Ice Hogs Start Second Half of Season

by muslimsdonteatme on January 11, 2011

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The Ice Hogs are back in action this weekend with a pair of games in Dallas where the Razorbacks (17-4-0, # 3 in the DIII South Region) will take on DII Texas A&M (16-7-1, # 8 in the West Region).  The first game will take place at the Ice Training Center in Richardson, Texas, at 7:30 pm.  Then, in what promises to be a highlight of the regular season, the two teams play again on Saturday at the American Airlines Center before the Stars’ game.  Face-off time is at 1:30 pm and discounted tickets can be purchased by clicking this link:  http://stars.nhl.com/Arkansashockey  (Enter password STARS for the discount).  In between the Hogs’ game and the Stars’ game, please join the team for a happy hour at the Hard Rock Café.

Entering this important series, the Ice Hogs are riding an eight game winning streak, with wins over Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, and Texas.  The streak also has them in a tie with the Alabama Frozen Tide for first place in the SECHC-West.  The Ice Hogs are led in scoring by sophomore forward Taylor Shea (14 G, 14 A), senior forward Justin Gaddy (11 G, 13 A), and freshman forward Marcel Toure (13 G, 4 A).  On the blueline, the team is buoyed by senior captain Garrett Meier (5 G, 8 A), sophomore Easton Oliver (2 G, 10 A), and sophomore Taylor Boykin (1 G, 6 A).  In net, senior assistant captain Brendan Desjardins, is enjoying a standout year with an overall record of 12-4 and a 2.49 GAA that includes three shutouts.

Off the ice, the team has continued making strides in the community, having hosted Youth Hockey Night, Pink the Rink, and “Skate with the Ice Hogs.”  The team has also volunteered its time at youth hockey practices, the Fayetteville City Hospital, and BrookStone Assisted Living.

As the team looks past this weekend, it is excited about the prospect of another deep post-season run.  Be sure to continue following the team on its official website (www.razorbackhockey.com) and its organizational Facebook page!

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Mary M January 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hey – I just wanted to let you know that the game on Friday night is at 7:00 and not 7:30… someone might miss the first period!! If you could get the word out that would be great. Thanks for all you do for these boys. They need all the support they can get.

Scott McDowell January 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

The Ice Hogs continue to do great things on and off the ice. As a Club Sport these kids pay their way to play the sport they love, but also to represent the University of Arkansas. Over the past 2 seasons this team, coaches, and staff have continued to earn respect from the students, parents, opponents, the community, and our friends at Woo Pig. The one opportunity is we still need to find a way to earn the respect and support from the Athletic department specifically Intramural Sports. For all the positives we have brought forward, it seems like we always take 3 steps back with the IMS staff. Hopefully we can continue to find ways to work together with them to help these Student Athletes continue to excel at the University with their grades, but also on the ice with the full support from IMS. We look poised to have a great run deep into the playoffs including the SEC Championship, and the ACHA Regional’s. If we are successful there, we will have another opportunity to earn a bid to the National championship tournament in Holland Michigan. This is the goal that all University Club Hockey teams strive for at the beginning of the season, and it is time the IMS department realizes Ice Hockey is a completely different sport then most other non scholarshiped sports, and our club is very well respected outside the state. We need to find ways for the IMS department to work with the team, and help them make these trips possible. The team needs support to get buses to go to Columbus, Georgia the end of January, Regional’s in South Carolina in February, and hopefully flights to Nationals at Holland Michigan in March. The players should not be taking cars, or vans to these far away places due to safety issues. It is time we all step up and do what is right. The players parents each donated an additional 500.00 each last year just to get the bus for the 21 hour road trip to South Florida for Nationals. With all the support/respect the Hogs received from their first BCS Football bowl appearance, the University is getting viewed possitively from recruites and students in all sports. Football has helped put the University of Arkansas on the map in a stronger place than it has ever been. Add to that the success of the basketball team, and the other great sports, and we have the making of the opportunity to support some of the other non scholarship sports, and help them give that same type of positive aura to all proud Arkansas supporters. It is time to get everyone on the same page, and I hope the IMS department will help us move forward with financial and department support, because this team does represent the University of Arkansas and the members of this great state. Go Ice Hogs, continue to make us proud. On a possitive note, I am glad to see the IMS department finally released the Ice Hogs Black Jersey’s so the team has them available for the back half of the year. They have been sitting in the IMS office for most of the first semester. It is about time. Thank you for your help. On another note, the team continues to receive a number of students and fans that want to buy Replicas of the Ice Hogs Team Jerseys so they can wear them to the games. I would hope we can get the IMS department to allow that to happen this coming semester. We hope our Woo Pig Supporters will chime in with their thoughts. In the end, all we are asking for is some support for a team that is doing well for the University. Help the Team make the Students, the fans, and the parents proud. We care about the program, and the growth in 2 short years. Where can the program go from here? It is anyone’s guess, but with the team in place, and the coaching staff, we think it will continue to grow and make the University proud.

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