This weekend, the #20 DI-Razorback Hockey (2-0-0) team welcomes a pair of WCHL conference rivals. First up is a first-ever Thursday contest against a new visitor to the Jones Center–the Colorado State Rams. Ranked #22 in the first preseason ranking, the Rams will play their first game of the 2016-17 season against the Razorbacks. On the heels of a 9-24-5 campaign last season, the Rams enter the year with a new coach and a new batch of talent. The puck drops against the Rams on 8:30 pm.
Next up on Friday and Saturday for the DI Hogs is another conference rival–the Colorado Buffaloes. Picked to finish first in the WCHL coaches poll, the Buffs enter the weekend ranked #9 in the nation. After making a stop to take on Missouri State on Thursday, Colorado will settle in for a pair of games against the Razorbacks on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm. The two teams have not hooked up since Colorado defeated the Hogs 1-0 on October 19 of last year.
While Division I hosts, the DIII Hogs (1-1-0) hit the road to take on first-time opponent, DII-Texas State. The neutral site games will take place in Dallas. Game times are 9:30 pm on Friday and 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in Farmers Branch. Texas State finished with an overall 2015-16 record of 15-9-1 and the Bobcats enter the series having recently swept the University of North Texas last weekend by scores of 6-4 and 4-3, respectively. For its part, the Division III Hogs enter the weekend after having split a pair of gritty conference games against Ole Miss. After downing the Rebels 6-5 last Friday, the Razorbacks dropped game two of the series by a 5-2 margin.