For hockey fans, springtime is always the best time of the year. Whether your team is in or not, the NHL playoffs are the best thing in sports.
UNO had played Bemidji State 16 times before the 2012-2013 season. Series-wise the two teams are pretty close with the Beavers holding a 7-6-3 all-time record against the Mavs.
But as UNO fans well know, Bemidji has had the best of the Mavs ever since the two teams joined the WCHA in 2010. In 10 conference matchups prior to this season UNO had won a grand total of one game, a 5-1 victory in Bemidji on Nov. 12, 2011.
It took eight tries before Omaha won a WCHA game against the Beavers. Their best results before that were two ties.
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.
When you're a freshman goaltender new to the program, you can expect a few hurdles on your way to earning a start in net. Often you have to compete with a veteran starter who's been in goal for a season or two.
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.
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.
In its first year, no one was sure what to expect out of Skate for a Cure. August isn't exactly the best time for hockey, and NHL players are enjoying their last weeks of free time before training camp opens.