This past weekend the Arkansas Razorbacks traveled to Dallas for MACHA South division games against Dallas Baptist University and The University of North Texas. The Razorbacks entered the weekend on a nine game winning streak, and a four game shutout streak, the longest in program history. Arkansas had previously swept DBU at home, and defeated UNT in their lone meeting earlier this season.
Friday would bring more of the same as the Hogs controlled the pace of play and dominated DBU at both ends of the ice, out shooting the opposition 52-12. Senior Captain Zach Wilson would get the scoring started, followed by freshman Thomas Verble and senior Michael Ellis to finish out the first frame. Seniors Trevor Mclain and Jake Sharrer, and junior Kyle Crews would finish off the scoring in the second. The teams would finish with a scoreless third period to give Junior net-minder Same Haynes his fourth shutout on the season, and third in a row overall.
Saturday the two teams were back at again, and Arkansas would again end the first period with a lead on goals from Senior defensemen Dylan Odelein and Cameron McAtee. Senior Brad Estrada would open the scoring in the second with his first goal of the season, followed by sophomore Jason Gifford on the powerplay, and Zach Wilson shorthanded. Kyle Crews, Michael Ellis, and Senior Griffin Sugasawara would all score in the third frame to give the Hogs an 8-0 victory. Freshman goaltender Noah Goodwin would earn his second victory and shutout in as many starts, giving him 0 goals allowed in two starts. Senior Assistant Captain, and leading scorer, Cameron McAtee notched his 200th career collegiate point when he assisted on Sugaswara’s goal late in the third period!
Sunday the Hogs would finish off their road trip with a dominating performance against UNT. The hogs scored early and often with goals from Matthew Edestrand, Kyle Patterson, Zach Wilson (2), Thomas Verble (2), Jake Sharrer (2), Ian Lotz, and Griffin Sugasawara. Sam Haynes would come up big on a several odd man rushes throughout to preserve the shutout and the streak.
The Hogs are currently on a twelve game win streak and a seven game shutout streak, which continues the program record. Overall Arkansas has not been scored on in 423 minutes and 36 seconds of game play, dating back to the third period of their opener against Miami(OH) in the Route 66 Showcase. All three of the teams goalies (Noah Goodwin, Sam Haynes, and Grady Reis) have contributed to the streak. Arkansas has outscored their opponents by a score of 63-0 since allowing their last goal. During their current 12 game winning streak they have outscored opponents 82-8.
Arkansas is off until December 2nd and 3rd, when they will host East Texas Baptist University at home in the Jones Center. Arkansas swept ETBU in two games last season by a combined score of 32-0. The home set will be your last chance to catch the Razorbacks at home until the spring semester, so come out and help support your Hogs as they look to finish the semester off with another sweep!