The Razorbacks (4-0-0) stayed undefeated this past weekend, sweeping both home games against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2-0). The Ice Hogs started slow on Friday night, giving up two goals just eight minutes into the first period. Arkansas would bounce back quickly thanks to goals from Trevor McLain and Zach Wilson. The first period ended tied at 2-2. Nebraska would get another goal early in the second period, but that would be their last lead of the game, as the Ice Hogs rattled off three goals to finish the second period ahead 5-3. Goals in that period came from Chris Stovall, Griffin Sugasawara, and Evan Kerr. Cameron McAtee would seal the deal with a power play goal in the final frame to give Arkansas the 6-3 win. Jozef Dusenka collected the win in goal, saving 18 of 21 shots and notching his second win of the young season.
The Razorbacks would pick up Saturday right where they left off, getting two goals late in the first period from Cameron McAtee and Griffin Sugasawara. Zach Wilson added another goal just 53 seconds into the second period. The Cornhuskers clawed their way back and got two goals of their own before the end of the second period, shrinking the Hogs’ lead to 3-2 going into the final period. But Arkansas added two more goals in the third period thanks to contributions from Grant Deacon and Chris Salmon. A 5-2 final gave Alex Kalmes, who stopped 24 of 26 shots, his second win in net.
This weekend, the Razorbacks tangle with the Kansas Jayhawks at home at The Jones Center in Springdale, AR. The two teams have met 23 times overall and Kansas holds a 12-11 series advantage. Kansas and Arkansas have been bitter Pacific Region rivals as of late, with 15 of those contests coming in just the past 4 seasons.
Puck drop for this weekend’s games are Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 3:05 pm.