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  • Wednesday, November 17, 2021 3:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On this week's action-packed FULL VIDEO episode of the #mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss the Omaha Hockey team's split against the #1 ranked St. Cloud State Huskies. They also analyze UNO's announcement of Adrian Dowell as the athletic department's new vice chancellor of athletics (replacing the departed Trev Alberts), and offer this week's marketing ideas to fill Baxter Arena for games. The episode is wrapped up with a look at the Mavericks' upcoming trip to "the last frontier" to take on the Alaska Nanooks on Nov. 19-20. 

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  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Taylor Ward’s game-winning goal in OT at St. Cloud State on Nov. 13 is the #4 play in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week (there are six plays featured this week) for Week 7 of the 2021-22 season. 

    The senior forward’s breakaway goal in the 3-on-3 overtime period lifted Omaha to a 3-2 win over the top-ranked Huskies. It was Ward’s twelfth goal of the season. He leads all Mavericks in points with 20 on 12 goals and eight assists. 

  • Monday, November 15, 2021 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Jon Brooks

    The University of Nebraska at Omaha today named Adrian Dowell as its new vice chancellor for athletics. 

    Prior to coming to UNO, Dowell served as assistant vice president and associate athletic director at Creighton University (one of two positions held with Creighton University Athletics since joining the university in May 2014). 

    He replaces former UNO Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts, who left the university to helm athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on July 14. 

    "We are really here to celebrate our student-athletes," Dowell told attendees at a news conference on the UNO campus. "I was really a fan of Trev and thought he did a great job championing the experience of student-athletes." 

    Dowell outlined two "missions" he has for UNO Athletics. The first is to "provide the best student-athlete experience possible" and the second is to "bring people to the table who have not otherwise interacted with UNO." 

    He understands there will be challenges ahead. 

    "We will be strategic," Dowell said. "We will own our mistakes — communicate them, fix them, and not make the same mistake twice." 

    Dowell was introduced to attendees by University of Nebraska President Ted Carter and UNO Chancellor Joanne Li. UNO Hockey's Nolan Sullivan was on hand to represent student-athletes. 

    Carter mentioned how difficult transitions can be in intercollegiate athletics. "As good as things are," said Carter, "there is so much more ahead of us." 

    Carter also referred to the announcement as "the worst kept secret in Omaha." 

    Li gave a shout out to the UNO Hockey team for their overtime victory over top-ranked St. Cloud State last weekend. She said the hiring of Dowell is an "exciting new chapter" for UNO. 

    Both discussed Dowell's skills in development at Creighton and during his previous tenure at West Virginia University. 

    Dowell is married to 2010 UNO Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Stephanie (Kirby) Dowell (she played soccer at UNO from 2000 to 2003). The couple has three children: Lauren Grace, Adrian, and Paige. 

    "To the original Maverick," Dowell said, "She's a better athlete than I am; my wonderful wife, Stephanie." 

    Most recently, UNO's Senior Associate Athletic Director - Events/Facilities Mike Kemp held the interim athletic director position as the university searched for Alberts's successor.

    As long-standing UNO Hockey fans know, Kemp served as the program's head coach from his initial hiring in 1996 until the hiring of Dean Blais in 2009. Kemp joined the athletic department administration after stepping down as head coach.

    Dowell will be tasked with providing an overall vision for athletics, which includes fundraising and outreach efforts moving forward. Continued development of facilities, increasing overall ticket sales, and boosting individual/corporate donations will be on the menu for the new athletic director. 

    "Athletics is competitive," said Dowell. "We are competitors. To be successful in this industry, you have to figure out what makes you different relative to your peers."

    Dowell acknowledged that Alberts had a successful tenure at UNO, but he sees opportunities ahead. 

    "There are over 400 Division 1 institutions," said Dowell. "Only two Division 1 schools are in Omaha. Only one wears its name on its chest. If we are able to reach that level of success we hope for, it will because of this city. I could not be more excited to join you. Go Mavericks."

