Razorback Hockey Claims SEC Championship Thumping Alabama

The Arkansas Razorback Hockey Club crushed  defending conference champion Alabama 8-0 winning Arkansas its third Army Strong Championship Cup. Razorback Hockey won the title in 2010 and 2011, but wasn’t in the conference tournament last year due to a suspension.

Part of the report from al.com:

The Razorbacks (27-9-1) controlled the action from the outset and led 4-0 at the first intermission. First-period goals came from Tucker Campbell, Martin Sundstedt, Forest Mudgett and Jansen Polk. Sundstedt, who scored on a power play, also assisted on Mudgett’s power-play goal. In the second period, the Razorbacks added a power-play goal by Justin McDowell and a goal by Trent Ritchie. The third period brought two power-play goals by Garth Derry.

“Awesome win for the boys,” Derry, a senior, said. “Couldn’t do it without them. Good win for this program.”

Arkansas avenged last week’s 4-3 loss to Alabama that knocked the Razorbacks out of national tournament contention. Last week Alabama qualified for the American College Hockey Association Division III national championship, March 12-16 in Springfield, Mo., by beating Arkansas and South Carolina in Irmo, S.C.

“Today for us was about redemption and I think the better hockey team won today,” Razorbacks coach Brian Gallini said. “And I think last week the better hockey team didn’t win and we had something to prove coming into this weekend. And we feel like the score proved it.”

Arkansas goalie Kevin Scheer, a sophomore, made 14 saves for the shutout and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

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