D1 Razorbacks look to close weekend on a high note

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Photo credit: Richard Hovey

On Saturday, October 1, the #22 D1 Hogs (2-7-0) will look to break a seven game losing streak against the #9 Oklahoma Sooners (3-1-1).  The Razorbacks arrived in Oklahoma City on Thursday night to take on #6 University of Central Oklahoma (4-0-0).  After a scoreless first period, the Bronchos jumped out to a 1-0 midway through the second period.  When the Hogs responded, the two teams went into the second intermission tied 1-1.  UCO broke the tie roughly two minutes into the second period and added an insurance goal minutes later.

Following the 3-1 loss, Arkansas traveled the few short miles to take on Oklahoma on Friday night.  The seesaw affair saw the Hogs jump out to a 1-0 lead after which the Sooners evened things up to make it one apiece.  The teams again traded goals, after which the Hogs added one more at the end of the period to enter the first intermission with a 3-2 lead.  Two unanswered markers for the Sooners, though, left the Razorbacks trailing by one entering the final frame.  Although the Hogs notched the equalizer just a few minutes into the third period, the Sooners scored their fifth roughly midway through the final period en route to a 5-4 win.

Saturday’s matinee affair begins at 4 pm CST.  Fans unable to attend can watch the game online here:  http://ou.edu/tv/watch.html.

Division I headed to Lindenwood-Belleville; Texas Tech forfeits Division III games

Photo credit: Richard Hovey
Photo credit: Richard Hovey

This weekend, the #21 DI-Razorback Hockey (2-3-0) team travels to St. Louis to take on the DII-Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx (3-0-0).

The Lynx open their third ACHA season after two  successful campaigns saw the team amass a 29-2-1 overall record in 2014-15 and a 31-5-0 effort in 2015-16.  Over that time, the Lynx reeled off 27 straight wins during the 14-15 season including posting an undefeated record at home.  The program followed up its 14-15 effort with a Division II Nationals Appearance in the 15-16 season.  With a strong core of returners, the Lynx have already started this season on a strong note with three consecutive victories.

For its part, the Razorbacks enter the series having dropped three consecutive games to conference rivals Colorado State and Colorado (read a full recap here).  After a tight 3-0 (ENG) loss to Colorado State last Thursday, the Hogs succumbed to the Buffaloes on consecutive nights by 3-1 and 5-2 scores.

From a historical perspective, the Lynx and Razorbacks have met on four prior occasions and, in each, the Lynx have come out ahead.  In the fall of last season, the Lynx notched 7-5 and 6-0 victories on their home ice.  Back in Springdale earlier this year, the Lynx again swept the Hogs by 5-0 and 6-3 scores.  Games are at the FSI Shark Tank at 9:00 pm on Friday, September 23, and 9:10 pm on Saturday, September 24.

For its part, the DIII Razorbacks swept Texas State last weekend in two competitive affairs last weekend by scores of 7-3 and 5-4.  Division III will host a Red-White game on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Jones Center following a last-minute cancellation by Texas Tech.  The DIII Hogs will be back in action this Sunday, September 25, against Missouri State in Springfield, MO.

Division I to welcome Colorado State and Colorado; Division III hits the road

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-9-47-08-pmThis weekend, the #20 DI-Razorback Hockey (2-0-0) team welcomes a pair of WCHL conference rivals.  First up is a first-ever Thursday contest against a new visitor to the Jones Center–the Colorado State Rams.  Ranked #22 in the first preseason ranking, the Rams will play their first game of the 2016-17 season against the Razorbacks.  On the heels of a 9-24-5 campaign last season, the Rams enter the year with a new coach and a new batch of talent.  The puck drops against the Rams on 8:30 pm.

Next up on Friday and Saturday for the DI Hogs is another conference rival–the Colorado Buffaloes.  Picked to finish first in the WCHL coaches poll, the Buffs enter the weekend ranked #9 in the nation.  After making a stop to take on Missouri State on Thursday, Colorado will settle in for a pair of games against the Razorbacks on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.  The two teams have not hooked up since Colorado defeated the Hogs 1-0 on October 19 of last year.

