Monday, March 20, 2017

Getting The Band Back Together: The Case For Mike Kemp's Return as Head Coach


The prevailing sentiment during the 2016-17 campaign for the UNO Hockey program was that Coach Blais's time was drawing to a close.

As the team found itself with a so-so record in the second half of the season -- which included two embarrassing losses to a less-than-spectacular North Dakota team in Omaha -- the suggestion that a change might be in order once again surfaced.

At the time, a few souls on social media suggested that former UNO Head Coach Mike Kemp (on staff since 2009 as an assistant athletic director) should step in and take the reins of the faltering Mavericks. 

In the wake of Dean Blais's resignation last week -- and factoring in the state budget crisis that is impacting all government operations, including the university system -- some have suggested that UNO could save money by putting Mike Kemp back in charge of the program.

While the notion might be the ramblings of a vocal few on the web, the idea does have merit. In fact, it is an intriguing idea.

Here's why:

  1. Many believe UNO assistant coach Mike Gabinet will be named the next head coach. Be that as it may, some are wary regarding Gabinet's lack of experience in the NCAA, and no long-term experience recruiting at this level. 
  2. Much has been made of the fact that Dean Blais never purchased a home in Omaha. Some have implied he was more of a "commuter coach" who didn't fully invest himself in the practice of schmoozing boosters and fans.
  3. As a result, many have suggested UNO needs a coach who understands the unique culture at UNO -- even if it means sacrificing experience.
  4. Even though UNO Athletic Director Trev Alberts recently told a local radio talk show that financial pressures wouldn't impact hiring a new coach, it still is a factor in every decision UNO makes from an institutional point of view.

Mike Kemp might be the most reasonable choice -- especially if UNO sees Mike Gabinet as the future, but is worried about his experience.

Kemp satisfies all the criteria listed above. He has invested himself in Omaha the past 21 years. Prior to his stint as UNO head coach and assistant AD, he was a college assistant for 20 years, and was even the head coach of UNO's upstart club team in 1975. 

Kemp is perpetually a fixture at various UNO sporting events throughout the year -- representing athletics and the university in his official capacity. 

I've known Mike Kemp since the program began, and worked with him in various capacities when I was on the UNO Blue Line Club Board of Directors. 

If there are concerns about Gabinet being ready to pull the strings of a team two years removed from the Frozen Four, Kemp leading the team for a few seasons would allow Gabinet to more fully acclimate to the job.

It would also allow Kemp and Gabinet to find another assistant who can handle the bulk of the recruiting duties. I would imagine that former Maverick Rob Facca -- currently a Chicago Blackhawk scout -- would be a top choice for recruiting coordinator in that scenario. 

Prior to his NHL gig, Facca was an assistant with Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan University -- and recruited 18 players on the Bronco squad that is a #2 seed in this year's NCAA tournament. 

With Kemp as head coach, I think he could convince Facca to take an assistant position with the program. Facca has a home in Omaha and remains connected to the team's coaching staff and alumni. In addition to Facca, former UNO asssitant (and player) Nick Fohr -- currently a coach with the U.S. National Development Team -- might be an attractive option.

I believe Mike Kemp is 64 (he was 43 when UNO hired him away from Wisconsin in 1996). If, in our hypothetical scenario, UNO was to name Kemp head coach, it likely wouldn't be a long-term job.

It would be for the short term, provide stability to the program, and allow the assistants to "season a bit" in the "meat grinder" that is the NCHC -- before taking over in a few years.

It would also allow Mike Kemp to go out as he started … with UNO. 

Kemp was 194-223-57 in his 12 seasons coaching UNO. While the record is sub .500, you're talking about starting from nothing. This isn't like Arizona State or Penn State -- schools that had successful club programs prior to moving up to D-1 (and UNO doesn't have athletics that play in a "power 5" conference). 

The record doesn't tell the whole story. Kemp teams got a lot out of players who weren't blue chippers. In his third season, the Mavs made the CCHA championship game at Joe Louis Arena. In his fourth season, UNO won 24 games and made the conference semifinals at Joe Louis Arena. 

UNO made its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2006, and had its first legit Hobey Baker candidate in Scott Parse. 

It might not have always been pretty, but the program accomplished a considerable amount during those years. 

I'm sure most former coaches have those moments where they say, "If I could do it again, I would do X, Y and Z differently..."

