Division I takes a break; DIII in Little Rock

Photo credit: Edward Matthews

This past weekend the Division I Razorbacks finished up their grueling fall travel schedule. The Razorbacks traveled to Ames, IA to take on the 12th ranked Cyclones of Iowa State University. The Cyclones handled the Razorbacks in the first game Friday night, posting a 7-0 victory.  Game two was a different story.  Although Iowa State carried a 3-0 lead into the third period, the Razorbacks battled back in the final frame with a pair of goals.  The Division I return home next weekend for league play against UCO and Oklahoma.

While the Division 1 Hogs were on the road, the red-hot Division III Razorbacks were at home this weekend playing host to the Jayhawks from the University of Kansas. The first game between the two was played on Friday night at the Jones Center. With less than one minute remaining in the first period the Jayhawks were on the board first. In the second period, rookie Triston Wilson tied the game up for the Razorbacks.  Kansas and Arkansas would remain tied through regulation.  But during the 4-on-4 overtime period, Matt Lasky notched the game winner about halfway through the five-minute period.

Then, on Saturday, the Jayhawks took an early lead on the Hogs–notching two goals in the opening period.  The Hogs were able to tie the game behind goals from Alex Kueser and Matt Lasky. The Jayhawks would go on to score three goals late in the second period to lead the Hogs 5-2 going into the third period. Early in the third Matt Lasky scored his second goal of the game to cut the Jayhawk lead to two. The Hogs ended up falling to the Jayhawks 6-3 and split the weekend with Kansas.

This weekend, the Division III Razorbacks travel to the State Capital to face the Bulldogs of Mississippi State University in an SECHC conference matchup.  While in Little Rock, the Hogs will call the Arkansas Skatium (1311 S Bowman Rd, Little Rock, AR 72211) their temporary home. The Razorbacks enter the weekend with a record of 8-5, while the Bulldogs enter the weekend winless. The Razorbacks have dominated the lifetime series with MSU 7-0.  The two teams have not met since 2015 when the Razorbacks walloped the Bulldogs 18-3.