Division I on the road vs. #4 Lindenwood; Division III team completes season

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This Friday and Saturday, February 17 & 18, the University of Arkansas Men’s Ice Hockey team gets on the road to St. Charles, Missouri, to take on the defending National Champion–Lindenwood University (16-11-3).  The Lions enter the weekend on a six game winning streak ranked #5 nationally and having just swept #6 Robert Morris University by 3-2 and 4-0 scores.

The Razorbacks come to Lindenwood having split their final home series against Missouri State.  Last Friday, the Hogs spotted the Ice Bears a three goal lead in the first period and never recovered.  Despite dropping the initial contest 7-3, Arkansas foreshadowed Saturday’s result by winning the third period 2-0.  Then, on Saturday, in front of a sold-out crowd, Arkansas rallied from a 3-1 deficit to score four unanswered goals including three in the third to win 5-3.  The win gave the Hogs the opportunity to send their two seniors, #22 Brandon Van Rooyen and #8 Kyle Summerford, out on a winning note.

Saturday also served as the program’s first-ever alumni night.  Alums from rosters dating back to 2009 were treated to a mid-day BBQ followed by the first-ever alum game and then an opportunity to stay both for the game and a post-game reception.

As the Division I team played at home, the Division III team was in Nashville for the SECHC Conference Playoff tournament.  As the #6 seed, the Hogs took on the #3 seed Ole Miss Rebels.  Despite jumping out to a 2-0 lead, the Razorbacks were unable to secure the upset.  Behind two second period goals, the Rebels tied the game 2-2 entering the final frame.  The teams traded goals in the third until Ole Miss potted the game winner late in the third period en route to a 5-4 win.

The Hogs faced Florida last Saturday in the fifth place consolation game.  The high scoring affair saw several changes in momentum.  After being down 3-1 at the end of 1, the Hogs rallied but found themselves down 7-5 after two and ultimately fell to the Gators by a final score of 9-7.  The loss concludes the Division III team’s season.

Fans can watch tonight’s game against Lindenwood at 7 pm by clicking here (PPV).  The teams will face-off again in the final game of the regular season tomorrow at 4 pm.  In the meantime, fans can listed to #7 Jacob Brown and #25 James Haddock talk about the program on this week’s WCHL podcast, available here.

Division I makes final home stand; Division III heads to conference tournament

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On February 10 & 11, the Division I University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team will play host to WCHL rival Missouri State.  The Ice Bears swept the Hogs in a pair of exceptionally close games back on December 2 and 3 in Springfield.  On night one, the Hogs and Bears were tied 3-3 with less than four minutes to play when Missouri State notched the game winner.  Then, in the second game, the Razorbacks could not hold onto a 3-2 third period lead; rather, the team yielded three unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 loss.

Both the Hogs and Bears enter the series having each dropped the last three games.  The Division I Hogs dropped last Thursday’s contest against Oklahoma before losing a pair of games against the University of Central Oklahoma.  Missouri State did the opposite — losing to Central Oklahoma last Thursday before dropping both games against Oklahoma.  The puck drops at 8:00 pm CST on Friday and 4:00 pm CST on Saturday.  Ticket information is here and broadcast information is here.  Friday night is Law School night and Saturday night is both Alumni Night and Senior Night.  Catch up on the latest media featuring the team here.

Meanwhile, the Division III Hogs get on the road to Nashville for the SECHC tournament.  As the #6 seed (see the full bracket here), the Hogs will take on Ole Miss in the first round.  The match-up is a rematch of the two teams’ opening series back in September.  The evenly matched teams split the opening series with the Razorbacks notching a 6-5 win back on September 9 but then dropping game two by a 5-2 margin.  Puck drop of the first round match-up is 3:45 pm CST.  Fans can listen to the radio broadcast by following this link.

DI splits with Lindenwood-Belleville; now ready to host conference foes

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This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Division I Razorbacks welcome the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma to the Jones Center. The Hogs enter the conference weekend having split a pair of games against Lindenwood-Belleville last weekend.  During the Friday night contest, the Razorbacks could not convert a 2-1 third period into a first-ever victory over the Lynx.  Rather, LIU-B notched four unanswered third period goals to solidify a 5-2 win.  The Razorbacks exacted revenge on Saturday with a 3-2 shootout win–the program’s first ever over the Lynx.

First up on Thursday night at 8:30 pm is #14 Oklahoma (13-6-5) who enters the weekend after being idle last weekend.  Oklahoma last tangled with WCHL conference rival Colorado on January 20 & 21 when the Sooners notched an overtime win in game one but then dropped the second game in the series by a 7-0 margin.