Two of the finest head coaches in Division 1 hockey today are former Kemp assistants -- David Quinn (Boston University) and Steve Rohlik (Ohio State). 

Here's a chance for Kemp to setup the next generation of leadership, and use his 30+ years of coaching experience behind the bench, once again.


Mike Kemp is likely the most experienced and qualified candidate for the job. 



Thursday, January 12, 2017

UNO Hockey at Colorado College -- Jan. 13-14, 2017

Well, last week's series against North Dakota didn't go all that well. The Mavs lost 9-1 and 7-3. Blurgh.

The good news is, Colorado College is at the bottom of the league, so we've got that going for us. However, they're currently on a hot streak, and the Mavs defense is suspect after last weekend, so we'll see...

Series preview articles:

Omaha World-Herald series preview article:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/mavs-want-to-put-rough-weekend-behind-them-after-lopsided/article_fa8a735d-4754-5fe9-b0af-0a43237de607.html

Omavs.com article:http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211406592

Colorado College Tigers article:
http://www.cctigers.com/news/2017/1/11/mens-ice-hockey-hot-tigers-return-home-to-face-omaha.aspx?path=mhock

When:
Friday, 8:07 p.m. Central
Saturday, 7:07 p.m. Central

Radio/TV Coverage:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (The Zone 2). Dave Ahlers will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will give color commentary. Coverage begins at 7:37 p.m. on Friday night and 6:37 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.


Friday night's game will be available on ASN; both games will be available on the NCHC.tv.
Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.

Next Weekend:
The Mavs take on Miami (OH) in a conference series next weekend at Baxter Arena.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Omaha vs. North Dakota, Jan. 6-7 at Baxter Arena

Usually, when the defending national champions come to town (especially when they're ranked #7 and the Mavs are in the top 20), you'd see UNO athletics hyping that fact.

Nope. Not this year.

They did do a preview video -- which is very nice -- but there was no mention of UND as defending national champions, or the team rankings.

So, when you see empty seats at Baxter Arena this weekend (or worse, fans in UND apparel), remember that.

The UNO/UND "rivalry" series is always an interesting one, especially at Baxter Arena. The Mavs did claim one game last season -- a shootout win in Grand Forks in mid-January. North Dakota took both games in Omaha in late February last year, but the F'n Hawks this year are not the same team that claimed the championship last year.

North Dakota has a record of 10-6-3 overall and 3-4-1-1/0 in the NCHC, putting them in sixth place in the NCHC. They are ranked #7 in both national polls. UND has been very effective on the road, with a record of 4-3-1 in away games this season.

The Mavs have also been "road warriors," but have had better luck at Baxter Arena recently, having swept Lake Superior State last weekend in non-conference action. The Mavs are 11-6-3 this season and 4-4-0 in the NCHC (fifth place). UNO is #18 in the USCHO poll and "received votes" in the most recent USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

By the way, don't forget that Sunday is Skate With the Mavs.

Media Roundup Leading to the Series:
OMavs series preview:
http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211393807&_ga=1.116483779.478938414.1475960606

UND Athletics series preview:
http://www.undsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=58684&SPID=6405&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211391892&DB_OEM_ID=13500

Tony Boone's Omaha World-Herald series preview:
http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/mavs-fired-up-to-face-north-dakota-share-coach-dean/article_6ca087fe-20bf-5f7e-8846-5bda764040fe.html

OMavs weekly news release:
http://www.omavs.com/pdf9/5172323.pdf

Tickets:
This is the one series of the year where tickets are consistently hard to come by.

Friday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-university-of-omaha-nebraska-01-06-2017/event/06005103EDCDB497?artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&f_tmol_checkout=true&f_listview=3&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&ab=m_efeat4232Mainv1desktop

Few tickets remain for Friday:


Ticketmaster is showing only 3 seats available for Saturday ($20-$27):
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-university-of-omaha-nebraska-01-07-2017/event/06005103EDD2B49B?artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&f_tmol_checkout=true&f_listview=3&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&ab=m_efeat4232Mainv1desktop


Ticket Express has tickets available at well above face value ($45-$125) for Friday:
http://www.ticketexpress.com/event/uno-mavericks-vs-north-dakota-baxter-arena-hockey-2017-01-06-7:07-pm-tickets


Ticket Express has a few tickets available for Saturday night ($33-$75):
http://www.ticketexpress.com/event/uno-mavericks-vs-north-dakota-baxter-arena-hockey-2017-01-07-7:07-pm-tickets

There are currently no tickets for sale within the MavPuck Group on Facebook (must be approved for group membership to see the posts), but you can post a "tickets wanted" post:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mavpuck/



Radio/TV Coverage:
Friday and Saturday night's games will be available by subscription ($) on NCHC.tv. 

