What a weekend of hockey here in the Sooner state! OU goes 2-0-1 on the weekend and UCO went 3-0. We knew going in the potential was there, all four teams in the top 25 ACHA rankings, for some great hockey and it was not disappointing. Oklahoma returned home from a roady with Lindenwood where they split the series; UCO was also back on home ice after a roady to Iowa State, where they also split the series.
#8 Oklahoma and #10 Colorado; OU win 2-0
Goals from Zach Pard and Joe Vuolo gave the Sooners the win over the Buffalo. OU tender Hunter Fernandez stopped 42 Colorado shots on goal earning his third shutout of the year.
#6 Central Oklahoma and #19 Colorado State; 4-3 UCO win
Friday, Oct. 28th:
Oklahoma and Colorado State; 5-4 CSU SO win
After a loss to UCO the night before, CSU was ready to play when they came down I-35 to meet the Sooners. The hits and the speed was immediate, reflecting in a scoreless first period. CSU went up early in the second period with goals by Danny Matrosic and Alex Neitenbach. Kale Erickson got one on the board for OU at the end of the period. 10 seconds into the third, Oliver Roy scored a quick goal that set the pace for the rest of the game. Alex Neitenbach would get a fun goal of his own shortly afterwards, a backhander that went off the facemask of Hunter Fernandez. Justin Schneeberger put CSU up again but Roy and Luc Whyte would tie it for OU. Corey Taylor slipped one in to tie the knot for Colorado State in the ensuing shoot out.
Central Oklahoma and Colorado; 6-0 UCO win
Saturday, Oct. 29th:
Oklahoma and Colorado State; 4-3 OU SO win
Saturday began where Friday left off between these two teams. Although Zach Pard opened the board for OU in the first period, CSU lit the Sooners up in the second, with goals from Nick O’Donnell, Matrosic, and Cameron Rivard. The third period was all Sooners who tied it up with goals from Luc Whyte and Mike Behm. William Neff would score for CSU during the shootout but it wasn’t enough. Aharon Lara and Zach Pard won it for the Sooners. Shots on goal remained relatively low, 25-CSU, 27-OU.
Central Oklahoma and Colorado; 3-2 UCO win
Colorado found the back of the net within the first minutes of the game but the goal was disallowed. The first period remained scoreless. Andrei Novikov put UCO on the board early in the second but Colorado came back to go up 2-1 by the end of the period with goals from Pierce Maty and Chris Burkemper. UCO’s Sam Rice destroyed any chance for Colorado though in the third, scoring two to take the win for the Bronchos.
Around the WCHL:
Missouri state went 0-3 on their weekend set, losing to Arizona (5-3) on Thursday night, and to Arizona State on Friday (4-3) and Saturday (5-1). The Icebears are in a major slump right now, although the previous weekend they went 3-0 in their games with Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Illinois State.
Arkansas eked out a win over Arizona (5-4) in an early game on Saturday after taking a loss to Arizona State (5-2) on Thursday, and then to Arizona (5-4) on Friday night.
We are closing in on the first half of the season. Oklahoma has one remaining weekend set of games, then they hit the road to take on the Arizona teams again. The Sooners will not return to home ice until Dec. 1st when their rival games against Central Oklahoma will be played.
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