On this episode of the #mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss the Omaha Maverick Hockey team’s recent split on the road against the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs — including their picks for “Player of the Week.” They look at some of the interesting things that are featured at Duluth’s AMSOIL Arena during UMD hockey games. They also talk about the upcoming Sheila Leahy Toys for Tots collection at Baxter Arena and Ugly Sweater Night that will be held during the St. Cloud State series. They conclude the episode with their predictions for Omaha’s upcoming series against the St. Cloud State Huskies at Baxter Arena.
By Jon Brooks
Omaha Hockey defenseman Simon Latkoczy was named “Goaltender of the Week” in the KJ Branding NCHC Players of the Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2023.
Latkoczy’s performance helped UNO earn a split in its conference series at Minnesota Duluth on Dec. 1-2, 2023.
The sophomore netminder stopped 24 shots during the Friday game (Omaha lost that game 4-2).
He posted a shutout (29 saves) on Saturday night — his first of the season and the third in his career for UNO. His play in net helped the Mavericks secure a 1-0 victory in overtime.
At the Omaha Mavericks weekly press conference on Dec. 6, MavPuck.com’s Bridget Brooks asked Latkoczy how he prepares for series like the one at Duluth.
“My preparation doesn’t start Thursday,” said Latkoczy. “I would say my preparation started in August. I do things every day and every night. Eight to 10 p.m. is kind of my time. I do some meditation. I work on my confidence — on the visualization. I see every game happen five times before it actually happens. I’m prepared for every possible outcome that can happen in a game.”
Latkoczy had 53 saves during the UMD series — a weekend that saw Omaha stop all of Duluth’s power play opportunities.
He had a 1.49 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage on the weekend.
Overall on the season, the native of Trencin, Slovakia, has a .912 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average.
>> Latkoczy’s performance in the UMD series is discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view episode.
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KJ Branding NCHC Players of the Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2023
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UNO Hockey grad student goaltender Seth Eisele is featured in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week – Nov. 28, 2023.
Eisele’s heroics in net midway through the first period in the Nov. 25 game at Augustana landed the goalie the #2 play of the week.
Eisele stopped an initial shot by Augustana defenseman Evan McIntyre — fired from the top of the circle — at the 11:15 mark in the period. Then he shifted position and used his right leg pad to stop an attempt by forward Luke Mobley on the rebound (at the side of the crease).
The Mavs went on to win the game 5-2.
Eisele (a native of Stillwater, MN) has a 2.99 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage in five games this season. He transferred to Omaha from Lake Superior State during the offseason.
>> Eisele’s performance is also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this weeks episode.
On this episode of the #mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon analyze the Omaha Maverick Hockey team’s home-and-home series against Augustana — including their picks for “Player of the Week.” They discuss radio color commentator Terry Leahy reaching a 1000-game broadcasting milestone. They review their recent trip to Sioux Falls to watch the Mavs play — including an analysis of the grab-and-go concession stands at Denny Sanford Premier Center and arena policies prohibiting cowbells and fan-made signs. They conclude the episode with an analysis of Omaha’s upcoming series against Minnesota Duluth at Amsoil Arena.
By Jon Brooks
UNO Hockey junior forward Ty Mueller is featured in two plays in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week – Nov. 21, 2023.
Mueller’s goal during the first period of the Nov. 17 game is the top play of the week. The goal found Mueller streaking in from the neutral zone, dekeing DU defenseman Cale Ashcroft, and putting the puck past goaltender Freddie Halyk (who played with Mueller on the 2017-18 Airdrie Xtreme U15 AAA team in Alberta — both players are from Cochrane, AB).
The Mavs lost the Friday contest 8-4.
Mueller’s even-strength goal in the second period of the Nov. 18/19 game (postponed after the first period on Saturday due to an issue with the ice at Magness Arena) is the #5 play of the week (the goal was set up by a pretty “through the legs” pass by grad student Jesse Lansdell).
The goal helped Omaha to a 4-3 victory in the game and a split in the two-game series.
Mueller had 2 goals and 1 assist during the weekend series at Denver. He has 5 goals and 5 assists this season. He currently ranks first on the team in points.
He is the sixth player in program history to record a goal in five consecutive games — Jeff Hoggan (2001-02), Scott Parse (2005-06), Brandon Scero (2005-06), Ryan Walters (twice during the 2012-13 season), and Josh Archibald (2013-14).
As a result, he occupies rarefied air with some of UNO Hockey’s top Hobey Baker candidates from the past 26 years.
>> Mueller’s performance is also featured on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
On this episode of the #mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss the Omaha Maverick Hockey team’s thrilling series against Denver at Magness arena — includes a look at the ice maintenance issue that got the Saturday game at DU postponed after the first period. They discuss the UNO Alumni association’s Mavs on the Move event during the DU series. They wrap up the episode with a preview and predictions for Omaha’s upcoming series against the Augustana Vikings Hockey program, a home-and-home series.
Omaha Hockey’s Joaquim Lemay was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week in the KJ Branding National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week — Nov. 6-12, 2023.
This is the second time in the 2023-24 campaign that the sophomore defenseman has received the honor from the NCHC.
The Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, Quebec, native had 1 goal and 2 assists during the Nov. 10-11 series against Long Island at Baxter Arena. The game-winning goal came during the 3-on-3 overtime period in the Nov. 11 game against the Sharks.
Lemay has 3 goals and 3 assists in five games for the Mavericks this season.
Additionally, junior forward Ty Mueller was a nominee for NCHC Forward of the Week and freshman forward Tanner Ludtke was nominated for NCHC Rookie of the Week.
>> Lemay’s play during the Long Island series is also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
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KJ Branding NCHC Players of the Week: Nov. 6-12, 2023
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On this episode of the #mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss the Omaha Hockey team’s sweep of Long Island at Baxter Arena — includes their picks for “Player of the Week.” They recap Baxter Arena’s Military Night festivities and talk about UNO’s recent sellout streak. They conclude the episode with their analysis and predictions for the Mavs’ upcoming series against the Denver Pioneer Hockey team at Magness Arena.
On this episode of the #mavpuckcast, special guest host Bridget joins Jon on the podcast to discuss the Omaha Hockey team’s tough split against the 11th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos — including their pics for “Player of the Week.” They look at various Things You Missed at Baxter Arena during the series — including an honor for Maverick Hockey defenseman Greg Zanon. They give their recap of the UNO Alumni Association’s Maverick Fan Fest and talk about the university’s upcoming #WearBlackGiveBack campaign. They wrap up the episode with their predictions for the hockey series against the Long Island University Sharks at Baxter Arena.
We take a look at the Western Michigan series in this week’s preview on the MavPuck.com Blog — includes quotes from Coach Mike Gabinet and forward Jack Randl from the Nov. 1 media availability at Baxter Arena. The preview also includes additional tidbits on various activities and events that are part of this week’s series, and ways to watch and listen to the games.
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Series Preview: Omaha vs. Western Michigan, Nov. 3-4, 2023