The Mavs return home to Baxter Arena to face the F’n Hawks. I was already a little worried about the number of empty seats — or seats filled with the Green Wave — with other activities going on in Omaha this weekend. But with a winter storm on tap for Friday, I’m hopeful that the forecast will keep some Grand Forks residents at home. A girl can dream, right?
As mentioned in the “Wrapping Up the Weekend” blog post, the Mavs played Denver very closely in a series that could have easily been a split (although it ended up being a Pioneer sweep). If they play with similar intensity this weekend, the team could easily split and even s____. (I won't say it, and you shouldn’t either!)
The Mavs are 6-12-2 overall and are seventh in the NCHC (2-7-1-0/1). North Dakota is 11-9-1 overall and are in fifth place in the NCHC (5-5-0). The F'n Hawks won in overtime in both games versus Colorado College last weekend.
One interesting note: North Dakota's sophomore goalie suffered a career-ending injury last week, and the F’n Hawks brought in a mid-year replacement. However, freshman goaltender Adam Scheel is expected to start in goal versus the Mavericks this weekend. Scheel was in net for UND in last weekend’s series.
You can read what Coach Gabinet, goaltender Evan Weninger, and defenseman Ryan Jones have to say about the upcoming series in the Tuesday Weekly Media Availability write-up.
Series preview articles:
Preview article from omavs.com:
Preview article from Schlossman from the Grand Forks Herald:
Preview article from the Omaha World-Herald:
Friday, 7:07 p.m. CT
Saturday, 7:07 p.m. CT
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will sub for Dave Ahlers with the play-by-play (see below), Terry Leahy will provide color commentary, and Lester St. James will add his usual “Lester” insights. Coverage begins at 6:37 p.m. with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.
Both games can be seen live on Cox YurView in Omaha (channel 1013) and on Midco Sports Network. Dave Ahlers will have the play-by-play and #oldbull David Brisson will provide color commentary.
Both games will also be streamed on NCHC.tv ($).
Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here.
Live Stats: Click here.
Also be sure to check out the fourteenth episode of the "MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon”
Next up: The UNO Hockey team travels to Duluth Jan. 25-26, 2019.