Matt White, Brent Gwidt and Ryan Walters each had two goals over the winter break and UNO finished 2011 with a 2-1-1 record in its final four games of the calendar year. Although UNO was looking for three wins in four games, going 2-1-1 over the break at least avoided disaster. Anything less may have ruined a less than impressive NCAA tournament resume.
Six months after its formation, a commissioner for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference has been named. Jim Scherr, the former Chief Executive Officer of the United States Olympic Committee and former executive director of USA wrestling, was introduced as The National's first commissioner on Wednesday morning.
Last weekend's split in Nashville against Alabama-Huntsville was a perfect example of UNO's inconsistent season. A 3-1 uninspiring loss was followed by a 6-2 blowout where the outcome was never in question. Inconsistency is a mark of a young team but this team has been playing together now for two months. If the Mavs don't finish well enough in the WCHA, not taking care of business in the non-conference games will weaken their resume for the NCAA tournament.
Three weeks after the Mavs conquered the Bemidji St. jinx, UNO allowed once-winless Alabama-Huntsville their first victory of the year and split a non-conference series against the Chargers in Nashville. Huntsville who came into the game 0-14-1 thus far in the season, hadn't won a game since last year's 2-1 overtime victory in Omaha.
Another season of welcoming in a large freshman class meant a rather large unknown to the UNO hockey season. Inconsistent play in goal only added to the uncertainty.
Terry Broadhurst continued his assault on the UNO record book, and the Mavs skated away from a weekend series against Saint Cloud St. with three out of four points. Broadhurst's late goal on Saturday propelled UNO to a 4-3 lead, and the two teams ended the series with a 2-2 deadlock Sunday afternoon.