This past weekend, the Division I Ice Hogs hosted the Colorado State Rams and the University of Colorado Buffaloes. On Thursday, the 1st, the Hogs met up with the Rams. The first period was a quiet one as no goals were scored and there no penalties were called until seven seconds left in the first. Less than two minutes into the second period, the Rams got on the board. Six minutes later, rookie Kevin LaPlante scored to tie things up. Forty seconds later the Rams struck back to take the lead. Two and a half minutes later rookie Dakota Gottleib tied things up at two. The Rams scored the lone goal in the third period to secure a 3-2 win.
On Friday the 2nd, the Hogs hosted Colorado. Halfway through the first period, the Buffs got on the board first. Three and a half minutes, later Alex Kueser tied things up for the Hogs. But just a minute and a half later, the Rams struck back to take the lead. Then, two minutes later, Evan Kerr scored to tie things up. In the second period, it was all Hogs. Josh Staenz scored halfway through the second to put the Ice Hogs up 3-2 and then, with under one minute left in the second period, Cory Delisle scored to give the Hogs a two goal lead. Halfway through the third period, Josh Staenz scored what would be the final goal of the game to put the Hogs up 5-2.
On Saturday the 3rd, the Hogs faced the Buffs once more. The first period was all Buffs as they took the lead 2-0. Under two minutes into the second period, the Hogs got on the board as assistant captain Chris Stovall scored, assisted by Jack Critser. Less than one minute later, the Hogs tied things up 2-2 on an Evan Kerr goal, assisted by Alex DeGuire and assistant captain Shaun Foster. As the third period began, the Buffs scored to take the lead 3-2. A minute and a half later, the Hogs responded with a Chris Stovall goal to tie things up–assisted by Chris Salmon and Dakota Gottlieb. The Buffs would go on to score two more goals in the third en route to a 5-2 win.
This weekend, the DI Hogs travel to Missouri to face #1 Lindenwood. The Hogs are coming in with a 5-10-0 record while Lindenwood comes in with an unblemished record of 12-0-0. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM Saturday the 10th and 2:00 PM Sunday the 11th.
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.