The Omaha Maverick Hockey team snared three players in the KJ Branding National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Players of the Week — Nov. 21-27, 2022.
Matt Miller’s offensive heroics propelled the junior to NCHC Forward of the Week honors. Miller’s two-goal performance in the Nov. 25 tilt at Denver spurred the Mavs to a 3-0 shutout win over the top-ranked Pioneers. Miller also tallied a goal and two assists in a 6-3 loss to DU on Nov. 26. Miller has 11 points in 11 games this season.
Defenseman Jonny Tychonick had four assists on the weekend and was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week. The grad student had an assist on each of UNO’s goals in the team’s 3-0 win on Nov. 25. He also had an assist on Miller’s third period goal during the Nov. 26 game.
In addition to Tychonick’s offensive prowess during the DU series, his play in the defensive zone on special teams was key for Omaha during the DU series.
For the second time this season, senior goaltender Jake Kucharski netted NCHC Goaltender of the Week honors.
Kucharski pitched a 3-0 shutout for the Mavs on Nov. 25. It was Kucharski’s first shutout of the season (his fourth career shutout at the collegiate level) and his first shutout for UNO.
The Erie, Pa. native has a 2.38 GAA this season and a .920 save percentage.
If Kucharski sees continued success in net (and if the defense achieves consistency), he is on pace to have the best Maverick netminder GAA since Ryan Massa in the 2014-15 season.
In total, Kucharski faced 56 shots in the series at DU and made 51 saves on the weekend.
>> Miller, Tychonick, and Kucharski are also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
Read the full NCHC release:
KJ Branding NCHC Players of the Week: Nov. 21-27, 2022
On this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast... Jason and Jon analyze the Omaha Hockey team’s surprising split at Denver University — with their picks for “Players of the Week.” They discuss UNO’s current spot in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) standings (as of this recording, the team is in fourth place) and what it will take for the team to maintain a strong position. They look at the UNO Blue Line Club’s recent “Dinner With The Mavs” event (includes video and pictures from the event). They wrap up the episode with their predictions for the Mavericks’ upcoming series against the Western Michigan Broncos on Dec. 2-3 at Omaha’s Baxter Arena.
On this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast... Jason and Jon analyze the University of Nebraska Omaha Hockey team’s split at Minnesota Duluth — including their picks for “Player of the Week.” They discuss “teddy bear tosses” at hockey games, and ponder whether or not UNO should do them. They talk about “special occasion hockey jerseys” for Omaha, and give their rationale for why the Mavericks should include them in a more significant matter. They wrap up the episode with a preview of Omaha’s upcoming series against the top ranked Denver Pioneers on Nov. 25-26 at Magness Arena.
On this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast... Bridget and Jon analyze the Omaha Maverick Hockey team’s first conference series of the season against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks — includes an analysis of some questionable penalties called during the series and their picks for “Player of the Week” (includes game video). They discuss the two fish tosses (with Mavboni pickup) that occurred in the Friday game against North Dakota (due to a waived off goal) and look at whether or not North Dakota players interfered with the post-goal tradition (includes video). They take a look at what’s inside the in-game promotional parachutes UNO drops during hockey games (includes video). Bridget and Jon conclude the episode with their predictions for Omaha’s upcoming series at Minnesota Duluth on Nov. 11-12.
Changes are coming to college athletics in the next few months, and University of Nebraska Omaha Athletic Director Adrian Dowell gave attendees at an Oct. 27 Omaha Press Club Noon Forum a sneak preview of some of the things coming — “what keeps him up at night.”
Read our full article here:
Omaha AD Dowell Talks Opportunities, Challenges With Changes in College Athletics at Noon Forum
On this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast... Bridget and Jon analyze the University of Nebraska at Omaha Hockey team’s recent sweep at Long Island University — including their “Players of the Week.” They discuss UNO Vice Chancellor / Director of Athletics Adrian Dowell’s presentation at the Omaha Press Club on Oct. 27 — highlights include new information on NIL, changes at the D-1 level, “full cost of attendance” scholarships for the Mavs, and the thing that “most surprised” Dowell when he took the job at the university (segment includes video clips). Bridget and Jon wrap up the episode with a preview and predictions for Omaha’s upcoming series against North Dakota at Baxter Arena on Nov. 4-5.
Omaha junior forward Matt Miller’s third period power play goal — tallied during the Oct. 21 game against UAF at Baxter Arena — is the #5 play in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week – Oct. 25, 2022.
Miller’s goal was set up off a feed from UNO forward Tyler Weiss (freshman defenseman Joaquim Lemay also had an assist on the play).
The Mavs lost the game in a 3-2 decision in overtime.
>> Miller’s goal was also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
On this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast... Jason and Jon start the episode with an analysis of the Omaha Maverick Hockey team’s recent series against the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks at Baxter Arena (includes video footage). They look at an overtime brawl that happened at the end of Sunday’s game between the UNO and UAF players (includes video footage). Then they turn to the “Things You Missed at Baxter Arena” segment — Jason and Jon look at the arena’s new DoorDash mobile ordering service for concessions (includes video footage), they talk about “speaker volume” in the arena, and discuss the “Hat Trick or Treat” event held before the Oct. 23 game (includes video footage). They conclude the episode with their predictions for the UNO Hockey team’s upcoming road trip to Long Island University to take on the Sharks on Oct. 28-29 at the Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow, NY.
For the first time this season, senior goaltender Jake Kucharski was named NCHC Goaltender of the Week as part of the NCHC Players of the Week for the Week of Oct. 10-16, 2022.
Kucharski transferred to UNO after playing two seasons for American International College. AIC had the best goals against average (GAA) in the Atlantic Hockey Association last season, and Kucharski had the second best GAA (2.41) in the conference.
Kucharski allowed a lone goal in the Oct. 14 game at Lake Superior State, helping Omaha secure a 3-1 victory. In relief duty during the Saturday game (after UNO gave up 4 goals during the first period), Kurcharski stifled the Lakers, allowing no goals, and had a solid performance in net as the Mavericks salvaged a 4-4 tie in overtime.
>> Kucharksi’s performance was also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.
Read the full NCHC release:
NCHC Players of the Week: Oct. 10-16, 2022
The game-winning goal by forward Tyler Weiss in the third period of Omaha’s Oct. 14 game at Lake Superior State is the #5 play in the NCHC Top 5 Plays of the Week – Oct. 18, 2022.
Weiss scored the breakaway goal off a feed from freshman defenseman Jacob Guevin. The goal put UNO up 2-1 in the contest, and helped the Mavs secure a 3-1 victory over the Lakers (Omaha’s first win of the 2022-23 season).
The fifth year grad student has 2 goals and 2 assists on the season.
>> Weiss’s performance was also discussed on this week’s episode of the #mavpuckcast — click here to view this week’s episode.