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Podcast — S5, E13: “Bulldogs Muzzled, President's Pregame Reception, Gabinet's Contract Extended, Miami Preview”

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  • Tuesday, January 17, 2023 11:42 AM
    Message # 13061020
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The thirteenth episode of the 2022-23 season... 

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  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 9:58 AM
    Reply # 13062267 on 13061020

    Oh… it’s a Jason episode.

    We’re going to talk a lot about Lemay, aren’t we? We bemoaned his loss. We’re celebrating his return. I didn’t really see much of him on the ice. So was the sweep a coincidence, or is he a ‘clubhouse guy’ – whose presence is the boost?

    Pretty $5 goal from the Randl-Miller combination. Give Randl credit for threading that pass through the defender – in soccer, they call that ‘nutmeg’.

    Jason is droning on about something. I think he’s saying what I’ve been thinking about this team: there is no team Omaha can’t compete against, there is no team that can’t compete against Omaha. It’s a very interesting spectrum to exist in.

    I was down on Kucharski about both goals against. When Pivonka scored his squeaker, I turned to my dad and said: “last really bad goal wins.”

    OK, Jason does have a point about a lack of snipers. That is something we highlighted early in the season. Who was going to be the scorer. There is no dynamic player on this roster – we’re just interchangeable parts. (Circle back to this later when we start talking about incoming talent.)

    “One note piano.” Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuup.

    Wonder if #PointyBull was brought out for national television audience…. Or if AD is finally listening on the boring white sweaters.

    Split was never acceptable this weekend. When you take 4 of 6 points against a team on the road, the MINIMUM is 5 of 6 at home. We accomplished that with the sweep.

    Precarious one-goal lead. Duluth killed the 5-on-3 – and we looked lost – and I thought Duluth was going to win. I think back to a 2006 (?) Northern Michigan game, and standing next to the late JH as Omaha killed a 5-on-3. (Maybe more on that later, if you ask.)

    Slipec’s goal – there’s your bounce.

    We’ve seen the movie, Jon.

    Great to see Zab get some time. He’s put in the time (3.5 years), he’s earned come ice time. Don’t want to sell it short as ‘mop-up’ duty. I think Gabs might have done him right, and maybe played him Senior Night – if only for a shift.

    Consummate team player.

    Shocked Omaha are in the first division. Aside from Denver and Miami (OF OHIO), it feels like the standings are inverted from what we expected at the start of the season.

    Jason: please see my earlier comment about ‘competing’.

    Definitely need results against the Redhawks. But, I need to right myself with the hockey gods. What the acceptable amount of Kokanee and poutine to offer them?

    Ray Fust is player of the week. No to Zab… though sentimental. Fust and Pivonka feel like similar players. I think we didn’t know what to expect from either. Any offense from either is a bonus: like Nogard and Sunny.

    Jason does have a good idea with drawing submissions and tweeting them out. They’ve done the player trivia contest before – I think it was two truths and a lie.

    No banquet space. LINDA CARTER?

    No banquet space… just something else they forget when they shoe-horned everything into the arena?

    Oh, you’re one of those, Jon? Dead to me. Don’t light the marshmallows on fire.

    Yes, trust the process.

    Jon! No video of your wife eating!

    I don’t think Gabinet will get offers elsewhere. Gabs is here as long as he wants to be, and I think the connection to his alma mater will keep him teathered.

    The flags… love them. Needs to be a staple of any future Omaha sweater. One of those things where we set a trend.

    Sweaters! They’re hockey sweaters! Not jerseys.

    Next weekend: dread.

    Do not underestimate the mental advantages Miami (OF OHIO) have over us. They know they can compete with us and win. Persson plays with incredible confidence against us.

    Red Savage… now go look at what Miami were before ‘Redhawks’. Then join me in a sensitivity training course.

    …and I still say Gabinet needs to shake up the strategy against any team Mannino has a connection to. Part of coaching and teaching is knowing the weaknesses in your system and how to exploit them. Mannino knew them, took them to Oxford, took them to the Springs, and Brekke at St. Lawrence knows them through his connections to Bergeron.

    Miami wins both nights. One in overtime. Quinn and I will be wearing paper bags over our heads, then this happens. Quinn will be the one griping about the extension given to Gabinet.

