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 listen to #7 Jacob Brown and #25 James Haddock talk about the program on this week’s WCHL podcast, available here.