At six foot eight inches, Andrej Sustr is an attractive candidate to play defense for almost any college team. His size makes him difficult to get around, and his reach makes up for the times when a guy can get around him.
When you're a freshman goaltender new to the program, you can expect a few hurdles on your way to earning a start in net. Often you have to compete with a veteran starter who's been in goal for a season or two.
For the second year in row UNO sat in position to take home ice over the last two weekends of the season but failed to earn a single point and slid all the way down to seventh place. Last year the downward spiral sent the Mavs to St. Cloud State where the losing streak extended into the first round of the WCHA.
According to hockey lore, in 1926 Cy Denneny of the Ottawa Senators was the first player to take the ice with a curved hockey blade. But like many new ideas, it didn't catch on immediately.
A curved blade allowed for harder slapshots, but also required players to learn how to stickhandle differently. Some liked it, most didn't.
The idea of the banana blade was born, but its time had not yet come. Decades later in the 1950's, Andy Bathgate of the New York Rangers and Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks brought the curved blade back to the NHL.