A big weekend in Oklahoma this past week for the WCHL conference, although the winners in this case were the Oklahoma Sooners and Central Oklahoma. Arkansas and Missouri State did not exactly enjoy their trip to the Sooner state.
A current look at WCHL standings:
Thursday, Sept. 29th:
Missouri State at Oklahoma: 5-0 Sooners win
The first two periods of the matchup was fairly even and made for a tight game. Shots on goal were very equal and a low amount of penalties kept things tight. Then the Sooners came out in the third period and hit the gas. Luc Whyte opened the scoring for OU, netting his first collegiate goal in front of visiting family members early in the third.
Joe Vuolo, Jeff Coates, Aaron Krominga, and Tyler Lazarek rounded out the rest of the scoring for the Sooners in the win.
The Icebears finished the night with only 18 shots on goal, OU with 29.
Arkansas at UCO: 3-1 UCO win
Chris Stovall was the lone goal scorer for the Razorbacks. Oliver Eklund stopped 56 UCO pucks in the loss, his teammates putting up only 22 shots against UCO’s Alex Henry.
Friday, Sept. 30th:
Missouri State at UCO: 3-0 UCO win
The Icebears are on the wrong side of a streak currently, but still looked good holding their own against UCO. They kept the Bronchos from finding the back of the net up until well into the second period. MSU might have been shut out, but goaltender Mitch Fernsler made 45 saves on the night.
Arkansas at Oklahoma: 5-4 OU win
A tight, back and forth game, Arkansas’ Matt Robinson and Oklahoma’s Olivier Roy each scored twice for their teams. Goaltender Jarin Aden made 18 saves in his first win in a Sooners uniform.
Saturday, Oct. 1st:
Arkansas at OU: 3-1 OU win
Kale Erickson (1stP), Aaron Lara (2ndP), and Charlie Shepard (3rdP) all put points up for Oklahoma. Matt Robinson, current ACHA Men’s DI scoring leader, scored Arkansas’ lone goal in the game.
Missouri State at UCO: 6-3 UCO win
The score doesn’t quite reflect how great of a game this one was to watch. After UCO pretty well manhandled MSU the night before; players ejected, fans trying to start fights; Saturday the Icebears came out more focused and ready to put bodies into the boards and pucks on the net.
Andrew Kovacich shut the chanting members of the students section down by tying the game up shortly after the first UCO goal by Andrei Novikov. Jake Champaign scored again for the ‘Bears in the second, Chase Dobler late in the third. Fernsler again started, making 26 saves before being switched out with Joey McConnell, who stopped 9.
UCO’s Sam Rice earned a hat trick, all three goals scored in the second period.
We get a week break from the action. When we come back, Oklahoma hosts Arizona and Arizona State. While the original ACHA Arizona State moved on to the NCAA DI after winning the ACHA National Championship, the Sundevils have iced another team and are welcomed back into the ACHA and WCHL Conference. The Grand Canyon State teams will trade off and play a set with UCO as well.
Missouri State will be back in action against Northern Illinois (DII) this weekend. The Icebears need these wins.
Central Oklahoma travels to Lindenwood for a pair of games this weekend as well.
Get out and support your local hockey!