Hogs take a close one in South Carolina; miss chance for Nationals

On February 15, 2013, the Razorbacks took on the Christopher Newport Captains in the first round of the South Regional Tournament.  After trailing 3-1 early in the game, Arkansas rallied for a 5-4 overtime win over Christopher Newport to assure that three South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference teams played in the second round for two available spots at the ACHA DIII National Tournament.  The Hogs, who joined Ole Miss, Alabama, and Florida Gulf Coast as first-round winners in the ACHA DIII South Regional Tournament, scored the winner 12:12 into sudden death overtime.  Connor Crumbish got the goal with an assist from Josh Kinnear.

Then, on Saturday, February 16, 2013, the Hogs took on Alabama for a winner-take-all opportunity to earn a spot at Nationals.  Alabama, who dropped two games to Arkansas during the regular season, defeated the Razorbacks 4-3.  The two teams played a scoreless first period. Then, the Frozen Tide took a 3-1 lead in the second on goals by Kenny Janssen, Jake Collins and Clay Link after the Hogs’ Forest Mudgett had given his team a 1-0 lead.

Justin McDowell scored early in the third period to rally the Razorbacks to within 3-2, but Zach Dailey countered to restore the Tide’s two-goal lead at 4-2.  The Hogs’ Nick Fontana scored just 24 seconds later to make it 4-3, but the Razorbacks never got the equalizer despite dramatically out-shooting the Tide.  “Obviously, it wasn’t the outcome we wanted,” said Head Coach Brian Gallini, “but our young hockey team got some invaluable experience that we’ll no doubt carry forward in the coming seasons.  The future is very bright for this program.”