SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State Bears Division I hockey team just completed a three day weekend of games against Southern Illinois â€“ Edwardsville and longtime rival, Illinois State. The series against, SIUe was played on pink ice at Mediacom Ice Park to raise money and awareness for the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
Missouri State would go on to defeat the Cougars of SIUe by a score of 6-5 in overtime.
On Saturday night, the Bears opened the scoring first with a goal scored by Freshman defenseman, Chris Brown, but the Cougars quickly buried two of their own and took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
Senior Captain, Ryan Hogland infused some excitement into Bears fans tying the game at 2 just 30 seconds into the second period.
The lead would switch a few different times until the final ten minutes of the third period when Missouri State rallied to score 3 un-answered goals. When the clocked showed 0:00, the Bears had won the contest 9-7.
â€œIt was great, just the high scoring game and being down a couple times and every single time we scored this place shook it was great. I love these fans.â€ Chris Brown said.
The Bears ended their weekend of hockey facing a familiar villain in the Illinois State Redbirds.
Missouri State went into the first intermission tied at 1 with Ryan Hogland getting the Bears on the board.
Playing discipline hockey would eventually being the deciding factor of the contest. Quickly into the 2nd period, freshman forward, Jordy Bratton would give the Bears a 2-1 advantage by capitalizing on the play.
The St. Louis, Missouri native didnâ€™t stop there as he ripped another past the ISU goaltender to give the Bears a 3-1 lead.
The third period proved to be just as exciting as the rest of the game as the Bratton, Hogland, and Kovachich line produced two more goals. Chase Dobler also deked the ISU goalie into submission on a beautiful breakaway goal on a phenomenal spring pass by defenseman, Chris Brown.
The Cougars tallied a few as well, but Missouri State eventually won the contest by a score of 6-4. Jordy Bratton earned a Hat Trick and goaltender, Joey MacConnell, earned the victory.
The win against Illinois State was the third of the weekend for the Bears as they earned 6 points.
The Bears will resume WCHL play as they host the University of Arizona Wildcats on Thursday, October 27 and the Arizona State Sun Devils on October 28 and 29 at Mediacom Ice Park in Springfield.