Paiute Morrison set to join Razorbacks

The Razorback Hockey team is excited to announce that F/D-Paiute Morrison (6’0, 170 lb.) has committed to the University of Arkansas.  The left-shooting versatile defenseman/forward is skilled on both ends of the ice.  The Ashland, OR, native joins the Razorbacks after two years playing junior hockey with the Southern Oregon Spartans in the Western States Hockey League as a forward.

In 2011, Morrison moved to Colorado to attend college prep school and play hockey for Fountain Valley School of Colorado.  Morrison excelled academically, served as the captain of the team from 2013-2015, and played as a starting, varsity defenseman.   During his time at FVS, Morrison recorded 27 points in 38 games.

When Morrison signed with the Spartans, his FVS coach Mike Payne said, “Paiute’s work ethic, composure and ability to create his own space with the puck should allow him to make an immediate impact in this league.”

Morrison signed with the Spartans in 2015.  During his first season (2015-2016), Morrison was named the “Rookie of the Year” after contributing 23 points in 51 games.  Playing for the Spartans, Morrison contributed 41 points (13 goals & 28 assists) in 97 games.

Morrison cites his Spartans Coach, Dave Cole, as a big part of his decision to play for the Razorbacks, saying, “The first time I was introduced to the University of Arkansas, my current coach Dave Cole was so enthusiastic about my interest that he started making phone calls and arranging meetings for me to talk to Coach Gallini.”

Morrison is committed to academic excellence while pursuing his true passion: ice hockey.  His love for hockey developed when Morrison was only eight years old and attended the local rink’s summer camp.

Said Morrison, “I’ve always held my academics in high standard while playing hockey. It’s important for me to feel good about my grades and how they might play into my future. When pressed with the decision of choosing a college, Arkansas offered me the best option to continue to play the sport I love, alongside attaining a higher level of academic success.”  The Razorback Hockey program is excited to welcome Paiute Morrison to the program.

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.

Max Barr headed to Fayetteville

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce G-Max Barr as the first 2017-2018 Arkansas commit.   At 6’4” 205 lbs., the right-catching goalie from Wilmington, MA, adds both size and experience to the roster.

Barr recently completed his junior career playing for the Long Beach Bombers in the Western States Hockey League.  Playing for the Bombers, Barr recorded a 2.31 Goals Against Average and .908 Save Percentage en route to a 16-1 overall record.

In an interview before joining the Bombers, Barr described his strengths as a hockey player: “One of my greatest strengths is my mental game, and the way I can overcome adversity.  I’m a very calm goalie, and rarely get rattled in games.”

Before his time with the Bombers, Barr accrued substantial junior experience in a career that took him across the country (and Canada).  At fifteen, Barr played for the Salem Ice Dogs in the Empire Junior Hockey League.  Thereafter, he spent seasons with the Boston Junior Bruins, Phillips Exeter Academy, the Connecticut Yankees of the USPHL, and the Richmond Generals of the USPHL-Elite.

During the 2015-2016 season, Barr spent half a season with the Blind River Beavers in the NOJHL before joining the Chicago Cougars of the USPHL Midwest and then finishing his season with the West Michigan Wolves in the NA3HL.  Across the totality of his junior career, Barr has started more than 100 games.

Hockey was a big part of Barr’s childhood, as he started skating at just four years old.  A couple years later, he starting playing hockey and began playing in goal by age seven.  Barr credits his cousin, who was also a goalie, as a source for his motivation.  He describes hockey as big part of his family’s traditions.

Said Barr, “I was considering other ACHA programs, as well as NCAA DIII schools, but after I visited the school, met the players and coaches, and learned about Coach Gallini’s plans for the program, I immediately knew it was the right place for me.  I never thought, coming from New England, that I would be attending an SEC school.”

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.


Razorbacks announce leadership changes

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Razorbacks announce leadership changes

Fayetteville, AR — March 9 — Beginning with the 17-18 season, Coach Collin Hesse will return to the Razorback Hockey program as Head Coach of the Division III team.  Coach Hesse will continue to work closely with Coach Robert Thomas on practice planning, roster decisions, and team strategy.  Said Coach Hesse about his new role, “I am extremely proud to continue to work in this program.  I’ve learned a lot from Coaches Gallini, Desjardins, and Thomas the past several seasons and I’m excited to showcase that knowledge.”

Coach Hesse has served in a number of roles for the program over the past several seasons, including as a player (11-12), Club President (13-14 & 14-15), Student Assistant Coach (12-13, 13-14, 14-15), and Division III Associate Head Coach (15-16).  About his new role he added, “I intend for us to continue the success that the Division III team has had in recent years.” Coach Hesse is a 2015 graduate of the University and a Level III USA Hockey certified coach.  Meanwhile, Coach Robert Thomas will assume General Manager responsibilities for the Division III team while remaining in an on-ice assistant coaching role.

The Razorbacks are proud to also announce changes at the Division I level.  Longtime Associate Head Coach Rick Desjardins will move into a new role as the program’s first Director of Player Development.  Entering his tenth season with Razorback Hockey, Coach Desjardins has helped lead the Division III Razorbacks to five SECHC titles, a South Regional championship, and three appearances at Nationals.   He has been a key component of the team’s growth alongside its smooth transition to the Division I level.  In his new role, Coach Desjardins will focus on developing the program’s goaltenders while working throughout the season to identify and recruit future Razorback Hockey players by attending showcases across the country.  Coach Desjardins’ new position will also enable him to work with players from both rosters throughout practices and games alike.  During Coach Desjardins’ impressive tenure, the team has won over two-hundred games, earned five conference titles, and three trips to the Division III National Tournament.

Assistant Coach Justin McDowell will enter the 17-18 season as the Division I team’s Associate Head Coach.  The 17-18 season will mark Coach McDowell’s ninth season with the Razorbacks — 5 as a player and 4 as a coach.  During his playing career, the team won a total of 132 games and Coach McDowell personally earned third team All-Conference honors (2011-12), represented the Razorbacks at the ACHA DIII All-Star Challenge (2011-12), and was recognized on the SECHC Academic Honor List (2013-14).  As a coach, he has helped transition the program from its status as a Division III team to the first SEC school to field both Division I & Division III teams.  Said Coach McDowell, “I’m just excited for the opportunity that lies ahead.  I appreciate the added responsibility that comes with this new role and I am already looking forward to next season.”

The University of Arkansas is the only SEC school that fields ACHA teams at the Division I and Division III levels.  Current players represent sixteen different states, four countries, and nine different junior leagues.  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.


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 listen 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.