While Division I hosts, the DIII Hogs (1-1-0) hit the road to take on first-time opponent, DII-Texas State.  The neutral site games will take place in Dallas.  Game times are 9:30 pm on Friday and 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Farmers Branch.  Texas State finished with an overall 2015-16 record of 15-9-1 and the Bobcats enter the series having recently swept the University of North Texas last weekend by scores of 6-4 and 4-3, respectively.  For its part, the Division III Hogs enter the weekend after having split a pair of gritty conference games against Ole Miss.  After downing the Rebels 6-5 last Friday, the Razorbacks dropped game two of the series by a 5-2 margin.

First ever double-header on tap for opening weekend

screen-shot-2016-09-08-at-2-55-25-pmThe University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey Club opens its tenth anniversary season and second campaign with two teams on Friday, September 9.  This season, unlike any other, the program will open its season by featuring both teams at home on back to back nights.

The Division I team opens up its season against the East Texas Baptist University Tigers (Division II).  The Tigers open their first ever season in the ACHA this year and the programs have never met.  The Razorbacks’ Division I roster (just released here) features thirteen new faces.  The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  Last year’s inaugural Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  The puck drops against the Tigers at 7 pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Meanwhile, the Division III team plays host to SECHC rival Ole Miss in an immediately critical conference match-up.  The Hogs swept the Rebels last season in Olive Branch by scores of 8-2 and 6-1 on October 30 & 31, 2015, respectively.  Game times are 9:30 pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Last year’s Division III team posted a twenty-eight win season, which was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.  The team will be looking for a return to Nationals after falling just short at Regionals last season, losing earlier this year 8-4 to Marquette on February 19.

Friday’s games will be broadcast on both USTREAM and MIXLR.  Saturday’s games will be carried only on the program’s MIXLR station.  Tickets can be purchased at the door starting one hour before puck drop.  Students with ID are admitted free this opening weekend.  More information on tickets is here.

Tryout times released & staff positions available

20140118180952_EM7_0088_-MTryouts are just days away.  Below is the upcoming tryout schedule.  If you’d like to tryout, but have not yet expressed interest, fill out a prospective player form here.

August 25, 6:15-9:00 pm
August 26, 4:30-7:45 pm
August 27, 10 am-12:00 pm & 4:00-6:45 pm
August 28, 8:45-11:45 am

All sessions are open to the public at no admission cost.  Even if you are not interested in trying out, the Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team has a few remaining board positions for students during the 2016-17 season.  Academic credit is available.

We are five-time winners of the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference post-season playoff tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13, 13-14, 14-15)  and have won the regular season SEC-West conference championship for the past five consecutive seasons (09-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-13, 13-14).  In our short history, we have appeared at Nationals three times (09-10, 13-14, 14-15), made three appearances at the South Regional tournament (09-10, 10-11, 12-13), and are consistently ranked in the top ten in our region during the regular season.

The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

During the 16-17 season, we will again field both a Division I and Division III team.  You can learn more about the team here and can catch up on some of the team’s media hits here.  If you’re interested in a position with the team, please contact General Manager & Assistant Coach David Valentini (dvalentini@vanguardpkg.com) for more information.

Lasky rounds out record recruiting class

Hockey Pic Of Matt At HPU copyThe Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that F-Matthew Lasky has transferred to play at Arkansas.  The 6’0″ 195 lb. left-handed forward from Coppell, Texas, recently completed his season playing college hockey for High Point University in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League.  Playing for the Panthers, Lasky led all freshman in scoring with 13 points in 14 games.

