Division III Hogs finish third in conference tournament; Regionals up next

From February 8-10, the Division III Razorbacks (15-13-0, #5 Pacific Region) were on the road in Nashville to compete in the SECHC Tournament. The Hogs’ first game was against the Florida Gators in the Quarterfinals on Friday the 8th. Arkansas scored the lone goal in the first period thanks to SECHC MVP Griffin Sugasawara (pictured), assisted by Grant Deacon and Wes Moore. In the second period, it was all Hogs as Zach Riley, Dylan Odelien, and Grant Deacon each scored a goal. Arkansas carried a 5-0 lead into the third. Zach Riley would score his second goal of the game to put the Hogs up 6-0 before the Gators scored two goals of their own. The Hogs advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 6-2 win over the Gators.

On Saturday, the Hogs played the Georgia Bulldogs in the semifinal round of the SECHC Tournament. The Bulldogs struck first–notching a pair of goals in the first period. The Bulldogs went on to score one more goal in the second and third en route to shutting out the Hogs 4-0.

On Sunday, the Razorbacks tangled with the Auburn Tigers in the third place game. The Hogs got on the board first thanks to a marker from Zach Riley. The second period was all Hogs as Wes Moore and Griffin Sugasawara each scored a goal to give the Hogs a 3-0 lead going into the third period. But in the third, the Tigers scored three unanswered goals to tie the game up and send it into overtime. In overtime, Wes Moore scored his third goal of the tournament to give the Hogs the win and to secure third place in the tournament.

Numerous Arkansas players were recognized with conference awards. Rookie forward Griffin Sugasawara was named SECHC MVP and was also named First Team All SECHC. Defenseman Tyler Valdron was also named First Team All SECHC. Goaltender Alex Kalmes was named Second Team All SECHC. The Division III Ice Hogs return to action on March 8-9 in the Pacific Regional Tournament. More information previewing the tournament will be released later this week.

The University of Arkansas fields two hockey teams.  The Division I team’s 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.