The University of Illinois came into Oklahoma and gave the OU team competitive hockey. The Illini took the first game, on an icy Friday night, 2-1. By Saturday, the Sooners regrouped and handed the Illini a 7-2 loss. During both games, Oklahoma fans were encouraged to donate what they could for tornado relief in the state of Illinois after several tornados damaged and destroyed many towns in the southern and central part of the state. In total, $500 cash was raised at the game, several gift cards were donated and even more donated online. The cash and cards were sent to the United Way of Champaign County who is helping the town of Gifford and others in that area.
Illinois lead scorer John Olen netted two goals in the two games, both in Saturday’s rout. Jacob Matysiak and John Scully also came away with a goal each on Friday. The Illini effectively shut down OU’s high scorers Bryce Johnson and Jordan Greenberg. Johnson would net only one goal in the 7-2 finish. The star of the series for the Sooners was Darrell Boldon, who scored once in the Friday loss, but would net a hat-trick in Saturday’s win. Derek Tylka also scored twice in the game and Brandon Dennis with one.
The #5 Sooners were off over the Thanksgiving weekend but are back on home ice Dec. 7th at 4pm hosting rival #11 University of Central Oklahoma. The two teams play on Friday night Dec. 6th on UCO turf in Edmond, then Sat. at Blazers Ice Center. These are the last two games for OU before the start of winter break. Games will resume in January. UCO comes in with some high powered offense led by sophomore Riley Spraggs with 23 goals so far in the season. It’s sure to be another round of fun crosstown battles.
See photos from the OU & Illinois games here.