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.
UNO's 5-2 victory Saturday night earned the Mavs a split in their final conference series at No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth and sole possession of third place in the WCHA. It's the highest conference finish the team has ever had in the 14-year history of UNO hockey.
Heartbreak has become a theme of the UNO hockey season over the last few weeks. It seemed appropriate then that the Mavs would have their season end on a goal in a tie game with just 42 seconds remaining in the third period.
Matt White, Brent Gwidt and Ryan Walters each had two goals over the winter break and UNO finished 2011 with a 2-1-1 record in its final four games of the calendar year. Although UNO was looking for three wins in four games, going 2-1-1 over the break at least avoided disaster. Anything less may have ruined a less than impressive NCAA tournament resume.