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Power forward Triston Wilson commits to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce F-Triston Wilson, of Midlothian, TX, as the next 2017-2018 Arkansas commit.

Wilson joins the Razorbacks after completing his junior hockey career with the Euless Jr. Stars in the NA3HL.  For the Jr. Stars, the 6’0” 180 lbs. right-shooting forward contributed 56 total points (24 goals & 32 assists) in 46 games.  Wilson began his 2015-16 campaign with the Texas Jr. Brahmas.  He joined the Euless Jr. Stars where he recorded 35 total points in 36 games.

During his career with the Stars, Wilson contributed to a tremendous turnaround for the Stars program.  During 15-16, the team won just 9 games (9-36-2 overall) but, in 16-17, the team won 23 games (23-19-4 overall) and qualified for the playoffs.  Stars Head Coach Don Babineau said, “Triston will be a great asset to the Razorback Hockey program.  His on-ice work ethic is second to none.  He plays the power forward role, puts up big numbers, and his feet never stop moving.  Coaching Triston the past two seasons has been a joy.  I know college hockey has been his goal and I am excited to watch his success at the next level.”

Prior to his time with the Stars, Wilson played for the Tier I EHL Dallas Stars U18 team where he chipped in 8 points across 24 games.  Stars Head Coach Adam Robbins commented, “Triston is a good person and from a good family.  He came to work every day and got along well with his teammates.  It was a pleasure having him on the Dallas Stars Elite U18.”

Wilson became interested in hockey at an early age and frequently attended Fort Worth Brahmas games.  Wilson started playing hockey when he was about eight or nine.  Regarding his decision to come to Arkansas, Wilson said, “I was interested in Arkansas because I have a lot of friends there. When I came to visit, I had a great time skating with the team and meeting with all the players and coaches. I really liked the skill level of the current players.  The environment and experience ultimately sold me to commit.”

“Triston is a true power forward who will bring a physical element to our lineup,” said Brian Gallini, Head Coach of the Division I team.  “As his balanced numbers reflect, Triston is capable of serving both as both a playmaker and finisher.  We’re excited to have him join our exceptional class.”

Wilson becomes the tenth in the 2017-18 recruiting class that features players from six different states and two countries.  Wilson joins the following players:

F-Sine Chadi (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL)
D-Corey Rees (Long Beach Sharks, NA3HL)
D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA)
D-Kenatae Medure (Atlanta Capitals, NA3HL)
G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL)
G-Brock Thompson (Connecticut Nighthawks, EHL)
G-Rio Virgoe (Jersey Shore Wildcats, NA3HL)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

Kenatae Medure on his way to Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce D-Kenatae Medure as the next 2017-18 Arkansas commit.   The 6’3” 220 lbs. left-shooting defenseman comes to Arkansas after a successful 2016-17 campaign with the Atlanta Capitals in the NA3HL.

During his time with the Capitals, Medure played in 45 games and assisted on 8 goals.  Capitals Head Coach Jason Smith said, “After the first of the year Kenatae turned into my best defenseman and one of the best in the NA3HL. He played in almost every situation possible.  Kenatae was one of the best PK players in the league.  He was a leader on and off the ice and a huge reason why we went to the Silver Cup.”

Before playing for Coach Smith, Medure played 10 games in the USPHL with the Forest Lake Lakers, where he contributed 3 goals and logged 4 penalty minutes.  Prior to joining the Lakers, Medure played closer to home with the Minnesota Flying Aces in the NA3HL.  Born in Bloomington, Minnesota, Medure grew up with hockey.  He started playing at four years old and continued the family tradition.

Said Medure, “I selected the University of Arkansas because it has a wide selection of degrees to choose from.  It has a winning hockey team and I hope to help continue that tradition. I have lived in the South for the last year and enjoyed the Southern hospitality.  I am looking forward to this new adventure in my life.”

“Kenatae brings a physical presence to our blueline,” said Brian Gallini, Head Coach of the Division I team.  “We expect the versatility of Kenatae’s game to complement our academic up-tempo style.”

Medure becomes the fifth in a growing recruiting class that already features players from four different states.  Medure joins D-Kyle Dudley (Euless Jr. Stars, NA3HL); G-Max Barr (Long Beach Bombers, WSHL); F/D-Paiute Morrison (Southern Oregon Spartans, WSHL), and D-Shaun Foster (SUNY-Canton, NCAA).

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The Division I team has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2017-18 begin its eleventh season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

 

DI heads into lone bye weekend; DIII welcomes Vanderbilt to the Jones Center

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Photo credit: Edward Matthews

On Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, the Division III Razorback Hockey team (6-10-0) welcomes the Vanderbilt Commodores (4-1-1) to the Jones Center for a pair of crucial conference tilts.  Coming off of a challenging trip to Nebraska, the Razorbacks look to get back to their winning ways against a talented Commodore hockey team.  While in Lincoln last weekend, the Hogs dropped pair of games to the Huskers by 9-3 and 7-1 margins.

