Division III Hogs hit the road to Kansas

This past weekend the Division III Ice Hogs hosted McKendree University at the Jones Center. On Friday the 26th, the Bearcats struck first in the first period. Three minutes later the Ice Hogs struck back on a power play goal. Tyler Valdron scored the goal for the Hogs, he was assisted by captain Zach Palmer. Under one minute later, assistant captain Aidan Everett scored to give the Hogs a 2-1 lead. The second period was a quiet one as no one got on the scoreboard. With things all tied up in the third period, McKendree struck back to tie things up 2-2. In overtime, Alex Parisi scored to end the game and solidify a 3-2 Razorback victory.

On Saturday the 27th the Hogs faced McKendree one more time. The Hogs got on the board less than three minutes into the game as Brooks Moore scored, assisted by Garrett Jackson. Five minutes later, captain Zach Palmer scored a power play goal for the Hogs to put them up 2-0. He was assisted by Tyler Valdron and Alex Parisi. With one minute left in the period, Zach Palmer scored his second goal of the game–assisted by Tyler Valdron.

In the second period, it was all Hogs again. Less than a minute into the period, Grant Deacon put the Hogs up 4-0. He was assisted by rookie Griffin Sugasawara. Two minutes later Brooks Moore was assisted by rookie Brand Branscum to put the Ice Hogs up 5-0. With under five minutes remaining in the second period, the Hogs got on the board again as Sugasawara assisted assistant captain Aidan Everett on a power play goal to put the Hogs up 6-0. In the final frame, Tyler Valdron put one more goal on the board as the Hogs would go on to win 7-0 and earn a shut out.

This weekend, the DIII Ice Hogs get on the road to face Pacific Region foe Kansas. The Hogs and Jayhawks met a few weeks ago at the Jones Center with Kansas sweeping the series. The Ice Hogs come into the weekend with a record of 10-2-0 and the Jayhawks enter with a record of 7-1-0 having won their last six games. Puck drop is set for 7:40 pm on Friday, November 2, and 2:10 pm on Saturday, November 3.

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.