1.

After one period the Ice Bears (6-3-1) found themselves down 1-0 on a goal by the Eagles Dave Lannert at 11:03. The second period was a different story for the Ice Bears when Dan Odenwald scored a power play goal at the 12:43 mark on an assist by Andy Hellwig.

Twelve seconds later Bobby Saitta slapped home a perfect pass from Joel Livingston that beat Eagles goalie Nathan Oppe. This goal was also on the power play -- part of a two man advantage -- in a period dominated by the Ice Bears.


Game Two Of Series Filled With Penalties

10/15/05 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Most fans left the game between the Missouri State Ice Bears and McKendree College Bearcats wondering what the officials were looking at. Nearly 30 minutes of penalties were called in the second period alone. At the end of the game tempers flared as the teams lined up for handshakes.

(Hear archived game) (See game score)

Both coaches exchanged words at center ice and players started pushing prompting the referees to try and restore order. Eventually cooler heads prevailed and both teams skated off the ice.

Steve Casson talked with Head Coach Benjamin Alexander about the game on the post game show, and about how the Ice Bears played against the Bearcats.

Next weekend Missouri State will be in Springfield, Illinois to play Robert Morris College. This series will be the only games not covered by WebSports Radio.com. The next webcast is scheduled for Friday October 28th when the Ice Bears are home against last years MACHA Division Champion the SIUE Cougars at 7pm (CST).


Ice Bears Take Home Third Place Trophy

10/09/05 - ST. CLOUD, MN - To get three goals in a game is not considered rare, but it's not an everyday occurrence. Missouri State's forward Dan Odenwald scored four as the Ice Bears took home the third place trophy in the St. Cloud State University Tournament with a 9-6 win over the host St. Cloud Huskies. (See score sheet.) (Hear archived game.)

Odenwald got the Ice Bears on the board fifty seconds into the opening period tipping in a shot from Michael Deutman. After the Huskies tied the game 4:01 into the first, Tom O'Sullivan scored :22 seconds later to put the Ice Bears back in the lead. His first of two in the game.

At 12:10 of the second period, Odenwald scored his second goal on the power-play moving past two defenseman and putting the puck past Huskies goaltender Ethan Lyerly.

Missouri State (4-3) had 3-goal leads three times in the game including a 6-3 lead in the second in which the Huskies rallied back to close the gap at 6-5. But the Ice Bears pulled away on Odenwald's third goal at 5:58 in the third period. Then after Kent Adams was called for hooking, Odenwald picked up his 4th of the game, a shorthanded goal at 9:32.

The Huskies didn't give up, and on a goal by Brady Sharstrom, got within two goals of the Ice Bears. St. Cloud pulled their goalie for an extra skater and the Ice Bears Andy Hellwig scored an empty net goal putting them back up by three goals. Ice Bears goaltender Michael Brown faced 45 shots and gets the win.


Wagner College Too Much For Ice Bears

10/08/05 - ST. CLOUD, MN - They are the defending champions of the St. Cloud State University Tournament. They were one step ahead of their opponent. They picked up a 3-0 win and move into the championship game tomorrow at 3pm.

They are the Wagner College Seahawks from New York state.

Out played in most of the second period, the Missouri State Ice Bears couldn't control the puck and were out shot 23-6. Mike Poepping faced 44 shots and gets the loss for the Ice Bears.

After a 2-0 Wagner College lead with 12:11 remaining in the second, the Ice Bears started to work the puck and put pressure on the Seahawks, but penalties slowed the Ice Bears momentum and it was tough getting anything going during the rest of the period.

Missouri State can still win a third place trophy when they play the host St. Cloud State Huskies at 12:15pm (CST) Sunday. WebSports Radio will have the game live starting at 12:05pm. (See score sheet.)


Ice Bears Win Opening Round Game

10/07/05 - ST. CLOUD, MN - The question of who the Ice Bears will play next has been answered. They beat the Minnesota State at Mankato Mavericks 3-1 and Wagner College trounced the University of Minnesota 6-1 on the practice rink at the National Hockey Center. Missouri State will meet Wagner College Saturday at 7pm. (See score sheet.)

Having not won an opening round game so far this season, and not wanting to continue that again going into the St. Cloud State Third Annual Hockey Invitational, coach Benjamin Alexander stressed how imperative it was for the Ice Bears to win their first game.

Midway through the first period the Ice Bears got two goals in 1:02. Andy Hellwig scored a nice goal spinning around in front of Mavericks goalie Brian Dubois and putting it past him for a 1-0 lead. Then Bobby Saitta got a pass from John Odenwald and came down the middle with a shot that zipped past Dubois on the right side.

Despite a small player bench, the Mavericks made the game close when Brian Rose returned the favor with a spinning move similar to Hellwig's and put the puck past Ice Bears goalie Mike Poepping.

Missouri State got an empty net goal from Dan Odenwald in the final minute when the Minnesota State pulled their goalie for an extra skater. Both teams had 33 shots on goal.