In addition, Friday night's game is available statewide on NET or via live stream here:
http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/sports/omaha-maverick-hockey-vs-north-dakota

Saturday's game will be telecast live nationally by American Sports Network. There's some confusion on the UNO vs UND news releases on who is doing the play-by-play and analysis. UNO says Dave Ellis will call the game, and Pat Micheletti will provide color commentary. UND's news release says Dave Ahlers will handle play-by-play with analysis from #oldbull David Brisson and Larry Punteney will serve as rinkside reporter. Regardless, it will be televised.

Radio coverage begins with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m. both nights. We know that Terry Leahy will give color commentary and analysis. Who knows about Dave Ahlers (see above).

Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.
Live stats (Friday) here.
Live stats (Saturday) here.

Next Weekend:
The "road warriors" head out again for another conference series, taking on Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Friday, Jan. 13 and Saturday, Jan. 14.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Omaha vs. Lake Superior State, Dec. 30-31 at Baxter Arena

The "road warriors" return to Baxter Arena this weekend after what seems like an eternity without a home hockey series. Jon and I were fortunate enough to catch the last Maverick series, a road trip to St. Cloud where we saw Coach Dean Blais pick up his 400th career win during the Friday night game (3-1), but the Mavs dropped their first road game of the year, losing 4-2 on Saturday, Dec. 10.

The Mavs have struggled at Baxter Arena over much of the the past year (dating back to January 2016). UNO is 2-5-1 at home this season, and the Mavs have gone 5-3-2 in their last 10 games. In an Omaha World-Herald article today, both Coach Blais and UNO Captain Justin Parizek talked about the importance of a second-half run, and how last year's second-half meltdown is still haunting them.


The Mavs last faced the Lakers in 2010. Lake Superior State is 8-9-1 overall (the Mavs are 9-6-3), but the Mavs lead the all-time series with the Lakers 14-9-5. Let's hope the wins continue.


Media Roundup Leading to the Series:

OMavs series preview:
http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211382489

Lake State series preview:

http://www.lssulakers.com/sports/m-hockey/2016-17/releases/20161229h6pes9

Tony Boone's Omaha World-Herald series preview:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/while-painful-for-mavs-reminder-of-last-season-s-second/article_20f1f737-b919-5a0b-b1f2-67ae0d5d54f0.html

OMavs Weekly News Release:

http://www.omavs.com/pdf9/5161509.pdf

Tickets: 

There are plenty of tickets available online for this weekend's series.

UNO is offering a "BOHO" ticket offer for this series -- buy one, get one half off:



Friday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):

http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-lake-superior-omaha-nebraska-12-30-2016/event/06005103EDC3B48F?ATCLID=211382489&SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400&artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&fg=sv&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&f_enforce_primary_tt=true&ab=m_efeat2788v4desktop

Saturday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):

http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-lake-superior-omaha-nebraska-12-31-2016/event/06005103EDC8B495?ATCLID=211382489&SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400&artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&fg=sv&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&f_enforce_primary_tt=true&ab=m_efeat2788v4desktop

Ticket Express has a pair of tickets available for Friday night ($20):

http://www.ticketexpress.com/event/uno-mavericks-vs-lake-superior-state-lakers-baxter-arena-hockey-2016-12-30-7:07-pm-tickets

Ticket Express has fewer than a dozen Saturday tickets still available ($18-33):

http://www.ticketexpress.com/event/uno-mavericks-vs-lake-superior-state-lakers-baxter-arena-hockey-2016-12-31-4:07-pm-tickets

There are currently no tickets for sale within the MavPuck Group on Facebook (must be approved for group membership to see the posts), but you can post a "tickets wanted" post:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/mavpuck/




Radio/TV Coverage:
Friday and Saturday night's games will be available by subscription ($) on NCHC.tv.

Radio coverage begins with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Dave Ahlers will have the play-by-play, Terry Leahy will give color commentary and analysis, and Lester St. James will report from ice level.


Live Audio and Stats:

Live audio link here.
Live stats (Friday) here.
Live stats (Saturday) here.

