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.
Notes on UNO Hockey!
It's been said that goaltenders are a different breed. While many are known for their work between the pipes, they also build reputations based on off-the-ice adventures, locker room hijinks and strange habits.
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.
No matter the sport, every team that becomes a championship dynasty has that one heartbreaking loss just before its dreams are realized.
It's undeniable that every player on the UNO hockey roster dreams of one day playing in the NHL. For eight players, the dream is a little closer to reality than most.
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.