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.
In 2010/11, UNO had back-to-back 20-win seasons for the second time in school history. The Mavs made a trip to NCAA tournament for just the second time ever.
Another season of welcoming in a large freshman class meant a rather large unknown to the UNO hockey season. Inconsistent play in goal only added to the uncertainty.
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.
Just a month ago, both Terry Broadhurst and Matt White were sitting in the top 10 rankings for national scoring. Though Broadhurst has slipped a little back to a tie for 17th, White remains hanging on to the top 10 in ninth place.