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 Mavericks' rebounding woes continued Friday night with a 98-69 loss to No. 14 Fort Hays State. In their last two games, the Mavericks have been out rebounded 94-51. An injury to sophomore center Josh Lynch continues to hamper UNO's inside presence, forcing the Mavs to start four guards. The injury also puts the rebounding burden on UNO redshirt freshman center John Karhoff.
Team success is most often predicated on preparation. The time put into off-season workouts, sweat spent at everyday practices and work that goes into learning your opponent are elements used by players and coaches throughout the sports landscape.
Notes on UNO Hockey!
Twelve games into the 2010-2011 campaign, UNO hockey sits at No. 4 in the country with a 9-2-1 record, the best start in program history. Wins on the road against perennial powers Minnesota and Michigan and a last second goal against top-ten North Dakota have answered many preseason questions.
A buddy and I have a theory about the NBA. There are NBA teams and there are association teams. Association teams typically play exceptional defense, exploit rebounds and can deliver in the half court.
As No. 8 North Dakota with its 7 NCAA titles and busloads of fans descends upon the Qwest Center this weekend, "Omaha's Team" sits on the brink of something big.
It's extremely rare in college hockey to see a line made up entirely of freshmen. Traditional thinking would place a veteran at the center position or at one of the wings to allow that experience to balance the ups and downs that can come with younger players.