Great Plains event is a fixture in the GPCIHL
Kansas State rink on the campus in Manhattan Kansas.GPCIHL November 12th, 2014 at 6:23PM November 13th, 2014 12:32AM
Even though the city of Manhattan, KS was buzzing about the TCU vs Kansas State football game, there was hockey to be played. Five Great Plains teams (Central Missouri-D4, Kansas State-D2, Lindenwood Black-D3, Missouri S&T-D2, and Missouri State-D1) and one Rocky Mountain team (Colorado-D2) met in Manhattan, Kansas for the Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League Inter-Regional event.
The event was kicked off by the Cadence cappella group singing the national anthem before the first game between the hosting team Kansas State (D2) and Lindenwood Black (D3). Lindenwood Black would take the first game of the weekend by the score of 10-2.
Missouri State (D1) would finish the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record, with their closes game of the event coming against Colorado (D2). Colorado would get on the board first, but Missouri State would answer quickly with two goals. Colorado would tie the score up at 2-2 before Missouri State scored twice at the end of the first period making it 4-2. Missouri State would never look back after the first as they would go on to win by the score of 8-6. Top performers in that game were Colorado’s Brian Barrow (2G,2A) and Max Harrison (1G,3A) and Missouri State’s Bryan Dalton (3G). Colorado would finish the event with a 2-2 record.
Lindenwood Black (D3) also had a successful weekend going 4-1. Their only loss came against Missouri State (D1). The Lions couldn’t find the back of the net at all in this game and would lose 3-0. “We were a little sloppy in this game and our powerplay was terrible,” Head Coach Jim Jones said. “You have to be clicking on all cylinders when playing a team like Missouri State.” Even with that loss though, Lindenwood would get 4 wins throughout the weekend outscoring their opponents 47-9. Coach Jones was happy with the overall play of his team saying, “We had a solid weekend and it was a great event. We can’t wait to come back next year.”
The host team, Kansas State had a solid weekend getting wins against Missouri S&T (D2) and Central Missouri (D4). The Wildcats finished the weekend with a 2-2 record. K-State Head Coach Jerry Remsbecker said, “Overall our team played well, I believe we improved throughout the weekend.”
The Kansas State Rec Center is a top of the line facility that the GPCIHL plans to utilize more in the future. When K-State’s Head Coach Jerry Remsbecker was asked how he thought the event went he responded with this quote, “All the teams showed great sportsmanship throughout the weekend and represented their schools in a very good way. It is a pleasure to be a part of such a great region as the GPCIHL.” The GPCIHL would like to thank Kansas State for hosting a terrific event and would also like to thank all the teams that participated. If you would like information regarding future events at Kansas State, contact the Director of the GPCIHL Tom Fussner at [email protected].
Teams are back in action this weekend at Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin, MO and Matteson Square Gardens in St. Peters, MO!