UNO had played Bemidji State 16 times before the 2012-2013 season. Series-wise the two teams are pretty close with the Beavers holding a 7-6-3 all-time record against the Mavs.
But as UNO fans well know, Bemidji has had the best of the Mavs ever since the two teams joined the WCHA in 2010. In 10 conference matchups prior to this season UNO had won a grand total of one game, a 5-1 victory in Bemidji on Nov. 12, 2011.
It took eight tries before Omaha won a WCHA game against the Beavers. Their best results before that were two ties.
Almost five months ago, the college hockey powers that be pegged UNO to finish eighth and ninth in two preseason conference polls. Few, if any, thought the Mavs could do better than average during their first season in the ultra-competitive WCHA.
The Mavs had a chance to make some serious program history this past weekend given UNO's push for a sell out game and an arena packed with more than 25,000 fans in two games. The Mavs didn't disappoint, and took two important conference wins against the No. 7 Wisconsin Badgers.
For college hockey teams the magic number for success is 20 wins. Achieving that goal qualifies a team for the NCAA tournament and puts you in good standing within your conference, while often earning you a spot in the top-15 rankings.
Sitting in second place prior to the weekend, the Mavs dropped two to Wisconsin and are in danger of falling out of home ice for the WCHA playoffs.