December has officially brought in the feeling of desolation for hockey fans around Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Sooners and University of Central Oklahoma hockey teams met up for their rivalry weekend, amidst a snowstorm that shut the city down, to start their winter break. The series of two was split between the teams, UCO winning 3-2 on Friday and OU with the 2-1 Overtime win on Saturday. Although low scoring, each match was intense and full of the hard hits the rivalry is known for. Jordan Greenberg and Bryce Johnson kept OU alive on Friday night in Edmond but UCO proved to be to much.
The Sooners came out ready for UCO on Saturday afternoon. Jalen Krogman tied up the game for OU in the second period and would send into Overtime, where Jordan Greenberg scored with :39 seconds left for the win. While all the scoring would be in the second period, the penalties were the star of the game during the first and second. 32 total minutes were racked up between the two teams in the first period alone, 22 in the second. All were for roughing except four. (cross-checking, boarding, face mask & slashing). Tender Nick Holmes was solid facing 54 total shots on goal for the weekend.
Players are done with their finals and some have headed home to be with their families. The Sooners will be back in play, on the road, January 9th against Arizona, the 10th & 11th at Arizona State. OU will be back on home ice on January 23rd facing Colorado State and then Colorado on the 24 & 25th. These will be the first two of the last 6 home games left in the season.
Current standings in the Western Collegiate Hockey League:
1 – Arizona State (23 points)
2 – Central Oklahoma (16 pts)
3 – Oklahoma (12 pts)
4 – Colorado State (9 pts)
5 – Arizona (8 pts)
6 – Colorado (4 pts)