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.
Heartbreak has become a theme of the UNO hockey season over the last few weeks. It seemed appropriate then that the Mavs would have their season end on a goal in a tie game with just 42 seconds remaining in the third period.
Team success is most often predicated on preparation. The time put into off-season workouts, sweat spent at everyday practices and work that goes into learning your opponent are elements used by players and coaches throughout the sports landscape.
Freshman forward Johnnie Searfoss scored UNO's only goal of the series as the Mavericks got swept in last weekend's trip to fellow conference newcomer Bemidji State. It was the Mavs' first weekend without a single conference point since last year's December trip to Ferris State. The two losses at the hands of the Beavers equal the total number of losses UNO has suffered in its first 12 games of the season.
When a guy hasn't scored a goal in a while, some critics might say he's gripping the stick a little too tightly. UNO Head Coach Dean Blais said he looks at the lack of scoring from some of his freshman a little differently.