Mavs push past Cornell behind Massa


By Nick Beaulieu, Editor-In-Chief

The Mavs forced a draw Friday and won Saturday against Cornell to go 4-1-1 on the season. The Big Red got on the board first Friday with a power play goal at 17:49. Things changed in the second when freshman Tyler Vessel scored his first career collegiate goal for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The two sides entered overtime at 1-1 and finished deadlocked at a draw. Senior Ryan Massa made 29 saves for UNO. The Mavs got the benefit of two replay reviews that overturned two Cornell goals in the game. On Saturday, Massa’s magic continued, and the Mavs scrapped for a 2-1 win. Despite sophomore Justin Parizek having a goal taken away on review, the Mavs still struck first on a goal by freshman Avery Peterson, the first of his collegiate career. The Big Red answered quickly at 19:12 in the first to tie the game. In the second period, sophomore Austin Ortega corralled the puck from Tanner Lane’s rebound and scored a wrap-around goal for the go-ahead score. Massa made 23 saves in the second and third periods as the Mavs hung on to win. Massa’s weekend puts him at eigth in the country in goals allowed average at 1.377 and seventh in save percentage at .952. Sophomore forward Jake Guentzel suffered an injury in the Friday matchup and was a scratch Saturday. Guentzel played through the injury Friday night to finish the game. The status of the injury is not known. UNO hits the road again this weekend to face Ohio State on Nov. 7 and 8. The Buckeyes are 2-4-1 to start the year.