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Bears defeat Southern Illinois -Edwardsville on Pink Ice

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State Bears Division I hockey team just completed a three day weekend of games against Southern Illinois – 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.

“It 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.” 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 didn’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.

Bears beat Augustana & Colorado State on 1st homestand

SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Division I Missouri State University Bears (ranked 24 in the country) earned six points in their home-stand against Augustana, Colorado – Boulder, and Colorado State.

In the first game of the 2016-2017 campaign, the Bears were able to rack up seven goals while allowing zero to start the season off with a win. In the second game, more dominance occurred with the Bears scoring 11 goals and once again allowing zero. Senior goalie, Joey MacConnell, stopped all 36 shots on the weekend giving him an early lead in the stats category of the ACHA. Junior, Alex Turin, also added his own flare to Saturday night’s contest with one of the best highlight reel goals you will ever see. You can check out the goal at http://www2.tsn.ca/bardown/Story.aspx?Young%2bhockey%2bplayer%2babsolutely%2bembarrasses%2bhis%2bopponents%2bwith%2ba%2bfantastic%2bgoal&id=589247

The weekend against Augustana was the first chance for Bears fans to get a look at the deep 2016 recruiting class that features 13 new players from all over North America and Europe. “Honestly, it (the weekend) was fantastic,” Ice Bears head coach Bob Bucher said. “We were able to get all of the young guys into the system, get rid of the butterflies and get ready to play.”

Thursday night, the #10 ranked Colorado Buffalo entered the confines of Mediacom Ice Park. The Bears killed of quite a few penalties but had a lapse for about 5 minuets in the first period where the Bears quickly gave up 4 goals. That would enough to earn the win on road ice for CU as the Buffalo’s took the WCHL opener by a score of 9-2.

The Bears were able to awaken from hibernation for a big bounce back win vs Colorado State on Friday night. Missouri State was able to score early and often defeating the Rams by a scored of 8-1.

In the series finale, the story of the game was Freshman goaltender, Brady Griffin, and some of the unfortunate bounces late in the third period. Griffin quickly battled back after allowing a goal just 15 seconds into the 1st period by making 41 saves the rest of the night. The Rams didn’t hold onto the 1-0 lead long as Freshman forward, Zane O’Bryan scored his first career collegiate goal to tie the score at 1. Not long after that, Junior defenseman Brennan Anderson added another tally as the Bears took a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

The score remained knotted at 2 before the Rams scored a Power Play goal to take the lead with three and half minuets left.

Colorado State held onto the lead late in the third period when the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Year, Marshall Gevers, streaked down the far side boards on a breakaway only to be stopped by the referee who happened to get accidentally got into the lane that Gevers was skating in. Two minuets later, Colorado State would score the game winning goal after a scramble in front of goaltender, Brady Griffin.

Missouri state went 3-2 in their home stand to start the 2016-2017 season. “You always wanna win in your own barn but it’s the nature of the league we play in,” said Bucher. “When you’re playing in a league that traditionally carries five or six teams out of eight going to a national tournament, it’s anybody’s game on any given night.”

“It was an awesome experience. This is a fun place to play, good team to play with,” Griffin said of his first game. “It’s a good feeling. I’m excited for the next four years for sure.”

The #24 Bears will travel to Ames, Iowa for their first road test of the season as they battle the 2016 National Champion Runner Up, Iowa State Cyclones on September 23 and 24.

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Castlegar Capt’n, Wornig, completes ’16 Recruiting Class

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Castlegar Rebels captain, Carson Wornig, rounds out the 2016 recruiting class by committing to Missouri State for the 2016-2017 season. Wornig has been a staple in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) since his first season with the Rebels in 2013-2014. During his time in Castlegar, the shutdown defenseman recorded 11 goals, 34 assists and 210 PIMS in 163 games.

The White Rock, British Columbia native models his game after Jason Garrison of the Vancouver Canucks who also hails from White Rock. “I play a solid and gritty defensive roll. I like to make big hits and block a lot of shots,” said Wornig.

