By Nate Tenopir, Sports Editor
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.
It’s kind of exactly where they were expected to be. Both came to Omaha with a bag full of tricks and a world full of talent on the offensive end.
Broadhurst led the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL in scoring his final season of 2008/09 with 27 goals and 31 assists. His 58 points were 12th in the league in scoring.
White made his way to the Mavs from just down the street with the Omaha Lancers. In 2009/10 in the USHL, White was named the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year by USA hockey and was also the USHL player of the year. White scored 35 goals and 47 assists for 82 points, second in the league in scoring.
Unrealistic expectations can often hold back a potential star player before he ever gets started. Yet Broadhurst and White appear to be getting along just fine, and then some.
After missing nine games to injury last season, Broadhurst has shown no signs of slowing down this season, and has been UNO’s top point producer for most of the year.
In 26 games Broadhurst has put in an even 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points. Three of those goals have been game-winners and six have come on the power play.
Matt White in his second year in the program has scored 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points. He leads the team with 113 shots and has scored three of his goals shorthanded.
Twenty-six games into the season, the pair are on pace to be the best top scoring combination since Scott Parse and Alex Nikiforuk in 2007. Parse finished with 52 points and Nikiforuk 43 giving the pair 95. If Broadhurst and White continue on their current tear White would finish the season with 49 points and Broadhurst 43.
However, if UNO wins a first round WCHA playoff series and makes the NCAA tournament for a second year in a row, that point combination could get as high as Parse and Bill Thomas in 2006 when Parse’s 61 and Thomas’ 50 combined for a 111-point season.
Since the Mavs were off last weekend and we didn’t have a chance to enjoy Broadhurst and White hitting the ice I thought we’d take a step back and look at the dynamic duo by the numbers.
Of Matt White’s 12 goals, 10 of them have come in a game that UNO has won. The other two…a 2-2 tie against Saint Cloud and the 6-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth. Some of those wins include a goal in the 5-4 comeback at Wisconsin, two in the 7-5 win over then no. 2 Colorado College and one in the 2-1 win at North Dakota.
Five of Terry Broadhurst’s 14 goals have given the Mavs the lead. His first period score in the win against Colorado College gave UNO a 1-0 lead, a second period goal at Bemidji St. got UNO up 2-1 and two in a 4-3 win over Saint Cloud got the Mavs leads of 2-1 then 4-3.
Sixty-six percent of Matt White’s points (21) have been in a victory. Four points came on a two-goal, two-assist performance in the 7-5 win over Colorado College. Nine times White has had a two-point game. In eight of those nine, UNO got the win.
Only twice have both Broadhurst and White been held off the score sheet when UNO earned a victory. Broadhurst was held scoreless in the 2-1 win at North Dakota and in the 4-1 win over Quinnipiac. White was unable to record a point in the win at Bemidji St. and the 3-1 victory over no. 1 Duluth.
Four times both Broadhurst and White have been held scoreless in a loss. What’s revealing about this stat is that the four games are the same for both players. Neither Broadhurst nor White scored a point at Alaska-Anchorage, against Colorado College, at Alabama-Huntsville and at North Dakota. That’s a secret Dean Blais and the rest of the staff might not want to let get out to the rest of the WCHA. When neither scores, UNO is just 2-4-2.
Matt White has had a multi-point game in 9 of 26 contests, 35 percent of the time. Broadhurst is almost just as good, getting multi-point games in 5 of 26. White may have more multi-point games but Broadhurst has two, three-point games while White has just the one in a 3-6 loss at Wisconsin. Both players have one, four-point game.
Six of Terry Broadhurst’s 14 goals have come in the second period of games, the most of any period. That’s also his most productive period with 10 total points. In the first period he has three goals and eight points. In the third period Broadhurst has five goals and nine points. White’s most productive period is the first period where he has 12 points and five goals. He has four goals and eight points in the second, and three goals and 10 points in the third.
On their current pace, both White and Broadhurst are headed for the top 10 among single season scoring marks. As I projected earlier, at a minimum White will most likely end up with 49 points and Broadhurst 43. That would get White into a tie for third with Parse’s 49 from 2004 and Broadhurst in a tie for eighth with Nikiforuk (2006) and Bryan Marshall (2007).
Both players are on pace for their best seasons ever. In White’s first season last year, the then freshman ended 2011 with 25 points. He is currently seven ahead and having played 13 less games then he did all of last year. Broadhurst is two behind, but like White has played in four fewer games than last year when he ended the season with 30 points.
Both White and Broadhurst’s point production per game in 2011/12 already rank in the top 10 for a single season. White sits at fifth with 1.24 points per game and Broadhurst is 10th with 1.08. However, as these two have proven time and again, they do much more than just meet their current marks; they’ve always skated past them. Chances are you’ll see both these marks increase before season’s end.