The weekend before Thanksgiving, the Division I Ice Hogs (6-14-0) went on the road to face the #6 ranked Wildcats from the University of Arizona and the #25 ranked Sun Devils from Arizona State University.
On Thursday, November 15, the Hogs played the Wildcats. The first period belonged to the Wildcats as they scored two goals. The second period was much of the same as Arizona doubled its lead to four. Arizona went up 5-0 two minutes into the third period, but Dakota Gottlieb got the Hogs on the board three minutes later. Arizona went on to score two more goals en route to a 7-1 victory.
The Hogs squared off with Arizona State on Friday. Arizona State scored the only goal of the first period, but things reversed in the second period when rookie Trevor McLain scored the only goal of the period to tie things up. About halfway through the third period, Alex DeGuire scored the go-ahead goal for the Hogs. The Hogs held off the Sun Devils and earned a 2-1 victory–the team’s sixth win of the season and first-ever win over Arizona State.
During the final game of the road trip, the Hogs met up with the Sun Devils one more. The first period saw no scoring. Arizona State scored the only goal of the second period with under 30 seconds to play in the period. In the third period, the Sun Devils scored two more times and shutout the Razorbacks by a final 3-0 score.
This weekend, Arkansas returns home for the last time this semester as they host the #11 ranked Ice Bears from conference rival Missouri State University (16-7-0). The two teams have met 12 times in the Division I era and the Bears lead the series 8-4. Puck drop is set for 7:30 PM Friday the 30th and 5:00 PM Saturday the 1st at the Jones Center in Springdale.
The University of Arkansas fields two hockey teams. The Division I team’s 2018-19 schedule is 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.