UNO scored nine goals in a WCHA series against #2 Colorado College, but could only manage a weekend split with the Tigers. The Mavs won a back-and-forth, 7-5 game Friday, then got behind by two goals and lost 5-2 on Saturday.
Ryan Walters got his first two goals of the season, scoring the game winner on Friday and putting the game in a temporary 2-2 tie on Saturday. Assistant Captain Matt White had two goals and two assists in the series, and Captain Terry Broadhurst added three points of his own.
UNO's troubles with Bemidji St. in 2011 might have been considered somewhat of an anomaly. After all, the Beavers had only nine conference wins all of last season, and five of those came against the Mavs.
When Kyle Ensign was a 14-year-old freshman at New Richmond High School in New Richmond, Wisc., he had already come to a crossroads in life. Though he was just beginning his high school career, Ensign had shown the talent and ability to maybe someday play college hockey.
Though a weekend playoff sweep to Bemidji State puts UNO squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, Dean Blais and the Mavs returned to business as usual on Monday afternoon. With conference tournaments this week and selection Sunday approaching, the team is hopeful they've done enough to earn a spot in hockey's big dance.