As the Razorbacks challenged the Huskers, the Commodores were tangling with the Division I Frozen Tide.  In its biggest win to date, Vanderbilt defeated the Tide by a 3-1 (ENG) margin.  Among other victories, Vanderbilt has defeated Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina.  Vanderbilt will make just its second trip to the Jones Center.  The Commodores last made the drive to Springdale on December 10, 2011, when the Hogs notched a 13-0 win.

More recently, the Hogs and Commodores split their regular season series last season.  On October 10, 2015, the Razorbacks defeated the Commodores by a narrow 2-1 margin before succumbing to Vanderbilt in game two the next day by a 5-0 margin.  The teams met again in the post-season last year when, in the third place game at the SECHC tournament, the Arkansas escaped with a 3-2 win.

The puck drops at 8:00 pm on Friday and 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Friday night is “Pink the Rink” where students with their ID get in free.

Broadcast info:
Listen to a live play by play for both games-
http://mixlr.com/hoghockey/

*Live stream for Friday 11/4-
http://uatvonline.net/watchlive-22/

*Live stream for Saturday 11/5-
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hoghockey

*Subject to change

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.

Michael Moore on his way to Arkansas

IMG_0112The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that Michael Moore has formally committed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’8″ 160 lb. goaltender from Charlotte, North Carolina, Moore has compiled junior experience the past two seasons in the USPHL.  A 1998 birth year, Moore has suited up for the Richmond Generals and most recently logged time with the Chicago Cougars of the USPHL (pictured).  Prior to his junior career, Moore posted a 9-0-4 record in the 2013-14 season for Union County East High School, where his team won a league championship that season and he was selected to the All-Star game.

Said Moore, “I’m impressed with the goals the coaching staff has set for this team, and excited to be a part of reaching those goals.”  Moore also commented, “[n]ot only does the University of Arkansas offer a great hockey program, it also offers a great engineering program with state of the art labs.”

Moore becomes the eleventh player in a 16-17 recruiting class that now has eight different states represented (Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Kansas, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, and California).  He joins the following players:

F-Drew Hill (Dallas Jr. Stars, NA3HL)
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)
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)
G-Nick Bretzger (WSHL, Springfield Express)

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school to field two hockey teams.  The 15-16 season marked the program’s inaugural season at Division I, which produced the highest finish in ACHA history for any team in its first DI season after moving from DIII.  Meanwhile, the Division III team boasts five SECHC conference titles and three appearances at the National Tournament.

The 2016-17 Division I & III schedules will be released in early summer.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

DI and DIII Hogs both notch wins; back in action tomorrow night

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 10.36.09 AMOn Friday, December 4, the #23 DI Razorbacks (12-11-1) took on the #21 Missouri State Ice Bears in Springfield, Missouri.  After staking a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, the Ice Bears tied things up in the second.  With the score tied 1-1 entering the third, a pair of final frame goals sent the Hogs onto a 3-1 win.  Arkansas looks for the sweep against the Bears on Saturday at 7 pm.  The game will be broadcast live on Web Sports Radio.

Meanwhile, back home, the DIII Razorbacks (20-1-1, #5 Pacific) earned a 6-3 win over DII Kansas.  A game that began as a see-saw affair saw the Hogs trailing 2-1 in the third period.  But a 5 goal outburst in the third period, including a final empty-net goal, earned the Hogs a 6-3 victory and the team’s twentieth win on the season.  The DIII Razorbacks are home again on Saturday afternoon, December 5, at 4 pm for Senior Night.  Fans who are unable to attend the game can listen live on the program’s Mixlr feed.

Rivalries are renewed for DI and DIII this weekend

The #24 DI Razorbacks (6-9-0) take on the University of Alabama (2-5-0) at home on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm.  The Hogs enter the weekend after a successful trip to Colorado that saw the team notch wins over #4 Colorado, Metro State (DIII), and the University of Northern Colorado (DII).  The trio of wins propelled the team back into the national rankings scene after a three week hiatus.

For its part, the University of Alabama enters the weekend with two wins over West Virginia and losses to Missouri State, Illinois, and Illinois State (the only common opponent between Arkansas and Alabama).  Like Arkansas, Alabama is a first 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 November of 2014 in Pelham, Alabama, when Alabama defeated Arkansas 6-5 in game one and the two teams skated to a 4-4 tie in game two.  Friday night’s game will feature a “Pink Out” with the University of Arkansas School of Law.  Fans will have the opportunity to purchase commemorative limited edition pink team t-shirts when purchasing tickets.