The Sooners and Razorbacks last met much earlier in the season when Oklahoma swept the Hogs in two exceptionally close games.  In a seesaw affair on September 30,  the Hogs jumped 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.

The second game was equally tight.  OU took a 2-0 lead in the second period of that contest when the Razorbacks cut the deficit in half on a mid-period tally by Assistant Captain Matt Robinson.  The teams traded chances until the Sooners were able to pot an empty netter to seal the win.  Lifetime, the Hogs are 1-10-0 against Oklahoma and have never beaten the Sooners on home ice.

Following the OU tilt, the Hogs will play host to #7 University of Central Oklahoma (21-7-1) on Friday at 8 pm and Saturday at 4 pm.  Last weekend, UCO swept #11 Stony Brook by 3-1 and 4-3 scores.  The Bronchos and Razorbacks last played in Oklahoma City on September 29.  After a scoreless first period that night, the Bronchos jumped out to a 1-0 lead 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 en route to a 3-1 win.  The Razorbacks have never beaten the Bronchos on home ice.

Meanwhile, the Division III Razorbacks get on the road to take on Robert Morris-Peoria.  After earning a split last weekend against Kansas, the DIII Hogs look to earn a pair of critical Pacific Region wins as they make a final push to earn a spot in the Regional Tournament.

Ticket information for this weekend’s home games is here.

Can’t make it?  No problem.  Broadcast information is here.

DI set to host Lindenwood-Belleville; DIII visits Kansas

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On Friday and Saturday, January 27 & 28, the DI Razorbacks welcome the Lynx of Lindenwood-Belleville (17-4-0) to the Jones Center for just the second time.  Puck drop on Friday night is at 8:00 pm and Saturday’s contest begins at 4:00 pm.

The Lynx arrive in Arkansas boasting some impressive numbers.  Despite being just third-year members of the ACHA, Lindenwood-Belleville has amassed a cumulative record of 65-11-3.  Having outscored opponents in their inaugural 14-15 campaign 236-45, the Lynx posted similarly impressive offensive numbers again last season (206-67).  They are once again pushing similar numbers during the 2016-17 campaign (126-54).  The Lynx are a perfect 6-0 over the Razorbacks in the past two seasons.

For their part, the DI Hogs enter the weekend having dropped two games against #16 Midland last weekend.  After falling behind 4-0 in the first half of game 1 last Friday, Arkansas capitalized on the power play to make it 4-1.  The teams would then trade a pair of goals each en route to a 6-3 Razorback loss.  On Saturday, Midland broke an exciting 3-3 game at the 8:10 mark of the second period to pull ahead 4-3.  One goal quickly turned to three and the Hogs found themselves trailing 6-3 by the end of the period.  The teams would trade goals in a penalty-filled third period, which produced a 7-4 final score in favor of Midland.

Meanwhile, the DIII Razorbacks get on the road for a two-game set against Kansas University.  The Hogs and Jayhawks meet at 7:40 pm in Independence, Missouri, on Friday night and complete their series at 2:15 pm on Saturday.  Arkansas enters the weekend again having recently defeated and tied the Dordt Blades in their two-game set last weekend, whereas Kansas just swept Creighton last weekend in 6-4 and 8-5 victories.

Ticket information here.

Broadcast information here.

DI & DIII double-header on tap for this weekend

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This weekend, on January 20 and 21, the University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey program will host its second ever double-header featuring both the Division I and Division III teams.  On Friday, January 20, the puck drops at 7:30 pm as the Division I team plays host to the #16 Midland Warriors (16-10-0) and Division III hosts Pacific Region rival Dordt College (7-12-1) at 9:45 pm.

The Division I team enters the weekend have dropped three consecutive games on the road in Arizona.  On Thursday, January 12, the DI Hogs lost to Arizona 8-3 despite entering the third period trailing 3-2.  Then, on January 13, the Razorbacks lost a narrow 5-4 decision to #4 Arizona State.  After going up 2-0 on the Sun Devils, Arkansas had a third goal controversially waved off during a 5-on-3 power play.  The Hogs carried a 4-3 lead into the third period before the Sun Devils tied the game early in the third on a power play goal and notched the game winner with under five minutes remaining in regulation.  Arizona State would then take the rematch in a less competitive 8-0 affair on January 14.

The Midland Warriors visit the Jones Center having recently swept top-25 foe #25 Indiana Tech.  Arkansas and Midland split a series in Nebraska earlier in the season.  After the Hogs took down the Warriors by a narrow 5-4 margin on on November 11, Midland rebounded in a penalty-laden affair to shut out the Razorbacks 4-0 on November 12.  The last time the Warriors visited, the Hogs beat the Warriors in overtime on November 13, 2015, but Midland notched game two by a close 3-2 score on November 14, 2015.

