The 2022-23 season came to a close last Saturday night in Marlborough, MA. In a win or go home game with the Wolverines of Michigan, the Hogs would fall just short of reaching the Frozen Four of the ACHA tournament for the third consecutive season (National runner-up 2021, semifinals 2022).
After a fast start from Arkansas, with several chances in front of the Michigan goal, the Wolverines would score first half way through the first frame. The Hogs would threaten multiple times but could not crack the Michigan net-minder before the end of the period. The second would again see the Hogs come out fast and began with a flurry of chances. After the media timeout, Michigan would seize momentum and rally off three goals before the horn signaled the end of the second. Arkansas would show a lot of fight in the third period, never letting off the gas in search of goals to answer the Michigan run. In the end, Arkansas would not be able to solve the Michigan goalie until the final minutes of the game, on a goal from senior Griffin Sugasawara. The game would end with a final of 5-1 in Michigans favor. Michigan would go on to defeat Lawrence Tech in the semifinals and defending champion Hope College in the championship game to claim their first National Championship in club history.
Prior to the tilt with Michigan, Arkansas would open the tournament with wins over Florida Gulf Coast (6-3) and Oakland University (5-3). Senior Zach Wilson would lead the team in points during the tournament with six points (3G, 3A). Junior goaltender Sam Haynes started all three games, posting a 2-1 record, a 3.67 GAA, and 69 shots faced. Thirteen Razorbacks would record a point during the tournament.
The Razorbacks finish the 2022-23 campaign with 28 wins and 5 losses. The Hogs will graduate 8 seniors Captain forward Zach Wilson, Assistant Captain forwards Griffin Sugasawara, Michael Ellis, and Jake Sharrer, Assistant Captain defensemen Cameron McAtee, defensemen Dylan Odelein, forward Trevor McLain, and forward Brad Estrada.
This season saw Arkansas post a program record for number of shutouts with 11, and a program record 8 shutouts in a row. The Hogs also maintained their hold on the Battle of the Ozarks Trophy after taking 3-1 from rival Missouri State. Arkansas would qualifed for the MACHA conference tournament for the second time in just their second season as a member of the conference, losing in the semi-final to eventual champion Mizzou.
Arkansas will return to action next September. Stay tuned to our website and social medias for update throughout the off season. Thank you for your support, and Woo Pig Sooie!