No matter the sport, every team that becomes a championship dynasty has that one heartbreaking loss just before its dreams are realized.
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.
Notes on UNO Hockey!
Three weeks after the Mavs conquered the Bemidji St. jinx, UNO allowed once-winless Alabama-Huntsville their first victory of the year and split a non-conference series against the Chargers in Nashville. Huntsville who came into the game 0-14-1 thus far in the season, hadn't won a game since last year's 2-1 overtime victory in Omaha.
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.