In what could have been one of the best games for Oklahoma this season, the dreaded overtime goal would dash those dreams of a Oklahoma Championship. The Sooners hockey team for the first time in team history made what was dubbed the Frosty Four (to compare to the NCAA hockey’s Frozen Four), matched up against Robert Morris-Illinois to see who would make the Championship Final.
Robert Morris’s Nick Ernst was the bane for OU, getting the first goal of the game and later scoring in OT to finish the Sooners off. Going up by two goals in the second, Freshman Tyler Jones would get OU on the board in the final minutes of the second period. Jones had two goals in the previous game against Iowa State that sent OU to the Frosty Four. His goal broke RMU’s tender Anthony Petrak’s shutout streak of 156:32 minutes.
Ryan Stouffer tied it up for the Sooners with 9 minutes left in the third period with an assist from Jones. Unfortunately the Sooners could not seal the deal and the game went into overtime, where OU’s OT woes continued and ended the season. RMU’s Petrak stopped 39 Sooner shots on goal; OU’s Nick Holmes turned away 20 RMU opportunities.
Oklahoma ends the season with the final ranking of #4. Top five are ASU, RMU, Stony Brook, OU and Iowa State.
RMU met Arizona State in the Championship game the following day and was sent home after a 3-1 loss. ASU finished the season 38-2 and brought home the cup for the first time in team history.
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