Head Coach Dean Blais and several of his players often call hockey a funny game. A week ago Blais and the Mavs were swept for the first time all season, on the road at no. 5 Quinnipiac.
Seven days later UNO completed a conference sweep of Colorado College and found themselves atop the WCHA standings.
The 8-4 victory on Friday and the 3-1 win on Saturday pushed the Mavs from 17 conference points to 21. UNO jumped out of a three-way tie with Denver and North Dakota and past second place St. Cloud State.
After months, perhaps years of speculation, an announcement was made Tuesday afternoon confirming an outdoor hockey game at TD Ameritrade Park in 2013. On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 the Lincoln Stars will play the Omaha Lancers and the University of North Dakota will play UNO at an ice rink that will be constructed on the field of the downtown ballpark.
When Ryan Massa suited up to start in net for UNO's exhibition against the U.S. Under-18 Team, the consequences may not have been clear. According to NCAA rules, any student-athlete past freshman year surrenders his or her redshirt for participation in an exhibition game.
Thus, Massa's time between the pipes just weeks after rejoining the program means he is now officially using his second year of college eligibility.
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.
Nothing on the road is ever easy in the WCHA. That was certainly proven this weekend when UNO skated into Mankato, Minn. and had to play two overtime games en route to a series split.
A season ago, Johnnie Searfoss had the luxury of playing alongside veteran players such as Rich Purslow, Joey Martin, Matt Ambroz and Alex Hudson. In his first year in the program, Searfoss showed a scoring touch.