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.
For the second year in row UNO sat in position to take home ice over the last two weekends of the season but failed to earn a single point and slid all the way down to seventh place. Last year the downward spiral sent the Mavs to St. Cloud State where the losing streak extended into the first round of the WCHA.
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.
UNO only managed to score one goal in two games and left the Brice Alaska Goal Rush with losses to Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks. After failing to get a tying goal in the third period of last Saturday's loss to Colgate, the Mavs went over six periods before getting back on the scoreboard.