Prior to enrolling in High Point, Lasky played 18 games for his Coppell High School team in 2014-15 when he contributed 11 goals and 20 assists while serving as the team’s captain.  One season earlier, in 2013-14, he scored 14 goals to go along with 22 assists.  Collectively, Laskly has accumulated 80 points in his last 60 games.  A long-time hockey player who began at age six, Lasky is the only two-time winner of “Cowboy Award”, as selected by his coaches, in Coppell High School hockey history as the outstanding player and teammate of the year in both his 2013-14 & 2014-15 seasons.

Said Lasky, “[t]he University of Arkansas offers a great opportunity to study at the acclaimed Walton College of Business in pursuit of undergraduate and master’s degrees in Business Administration, while at the same time playing competitive hockey for a great program with a proven track record of success under Coach Gallini.”

Lasky becomes the twenty-fourth player in a 16-17 recruiting class that has ten different states represented (Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California) and players with experience in nine different junior leagues (NA3HL, EHL, NAHL, MnJHL, SJHL, MJAHL, WSHL, GMHL, and USPHL).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
F-Chris Stovall (Springfield Express, WSHL)
F-Garrett Jackson (McKinney Northstars)
F-Alex Kueser (Eureka High School)
F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
F-Ben Koester (Rochester Ice Hawks, NA3HL)
F-Alec Morris (Marian University, NCAA)
F-Niko Ala-Kokko (Dallas Penguins, DJHA)
F-Wesley Moore (Rampart High School, COHS)
F-Christian MacMeeken (Dallas Jr. Stars, DSTHL)
F-Alexx Vil (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
F-Jack Moore (East Coast Wizards, EHL)
F-Anthony Cebell (Plano East)
F-Parker Tillson (The Woodlands)
D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL)
D-Dominic De la Guardia (Portland Jr. Pirates, USPHL)
D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL)
D-Blake Sibley (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
D-Brian Danahy (Abington Green Wave, MAHS)
D-Zach Piekarski (McKinney North Stars, DSTHL)
D-Adam Cooke (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
G-Nick Bretzger (Springfield Express, WSHL)
G-Michael Moore (Chicago Cougars, USPHL)

The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view the Division I schedule here and the Division III schedule is available here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Alum Easton Oliver earns main camp invite with Brampton Beast (ECHL)

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The Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that 2015 graduate Easton Oliver has earned a main camp invite with the the Brampton Beast of the ECHL (affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens).  Oliver played last season for the Brewster Bulldogs of the FHL and, in doing so, became the first ever Razorback Hockey alum to crack the professional ranks.  During the 15-16 season, Oliver dressed in 52 games, notching 6 goals to go with 21 assists.  Used on both sides of special teams throughout the season, Oliver accrued several memorable moments during his first pro season including a late-game power play winner against the Port Huron Prowlers back in March.

Oliver, who wore #5 for the Bulldogs, played in the #39 jersey for the Razorbacks for parts of six seasons, during which time he helped the team win five SECHC titles and earn three National Tournament appearances.  Oliver played in 122 games for the Hogs, potting 26 goals alongside 70 assists for a total of 96 points.  He served as the team’s co-captain during the 14-15 season and was selected as an assistant captain for the 13-14 season.  In December of 2014, Oliver was chosen as a defenseman and assistant captain for the Division III ACHA Selects team, which traveled to Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia and Slovenia to play a five game series.

When asked about what he learned during his inaugural professional campaign, Oliver commented, “the biggest thing I learned from this season is that playing with confidence is key. If you don’t have confidence in your game you start to worry too much about mistakes.”  He added, “hockey is a game of mistakes and it’s about how well you can make up for the mistake rather than hanging your head. I think once I realized that, I got a hold of my professional style of play and began to develop into a two-way defenseman.”

Oliver will compete for a roster spot with the Brampton Beast beginning in early October.  If no roster offer materializes, Oliver will return to the FHL for the 16-17 season where he would play for the Danville Dashers.

Piekarski becomes the twenty-third to commit to Arkansas

Piekarski Action ShotThe Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Zach Piekarski has formally committed to play at Arkansas.  The 6’1″ 185 lb. right-handed defenseman from Frisco, Texas, recently completed his season playing for two teams–McKinney U18AA and Frisco High School.  In 90 combined games between those two teams during the 15-16 season, Piekarski scored 43 goals to go along with 49 assists.

