Arkansas Hockey announced their 2022-23 season schedule today. The schedule is full of contests against familiar rivals and new faces. The Hogs will be hosting 17 home games and hit the road for 13 games against some of the top competition in the ACHA.
Arkansas starts their season with a tough stretch on September 16th-17th with a weekend series at bitter rival Missouri State. Arkansas took three out of five from the Ice Bears last season. The teams would split on home ice, with the Hogs winning the Battle of the Ozarks Trophy with a 2-1-1 record in the regular season. The two teams met again in the MACHA Conference Tournament Final with Arkansas taking the game by a score of 5-2.
The MACHA South games continue the following two weekends as the Hogs host their first home weekend against Dallas Baptist University on September 30th and October 1st, and the following weekend Missouri travels to The Jones Center on October 7th and 8th. Arkansas swept DBU in four contests last season. Arkansas swept Mizzou in their two meetings last season.
The following weekend the Hogs hit the road for a tough series against The University of Nebraska. Arkansas will be looking for vengeance as Nebraska is coming off a victory between the two programs in their game during pool play at the National Tournament last season. Arkansas had swept the Corn Huskers at home earlier in the season. A quick return home that same weekend will see the Razorbacks host another division rival, as North Texas stops by for a Sunday Matinee game on October 16th.
The action against top teams in the country continues as Arkansas will compete in the Route 66 Showcase, hosted by Missouri State. Arkansas is the two time defending champion of the event, and will look to go for the three-pete as they square off against Miami of Ohio, Ferris State, and Davenport University. Arkansas swept Miami of Ohio last season, a 5-1 victory in the Route 66 and an overtime victory in pool play of the National Tournament. Arkansas has never faced their other two opponents on the ice.
Next, the hogs host a familiar face in the University of Kansas on October 28th and 29th. The two programs have an extensive rivalry with both teams trading punches over the past few seasons. Arkansas took advantage of a down year for the Jayhawks, and swept them in their two meetings last season. The following weekend Arkansas will host the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the first meetings of the two programs on November 4th and 5th.
For the last road trip of the semester, the Razorbacks travel south to Dallas to square off with division opponents Dallas Baptist and North Texas. Arkansas will close out the fall semester at home against East Texas Baptist University on December 2nd and 3rd.
Arkansas starts their spring semester on the road when they participate in Miami of Ohio’s annual showcase. More tough competition against some of the top programs awaits the Hogs in Ohio as they face off against Miami (OH), Indiana University at Pennsylvania, and Grand Valley State University. IUP finished last season ranked in the top 20. GVSU faced a similar fate as the Razorbacks, losing in the semifinals of the National Tournament to the University of Michigan.
To finish the regular season Arkansas will host Missouri State on January 27th and 28th for senior weekend. The winner of the season series will be awarded the Battle of the Ozarks Trophy. The weekend will also have huge implications for the MACHA South division as both teams will playing their last division games ahead of the conference tournament.
The MACHA tournament is scheduled for February 10th-12th and will be hosted by Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. The ACHA National Tournament is scheduled for March 16th-21st and will take place in Boston, MA.
Clear your calendars and make your way out to the Jones Center this year to support your University of Arkansas Hockey team as they attempt to make another run at a National Championship!