Arkansas Heads Into Bye at 8-1 Following Sweep of Iowa State

Following a 3-0 weekend in Dallas, and a home sweep of Iowa State, the Ice Hogs enter their first weekend off of the season 8-1 overall.

Arkansas took care of business in their first South Divison games of the season, taking two games from Dallas Baptist and one from North Texas during a three game weekend in Texas.

Friday saw the hogs battle back from an early one goal deficit to win the weekend opener 6-2 against DBU. Sophomore Sam Haynes recorded the win in net, stopping 20 of 22 shots. Six different Razorbacks recorded goals (Heuerman, Wilson, Sugasawara, Sharrer, LaPlante, and Patterson).

The Razorbacks found themselves trailing again early Saturday after a slow start, before netting five unanswered to find the win column with a 5-2 victory in the series finale against DBU. Freshman Grady Reis earned the win in net, also stopping 20 of 22 shots. Junior Brad Estrada found the back of the net twice, with Wilson, Romero, and Elliott all joining him in the score column.

Sunday was a much more one sided match up between the Razorbacks and Mean Green of UNT. The Hogs outshot their opponent 85-19 on their way to a 9-1 win in their final game of the weekend. Freshmen goaltender Noah Goodwin earned his first win in his first career start, stopping 18 of 19 shots, earning the Hog Hat honors for hardest working player in the game.

This past weekend your Razorbacks returned to the friendly confines of The Jones Center for a home series against Iowa State. On Friday, junior Michael Ellis drew first blood, scoring with 3:11 remaining in the first frame. The hogs would build on their lead in the second with goals from senior Cameron McAtee and sophomore Kyle Crews. The hogs would net one more goal when Freshman Jacob Heuerman found the net in a penalty filled third period.

Special teams shined for the Razorbacks who killed off 8 penalties, including two 5 on 3 opportunities, on their way to a 4-0 victory. Senior Assistant Captain Cameron McAtee factored into all four goals with one goal and three assists. Senior Jozef Dusenka earned the shutout in his first home start of the season.

Saturday saw the Hogs dominate in a physical affair, filling the Iowa State net with three goals in the first period (Valentini, Wilson, Estrada). Senior Jacob Sharrer would score the lone goal of the second for the hogs, before another three goal explosion in the final frame (Wilson x2, Yaseen). Senior Captain Zach Wilson recorded a hat trick on the night. Sophomore goalie Sam Haynes earned the win, stopping 23 of 25 shots on the night.

Arkansas is off this weekend before a home series against historic rival Missouri State.