Stats aside, Piekarski’s award-laden season included recognition as Co-MVP on his high school team, selection as captain on his travel team, and high school all-star selection.  His teams finished collectively as high school league champions, state runner-up, and a USA Hockey National quarter-finalist. Piekarski’s previous teams have also won the travel state championship (2009-10) and the high school state championship (2012-13).

Said Piekarski, “the University of Arkansas has one of the best Sports Management programs.  Arkansas allows me to continue my hockey career at a high level without delaying my education.  I look forward to being a Razorback and continuing my hockey career.”

Piekarski becomes the twenty-third player in a 16-17 recruiting class that has ten different states represented (Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California) and players with experience in nine different junior leagues (NA3HL, EHL, NAHL, MnJHL, SJHL, MJAHL, WSHL, GMHL, and USPHL).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
F-Chris Stovall (Springfield Express, WSHL)
F-Garrett Jackson (McKinney Northstars)
F-Alex Kueser (Eureka High School)
F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
F-Ben Koester (Rochester Ice Hawks, NA3HL)
F-Alec Morris (Marian University, NCAA)
F-Niko Ala-Kokko (Dallas Penguins, DJHA)
F-Wesley Moore (Rampart High School, COHS)
F-Christian MacMeeken (Dallas Jr. Stars, DSTHL)
F-Alexx Vil (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
F-Jack Moore (East Coast Wizards, EHL)
F-Anthony Cebell (Plano East)
F-Parker Tillson (The Woodlands)
D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL)
D-Dominic De la Guardia (Portland Jr. Pirates, USPHL)
D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL)
D-Blake Sibley (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
D-Brian Danahy (Abington Green Wave, MAHS)
D-Adam Cooke (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
G-Nick Bretzger (Springfield Express, WSHL)
G-Michael Moore (Chicago Cougars, USPHL)

The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view the Division I schedule here and the Division III schedule is available here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Two more commit to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Anthony Cebell and Parker Tillson have formally committed to play at Arkansas.

cebellAnthony Cebell, a 5’9, 195lb., forward from Garland, Texas, played his high school hockey for Plano East & Love Joy Varsity.  In his senior season, Cebell notched two goals and added an assist in 20 games played.  Said Cebell, “I chose Arkansas because I’ve heard only great things about the program and I want to contribute to the team’s success.”  He added, “I’m very excited to be able to play a high level of hockey while I study for my future in mechanics.”

 

For his part, forward Parker Tillson (5’11″, 165 lb.) joins the Razorback Hockey program tillsonfrom The Woodlands High School.  Tillson compiled 3 goals and 5 assists in 25 games during his senior season with the Highlanders. Said Tillson, “I chose Arkansas because the campus and University really suit me and I know the hockey program is going to test me and push me to maximize my abilities.”  TIllson added, “I’m looking forward to playing in a high quality, high intensity program with other players who love the game as much as I do.”

Cebell and Tillson become the twenty-first and twenty-second players in a 16-17 recruiting class that has ten different states represented (Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California) and players with experience in nine different junior leagues (NA3HL, EHL, NAHL, MnJHL, SJHL, MJAHL, WSHL, GMHL, and USPHL).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
F-Chris Stovall (Springfield Express, WSHL)
F-Garrett Jackson (McKinney Northstars)
F-Alex Kueser (Eureka High School)
F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
F-Ben Koester (Rochester Ice Hawks, NA3HL)
F-Alec Morris (Marian University, NCAA)
F-Niko Ala-Kokko (Dallas Penguins, DJHA)
F-Wesley Moore (Rampart High School, COHS)
F-Christian MacMeeken (Dallas Jr. Stars, DSTHL)
F-Alexx Vil (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
F-Jack Moore (East Coast Wizards, EHL)
D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL)
D-Dominic De la Guardia (Portland Jr. Pirates, USPHL)
D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL)
D-Blake Sibley (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
D-Brian Danahy (Abington Green Wave, MAHS)
D-Adam Cooke (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
G-Nick Bretzger (Springfield Express, WSHL)
G-Michael Moore (Chicago Cougars, USPHL)

