Arkansas headed to Springfield for rivalry matchup

The #1 Arkansas Razorbacks (26-3-0) finished up a busy fall schedule with a two-game split against #4 Kansas (15-6-0) on December 13th and 14th. The first game was a tight battle until freshman Zach Wilson broke the tie with just 25 seconds remaining in the first period, giving Arkansas the 1-0 lead after 1 period. Kansas would come back to tie the game early in the second period, but Arkansas responded with a goal from Cameron McAtee.

Wilson would score again late in the second period to put the Hogs on top 3-1 heading into the final frame. Kansas scored early in the third, but the Razorbacks put the Jayhawks away with another goal from McAtee and a last-minute goal from Brendan Bomay. Wilson led the charge with 2 goals and 2 assists in the 5-2 victory. Jozef Dusenka backstopped the Hogs with 25 saves on 27 shots for his 12th win of the season.

The Hogs looked for the sweep in the second and final game of the weekend. Despite dominating much of the game with 49 shots on net, the Razorbacks struggled to break through. Evan Kerr was able to get the Hogs on the board early in the first period, but Kansas controlled the scoreboard after that. The Jayhawks scored 4 unanswered goals to hand Arkansas a 4-1 loss. Alex Kalmes was in net for Arkansas and stopped 29 of 33 shots.

Arkansas looks to get back to its winning ways as they head just up the road to Springfield, MO to take on #8 Missouri State (12-7-1) Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th. Arkansas owns a lifetime record of 23-11 over the Ice Bears, including a pair of 7-1 victories earlier this season on home ice. Both games start at 7pm at the Jordan Valley Ice Park and tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 5:30 pm for $5.

The University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team plays in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference. The 2019-20 season will be the team’s thirteenth season as a member of the ACHA competing in Division III. The team’s schedule can be found here. All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.