Big Points Up For Grabs in the Great PlainsGPCIHL November 22nd, 2014 at 8:58PM November 23rd, 2014 3:02AM
Big Points Up For Grabs in the Great Plains
Division-1 in the Great Plains may turn out to be one of the best in the NCRHA this season. With Bethel moving to the Great Plains, the resurgence of UMSL, and the always powerful Lindenwood University, there is sure to get some attention nationwide. With that being said, don’t count out Missouri State and Mizzou which are both looking very solid.
After a dominating 8-3 victory over Lindenwood (D1) on October 18th, Bethel went 2-3 this past weekend. The Lindenwood Lions were double trouble for the Bethel Wildcats, beating them in a dominating fashion 8-1 on Friday and in a close 5-4 game on Sunday morning. After the lopsided 8-1 loss, the Wildcats seemed to fix their mistakes and play up to their potential Sunday morning. It was a back and forth game with plenty of penalties. Special teams would play a factor as the Lions would survive Bethels powerplays early and capitalize on some powerplays of their own. Lindenwood would go on to win a very close contest and take a 2-1 season series lead. Lindenwood’s Head Coach Ron Beilsten said, “Overall we stayed more focused on things we could control. You can’t give a good team like Bethel too many chance or they will burn you.” LU finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record.
The UMSL Tritons had a solid weekend going 3-1, with their only loss coming against Lindenwood (D1). The highlight of their weekend came in a 4-3 overtime win against the Bethel Wildcats (D1) on Saturday. It was a 3-3 game after regulation with all three of Bethel’s goals coming with the man advantage. The game tying goal came with only 5 seconds left in the third period. The Tritons would overcome the Wildcats late rally and Jaccob Gibbons would get the game winning goal in overtime for UMSL.
In other D1 action, Missouri State and Mizzou faced off on Saturday. Missouri State would get the all-important two points with a 4-3 victory over the Tigers. Missouri State finished the weekend with a 1-2 record, while Mizzou went 1-2-1.
In Division-2 a battle for first place took place at Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin, MO. Kansas State and Saint Louis would need a shootout to determine who would be in first place headed into the second half of the season. K-State never led in the game and scored three unanswered goals late in the third period to send the game into overtime. Neither team would score in overtime, so a shootout goal from K-State’s Jacob Schulte would give them the 10-9 victory. “Obviously that was a huge win and hopefully that sets the tone for the rest of the year. They showed there in no quit in K-State hockey,” said Head Coach Jerry Remsbecker. Kansas State would finish the weekend with a 3-1 record, while Saint Louis would limp into semester break with a 0-2-1 weekend record.
In Division-3, Lindenwood Gold and Bethel both finished the weekend with 3-1 records. LU-Gold’s only loss would come against Bethel (D1) on Sunday. Bethel would score three goals on the powerplay and that would be the difference as the Wildcats would defeat the Lions 5-2. “I think we played a solid game 4 on 4,” LU Head Coach Jon Hilke said, “We didn’t take advantage of our powerplays and we didn’t bare down on the penalty kill the way we normally do. That was the difference in the game.”
Though the GPCIHL will not be in action until February, Lindenwood (D1) and Lindenwood Gold (D3) will be traveling to Colorado for the RMCRHA Inter-Regional Event November 22-23. Check back for updates and a first semester summary for each division in the upcoming weeks.