The 15-16 season was the first for the Arkansas hockey program fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view the Division I schedule here and the Division III schedule is available here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Jack Moore on his way to Arkansas

IMG_2660The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Jack Moore has formally committed to play at Arkansas.  A 1995 birth year, the 5’11″ 190 lb. right-handed forward from Coppell, Texas, recently completed his final junior season with the East Coast Wizards (EHL).

Moore’s junior career includes stops with the Bay State Breakers (USPHL-Elite) and, more recently, the East Coast Wizards (EHL). In 37 games with the Breakers during the 14-15 season, Moore compiled 30 points including 8 goals and 22 assists.  Used by Breakers’ Head Coach Kyle Robertson in a variety of situations, Moore in particular saw time during critical penalty situations.   Said Robertson, “I have been coaching juniors for 20 years and Jack is one of the best leaders I have been around.  He can play all three zones, is a very good face off man, and can shut down the other team’s skilled players.”

With the Wizards this past season, Moore appeared in 33 games and notched five goals to go with an assist.  Said Wizards’ Head Coach Freddy Meyer, “Jack is one of the hardest workers I have coached.  He shows up everyday with a purpose to improve his abilities and to make his teammates better on and off the ice.”

Prior to his junior career, Moore played in the NAPHL for the Texas Tornado where, as team captain during the 13-14 season, he scored 11 goals and added 17 assists in 33 games.  Among his other honors that season, Moore was selected as Offensive Peak Performer of the week, chosen to participate in the Romeoville NAPHL showcase, and selected by the league for the NAPHL Top Prospects All Star Showcase.

Said Moore, “I’m really excited with my decision to attend, and play hockey at the University of Arkansas.  The University has everything to offer, from a great location to a hockey program on the rise.”  He added, “A lot of factors played into my decision to play for the Razorbacks.  After playing in Boston, I realized that being close to home was something important to me along with being close to friends and family in Fayetteville.”

Moore becomes the twentieth player in a 16-17 recruiting class that has ten different states represented (Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California) and players with experience in nine different junior leagues (NA3HL, EHL, NAHL, MnJHL, SJHL, MJAHL, WSHL, GMHL, and USPHL).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
F-Chris Stovall (Springfield Express, WSHL)
F-Garrett Jackson (McKinney Northstars)
F-Alex Kueser (Eureka High School)
F-Chris Weatherly (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
F-Ben Koester (Rochester Ice Hawks, NA3HL)
F-Alec Morris (Marian University, NCAA)
F-Niko Ala-Kokko (Dallas Penguins, DJHA)
F-Wesley Moore (Rampart High School, COHS)
F-Christian MacMeeken (Dallas Jr. Stars, DSTHL)
F-Alexx Vil (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
D-Alex DeGuire (Skipjacks Hockey Club, USPHL)
D-Dominic De la Guardia (Portland Jr. Pirates, USPHL)
D-Jake Jones (Bobcaygeon Storm, GMHL)
D-Blake Sibley (HC Dallas AAA, NAPHL)
D-Brian Danahy (Abington Green Wave, MAHS)
D-Adam Cooke (Texas Jr. Brahmas, DSTHL)
G-Nick Bretzger (Springfield Express, WSHL)
G-Michael Moore (Chicago Cougars, USPHL)

The Arkansas hockey program recently finished its first season fielding two teams.  The Division I team finished #21–the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  The team’s #21 finish also gave Arkansas the best finish of any of the five teams that made the jump to Division I this season.  Meanwhile, Division III’s twenty-eight win season was good for third in the SECHC and tenth in the Pacific Region.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules were recently released.  You can view the Division I schedule here and the Division III schedule is available here.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.