The 6’3, 190 lbs defenseman will definitely add to an already intimidating blue line on the Bears Division I roster.

Carson decided to commit to Missouri State because the prestigious construction management program that the university has to offer.

In his free time, Carson enjoys snowboarding, surfing, and spending time with friends.

Wornig is the 15th player to commit to Missouri State for the 2016 recruiting class. He is joined by Craig Berry (D), Carson Comar (F), Jordy Bratton (F), Brady Griffin (G), Brendan Shuck (G), Austin Davis (F), Chadd Lounder (F), Hunter Saunders (F), Patrik Johannson (D), Chris Brown (D), Jake Champaign (F), Brian Schumacher (D), and Sasha Perron (F).

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Bears add another in Transfer, Perron!

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Forward, Sasha Perron, is the latest to commit to Missouri State University for the fall of 2016. The Sooke, British Columbia native joins the Bears after playing 26 games last season with the McKendree Bearcats (ACHA DIII). While playing for McKendree, Perron racked up 20 goals, 24 assists, and 106 PIMS. Prior to starting his college hockey career, Perron spent two seasons with the Bellingham Blazers of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL). Perron was named an alternate captain in his last season with the Blazers. In his two seasons in Bellingham, Perron netted 42 goals and 53 assists in 72 games as well as 194 PIMS which he helped his team win the Cascade Cup.He also spent time with the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL)

“I chose to commit to Missouri State because I want to play to the best of my ability, be challenged on a day to day basis and I want to win. I want to win a National Championship and I believe the Ice Bears give me the best chance of that,” said Perron.

The 6’2 power forward models his game after Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks. “He is a gritty, tough, sturdy hockey player who is good at protecting the puck and can score. I play high intensity hockey. I believe I play big, I hit hard, grind harder and can put the puck in the net. I hope to help the Bears both on and off the ice with my positive attitude and hard work.”

Perron’s goal is to win a Division I National Championship at Missouri State. “My personal goal is to do my best every day, every practice and every training session, in my school work and to be an elite hockey player.”

While in Springfield, Perron plans on studying business marketing.

When he is not on the ice or in the classroom, you can find the Canadian forward outdoors. His hobbies include: golfing, fishing, hiking, boating, and other sports.

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Ice Bears and Express Team Up for 2nd ATOP Charity Game

For the second-consecutive year, the Missouri State University Ice Bears will play a preseason charity hockey game with the Springfield Express, a Junior A hockey team in the Western States Hockey League, on Wednesday, September 7 at 7 p.m. inside Mediacom Ice Park.

Once again the rosters of the Ice Bears and Express will be mixed together forming teams that will play an exhibition hockey game with proceeds to benefit both organizations and the Assistive Technology Outdoors Professionals (ATOP) Sled Dogs hockey team based in Springfield.

It’s the second time both clubs have united efforts with the goal of fostering a good alliance between both organizations and drawing fans to the sport of hockey. Proceeds for ATOP last year topped $1500.

An entrance fee (to be determined) will be charged at the door. Half of the proceeds will go to the ATOP Sled Dogs; the remainder will pay for expenses and then split between the Ice Bears and Express.

Don’t miss a chance to see your  Ice Bears’ team before they hit the ice for the 2016-17 regular season against Augustana the weekend of September 9-10. Spread the word and let’s pack the rink for ATOP on September 7th at 7:00 p.m. at Mediacom Ice Park.

Bears Add Tulsa Captain & All Star Hiserodt for 16-17

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Tulsa Oilers veteran defenseman, Sam Hiserodt, is the latest to sign his letter of intent with the Missouri State Bears hockey team. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has spent the last four seasons with his home town team in the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).

The 6’2 defenseman racked up 51 points and 174 PIMs during his last two seasons with the Jr Oilers.

While playing for Tulsa, Hiserodt was named WSHL Player of the Week several times and was also named to the WSHL All Star Team last season.

Hiserodt describes himself as a two-way defenseman that will play physical in the defensive zone and also contribute on the stat sheet. “I am a big body that will play a physical style who tries to make smart hockey plays.”

