Sitting in second place prior to the weekend, the Mavs dropped two to Wisconsin and are in danger of falling out of home ice for the WCHA playoffs.
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.
As if the offseason hadn't already been tough enough on the UNO hockey team, it was announced Sunday July 29 that Assistant Coach Brian Renfrew was taking a scouting position with the Winnipeg Jets. Renfrew came to Omaha in 2011 and spent just one year on Dean Blais' staff.
Last season UNO was picked to finish eighth and ninth in two preseason conference polls, partly because of their youth and inexperience.
The Mavs had never skated in the ultra-competitive WCHA, and 10 of the teams' 25 members were freshmen, new to the college game. Experience in the WCHA won't be an issue this season.
Minnesota-Duluth skated into the CenturyLink Center Omaha as a team of history. When the Bulldogs left Saturday night, it was UNO's freshman forward Andrew Schmit who made some history of his own.
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.
Weekend results in the WCHA have left UNO in a tie for third place with North Dakota and Denver. In one of the bigger matchups of the conference schedule, Minnesota hosted North Dakota and went 1-0-1 to take over first place.
The Golden Gophers are joined at the top by St. Cloud State who went 2-0 at home against Denver. Minnesota and St. Cloud pace the WCHA with 22 points.
Overall, despite not playing, it's hard to think of a better outcome for the Mavs. The teams most likely standing in UNO's way for the conference crown gained ground, but only marginally.