Coming off a terrible thumping from Lindenwood the previous weekend, the Sooner hockey team focused on the upcoming 3 day stretch against their first WCHL opponents. It proved to be a long weekend, two of the games going into overtime.
The Sooners met up with the Arizona Wildcats on Thursday and ended the night with a 4-3 OT loss. Arizona had a 3-0 lead into the second period before Senate Patton finally put OU on the board. In the third period, Tyler Jones would help OU with another, leaving Senate Patton to score the tying goal. Overtime was not the Sooners friend however and Arizona’s Dylan Carter would put one past Colin Fernandes and get the win for the Wildcats. Colin replaced starter Hunter Fernandez in the second period.
On Friday and Saturday, the Sooners hosted the ACHA National Champions, Arizona State. The play during both games was fast, and back and forth, not nearly what the final scores seem to show.
Friday night, OU kept the score close with goals from Mason Miller and Senate Patton, but lost control late in the second period and allowed ASU to run away with a 5-2 win.
Saturday proved a more focused, tighter game from both clubs. Corey Ramsey tied the game in the first for OU, Darrell Boldon tied it up in the remaining minutes of the third. Bryce Johnson was awarded assists in both goals for OU. The final goal would go to ASU’s Michael Cummings in Overtime, giving ASU the 3-2 win and sweep.
The #5 Sooners will try to quickly shake it off, as they have another hard test in #6 Minot State coming on Thursday night. OU and Minot State will also play a rare Sunday game, at 2pm. (If you are in the mood for a hockey double-header, head to the Blazers Ice Center at 11am, and watch the OKC Jr. Blazers take on the Dallas Snipers, before the OU game.)
This weekend, the Sooners hockey is also hosting their annual gold tournament. There are still spots available, so please contact Austin Miller for any additional information.
OU Hockey is a “club sport” and receives no funding from the University. Each player is responsible not only for his own hockey equipment, but also pays a fee to cover costs throughout the season.