If Missouri State wins they will play in the finals Sunday at 3pm. They'll take on the winner of the St. Cloud State vs University of Minnesota Duluth game, which takes place at 4:15 (CST) Saturday before the Ice Bears play.


Braves Squeak By Ice Bears On The Road

09/23/05 - PEORIA, IL - The first game of the opening road trip for the Missouri State Hockey team didn't go as well as they hoped Friday night, as the Bradley University Braves handed the Bears its first loss of the season 7-6 in overtime.

With 2:13 left in the extra period, the Bradley University's Pat Harbour slapped home the game winner giving the Braves the victory and kept Missouri State looking for its first.

Missed opportunities and penalties put the Bears down by two in the first period, but goals by Kent Adams, Dan Odenwald brought the Ice Bears even after 20 minutes. After a goal by Bradley University, it was Missouri State's turn to take a two goal lead in the second on goals by Jason Lee, and Bobby Saitta, and Andy Whitener.

In the third, the Braves came back with two goals tying the game 5-5. Kent Adam's second goal of the game put the Ice Bears back on top 6-5. Then Bradley scored late in the third to tie the game and send it into overtime.

The Ice Bears out shot the Braves 39-34. Goaltender Kevin Rekowski played 41:43 facing 24 shots and giving up 4 goals. Mike Poepping who played the final 21 minutes gets the loss. He stopped 7 of 10 shots.

The Ice Bears play the second game of the series Saturday afternoon against the Braves at 3pm.


Ice Bears Lose Exhibition Game

09/11/05 - Springfield, MO - Playing most of its Junior Varsity team, the Missouri State Ice Bears came up short against the St. Louis Billikens by a score of 7-5 at Jordan Valley Ice Park. Tom O' Sullivan, Jason Lee, and John Timmerberg each scored goals, while Joe Leiendecker had two in the third period for the Ice Bears.

A costly five minute major penalty by the Ice Bears Brian Mosely lead to two goals by the Billikens. Alex Merkle, Kirk O'Donnell scored on the 5-minute man advantage. Steve Daughtery scored twice and Will Hux, put in a rebound past a sprawling Mike Poepping. Jim Matela scored with a nifty move over the shoulder over of goalie Michael Brown. Late in the third period O'Donnell got the final mark for the Billikens.

The game was webcast live, Sunday 9/11/05, on WebSportsRadio.com as part of an exhibition by WSR to test broadcast equipment.


Ozark Tigers Blank Neosho Wildcats 30-0

09/16/05 - NEOSHO, MO - Neosho thought up two trick plays that were the perfect remedy for a stingy Ozark Tiger defense, but unfortunately for the Wildcats they will remember it didn’t work.

The two dropped passes by wide open receivers may have given the Wildcats the spark they would have needed to keep themselves in a tight first half in which Ozark could manage only 12 points.

As it was, two early third quarter drives by the Tigers (capped off with a 26-yard field goal by Dallas Hord and a one-yard plunge by quarterback Brett Walster just 33 seconds later) took Ozark to a comfortable 22-0 lead and took the growl out of the Wildcats for the remainder of the contest.

A high punt snap over the head of Neosho QB/Punter Zach Stuart, that sailed through the end zone, led to an unusual 2-0 lead for the Tigers midway through the first period. Ozark made it 9 – 0 on a 7-yard alley-oop pass to 6’-8” wide receiver Tyler Oakley with 9:08 left in the half. Hord got his first field goal from 26 yards out just before the break, and the Tigers went to the locker room with a slim 12 – 0 lead.

The Tigers dominated in the second half, tacking on a late TD for the final minutes of the game.

Walster rushed for 58 yards and a touch while throwing for 101 yards and another score on 7 of 12 efforts. Seth Mason ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, while Oakley caught three passes for 27 yards.

Running back Tommy St. Louis was the workhorse for the Wildcats, carrying 22 times for 80 yards.

The sixth-ranked Tigers stay unbeaten at 3 – 0, while the Wildcats continue to search for their first win.


Ozark Tigers Edge Past Carthage Tigers

09/09/05 - CARTHAGE, MO - It wasn't a barn burner but it was a win for the Ozark Tigers who got past the Carthage Tigers 14-7 in Friday football action. Carthage got on the scoreboard quickly in the first quarter with an 80 yard drive, capped by a 6-yard pass to Blake Womake, to take an early 7-0 advantage. Carthage held the Ozark Tigers at bay until Ozark head coach Chris Allison put in Brett Walster at quarterback for the final two minute drive of the first half.

Walster hit 4 out of 5 passes on the 48 yard, ten play drive, and ran the ball in the end zone with just 29 seconds left in the half. Ozark picked up where they left off in the third quarter as Walster engineered a 67-yard drive. His 4-yard run up the middle gave Ozark a 14-7 lead. It was a defensive battle from the start, but the Ozark defense proved the difference. Erik Butzin recovered a fumble, and later Ozark ended a Carthage drive at the 2-yard line with 1:14 left in the game.

