Weekend Wrap Up – Arkansas Sweeps Season Opening Weekend Over Kansas

September 13, 2010

Arkansas – After a decisive 9-0 victory Friday night, the Razorbacks and the University of Kansas played a very physical game Saturday.  At the end of the first period, Arkansas had six penalties to Kansas’ three. As a result, the IceHogs were trailing 3-0.

Arkansas came out strong in the first three minutes of the second period, scoring two goals, from Trent Ritchie and Brad McMahon, within less than 30 seconds. The Hogs scored again, off the stick of Billy Dolan, with about three minutes left in the period.

But, Kansas, whom plays at the DII level of the ACHA, answered with two goals of its own, to maintain a 5-3 lead after two periods.

The physical play continued for both teams in the third period. However, Arkansas started to mount a comeback. Kansas had a goal in the third, but it was simply not enough as Arkansas found the back of the net six times in the final frame.

Early in the third period, Taylor Shea, Justin Gaddy, and Johnny Stromp all scored within three minutes of eachother to give Arkansas the lead. Later in the period, Arkansas took the lead for good with two goals from Ritchie and Stromp, only 30 seconds apart.

“Kansas is a good team,” said Coach Gallini. “It took both poise and mental composure to mount our comeback.”

Freshman Zach Pizzy sealed the game for Arkansas with less than 2 minutes remaining, putting the Ice Hogs up 9-6 over Kansas and completing the weekend sweep.

LSU – The Tigers opened up their season with a game against the University of Texas-Pan American Saturday afternoon at LA Ice in Carencro, LA.

Louisiana State found itself in a close, hard fought game with the Broncos, who also play at the DII level of the ACHA. However, the Tigers were not able to mount a late comeback and fell to UTPA 6-5.