Razorbacks announce Division III schedule

The Razorbacks today announced their 2017-18 schedule for the program’s Division III American Collegiate Hockey Association team. The schedule features 10 weekend games at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale and two home games in Little Rock.

Coming off a thirteen win season that featured a SECHC Playoffs appearance, the 2017-18 Division III Razorbacks look for a return to the National Tournament in this, a challenging 29 game regular season slate. The regular season opens on the road at the Pacific Regional Showcase at Missouri State in Springfield.  There, the Razorbacks will face off against the University of Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri State.

The first home games of the season will be the following weekend, September 22 & 23, against Robert Morris-Peoria.  The DIII Ice Hogs split a two-game series against RMU-Peoria last season.

The Razorbacks continue their ninth campaign in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference on the road against Ole Miss and Vanderbilt in October.  Both games will be played in Olive Branch, MS. That same month, the DIII Hogs tangle with Nebraska on October 6 & 7, and nearby rival, Missouri State, at home on October 13 & 14.

Highlights throughout the remainder of the season include a trip to Little Rock for two home games against conference foe Mississippi State in late October.  The DIII Razorbacks are excited to revive this tradition and take the ice in Central Arkansas.  Then, to wrap up the first semester, the team will spend November travelling to Dordt College and the University of Kansas.

The second semester kicks off on January 13 with a two game home series (opponent will be announced at a later date).  During January, they will take on Creighton at home and SECHC-opponent Ole Miss on the road.

February will be a busy month for the DIII Ice Hogs.  First, they will travel with Division I to Springfield, Missouri, to play Missouri State in a pair of double headers.  Then, they will make a trip to SECHC Playoffs in Nashville on February 9, 10, & 11.  ACHA Regionals will take place February 23 & 24.  Finally, the DIII Hogs hope to make an appearance at Nationals on March 14-18 in Columbus, Ohio.

“This schedule will help us compete every week whether it is against a top Pacific Region team, or our rivals in the SECHC.  Being able to play some teams multiple times will help us prepare for tougher weekends at the end of the season. We are extremely excited to start the year with the Pacific Showcase and look forward to bringing the SECHC Trophy back to Fayetteville in February,” said Collin Hesse, Head Coach of the Division III Team.

Single game tickets for the 2017-18 regular season can be purchased at the Jones Center. Please visit arhockey.westernchl.com for further information about the team.