Walster rushed for 28 yards and passed for 46 yards. Tyler Oakley caught three passes for 27 yards. Seth Mason also caught three passes for 18 yards while rushing for 26 yards on 7 caries. Carthage's John Terry had 101 yards on 22 carries for the Tigers.


UHL HOCKEY - River Otters Win, Stay Alive

04/20/05 - St. Louis, MO - The Missouri River Otters extended their playoff hopes Wednesday night by beating the Ft. Wayne Komets 3 - 2 in game four of their best-of-seven, first round UHL playoff series. Three power play goals and stellar net minding by goaltender Kevin Reiter led to the victory, which closes the series gap to 3 - 1.

Forward Glenn Detulleo of the Missouri River Otters is checked by Ft. Wayne Komets defenceman Tom Nemeth, knocking Detulleo's helmet off in the second period of Missouri's 3-2 win in game four of the UHL playoffs at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.

Photo: Steve Casson WebSports Radio.com

The Otters came into their first power play opportunity with a set offensive play, and some nifty passing from Frank Littlejohn and Barrie Moore left Ryan Johnson charging in on Komet goalie Kevin St. Pierre unobstructed. Johnson found the upper right corner, and the Otters led 1 - 0 five minutes into the match.

Missouri led 2 - 0 in the second when Mike Domkiewicz got a second rebound to go in at the 12:05 mark.

Ft. Wayne stormed back in the final stanza, and after stopping the first 30 shots Reiter finally yielded a power play goal to Dustin Virag 11:56 into the period. The Komets tied it just three minutes later when Sean Venedam stuffed a rebound back in, and it looked like the two teams were headed for overtime. But Justin Quenneville picked up a loose puck right in front of St. Pierre and snuck it around and inside the right post with 3:59 remaining to secure the win.


Photo: Steve Casson WebSports Radio.com

A hard check by River Otters forward Barrie Moore sends Komet's forward Tom Nelson to the ice while battling for the puck late in the third period Wednesday night. The River Otters go back to Ft. Wayne trailing 3-1 in the first round of the best of seven United Hockey League playoffs.

Despite allowing two goals Rieter earned number-one star honors for the Otters, and deservedly so. Reiter was spectacular, withstanding one Komet barrage after another with several unbelievable saves along the way. Reiter ended with 38 saves on the night. The Komets out-shot the Otters 40 - 20.

Game five is slated for the War Memorial Coliseum in Ft. Wayne Saturday, April 23, at 7:30 pm CST.


River Otters Come Home Trailing By Two

04/18/05 - St. Louis, MO - A short handed goal by Ft. Wayne forward Tom Nemeth with 12:15 into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Komets to a 3 - 1 win over Missouri Sunday night, leaving the River Otters in desperate need of a win as they come home trailing in the best of seven UHL first-round playoff series 2 - 0.

The Otters took the early lead on an unassisted effort by Reagan Leslie at the 13:19 mark of the first period. Komet center P.C. Druin knotted the game at 9:28 of the second stanza, assisted by Jason Kean and Tom Nelson.

Missouri had a golden opportunity later in the period when Chris Grenville’s interference penalty put a Komet in the box, but Andy Townsend slipped a pass by the pressing Otter defense and found Nemeth for the shorthanded game winner with just five seconds left on the penalty.

Troy Neimeyer added an empty netter late in the contest to give Ft. Wayne a two-game advantage heading into game three.

The Komets only managed 25 shots on goaltender Kevin Relter while the Otters peppered Kevin St. Pierre with 34 shots. St. Pierre, the Komet MVP a year ago, was equal to the challenge, kicking out 33 attempts.

The Otters will not get to play their first two home games of the series in the friendly confines of Family Arena in St. Charles due to other contractual obligations. Instead, the Otters will face the Komets Tuesday and Wednesday at the Savvis Center in St. Louis. Both games are scheduled for 7 pm local time.


Spirit Lose Final Home Game To Jr. Blues

SPRINGFIELD, MO - The Spirit looking to spoil the Jr. Blues chances for a playoff spot, couldn't take advantage of a 5 on 3 power play in the third period and gave up a shorthanded goal to Jeff Gumaer with 15:35 left as the Blues beat the Spirit 3-1 at Jordan Valley Ice Park. Mike Janda scored for the Spirit at 5:03 of the second period with a shot over the right shoulder of Jr. Blues goaltender Wes Russell. Scoring for the Jr. Blues: Matt Stendahl at 4:45 of the first period, and Pat Lee at 14:16 of the second, his 13th point against the Spirit.Hear the goals:

#1 Matt Stendahl - Jr. Blues (1-0)

#2 Mike Janda - Spirit (1-1)

#3 Pat Lee - Jr. Blues (2-1)

#4 Jeff Gumaer - Jr. Blues (3-1)