As October came, the UNO hockey team began preparing for its first season of WCHA hockey. Becoming the newest member of a storied conference with a record of 36 national championships and over 90 current NHL players left most to assume that for the Mavs, the 2010-11 season would be an uphill battle.
UNO hockey player Ryan Massa, who previously decided to take a year off due to personal reasons, has returned to the team. He has returned to practice, and it appears he will be moving forward with the team from this point.
For college hockey teams the magic number for success is 20 wins. Achieving that goal qualifies a team for the NCAA tournament and puts you in good standing within your conference, while often earning you a spot in the top-15 rankings.
The hockey gods must have been displeased with UNO, the Omaha Sports Commission or the city in general. On perhaps the biggest day in conference history, neither the elements, the ice nor North Dakota cooperated with the plan.
After pushing the game back twice, the puck was finally dropped at the Battles on Ice at 6:35, two and a half hours after the scheduled start time. North Dakota proceeded to ruin the party by scoring three goals by the 10:32 mark of the first period and went on to win the game 5-2.