Meanwhile, Division III enjoyed staying at home when their games against McKendree University were canceled by mutual agreement.  With an unexpected bye weekend, the DIII Hogs enter this weekend’s series well rested while Dordt enters having recently been swept by Nebraska.

The weekend kicks off at 7:30 pm on Friday, January 20, when the Division I Hogs face Midland.  Then, at 9:45 pm, the DIII Razorbacks face off against the Dordt Blades.  On Saturday, the DI Hogs and Warriors tangle again at 4 pm with the DIII Razorbacks facing the Blades in an 8:00 pm rematch.

Ticket information here.

Broadcast information here.

DI starts three day swing through Arizona

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On January 12, 2017, the #33 University of Arkansas Men’s Division I hockey team (6-17-2) rings in the New Year against the #20 University of Arizona (11-12-1).  Arkansas has not played for over a month, having closed down the first semester in early January at Missouri State.  For its part, Arizona has played a pair of games against Arizona State, having split the series last weekend.  After taking game 1 against the Wildcats by a 7-2 score, the fell to Arizona State 12-4 in game 2.

These two teams last hooked up when Arkansas hosted the Wildcats on October 28-29.  The exciting back and forth series featured a 5-4 overtime shootout loss for the Hogs in night one followed by a 5-4 regulation win for Arkansas in the second game.  The puck drops on Thursday, January 12, at 8:30 pm CST and fans can watch the game live at game time here.

When the game ends, the Razorbacks will travel to Tempe ninety minutes away to settle in for a pair of games against the #4 Arizona State Sun Devils (18-4-0).  The Razorbacks’ lone meeting against ASU came on a Thursday night back in Springdale when, on October 27, the Sun Devils handed the Hogs a 5-2 loss.  Game times for the series are 9 pm CST on Friday, January 13, and 8 pm CST on Saturday, January 14.

Following this road trip, the Hogs return home for a critical nine game home stand.  That stand opens with a rematch against the #16 Midland Warriors.  Game times for the January 20 & 21 series are 7:30 and 4:00 pm, respectively.

First semester winds down

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The University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey program concluded play earlier this month, closing down an uneven first semester of play.  After a strong start that saw the Division I team sweep its first opponent of the season, the Hogs struggled on the road for a large part of the semester.  The combination of numerous road games, a double-digit number of new faces, and one of the most competitive schedules in the nation produced a program record eight-game losing streak.

But despite the semester’s challenges, the young Razorback squad saw numerous positive moments including a 5-2 road win against Illinois State, a 5-4 come from behind road win against Midland, and an overtime shootout win against arch-rival Alabama.  And, as the semester progressed, so too did the team’s offensive development; the Hogs produced three or more goals in six of the final seven games of the semester.

The second semester promises the friendly confines of a packed Jones Center.  After a three game swing through Arizona to start the second semester, Arkansas returns home for a critical nine game stretch–all against ranked opponents.  The season’s second half kicks off in the New Year on January 12 against conference-rival Arizona at 9:30 pm.

For its part, the Division III Hogs finished the semester with an overall 10-15-0 record.  First semester highlights for the DIII squad included a season opening victory against SEC foe Ole Miss, a sweep of Division II Texas State, a sweep of Pacific Region rival McKendree University, and a 6-4 win over Vanderbilt.  Division III resumes play on the road on January 13 against McKendree.  The DIII Hogs will play eight total remaining regular season games before traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, for the SECHC Conference Playoffs on February 10-12.

Big final tests loom for both DI & DIII

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On December 2 & 3, the Division I University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team will travel to Springfield, Missouri, to renew their rivalry with the Missouri State Ice Bears.  The teams split a pair of games during the 15-16 season beginning with December 4 & 5, 2015, games in Springfield, where the Hogs earned a 3-1 victory on night one but dropped a heart-breaker in overtime 2-1 to close the series.  Back in Springdale in February of 2016, the Hogs again took game one, this time by a larger margin–8-4–but again missed the opportunity to pick up the sweep by dropping game two in a shootout, 5-4.

The Division I Hogs (6-15-2) will enter the series playing some of their best hockey all season.  Arkansas has gone 3-1-1 in their last five and, most recently, took down Alabama in a shootout at home in front of a capacity crowd (pictured above).  For its part, Missouri State (11-15-0) will enter the series having split a pair of games against Alabama.  After defeating the Frozen Tide by a narrow 6-5 margin on Friday, November 18, the Bears dropped game two 8-5.  Just one weekend earlier, the Bears swept #5 Iowa State by 3-2 and 4-3 scores, respectively.  The puck drops at 7:00 pm CST on both Friday and Saturday.  Ticket information is here and broadcast information is here.

