Last season UNO was picked to finish eighth and ninth in two preseason conference polls, partly because of their youth and inexperience.
The Mavs had never skated in the ultra-competitive WCHA, and 10 of the teams' 25 members were freshmen, new to the college game. Experience in the WCHA won't be an issue this season.
Sitting in second place prior to the weekend, the Mavs dropped two to Wisconsin and are in danger of falling out of home ice for the WCHA playoffs.
Minnesota-Duluth skated into the CenturyLink Center Omaha as a team of history. When the Bulldogs left Saturday night, it was UNO's freshman forward Andrew Schmit who made some history of his own.
Weekend results in the WCHA have left UNO in a tie for third place with North Dakota and Denver. In one of the bigger matchups of the conference schedule, Minnesota hosted North Dakota and went 1-0-1 to take over first place.
The Golden Gophers are joined at the top by St. Cloud State who went 2-0 at home against Denver. Minnesota and St. Cloud pace the WCHA with 22 points.
Overall, despite not playing, it's hard to think of a better outcome for the Mavs. The teams most likely standing in UNO's way for the conference crown gained ground, but only marginally.
Freshman forward Johnnie Searfoss scored UNO's only goal of the series as the Mavericks got swept in last weekend's trip to fellow conference newcomer Bemidji State. It was the Mavs' first weekend without a single conference point since last year's December trip to Ferris State. The two losses at the hands of the Beavers equal the total number of losses UNO has suffered in its first 12 games of the season.
The announcement of the NHL and the Players Association reaching an agreement to end the lockout in the early hours of Jan. 6 came with quite a few sighs of relief. It also came with a lot of fists clenched in frustration.
The problem is, none of us knows exactly where to direct that frustration. While it's undeniable that some of the frustration will be pointed towards Commissioner Gary Bettman (who gets booed at arenas across the league), the rest is not as clear.
Whenever any sport goes through a lockout, or a strike, it comes down to millionaires versus billionaires. The easy target is owners and the league.