The Razorbacks (6-0-0) increased their win streak to six games after besting Pacific Region rival Kansas (2-2-0) twice this past weekend to remain undefeated. On Friday night, Kansas jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Evan Kerr, Cameron McAtee, and Alex Kueser would score for Arkansas in the final nine minutes of the first period. Kansas would tie the game 3-3 early in the 2nd period, but Arkansas retook the lead on a goal by Chris Salmon. Starting the 3rd period with a narrow 4-3 lead, the Ice Hogs would put the game away thanks to goals by Chris Stovall and Evan Kerr. The final score of game one was 6-3. Goaltender Jozef Dusenka earned his third win in as many starts, saving 22 of 25 shots.
Saturday the Hogs looked to complete the sweep. The first period saw a defensive battle as Kansas held the lead 1-0 after twenty minutes. But the flood gates opened in the 2nd period as the Hogs scored four goals in the first nine minutes of the period. Zach Wilson collected two goals, Trevor McLain scored a shorthanded goal, and Alex Kueser added one as well. Kansas came back to score two goals of their own, but Chris Stovall scored off a rebound and Shaun Foster recorded his first goal as a Razorback. Those offensive efforts gave the Hogs a 6-3 lead headed to the final period. In the third period, Chris Salmon scored the seventh and final goal for the Razorbacks, finishing off a 7-3 victory and the sweep. Alex Kalmes also collected his third win of the season, turning away 26 of 29 shots.
This week the Razorbacks hit the road for the first time this season to take on Vanderbilt (1-0-0) on Friday, Middle Tennessee State University (1-1-0) on Saturday, and Vanderbilt once more on Sunday. These will be the first SECHC games of the season for the Hogs. In fifteen games against Vanderbilt all-time, the Hogs own a 13-2 series record and have outscored the Commodores 69-37. Arkansas has never faced off against MTSU. This season marks the first with MTSU as a member of the SECHC.
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.