Back in Springdale, the Division III Hogs (10-13-0) will play host to Missouri State’s Division III team (14-4-2) on December 2 & 3.  Arkansas is fresh from its appearance at the Clash of the Corn in Dordt, Iowa, where the team went 1-2 in three games.  After losing to Aurora 6-3 in game one, the Razorbacks rebounded to knock off Marquette 7-3, but then dropped its final contest 8-1 to Wisconsin-Platteville.  For its part, Missouri State’s hot start has cooled somewhat; the DIII Ice Bears have gone 1-3 in their last four.  Most recently, the Bears split a pair of games against Wisconsin-Platteville.

The puck drops at 8:00 pm CST at the Jones Center on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Ticket information is here and radio broadcast information is here.

 

Change of plan: Alabama will visit Springdale

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Alabama to visit the Jones Center on November 20

Fayetteville, AR – November 11 – In an exciting change of schedule, the neutral site game between the Division I Razorbacks and arch-rival Alabama has been moved to Springdale.  Initially scheduled to take place in Springfield, Missouri, the teams recently reached an agreement for the game to be moved to Springdale.  The critical contest will take place on Sunday, November 20, at 2 pm and will mark the only meeting between the two teams during the 16-17 season.

Ranked for much of the season to this point, the Alabama Frozen Tide (7-6-1) has enjoyed wins over West Virginia, John Carroll, Oklahoma, and Liberty—among others. Last weekend, the Tide appeared at the Buffalo Meltdown tournament where they went 1-2-0 overall.  After dropping their first game to Western Michigan 7-5, the Tide rebounded to defeat Canisius 7-2 before falling on the tournament’s final day to Syracuse by a 7-2 margin.  The Tide will play host to Division III Middle Tennessee State this weekend before traveling to Missouri State next weekend for a pair of games against the Ice Bears before making the short trek to Springdale.

Like Arkansas, Alabama is a second-year Division I team, but the two teams are no stranger to one another.  The historically heated rivalry dates back to 2008 when the Tide swept the inaugural series.  The back and forth series last convened in October of 2015 in Springdale, Arkansas, when Arkansas defeated Alabama 4-1 in both contests.

The teams have just one common opponent this season entering the single game series–Oklahoma.  The Tide split with Oklahoma back in September.  After dropping game one 4-0 on September 15, Alabama rebounded to earn a resounding 9-2 victory over the Sooners the next night.  The Hogs did not have similar success against the Sooners.  Although both games were competitive and saw Arkansas in the lead for significant stretches of the series, Oklahoma ultimately swept the Razorbacks by 5-4 and 3-1 (ENG) scores on September 30 and October 1.

The puck will drop at the Jones Center at 2 pm on November 20.  The game is sure to sell out so plan to arrive early.

DI hits the road to see #16 Midland; DIII welcomes Pacific Region rival

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On November 11 & 12, the University of Arkansas Division I Men’s Ice Hockey (4-14-2) team travels to Fremont, Nebraska to take on the #16 Midland Warriors (9-7-0).  The puck drops at 7:30 pm on Friday and 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Midland University will broadcast the games here.

The Warriors enter the series having recently been swept last weekend in a pair of close games (4-2 and 4-3 losses) against #7 Robert Morris.  The sweep aside, Midland is enjoying a stellar season having already compiled a pair of wins against #23 Colorado State University, a win over #18 Indiana Tech, and a shootout win over #8 Jamestown University.  Junior forward Sam Turner leads the way for the Warriors, having already put up 32 points in 14 games.  In goal, 6’3″ freshman Dakota McDonald has started 9 games and posted an impressive 2.60 GAA and .921 save percentage.

Coming off of their lone bye weekend, the DI Hogs are 1-1-1 in their last three games.  The Razorbacks were last in action at home against #2 Arizona State and Arizona.  On October 27, Arkansas dropped a competitive contest 5-2 to Arizona State (listen to a recap here) but rebounded on October 28 to earn a WCHL league point by taking Arizona to overtime before losing in a shootout.  Then, in the third game in three days, the Hogs earned their first WCHL win by defeating the Wildcats 5-4.

Arkansas owns an 6-2 lifetime record over Midland, dating back to 2014.  Last season, the two teams split a pair of games in Springdale before Arkansas swept the Warriors on the road to open the second semester.

Back home, the DIII Razorbacks (7-11-0) will host Pacific Region rival McKendree University (2-8-0) in a pair of games at the Jones Center this Friday and Saturday night.  The puck drops on both nights at 8 pm.  For the Hogs’ part, Arkansas looks to build on the momentum generated by last weekend’s 6-4 victory over Vanderbilt.  November 11 is the program’s first ever Veteran’s Night and the team will wear special camouflage jerseys to commemorate the event.