The first semester with two teams is now complete and both teams enter the break sporting national rankings. The Division I team heads into the holidays with a 12-11-2 record and a #23 national ranking. First semester highlights include wins over #3 Central Oklahoma, #9 Colorado, #10 Oklahoma, #20 Missouri State, and a sweep of arch-rival Alabama. With the exception of the Alabama victories, all of those wins came on the road as part of fourteen total first semester away games.
The second semester promises a friendlier environment as eight of the final regular season games will take place on home ice at the Jones Center. During that critical final month of the season, which begins on January 14, the Hogs will look to repay an assortment of ranked teams for early-season disappointments. First on the list is Midland, who came to Springdale in November and earned a split with the D1 Hogs. Next up is Lindenwood-Belleville, a team that swept the Razorbacks in the first two games of the 15-16 campaign. Arkansas will then play host to #10 Oklahoma and #20 Missouri State in four critical late-season tilts.
For its part, the D3 Hogs head home for the holidays with a 21-1-1 record, good for #7 in the Pacific Region. Highlights for the D3 squad include sweeps of SEC-rival, Ole Miss, Division II Kansas, and Division II Augustana (twice). Sporting a #1 ranking in the SECHC Coaches’ Poll, the D3 Hogs stand as the favorite to take the SECHC trophy back home to Fayetteville once again. The D3 Razorbacks will open the second semester with a rematch against Southern Illinois, followed by games against Missouri State and Kansas before heading to Nashville for the SECHC playoffs.
The next home Razorback Hockey games will feature the Division I team taking on Lindenwood-Belleville on January 22 & 23.