#6 OU defeated #1 ASU 5-3, ending the Sun Devils unbeaten home streak. The Sun Devils were screaming deja vu with the loss; it was the Sooners that ended the same streak, almost to the day, the previous year.
Mico Solorzano and Bryce Johnson each tallied two goals in the win, showing why team USA selected them to compete in the World University Games in February. Corey Ramsey sealed the game with an empty net goal in the last second of the game.
Two in Tuscon:
In one of the more feistier matchups in awhile, Oklahoma and Arizona went after each other like two cousins with bad blood. Oklahoma might have won both games by big leads, but the game was closer than the score reflects.
A fairly uneventful first period, loaded with penalties, gave way to Tyler Jones finding his offensive stride. After scoring OU’s lone first period goal, he completed his hat trick in the second. Jordan Greenberg and Bryce Johnson added to the tally, giving the Sooners a 5-3 victory. In the final seconds of the game, Johnson was in a battle for the puck to take advantage of an Arizona empty net. In what appeared to be a hit to the head by #18 of AU, Johnson dropped to the ice as the buzzer sounded and game was over. After a melee between players on both teams, Johnson was finally escorted off the ice and was reported to be ok. (He did play in Saturday’s game.)
You can see the hit and subsequent fight here.
Saturday’s game scoring was reminiscent of Friday, with the teams being tied 1-1 at the end of the first period. Jordan Greenberg with a shorty put OU on the board first for the Sooners. Bryce Johnson, Tyler Jones and Kale Erickson all scored in the second period. New signee Logan Hagwood netted his first goal in a Sooner jersey in the third period, putting OU up 5-2. The Wildcats did not go down without a fight, scoring two goals within minutes of each other, one on the power play. Bryce Johnson would again score the last point of the game for OU. Sooners complete the sweep 6-4. There was another rumble on the ice between the two teams in the third period.
See Saturday’s fight here.
The Sooners are back on home ice January 22nd, 23rd and 24th, hosting Colorado and Colorado State.
There have been rumors and speculation abound on the future of the Western Collegiate Hockey League since the announcement of Arizona State moving to the NCAA ranks.
We can now confirm that Arkansas and Missouri State will join the WCHL in the 2015-2016 season. Sooner fans should be familiar with Arkansas, a DIII team, that has always played well and made for some interesting games for OU. Missouri State currently has a DII and a DIII team.
Arkansas and Missouri State were approved to move up to the ACHA DI level, and then approved to join the WCHL conference. Welcome Razorbacks and Ice Bears!