The Bears are excited about Hiserodt’s leadership qualities. Being a veteran whom wore the C in junior hockey will translate very easily to the college game. “Sam is a great kid and a great hockey player. He works hard every time he’s on the ice and is a great leader. I couldn’t be more proud of a young man. He comes to the rink every day wanting to be better than the day before. He will be greatly missed in Tulsa,” said Jr Oilers Head Coach Marty Magers.

The inviting atmosphere of Mediacom Ice Park and the Springfield community is what enticed Hiserodt to sign his letter of intent with the Bears. “Missouri State just felt right to me. It was a very inviting feeling when Coach Bucher took me on a tour when we (Tulsa Jr Oilers) were playing the (Springfield) Express,” said Hiserodt.

We asked Sam what he is going to bring to the Bears to become a fan favorite in front of the best fans in the ACHA and he responded: “Fans love physical play. We had loyal fans in Tulsa and our whole division would bring in a lot of fans for each game. It’s going to get rowdy.”

“My number one priority is earning a college degree,’ Sam is planning on majoring in physical therapy.` I also want to win a national championship’.”

Sam enjoys golfing and fishing in his free time. “There’s not much else to do in Oklahoma besides golf and go to the lake,” said Hiserodt.

Hiserodt is the 13th player to commit to Missouri State for the 2016 recruiting class. He is joined by Craig Berry (D), Carson Comar (F), Jordy Bratton (F), Brady Griffin (G), Brendan Shuck (G), Austin Davis (F), Chadd Lounder (F), Hunter Saunders (F), Patrik Johannson (D), Chris Brown (D), Jake Champaign (F), and Brian Schumacher (D).

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Top Prospect, Schumacher, joins the Bears!

SPRINGFIELD, MO – St. Louis Jr Blues defenseman, Brian Schumacher, has decided to play his collegiate hockey at Missouri State after two seasons in the NA3HL.

While donning the Jr Note, Schumacher tallied 33 points and 78 PIMs in 78 games as well as 3 crucial points in the NA3HL playoffs last season.

The 5’8 defenseman was selected to Team Midwest in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament. He models his game after PK Subban of the Nashville Predators mixed with Steve Ott of the Detroit Red Wings. “I can bring an offensive type to defenseman to the program with great ice awareness and speed! I feel like I can control and change the pace of a game when I need to. I would describe myself as more of a smart player rather than a big and physical one. I just try to outsmart my opponents for the most part, but I can play strong and physical also! I can also play chippy and get under opponents skin when I need to!”

Shumacher committed to Missouri State because of the great campus. Brian played for coach Bucher during his high school career at Seckman in St. Louis.

While at Missouri State, Shumacher plans on studying pre-law or architecture.

“I will bring a whatever it takes type of style to win. I want to bring a Division I National Championship to Springfield.”

When Brian is not in the classroom or on the ice, he enjoys playing paintball and training.

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Champaign ready to flow with Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Point Mallard Ducks forward, Jacob Champaign, has signed his letter of intent to play his college hockey at Missouri State University.

Champaign played 97 games with the Point Mallard Ducks of the NA3HL between 2014-2016 and scored a combined 38 goals and 49 assists. He also tallied 10 points in 8 playoff games for the Ducks. Champaign also spent time with the Springfield Jr Blues (NAHL) and the Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL) during his junior hockey career.

The 6’3 forward chose Missouri State because he really liked the atmosphere around campus and at Mediacom Ice Park. “Coach Bucher used to coach me on the varsity hockey team at Seckman. He spoke to me a couple times about Missouri State; it was an easy choice.”

Champaign will bring consistent offensive playmaking with great hockey sense on the defensive side of the puck. In Point Mallard, Jake was used on both the power play and the penalty kill.

The St. Louis, Missouri native models his game after Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks. Like Toews who is a Stanley Cup Champion, Champaign wants to bring a Division I National Championship to the great fans of Missouri State.

While attending Missouri State, Jake plans on studying architecture.

When Jake is not on the ice or in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with friends, gaming on the X Box and bike riding.

