DIII returns home looking to continue its winning ways

Last weekend, the Division III Ice Hogs traveled to Texas to take on the SMU Mustangs as the Hogs looked to defend their undefeated record. On Saturday, October 13, the Mustangs got on the board halfway through the first period. But Arkansas answered back that period with three goals—one each from Cameron Faranetta, Brooks Moore and Tyler Valdron. Up 3-1 entering the second frame, SMU would score two more goals but the Hogs poured in four more of their own. Griffin Sugasawara scored two for the Ice Hogs while Tyler Valdron and Alex Parisi each notched one to push the Razorback lead to 7-3 entering the third period.

SMU would only score one more goal in the third period while the Ice Hogs put up still four more. Behind markers from Corey Rees, Garrett Jackson, Dylan Odelein, and Tyler Valdron, Arkansas bagged an 11-4 win. Tyler Valdron ended the night with a hat trick.

Sunday’s rematch brought more of the same. This time, though, it was the Ice Hogs getting on the board first as they owned the first period, scoring four goals. Griffin Sugasawara scored two for the Hogs while Parker Tillson and Nick Valentini each scored one to give the Hogs a 4-0 lead going into the second period. In the second period, things were a little more even as each team scored two goals. Brooks Moore and Corey Rees each scored a goal for the Hogs and Arkansas led 6-2 entering the third period.

The final frame was all Hogs. Griffin Sugasawara scored one goal to earn the hat trick, while Aidan Everett scored two goals, and Brooks Moore scored one for the Hogs. The Razorbacks cruised to a 10-3 victory.

This weekend the DIII Hogs return home to face Pacific Region foe Kansas University (5-1-0). The Hogs the weekend undefeated. Meanwhile, Kansas is riding a four game winning streak. The two programs have met a total of fourteen times and have split the series at seven wins apiece. The Ice Hogs and Jayhawks face off at 7:30 pm on Friday the 19th, and 11:00 am on Saturday the 20th. Both games are at the Jones Center. The Razorback Hockey program will have jerseys on sale this weekend for $75 a piece.

The University of Arkansas fields two hockey teams. The Division I team recently released its 2018-19 schedule (view here). It has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here). All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.