Next Weekend:

NCHC conference play heats up -- in a big way -- as North Dakota visits Baxter Arena on Jan. 6-7 with a pair of conference games at 7:07 p.m. each night.

Baxter Arena and UNO have also announced the 2017 "Skate With the Mavs" event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/931169010352240/

(Blog post on that later.)


Friday, December 2, 2016

Omaha at Wisconsin: Dec. 2-3, 2016

I read somewhere this week on Twitter that the Big 10 has the best out-of-conference record of any conference in NCAA Division 1 hockey. We'll see how the NCHC compares to the Big 10 as UNO Hockey faces off with Wisconsin this weekend.

Coming off a tie and a win last weekend at Northern Michigan, the Mavericks are unbeaten on the road or at neutral sites this season (5-0-1). The Badgers are 7-5-0 this season, and are .500 at home (3-3-0). They won (2-1) at Colorado College and lost to Denver 6-5 at Denver.

Omaha World-Herald reporter Tony Boone reports that Freddy Olofsson will still be out for this series, and David Pope and Ian Brady will be joining him out of the lineup.

Special teams are likely to be a big part of this weekend's games. The Mavs have the number one power play in the nation, and Wisconsin is #4 in the nation for power play.

Series preview articles:

Omaha World-Herald series preview article:
http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-captain-justin-parizek-proving-productive-during-return-to-ice/article_18836751-8523-5f87-a30d-3c14522e56b2.html

Wisconsin State Journal preview article:
http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-notes-prolific-power-plays-from-omaha/article_7c14dc24-072a-5894-8c51-c3887b6e4614.html

Wisconsin State Journal about the Badgers problems at even strength:
http://host.madison.com/wsj/sports/college/hockey/badgers-men-s-hockey-at-even-strength-scoring-experiences-a/article_1dc8326c-0db9-573f-83e1-bd63a51ce46d.html

Omavs.com article:
http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211332994

Wisconsin Badgers article:
http://www.uwbadgers.com/news/2016/12/1/mens-hockey-uw-omaha.aspx?path=mhockey

When:
Friday, 7:37 p.m. Central
Saturday, 8:07 p.m. Central

Radio/TV Coverage:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (The Zone 2). Dave Ahlers will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will give color commentary. Coverage begins at 7:07 p.m. on Friday night and 7:37 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.

Friday night's game is available on ASN (check local listings here), on TSN2 in Canada and online at BTN2Go (must have a cable login to view).

Saturday night's game should be available on the livestream link for Wisconsin Public Television:
http://wpt.org/watch/watch-wisconsin-channel-online?ATCLID=211332994&SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400

Note: Because this is a non-conference road series, it is not available on NCHC.tv.

Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.
Live stats (Friday) here.
Live stats (Saturday) here.

Next Weekend:
The Mavs complete their three weekend road series as they return to conference play, taking on St. Cloud State on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:37 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7:07 p.m. at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Omaha at Northern Michigan University: Nov. 25-26, 2016


The Mavericks take on an old foe from the CCHA conference this weekend as they face off in a non-conference series with Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

NMU (3-10-1) is struggling at home, while the Mavs (6-5-1) have been "road warriors" so far this season, so expect good things from the Mavs in this series. However, the Wildcats play on the larger Olympic ice surface, so that could throw a bit of a wrench into UNO's play. On the positive side, Captain Justin Parizek is expected in the lineup after being held out for a concussion he suffered several weeks ago.

The Mavs are 17-17-2 all time with the Wildcats, but NMU holds a decisive 12-5-2 advantage in games at the Berry Events Center in the upper peninsula.

Series preview articles:

Omaha World-Herald series preview article:
http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/after-two-close-defeats-to-country-s-top-team-mavs/article_56318535-8afe-5b66-bb43-d2ed951f5a61.html

Marquette Mining Journal series preview article:
http://www.miningjournal.net/sports/nmu-sports/2016/11/omaha-omaha-omaha/

OMavs.com article:
http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211318793

NMU Wildcats article:
http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/mice/2016-17/releases/20161123flr8i2

When:
Friday, 6:07 p.m. Central
Saturday: 6:07 p.m. Central

Radio/TV Coverage:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (The Zone 2). Dave Ahlers will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will give color commentary. Coverage begins at 5:37 p.m. each night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show. 

Video is available via WCHA.tv ($).

A day pass is $8.99 for just the WMU game, or $9.99 for all the WCHA games for a single day:
https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wcha/

Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.
Live stats (Friday) here.
Live stats (Saturday) here.