  • Monday, November 15, 2021 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel tweeted on Nov. 14
    that Creighton Assistant Vice President and Associate Athletic Director Adrian Dowell is expected become the next athletic director at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

    UNO has not confirmed the selection of Dowell, but the university announced an upcoming streaming news conference introducing the next AD at 2:30 p.m. (CST) on Nov. 15

    He replaces former UNO Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts, who left the university to helm athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on July 14. 

    Dowell has served in various capacities within Creighton University Athletics since 2014. 

    Prior to his arrival at Creighton, Dowell worked in athletic fundraising at West Virginia University and had a stint at the NCAA National Office working as a member of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball staff (per his LinkedIn profile).

    Fun fact: Dowell’s wife Stephanie played soccer for UNO from 2000 to 2003.  

  • Tuesday, November 09, 2021 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On this week’s FULL VIDEO episode of the Mavpuckcast, Bridget and Jon take the helm of hosting duties, and have a pint-sized guest on hand for a segment to offer her unique hockey analysis. The recent series with Miami (OH) RedHawks is analyzed. We take a look at Baxter Arena’s revised mask policy, explore marketing ideas to help fill the arena for games, and get an update on the availability of Omaha’s new third jersey for purchase. We rap things up with our predictions for the UNO Hockey team’s upcoming series at St. Cloud State on Nov. 12 and 13. 

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  • Thursday, November 04, 2021 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On our latest FULL VIDEO episode of the Mavpuckcast, we discuss the University of Nebraska at Omaha Hockey program’s recent sweep of Long Island University. In “The Shootout Segment” we discuss some interesting tidbits about the UNO Hockey program — including the start of a month-long discussion on ideas to fill Omaha’s Baxter Arena for games. We cap the episode with out predictions for the upcoming series against NCHC foe Miami (OH) RedHawks on Nov. 5-6, 2021. 

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  • Wednesday, November 03, 2021 4:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sophomore defenseman Jake Harrison’s first career goal as a Maverick is featured in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week for Week 5 of the 2021-22 season. 

    Harrison’s goal came at the 8:05 mark in the second period off of assists from Tyler Weiss (F) and Taylor Ward (F). 

    The goal was part of UNO’s 7-1 victory over Long Island University on Oct. 30 at Baxter Arena. 

  • Wednesday, November 03, 2021 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Omaha Hockey senior forward Taylor Ward was picked as the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) Men’s National Player of the Month for October. 

    Through eight games in the 2020-21 campaign, Ward has notched 10 goals and six assists for UNO. His early season production includes a hat trick performance on Oct. 30 against Long Island University at Baxter Arena — a game that saw Ward tally three goals and an assist. 

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    Omaha’s Ward Selected HCA October Men’s National Player of the Month 

  • Tuesday, November 02, 2021 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    UNO’s Taylor Ward earned his first career NCHC Player of the Month honor for his play during the program’s first eight games of the 2021-22 season. 

    The senior forward has racked up 10 goals and six assists during the team’s 7-1-0 start. He is averaging 2.00 points per game. 

    Additional Omaha nominees included junior goalie Isaiah Saville (Goaltender of the Month). 

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    Omaha’s Ward Earns NCHC Player of the Month for October 

  • Monday, November 01, 2021 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two Mavericks — goalie Isaiah Saville and forward Taylor Ward — earned Bauer NCHC Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 25-31, 2021. 

    Ward — a senior forward from Kelowna, B.C. — racked up five goals and three assists in a series against Long Island University on Oct. 29-30 at Omaha’s Baxter Arena. 

    Saville — a junior netminder from Anchorage, AK — posted a shutout against LIU on Oct. 29 at Baxter Arena. He is 6-1-0 on the season, with a .931 save percentage and a 1.55 goals-against average in net. 

    Other UNO Hockey nominees included junior defenseman Brandon Scanlin (Defenseman of the Week) and freshman defenseman Davis Pennington (Rookie of the Week). 

    Read full NCHC release: 
    Bauer NCHC Players of the Week: Oct. 25-31, 2021 

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