The No. 18 Missouri State Ice Bears continued their undefeated Western Collegiate Hockey League run with two wins at home against Grand Canyon this weekend.

The Ice Bears had no trouble finding the back of the net against the Antelopes, outscoring them 23-5.

Friday’s Game

The first period on Friday was a slow one compared to what happened later, but the Ice Bears finished the first 20 minutes up 3-0. The Antelopes scored to start the second, then Missouri State blasted Grand Canyon’s net with six goals to end the period 9-2.

The third period went the way of the second, with GCU scoring one goal and Missouri State scoring six.

The Ice Bears won the game 15-2, with 12 difference players scoring at least one goal.

“Everything went right Friday night,” head coach Jeremy Law said. “We’ve had trouble putting the puck in the net, and last night the wall crumbled and we started putting everything through. We needed that — we were losing confidence in our ability to score the puck.”

Saturday’s Game

Saturday was another blowout in the Ice Bears’ favor. It was 6-1 at the end of the first period, making it three straight periods the Ice Bears scored six goals.

Missouri State finally cooled off in the second period, scoring only one goal while GCU scored two. Both teams accumulated a lot of penalty minutes in the second, which carried over into the third period.

To start the final frame, Missouri State spent five minutes killing at least one penalty, and for a time they were down to three skaters. Grand Canyon was unable to score on it, and the Ice Bears held on for an 8-3 win.

“I think the guys subconsciously thought the game was over,” Law said. “Some bad habits formed — stupid penalties that should be uncharacteristic for us.”

Up Next

The Ice Bears currently sit tied for first in the Western Collegiate Hockey League with four wins and no losses. Next weekend the Ice Bears will be off. Their next opponent, the No. 10 Central Oklahoma Broncos, will come to Springfield for two games on Oct. 22 and 23. The Broncos are regulars at the American Collegiate Hockey Association's national tournament.

“UCO’s doing well right now,” Law said. “We’ll have to be ready. I think it’s going to come between us and UCO for the WCHL East. Those will be the biggest games of the year for us.”

 

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