After a record-breaking season, the Missouri State Ice Bears are gearing up to play in the ACHA Division One National Championship Tournament.
The Bears will play University of Arizona on Thursday, March 8 at 8:45 p.m.
The winner will then face Minot State, who is ranked No. 1 in the nation, the next day.
Here is the full release:
The Missouri State University Ice Bears, announce the team has qualified to play in the ACHA Division 1 National Championship tournament held March 8 to 13, 2018 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus in Columbus, Ohio.
The top 17 ranked teams — including three through auto bid — make up the 20-team field that will compete for the 2018 national championship.
The Ice Bears finished the regular season with 22 wins, 13 losses, three overtime losses and one shootout loss to finish at No. 17 in the final ranking period.
This marks the highest regular season position in the organization’s three-year history at Division 1 play.
Missouri State will face the University of Arizona in a preliminary game on Thursday, March 8 at 8:45 p.m.
The winner will face Minot State, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, on Friday, March 9 at 8 p.m.
Games will be streamed live with Steve Casson calling games involving the Ice Bears.
The Ice Bears will hold its second annual “Skate with the Ice Bears” and fantasy hockey game on Saturday, March 3rd at Mediacom Ice Park.
It’s part of Fan Appreciation Night.
Fans can skate for free with the team and fantasy hockey players will join the Ice Bears in a scrimmage game following the skate, with all proceeds going toward tournament trip expenses. There will also be a silent auction with hockey-related and other items.
A GoFundMe page has also been setup to raise the $20,000 for tournament travel expenses.