Maverick hockey ends losing streak


Jackson Taylor

The No. 11/12 Omaha hockey team snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday night when they defeated Colorado College 6-1. The Maver-icks lost the Friday night matchup 5-1. Following the split, Omaha is 16-9-1 (6-9-1) on the season and tied for fourth in the NCHC with Miami and Minnesota Duluth.

Game 1 L 5-1

UNO’s hardships continued on Friday night, struggling to find any offensive results against Colorado College.

Freshman goalie Evan Weninger made his first start since Jan. 8 when he was injured. Weninger made 25 saves and gave up five goals on the night.

Colorado College broke open the scoring at 3:29 in the second period when Mason Bergh snuck a shot past Weninger during a powerplay. The lead was stretched to two later in the period on a Luc Gerdes powerplay goal at 6:38.

Omaha defenseman Brian Cooper stole one back just before the period ended off a pass from Jake Guentzel. It was Cooper’s fourth of the season.

The Mavericks’ shot at a comeback ended in the third period when they surrendered goals to Trevor Gooch at 9:04 and Christian Heil at 15:20. CC’s Sam Rothstein scored an empty-net goal at 16:20 to seal the game.

Overall, UNO outshot CC 37-30, but Tiger goalie Jacob Nehama stopped 36 Maverick shots and improved his save percentage to .901 on the year. Nehama has a 6-11 record in the 2015-16 season.
Omaha finished the night going 0-for-6 on power plays while CC capitalized on them going 2-for-4.

Game 2 W 6-1

Omaha finally broke out of their offensive slump in the Saturday finale, scoring four goals in the second period on their way to a decisive victory in Colorado Springs.
Freshman forward Mason Morelli led the offen-sive attack for UNO with a goal and two assists. Five Mavericks tallied a multi-point game.

Freshman defenseman Jordan Klehr notched his first collegiate goal at 4:48 in the first period, opening up the offensive assault for Omaha. Luc Snuggerud followed two minutes later with his third goal of the season off an Ian Brady assist.

The Mavericks broke the game wide open in the second period with four goals. Freshman Steven Spinner slid his fifth goal of the season at 1:34. Then Guentzel made it 4-0 off his shot from the top of the slot, his 12th of the season. Morel-li found the net again later in the period for his third goal in three games.Justin Parizek finished off the scoring with a 16:48 goal on a powerplay.
CC’s Hunter Fejes broke the shutout at 18:52.

Weninger improved to 11-3 in the net for the Mavericks, making 11 saves. The Omaha defense only allowed 12 shots during the match, a season low.

The Mavericks have the week off before hosting Western Michigan on Feb. 12/13. Omaha was swept by the Broncos earlier in the season.