Division III welcomes Kansas; Division I back out on the road

Photo credit: Richard Hovey
Photo credit: Richard Hovey

On Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, the Division III Razorback Hockey team welcomes the Kansas Jayhawks to the Jones Center.  Coming off of a bye weekend, the 5-2-0 DIII Hogs most recently dropped a 5-2 contest to the DIII Missouri State Ice Bears in Springfield, MO.  The Jayhawks enter the series with a 4-2-0 record having just swept the Dordt Blades on September 30 and October 1 by 7-4 and 4-3 scores, respectively.  The two teams met four times last season, with Arkansas winning all four games.

The series between the Hawks and Hogs dates back to the 2009-10 season when the teams split a pair of games.  Then, during the 2010-11 season, the Razorbacks swept the Hawks in the first contests of that season.  Collectively, Arkansas owns a 7-1-0 lifetime record over Kansas.  The puck drops on both Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm.  Saturday is “Pink the Rink”–the team’s annual event to raise breast cancer awareness.

Meanwhile, the #24 Division I Razorbacks (2-8-0) look to snap a historic eight game losing streak against the Illinois State Redbirds (3-2-0) in Normal, Illinois.  The two teams met four times last weekend and split the series 2-2.  The Hogs first met the Redbirds on September 25 of last season, which produced a 4-2 Arkansas win.  The next night, however, Arkansas dropped game 2 by a wide 8-2 margin.  Back home at the Jones Center, the Redbirds collected an overtime win on November 6, 2015, before the Hogs exacted some revenge the next night–also in overtime–by earning a 5-4 win.

Arkansas enters the series after having dropped a trio of exceptionally close conference contests to #5 University of Central Oklahoma last Thursday and #9 Oklahoma on Friday and Saturday.  The puck drops against Illinois State at 7:00 pm on Friday and 6:20 pm on Saturday.