After a tough defeat to the University of Oklahoma last week, The Arkansas Razorbacks (1-1-0) came back Friday night to take down the Missouri State Bears (0-1-0) by a score of 9-1.
Justin Gaddy and Garth Derry netted a pair of goals each to lead a high powered offensive attack. Brenden Desjardins was solid between the pipes, giving up a lone goal in the third period to lead the Razorbacks to victory in the first game of two this weekend against the Missouri State Bears.
Missouri State finished 8-4-0 last season in the Mid-America Collegiate Hockey Association, placing third in the silver south division. Last year the Hogs went 1-1 against the Bears, falling to them 4-0 in the first game, but coming back to win the next night 8-2.
It took the only four minutes for Razorback forward Gaddy to score the first goal of the game. Later in the period with 2:21 left to play, Arkansas forward Martin Sundstedt scored, which was followed up with a goal from Derry, giving the Hogs a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period.
Arkansas went on to score their fourth goal of the contest when Justin McDowell scored five minutes in, this time short handed. The Razorbacks continued to roll as Gaddy scored his second of the night, giving Arkansas a commanding 5-0 lead heading in to the third frame.
The Razorbacks weren’t slowing down as they went on to score four more goals in the final frame, first by defenseman Easton Oliver, followed up by a power-play goal from Johnny Stromp.
Missouri State was able to find the back of the net as Michael Glenn scored the Bears only goal midway through the third period.
Razorback forward Marcel Toure netted the eighth Arkansas goal with 9:14 left to play in the game, and Derry scored his second, a power-play goal, with 42 seconds left in game, giving the Ice Hogs their final goal as they went on to beat the Bears 9-1.
Game two will be Saturday night September 25th at the Jones Center in Springdale, Ark. The puck drops at 7:30.