NCHC rematch: UNO looks to break out of mid-season rut against Western Michigan

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Omaha hockey returns to action this weekend after a week off of play. The Mavericks will host NCHC foe Western Michigan on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Baxter Arena. The Mavericks and the Broncos met in October in Kalamazoo, when WMU handed Omaha its first losses of the season, 4-2 and 6-1. The Mavs will be looking for revenge in this series and also to break out of the mid-season slump they’re stuck in.

Omaha is sixth in the NCHC standings with a record of 16-9-1 (6-9-1 NCHC). The Mavericks have struggled as of late, especially in Baxter Arena. After starting off the season 8-0 at home, UNO has dropped its last 4 games on its own ice.

The Mavs are coming off a much-needed win against Colorado College, a game in which Omaha finally found their offensive groove, scoring four goals in the second period.

Western Michigan is right behind UNO in the NCHC standings at seventh with a record of 7-16-3 (4-11-1 NCHC). WMU is also coming off a week of nonfiction.

The Broncos have lost three straight games coming into the weekend, but against stiff competition. WMU’s last series was against NCHC leader North Dakota. Although they were swept by the Fighting Hawks, WMU showed toughness against the No. 2 ranked team in the country, narrowly losing both games, 2-0 and 2-1.