Head Coach Dean Blais and several of his players often call hockey a funny game. A week ago Blais and the Mavs were swept for the first time all season, on the road at no. 5 Quinnipiac.
Seven days later UNO completed a conference sweep of Colorado College and found themselves atop the WCHA standings.
The 8-4 victory on Friday and the 3-1 win on Saturday pushed the Mavs from 17 conference points to 21. UNO jumped out of a three-way tie with Denver and North Dakota and past second place St. Cloud State.
In 2010, UNO became an official member of the WCHA, arguably the toughest conference in college hockey. With 37 national championships and a multitude of players in the NHL, the Mavs were picked to finish near the bottom of the conference.
UNO and Minnesota State-Mankato have been playing for the "Spirit of the Maverick" trophy since 1998. However, as enjoyable as it may have been to win or retain the trophy each year, the stakes this season (and every season going forward) will be much higher.