Hogs sweep one rival; another on the horizon

Last weekend, the Hogs swept arch-rival Alabama in a pair of physical contests.  On Friday, Arkansas yielded an early Alabama goal, then outscored the visiting Frozen Tide 5-1 the rest of the way for a 5-2 victory.  Saturday brought another three goal win–this one 4-1–which saw Arkansas outshoot Alabama by a 34-17 margin (coincidentally the same margin as in Friday night’s contest).  The pair of wins ran the Hogs’ winning streak to fourteen straight games and extended Razorbacks’ lifetime series lead over the Tide (Arkansas is 13-4 overall in head-to-head match-ups with Alabama).  The two wins also extended the Razorbacks’ two-year home winning streak–the Hogs have not lost at home since October 14, 2011 (vs. Grand Valley State).

This weekend, the Hogs welcome another familiar rival–the Missouri State Ice Bears (Division III).  Although the two teams have faced-off consistently in close games dating back to 2009, this coming weekend’s series gains added importance given the Razorbacks’ move to the Pacific Region.  With the two programs now sharing the same region, rankings committee members will no doubt pay special attention to the series.  Missouri State enters the games riding a five game winning streak.  Amongst their eight wins, Missouri State has knocked off Northern Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, RMU-Peoria, and the University of Iowa.  By far the most impressive win for the Bears, though, was a 4-3 win over Northern Region powerhouse Oakland University on September 28.

The puck drops at 8:45 pm on Friday night and 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon.  Tickets will be available one hour before game time on each day and range from $3-$8.