Almost five months ago, the college hockey powers that be pegged UNO to finish eighth and ninth in two preseason conference polls. Few, if any, thought the Mavs could do better than average during their first season in the ultra-competitive WCHA.
The No. 1 ranked UNO wrestling team dominated the MIAA Duals, going 3-0 and outscoring opponents 120-19.
As one would expect, much of the UNO hockey roster is compromised of athletes from traditional hockey regions. Four members are from Canada, five hail from Minnesota and a total of three from both Wisconsin and North Dakota.
UNO outlasted the Missouri Western Griffons for a 96-84 win Wednesday night at Sapp Fieldhouse, though the game itself was a side note.
The women's basketball team fell just short of another massive upset Saturday at Sapp Fieldhouse, losing 62-57 to No. 20 Emporia State.
Any defender worth his own salt can block shots, clear pucks, protect his goalie and throw a hit with the best of them. However, much of a team's offensive success depends on the vision and play-making ability of a skillful defenseman.
UNO turned a three-point gap into a 19-point gulf over the final six first-half minutes, coasting to a 93-67 win Saturday over Emporia State.