SPRINGFIELD, MO — The Missouri State University Bears Division I hockey team hosted the fifth ranked, Iowa State Cyclones to Mediacom Ice Park on November 4th and 5th to end the finale between the two teams. “This series is starting to become quite a rivalry”, assistant coach Jeff Crenshaw said; “Our conferences have claimed the last two national champions and it seems every time a CSHL team plays a WCHL team; it seems to be a war. Our series with ISU is shaping up to be like that as well. Its fun hockey to watch.”
On Friday night, freshman sniper, Jake Champaign opened the scoring with an assist by junior Alex Turin. The Bears added another goal in second period and took a 2-0 lead going into the third period.
The fifth ranked Cyclones responded early in the third period scoring two goals to send the game into overtime.
Iowa State took an early penalty in overtime to give the Bears the 4-3 man-advantage and senior captain, Ryan Hogland capitalized with a Power Play goal to give the Bears the game 1 win.
Game 2 on Saturday night started the same way as Friday night’s victory with a Jake Champaign goal. â€œIt was huge because it sets the momentum in our favor and gets all of us wanting to give it our all for the rest of the game,â€ Champaign said.
The score was tied at 2 going into the final period at Mediacom Ice Park, but Iowa State didn’t let that score last long as they punched one in past goaltender, Joe MacConnell.
Junior defenseman, Brennan Anderson knotted the game with four minuets remaining.
Both teams were preparing to head to overtime, but Missouri State’s Andrew Kovacich had other plans as he fired one between the ISU goalie’s legs to regain the lead for the Bears.
That score would hold true and the Missouri State Bears would go on to earn a game two win and sweep the fifth ranked Cyclones on home ice.
â€œIt says a bunch about this group of guys. The bounces havenâ€™t been going our way as of late, but the guys continue to not give up, and eventually,v that is going to pay off, just like it did this weekend against Iowa State,â€ senior forward Logan Lopicka said.
The Ice Bears have a week off before hosting the University of Alabama on Nov. 18 at Mediacom Ice Park.