Division I headed to Lindenwood-Belleville; Texas Tech forfeits Division III games

Photo credit: Richard Hovey
Photo credit: Richard Hovey

This weekend, the #21 DI-Razorback Hockey (2-3-0) team travels to St. Louis to take on the DII-Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx (3-0-0).

The Lynx open their third ACHA season after two  successful campaigns saw the team amass a 29-2-1 overall record in 2014-15 and a 31-5-0 effort in 2015-16.  Over that time, the Lynx reeled off 27 straight wins during the 14-15 season including posting an undefeated record at home.  The program followed up its 14-15 effort with a Division II Nationals Appearance in the 15-16 season.  With a strong core of returners, the Lynx have already started this season on a strong note with three consecutive victories.

For its part, the Razorbacks enter the series having dropped three consecutive games to conference rivals Colorado State and Colorado (read a full recap here).  After a tight 3-0 (ENG) loss to Colorado State last Thursday, the Hogs succumbed to the Buffaloes on consecutive nights by 3-1 and 5-2 scores.

From a historical perspective, the Lynx and Razorbacks have met on four prior occasions and, in each, the Lynx have come out ahead.  In the fall of last season, the Lynx notched 7-5 and 6-0 victories on their home ice.  Back in Springdale earlier this year, the Lynx again swept the Hogs by 5-0 and 6-3 scores.  Games are at the FSI Shark Tank at 9:00 pm on Friday, September 23, and 9:10 pm on Saturday, September 24.

For its part, the DIII Razorbacks swept Texas State last weekend in two competitive affairs last weekend by scores of 7-3 and 5-4.  Division III will host a Red-White game on Friday at 7:30 pm at the Jones Center following a last-minute cancellation by Texas Tech.  The DIII Hogs will be back in action this Sunday, September 25, against Missouri State in Springfield, MO.