Division I hits the road to Alabama; Division III plays host to RMU-Peoria

Photo credit: Edward Matthews

The 2017-18 season is underway for both the Division I and Division III Ice Hogs.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday September 15-17, the Division III Ice Hogs traveled to Springfield, MO, to play in the Pacific Region Showcase.  The Razorbacks played games against the University of Kansas, Missouri State University, and the University of Nebraska.

Friday night the Hogs faced off against the University of Kansas Jayhawks. The Razorbacks got off to a hot start scoring three goals in the first period. Overall the Hogs scored five goals, but the Jayhawks made a comeback in the third period.  With the score knotted at 5, the Jayhawks scored the go-ahead goal with just 7 seconds remaining in regulation en route to securing 6-5 win.

Saturday the Hogs faced the Ice Bears from Missouri State University. The Bears got on the board first—scoring three quick goals. The Hogs got on the scoreboard for the first time in the third period with a goal from Alex Keuser.  Ultimately, the Razorbacks fell 3-1 to Missouri State.

Finally, on Sunday, the DIII Ice Hogs played the Cornhuskers from the University of Nebraska.  Sixteen minutes into the third period the Hogs were down 6-3. Sky Chambers and Matthew Lasky each scored a goal near the end of the third period but it was not enough to overcome the Cornhuskers.

The Hogs finished the weekend with a record of 0-3, against three strong teams. Alex Keuser and Matthew Lasky were the leading scorers for the weekend, as both recorded two goals. With four assists, Drew Hill led the way for the team in assists.

This coming weekend, September 22-23, the Division III Ice Hogs will play their first home games against Robert Morris University-Peoria. The two teams played twice last season at Peoria, where they split the series 1-1. That series included an exciting overtime shootout win by the Razorbacks. All time, the Razorbacks have the advantage over the Eagles, with a record of 5-1. This weekend the puck will drop against the Eagles at 9:15 PM Friday night, and 7:30 PM Saturday night. Tickets are $8 general admission; $3 students (or 2 for $5 students).

Also this weekend, the Division I Ice Hogs will travel to Pelham, AL to take on longtime rival:  the University of Alabama. The two teams faced off just once last season in a game that ended in an overtime shootout victory for the Razorbacks.  Dating since 2009, the Razorbacks have posted an overall 17-5-1 record against the Frozen Tide–including both Division I and III games.  This will be the first time the teams will square off in Pelham in the Division I format.

The Razorbacks enter the Alabama series with a record of 2-0 after sweeping the Redbirds of Illinois State in their first series of the season two weeks ago.  The Tide enter the series with a record of 1-1 after splitting their first series with Liberty University.  Puck drop against the Tide this weekend will take place at 7:00 PM on both September 22 and 23.

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