    Go Mavs.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:27 PM
    Reply # 13062533 on 13061020
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At some point I will get used to saying "sweater" instead of "jersey"... but I'm 50, so it might be in another lifetime! (Credit goes to AD for referring to the grey alternates as sweaters in his presentation to Carter and Li). 

    On the banquet facility... 

    At some point, it would probably be wise to have a skywalk (maybe behind the club lounge) to a banquet/meeting/office facility built in the parking lot east of Baxter Arena. 

    Obviously, that's a long-term fundraising effort, but it would really enhance the experience for fans. 

    You could have the "Alumni Night on the Ice" events again (that we used to attend at the CenturyLink Center) with the pregame dinner in a facility like that. You could also have pregame tailgates for fans in the dead of winter. 

    The head of the UNO Alumni Association did tell us that they hope to build a new alumni center (they sold the previous alumni center on the Dodge Street Campus to another entity) on the property south of the baseball stadium parking lot (west side of the creek) where the grass soccer field is located. 

    It's possible that could solve the issue in the future. 

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 2:14 PM
    Reply # 13062720 on 13061020

    They sold Thompson Alumni Center?

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2023 2:34 PM
    Reply # 13062731 on 13062720
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    C. A. Boehm wrote:

    They sold Thompson Alumni Center?

    Don't quote me on the "sold" part (I'm trying to remember a conversation from 2021, but I believe I have that right), but the UNO Alumni Association is no longer in control of the Thompson Alumni Center (they are currently in offices in Aksarben Village... ). 

    I'll see if I can find out additional details. As you know, I don't like to spread rumors and the like... the information was a surprise to me as well when we were told at the alumni event in 2021 at Tal Anderson Field.

    But they are looking at a facility that would truly be dedicated to alumni events. 
    Last modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2023 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Thursday, January 19, 2023 9:04 AM
    Reply # 13063797 on 13061020

    Chris said:

    "Miami wins both nights. One in overtime."

    I don't share the pessimism here. I think that this is  different Maverick team. They are not parading to the penalty box, are showing defensive improvement, and putting forth an effort that was lacking in seasons past.

    They are driving the net, creating solid chances and not backing off the forecheck. I like them, a lot, and believe the goals will continue to come. They have a puck moving defense and competent forwards. No, no snipers. I have said over and over again that we need 2 of those to surface in the next two classes.

    Sweep Miami, game one 4-2, game two 6-1. Miami's goaltending can only support a functional defense, and they don't have one. Red Savage is just one guy, Duluth had 3 of him. The Mavs have confidence, lacking in seasons past. They got their poor play out of the way in the first half.

    Nothing but Greys at home until they lose in them.

    Calling it here:

    Sweep Miami.

    Split Western.

    Split Colorado College .

    Split Miami

    Split St. Cloud

    Split UND

    39 points

    Beat UMD to go to the Frozen Face Off

    I cAn sEE tHe fUtuRE!!!

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023 1:23 PM
    Reply # 13067087 on 13061020

    So I missed game one by one goal. And the Mavericks probably could’ve scored two more with a little puck luck. I thought they played very well. Continue to expect the unexpected, hopefully this team is going places, like St. Paul.

  • Saturday, January 21, 2023 10:44 PM
    Reply # 13067470 on 13061020

    So, the total weekend tally was 6-1, achieved through GAME 2! Gonna have to clean my crystal ball…

  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 8:49 AM
    Reply # 13067728 on 13062267
    I wrote:

    Miami wins both nights. 

    Several years ago, Jon had a word for what I did here.

    Also, if you saw the final 90 minutes of hockey this weekend -- you could see how that above prediction was possible.

    The job isn't done. Where are our next two road series? Lawson, and the return trip to Goggin.

    We also have CC in town -- and they've already swept us.

    The defining moment of the season is upon us.

  • Sunday, January 22, 2023 9:24 AM
    Reply # 13067787 on 13061020

    I understand, and agree to what could have happened. Hockey is unpredictable and nothing is certain. My response was based on what I have witnessed. Two areas that need to be addressed…

    1. they are generating chances, but not finishing. Both nights could have easily been 3-4 goal first periods.

    2. you don’t get points by shooting into blocks from the blue line. Patience pays off, walk the line, let the blocker lose position.

    my comments quoting you were in no way intended to be disrespectful.

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