By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
After the series with the Beavers, the Mavs have now accumulated 40 or more shots in half of their games. Their record in those games, just 3-2-1. Part of that is what Coach Blais calls “puck luck”. On some weekends UNO is getting a lot of shots, and hitting a lot of posts. The Bemidji goal that tied it late in Friday’s game is a perfect example of how most bounces are going the opponents’ way.
Since the disastrous trip to Alaska, the Mavs have bounced back to go 5-2-1 in their last eight. Obviously Terry Broadhurst, Matt White and Jayson Megna have had a lot to do with that success. One player that might be getting overlooked is Brent Gwidt. Gwidt has been a regular on the score sheet since the 5-4 comeback win at Wisconsin. When Gwidt, a native of Wisconsin, gets either a goal or an assist the Mavs are 3-0-1.
UNO seems to have gained some discipline from this time last season. Through the first 12 games last year, the Mavs had 79 penalties for 208 minutes. That’s an average of 6.6 penalties a game, and 17.3 penalty minutes. Those numbers often led to UNO allowing teams back in games. In this season’s first 12 games, the Mavs have only committed 59 penalties for 137 minutes. Those average into 4.9 penalties a game, and 11.4 penalty minutes. UNO also has only been called for one game misconduct, compared to four at this time last year.
Ryan Walters is starting to turn into the Ryan Walters who came around mid-season last year. Since being demoted to one of the bottom lines in practice two weeks ago, Walters has responded with two goals and three assists in four games.
Believe it or not, the hockey season is already one third over. UNO has 24 games remaining. Twenty of the remaining 24 are WCHA conference games. Although the Mavs are only a game above .500 at 6-5-1, they are 5-2-1 in the WCHA – good enough for 11 points, tied for second with Minnesota-Duluth and three points behind first place Minnesota.