The Razorbacks (13-7-1, #6 South Region) welcomed the DIII Missouri State Bears (11-7-2, #4 Pacific Region) this past weekend on November 17 & 18 for a pair of significant inter-region games. During the Friday game, the Hogs outshot Missouri State 39-24 and carried the majority of the play. After a scoreless first period, Easton Oliver (7 G, 9 A) put Arkansas on the board at the 16:56 mark of the second period. Missouri State, though quickly responded by tying the game six minutes later. Not to be outdone, the Razorbacks added a pair of goals–from Martin Sundstedt (14 G, 21 A) and Michael Kress (2 G, 4 A)–to close out the period. Although Missouri State would add one more in the third, they came no closer and Razorbacks took game one by a score of 3-2.
Saturday night’s contest was an equally competitive affair. Despite again being outshot, this time 53-36, Missouri State potted five total goals including three of the last four to make the game an exciting and close contest. Arkansas jumped out to a 4-0 lead halfway through the game, receiving goals from Justin McDowell (12 G, 8 A), Easton Oliver (7 G, 9 A), Martin Sundstedt (14 G, 21 A), and Ryan Machos (13 G, 12 A). In an exciting second half of the second period, Missouri State notched a pair of their own goals before Easton Oliver and Forest Mudgett struck again for the Razorbacks (9 G, 22 A). A 6-2 lead entering the third period appeared safe until Missouri State scored three consecutive goals to bring themselves within a single strike. With just under five minutes to play, however, Justin McDowell scored again to secure the victory.
The Ice Hogs are off for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to action with a trio of away games at the end of the month. Dates and times for those games are as follows:
11/30 vs Ole Miss in Tupelo, MS @ 6:00 PM
12/1 vs Auburn in Olive Branch, MS @ 4:15 PM
12/2 vs Alabama in Olive Branch, MS @ 10:00 AM