UNO is coming off a big weekend, splitting against the Badgers of Wisconsin to close out non-conference play. Friday’s game, although a loss for the Mavs, was nonetheless one of the most complete games played by UNO in recent years, led by Brandon Scanlin and NCHC Rookie of the Week Nolan Sullivan who each scored a goal in Friday’s game. Saturday’s game was not as complete but it certainly was more productive from a scoring standpoint, with the Mavs winning 5-2. Taylor Ward, Kevin Conley, Joey Abate, Martin Sundberg, and Josh Boyer. Additionally, Sullivan picked up a couple of assists on Saturday. The Mavs, 19th in the USCHO.com poll, now seem ready to take on the meat-grinder that is the NCHC.
UNO now heads to Kalamazoo, Michigan (land of the Walmarts) to face-off against the Western Michigan Broncos. The Broncos (#20 USCHO.com, 5-3-2, 1-0-1-1 NCHC) are coming off a sweep of Ferris State 4-2, 8-2. Western Michigan has already started NCHC play, winning one and “winning the tie” for the other game.
Both games will be played at the somewhat-notable Lawson Arena, with face-off scheduled for 6:05 PM Central. Both games will be streamed on NCHC.TV, with the radio broadcast on 1180 AM or on the TuneIn Radio app.
After this weekend, the UNO comes home to face Miami (OF OHIO) next weekend. The Redhawks...well, they’re not good this year and will be hoping to at least stay competitive this weekend against Minnesota-Duluth. Then again, maybe not.
Bridget’s series preview...
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Series Preview: Omaha at WMU, Nov. 15-16, 2019
Thoughts on the first game of the series at WMU...
1. The Mavs had trouble getting anything going in the offensive zone. While the team outshot the Broncos on the night, there weren’t a lot of prime scoring opportunities.
2. We were 0-for-4 on the power play. WMU was 1-for-6 (Rueschhoff also got a SHG on the Mavs with roughly 5 minutes left in the 2nd). Need to stay out of the box.
3. Need to establish the pace and tone early in the Saturday game. Will we see Roden in net tonight — as a way to change things up? It’s possible.
UNO still had problems getting out of their zone Saturday, but they had a lot more success with their power play and getting rebounds when in the Bronco's zone. Friday the shots seemed (haven't rewatched the game) to come from the outside without anyone near the goal to knock in a rebound, that was definitely not the case Saturday.
Both nights there were long stretches played at UNO's end of the ice, especially during or immediately after Bronco Power Plays. The defense itself seemed good, puck clearing didn't. Or the Bronco defensemen on the corners were pretty good keeping the puck in. Probably some of both.
When I start complaining about a 6-3 win you know I'm overly entitled. The team won, and it definitely wasn't a flukey win.
Totally agree, Ed!