2008-09

January 17, 2009:  Alabama 5, Arkansas 1

January 30, 2009:  Alabama 5, Arkansas 2

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Current goalie coach Brendan Desjardins (’12) faces an Alabama shot in 2009

2009-10

October 30, 2009:  Arkansas 10, Alabama 4

October 31, 2009:  Arkansas 3, Alabama 0

December 19, 2009:  Arkansas 5, Alabama 3

December 20, 2009:  Arkansas 7, Alabama 0

February 27, 2010:  Arkansas 5, Alabama 1 (SECHC Conference Semi-Final)

2010-11

November 5, 2011:  Alabama 1, Arkansas 0

November 6, 2011: Arkansas 6, Alabama 4

A look at the crowd out to see Alabama in 2012
A look at the sellout crowd out to see the Alabama games in 2012

2011-12

February 2, 2012:  Arkansas 4, Alabama 2

February 3, 2012:  Arkansas 3, Alabama 2

2012-13

November 10, 2012:  Arkansas 6, Alabama 1

December 2, 2012:  Arkansas 5, Alabama 1

February 16, 2013:  Alabama 4, Arkansas 3 (South Regional Game 2)

February 24, 2013:  Arkansas 8, Alabama 0 (SECHC Conference Championship)

Alums Marty Sundstedt & Johnny Stromp take a draw during the 2013 SECHC championship game against Alabama
Alums Marty Sundstedt (’14) & Johnny Stromp (’14) take a draw during the 2014 SECHC championship game against Alabama

2013-14

November 1, 2013: Arkansas 5, Alabama 2

November 2, 2013: Arkansas 4, Alabama 1

February 9, 2014: Arkansas 2, Alabama 1 (SECHC Conference Championship)

2014-15

November 7, 2014: Alabama 6, Arkansas 5

November 8, 2014: Arkansas 4, Alabama 4

Meanwhile, the DIII Razorbacks get on the road to renew acquaintances with another familiar rival, Ole Miss.  The DIII Hogs take on the Rebels at 9:15 pm on Friday and 4:15 pm on Saturday, both in Olive Branch, MS.  The 10-1-1 DIII Razorbacks enter the weekend after an unexpected TCU two-game forfeit.

The Rebels enter the weekend with an uncharacteristic 2-6-0 record.  A three-time Nationals qualifier, the Rebels last notched a pair of wins against Georgia Tech by identical 6-4 scores on October 16 & 17.  The Rebels are led in scoring by Dan Warnecke (8G, 5A) and Conor Silk (4G, 2A).

The two teams last met on October 24 & 25, 2014 when the Razorbacks earned 8-2 and 3-1 wins.  Ole Miss last defeated Arkansas on November 30, 2012, by a 4-1 score.  The DIII Hogs close out their road trip on Sunday with an early morning (8am) tilt against Mississippi State.

Inaugural Division I schedule released

20150221203553_EMP_3019__SM-MThe Razorbacks today announced their 2015-16 schedule for the team’s 9th season in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and first at Division I. The schedule features a fan-friendly home slate of 19 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.

Fresh off an SECHC Championship and the most successful National Tournament berth in the Razorback Hockey history, the Razorbacks are already looking ahead to their first Division I schedule–a fierce 37 game regular season slate. The regular season begins with an exciting September lineup that starts with a first ever Sunday matinee matchup against Augustana on Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Jones Center.

The Razorbacks begin their first campaign in the Western Collegiate Hockey League the next weekend on the road against WCHL rival, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks then host two conference rivals at the Jones Center, the University of Colorado on Oct. 2 & 3 and defending National Champion University of Central Oklahoma on Oct. 9 & 10.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a home tilt against Alabama on Oct. 30 & 31 at the Jones Center and rounding out 2015 with a pair of games against Illinois State on Nov. 6 & 7 and Midland on Nov. 13 & 14.

The Razorbacks schedule also includes a lengthy homestand throughout the months of January and February. Dating to Jan. 22, the Razorbacks will play 8 games at the Jones Center leading up to the National Tournament, hosted by Robert Morris-Illinois, where the Razorbacks look for their first ever appearance.

Single game tickets for the 2015-16 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.

VIEW 2015-16 FULL SEASON SCHEDULE

Transfer Sean Danahy set to call Arkansas home

Arkansas Final PhotoThe Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that Sean Danahy has formally signed to play at Arkansas.  A 5’10″ goaltender from Abington, Massachusetts, Danahy backstopped the Suffolk University Rams last season and will transfer to Arkansas for his sophomore year.

A Xaverian Brothers High School alum, Danahy played for the Boston Junior Rangers of the MJHL before enrolling at Suffolk.  Said Danahy, “I am truly excited about joining the Razorback Hockey Program.  Even before visiting, I was impressed with what I heard about the program, coaches, and facilities.”  About joining the hockey program, he added, “after viewing things firsthand, I must say that it really exceeded my expectations. I’m very much looking forward to becoming a member of the Razorback Family.”

Since 2009, the Arkansas hockey program has amassed an overall record of 161-48-4, including three trips to the Division III National Tournament and five SECHC conference playoff tournament championships.  The program will field two teams next season–one at the Division I level (WCHL) and one at the Division III level (SECHC).

All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.