Next Weekend:
The NMU series kicks off three weekends of away games for the Mavs before the Christmas break. Next weekend, the Mavs travel to the Kohl Center Madison, Wisc., to take on a former WCHA foe (now in the Big 10) on Dec. 2-3. Friday's game begins at 7:30 p.m. Central, and Saturday's game will start at 8 p.m.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Omaha vs. Minnesota Duluth -- Nov. 18-19 at Baxter Arena

The injury and illness bug is plaguing the Mavs this week after sweeping the Miami RedHawks last weekend on the road (the first time the RedHawks have been swept at home in three seasons). Forward Jake Randolph became ill during the third period of last Saturday night's game, and the bug swept through the team. Four players were held out of practice this week due to illness.

Freddy Olofsson also suffered a lower body injury that is expected to keep him off the ice for 3-4 weeks. On a positive note, captain Justin Parizek has been cleared by doctors to resume practicing, although he won't be available for this weekend's series.

The Mavs are 6-3-1 this season (3-1-0-0 in conference play), tied for third place with Western Michigan in the NCHC. 

Minnesota Duluth dropped one spot in the national polls this week after a split with Western Michigan, but the Bulldogs are still ranked number two in the nation. UMD is 8-2-2 overall, and 5-1-0 in the NCHC (first place). 

Whether the Mavs have enough healthy players to take on such a powerful team this weekend remains to be seen. Austin Ortega still needs two game-winning goals to set the NCAA record. And Saturday night is the annual Toys for Tot collection.

Media Roundup Leading to the Series:
OMavs series preview:
http://www.omavs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&ATCLID=211303193

Minnesota Duluth series preview:
http://umdbulldogs.com/news/2016/11/16/mens-hockey-weekend-nchc-road-series-with-omaha-awaits-no-2-bulldogs.aspx?path=mhockey

Tony Boone's Omaha World-Herald series preview (includes profile of Associate Head Coach Mike Gabinet):
http://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/new-assistant-powers-jump-in-mavs-special-teams-play/article_d7724314-02dd-57c8-b482-01437edb6bea.html

Duluth News-Tribune series preview (Matt Wellens)
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/sports/hockey/4162100-college-mens-hockey-preview-minnesota-duluth-nebraska-omaha

OMavs Weekly News Release:
http://www.omavs.com/pdf9/5089607.pdf

Tickets:
You'd never know the Mavs were playing the #2 team in the nation -- plenty of tickets are available for this weekend's series.

Friday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-university-of-omaha-nebraska-11-18-2016/event/06005103EDB7B473?ATCLID=211303193&SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400&artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&fg=sv&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&f_enforce_primary_tt=true&ab=m_efeat2788v4desktop

Saturday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):
http://www1.ticketmaster.com/omaha-mavericks-hockey-v-university-of-omaha-nebraska-11-19-2016/event/06005103EDBDB485?ATCLID=211303193&SPSID=795013&SPID=135111&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=31400&artistid=838151&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&fg=sv&f_display_landing_popup=true&f_sessioncam=1&f_enforce_primary_tt=true&ab=m_efeat2788v4desktop

Ticket Express has a handful of tickets available for Saturday night for $15:
http://www.ticketexpress.com/event/uno-mavericks-vs-minnesota-duluth-bulldogs-baxter-arena-hockey-2016-11-19-7:07-pm-tickets

And there are tickets for sale within the MavPuck Group on Facebook (must be approved for group membership to see the posts):
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mavpuck/




Radio/TV Coverage:
Friday and Saturday night's games will be available by subscription ($) on NCHC.tv. In addition, Friday night's game can be viewed live statewide on NET and nationally on Fox College Sports Pacific (DirecTV channel 608-1 and Dish Network channel 453). Dave Ahlers will provide play-by-play and #oldbull David Brisson will offer color analysis. Larry Puteney will report from ice level. 

Here is a link to Friday night's free livestream (NET Nebraska):
http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/sports/omaha-maverick-hockey-minnesota-duluth-hockey-vs-uno

Radio coverage begins with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Gary Sharp will have the play-by-play on Friday (Dave Ahlers will call the action Saturday night). Terry Leahy will give color commentary and analysis, and Lester St. James will report from ice level.

Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.
Live stats (Friday) here.
Live stats (Saturday) here.

Next Weekend:
The road warriors head back out on the road for three straight weeks. They play at Northern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.