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JR Blues’ Brown commits to Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Junior hockey veteran, Chris Brown is heading to Springfield, Missouri to begin his collegiate hockey career at Missouri State this fall.

The six foot, 185 pound defenseman joins the Bears from the St. Louis Jr Blues of the NA3HL. Brown also spent time with Springfield JR Blues of the NAHL. Brown’s junior hockey career consists of 179 games played (combined NAHL & NA3HL), 7 goals, 52 assists, and 120 penalty minutes.

Brown brings a defense first skill set with exceptional vision and great hockey sense. He plays a solid two-way game with a strong work ethic and leadership. During his time in St. Louis this year, Brown was named an alternate captain with the Junior Blues.

While attending Missouri State, Brown plans on studying pre-law.

The St. Louis, Missouri native chose Missouri State because of the relationships he already had with some of the players on the Division I roster (Ryan Hogland, Alex Turin, and Andrew Kovacich). The decision to commit was also made easier in the fact that his brother Matt recently was recruited to MSU to play baseball.

Brown’s personal game plan is to play with energy, urgency, and intensity which is the style of play that head coach Bob Bucher instills on the Division I team.

“Personally, I would like to reach my full potential in hockey, and if the opportunity arises, pursue a professional career. As a team, the goal is to win 4 National Championships in my time at the school,” said Brown.

When Brown is not on the ice or in the classroom, he enjoys being with friends and family, watching and playing other sports, and traveling.

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Q&A Chase Dobler returns to Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, MO –Chase Dobler is expected to return to Missouri State and resume his collegiate hockey career this fall after spending the last two seasons playing hockey in Switzerland for EHC Saastal.

The former Ice Bear recently sat down with us and answered some questions about his experience playing in Europe and the upcoming season where he will once again wear maroon and white for Missouri State. Below is the Q & A:

Q. Chase, tell our readers where you played last year and where you are from.

A. I played for EHC SAASTAL in Switzerland. I am from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada.

Q. What role did you play with EHC Saastal?

A. I was a 3rd line centre on my team last season. I was the face off go to guy and I killed penalties and blocked shots

Q. Why was the 16-17 season the right time to come back to Missouri State?

A. It’s the right time to come back to MSU because I need to improve my stock as a dependable, two way centre. It’s a personal choice and I believe it’s the right choice because MSU has such a great hockey program.

Q. What did you miss the most about MSU?

A. I missed the culture and the campus and the atmosphere. I miss the crowd and playing for 1000’s of people. I miss the rush of scoring goals at the university level and just having the fans go crazy. I miss the family I had at MSU. Ever since the day I walked on campus everyone welcomed me with open arms and treated me like family.

Q. What did you learn playing hockey for EHC Saastal that will help the Bears?

A. Playing in Switzerland taught me how key mental preparation is and how hard I have to work every day to win and be at the top of my game every day. Bringing this back to MSU will create a culture that can help the team be a national championship contender. Showing guys what it takes to get to that next level and be mentally prepared in every situation. It also taught me how to lead and be someone my team mates can depend on. I will bring dependability and show my team mates what it means to be dependable and how important that is to win.

Q. What will you be studying while you are back in Springfield?

A. I will be returning to my previous major which is socio political communication and I am working towards an accelerated master’s degree in communication as well.

Q. What are you most excited about the in the up-coming 2016-2017 season?

A. I’m excited to get back to MSU and be a part of the culture again. That university culture that is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. Switzerland was great and I loved the high level of skill, but nothing compares to the excitement that university campus brings to hockey and how much fun it is.
MSU is such a great hockey program and I firmly believe that we will be a championship contender this upcoming season. Looking down our roster, we are so deep in all areas and I believe if we come together like we did in my freshman year when we made our first national appearance, I firmly believe we can be national champions. I believe in my team mates and my coaching staff and I’ve followed very closely the past two seasons since I left to play in Europe. MSU has put them in such a great situation to be a contender and I am certainly looking forward to coming back into the fold and bring the things to the table that can help us win.