After beating #8 Tennessee (10-8-1) on Friday, and #4 Georgia (15-11-2) on Saturday, the #1 Arkansas Razorbacks (32-4-0) drew the #6 Ole Miss Rebels (18-6-0) in the Championship game on Sunday. The game got started with the Hogs controlling much of the opening period, limiting the Rebels to just 5 shots in the first period while recording 11 of their own. Despite having a good handle on the game, Arkansas could not break through and the score remained 0-0 after 1 period.
The 2nd period saw the Hogs dominate, recording an additional 27 shots on net and coming very close to scoring on several occasions. Midway through the 2nd period, Arkansas would go on the powerplay and Chris Salmon would finally break through on a rebound that found its way in. Continued pressure from Arkansas would not prove successful, as the Hogs took a 1-0 lead into the final period.
The Razorbacks were able to kill off a penalty to start the 3rd period. However, a second penalty just a minute later gave Ole Miss the fuel to tie the game 1-1. Less than 2 minutes after their goal, a bouncing puck gave Ole Miss a 2-on-1 that they converted on to take a 2-1 lead. The Razorbacks threw everything at Ole Miss in the final minutes, but an Ole Miss empty net goal with 22 seconds left sealed a second-place finish for Arkansas. The Razorbacks recorded 52 shots in the game, and goalie Jozef Dusenka stopped 29 of 31 shots for just his 2nd loss of the season.
Arkansas takes on arch-rival Alabama (10-9-1) this weekend to finish out the regular season and home schedule. Ticket information can be found here. Both teams have played each other 3 times this season, with Arkansas coming out the victor in all 3 by a combined score of 29-4. Arkansas own a 17-5-1 all-time record over Alabama. Friday’s game will start at 7:30pm and will have the Hogwild Band pumping up the crowd. Saturday’s game will be senior night as we honor six of our seniors prior to the 3:00pm puck drop. Should the Hogs stay in the top two spots in the Pacific Region following the February 21st rankings, they will earn themselves a bye through the regional tournament and straight to the National Tournament in Frisco, TX March 24-28.
The University of Arkansas Men’s Hockey team plays in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference. The 2019-20 season will be the team’s thirteenth season as a member of the ACHA competing in Division III. The team’s schedule can be found here. All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.