DI set for home opener; DIII on the road to Nebraska

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This weekend the Division I Ice Hogs will play their first home games of the season.  Thursday October 5th the Ice Hogs will play the #12 ranked Buffaloes from the University of Colorado. On Friday October 6th and Saturday October 7th the Ice Hogs will be playing the #17 ranked Rams of Colorado State University.

Thursday October 5th the Razorbacks will play the Buffaloes at 8:30 PM at the Jones Center in Springdale, AR. The Buffs enter the weekend with a record of 3-1. The Division I Hogs have played the Buffaloes seven times dating back to 2015 and own a record of 1-6 against them. The Hogs will be looking to defend  home ice against Colorado after the Buffs came to the Jones Center and swept the Hogs in 2016-17.  Thursday is also Pink the Rink where the Razorbacks are teaming up with the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority in raising awareness for breast cancer, so make sure to wear your pink!  There will be a special edition of chuck-a-puck during the intermission where all of the proceeds will go to helping fight and cure breast cancer.  Pucks will be sold at $5 a piece and there will be a prize rewarded to the person who chucks their puck the closest to center ice!  A limited number of fans will also receive complimentary Pink the Rink jerseys on a first come first served basis.

Then, on Friday October 6th, the Arkansas plays host to Colorado State at 7:30 pm in the first of a pair of weekend games.  The Rams enter the weekend with a record of 2-2 having just dropped a pair of games to Utah and Eastern Michigan after opening their season with a sweep of Rutgers. The Hogs have yet to beat the Rams in the teams’ three prior meetings.  Arkansas will be looking to avenge a 3-0 home ice loss to the Rams during the 16-17 season.  In appreciation for all of their support, the Razorbacks will recognize the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas during Friday night’s contest.  The weekend closes on Saturday night when the Hogs again take on the Rams at 7:30 PM.  All three of the Division I Hogs games will be live streamed via the teams Facebook page through Facebook Live.

Also this weekend, the red hot Division III Ice Hogs (4-3-0) will be on the road to Lincoln, NE to take on the Cornhuskers from the University of Nebraska.  Arkansas enters the weekend on a four game win streak.  Nebraska sports a win streak of its own, having notched five consecutive victories.  The two teams met once already in the Pacific Region Showcase where Nebraska claimed a 6-5 win on September 17.  The Razorbacks and Cornhuskers have faced off nine times in the past and Nebraska owns 5-4 series edge.  The first game takes place at 7:00 PM Friday October 6th in Nebraska.  Puck drop for the second game is set for 11:45 AM Saturday October 7th.