SPRINGDALE, Ark – After a hard fought game by both the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-1-0) and the Missouri State Bears (0-2-0) the Razorbacks came on top to win Saturday’s nail biter 3-2, giving them the weekend series win.
Trailing by a goal, the Ice Bears were quick to tie the game up when Justin Buchheit scored 1:23 in to the third period.
The Razorbacks were able to edge out the victory after Ryan Holloway scored to break the tie with 5:41 left to play in the game.
The Bears did not quit as they pushed to tie the game back up, but with great defensive play and the goaltending of Brendan Desjardins, the Hogs held on for the win.
The first period was a hard fought test that proved much different than last night’s game. The Hogs struck first as forward Justin Gaddy scored on the power play with 1:56 left to play in the frame, giving Arkansas a 1-0 lead heading in to the second.
In the second period, Arkansas took the momentum from a late first period goal to put their second on the board from a shot by Justin McDowell.
However, Missouri State answered with one of its own when forward Alex Chancey scored a little more than halfway through the second. The score remained the same for the final nine minutes, giving the Razorbacks a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period.
Arkansas will be taking to the road next weekend to face off against a pair of D2 opponents. Razorback hockey will play two at Lindenwood University and finish up with a game at Missouri.
Upon returning back home to Arkansas, the Ice Hogs will begin conference play as they host the Auburn Tigers the following week.