Friday, October 19, 2018

Series Preview: Omaha vs. Notre Dame, Oct. 19-20 at Baxter Arena



The Mavs started the season last weekend with a tie and a loss to Union College. This weekend isn't going to be an easy one, with #2/#3-ranked Notre Dame coming to town. Notre Dame is 1-0-1 on the season after winning the Icebreaker tournament last weekend. Notre Dame tied Mercyhurst (winning in a shootout) and beat Providence College to win the tournament championship.

It will be interesting to see if freshman forward Tyler Weiss returns to the lineup. He did not travel to Schenectady, New York last weekend due to an upper body injury. (Weiss is also part of The NCHC's Snapchat Takeover weekend crew, which leads me to think he won't be playing.)


Add The NCHC on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/thenchc


Also check out this tweet from the @OmahaHKY account:


You can read the notes from this week's news conference here.

There is a tailgate before Saturday night's game. There will be food available for purchase.



Series preview articles:
Omavs.com article:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/18/hockey-mavericks-welcome-notre-dame-for-home-opener.aspx

Omaha World-Herald series preview:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/more-than-name-recognition-irish-will-be-tough-hockey-opponent/article_7cf7b73d-57b4-54ac-b75b-270a51067baa.html


And this is interesting. ABC57 has a story about the Irish season, but NO mention of this weekend's series at all:
https://www.abc57.com/news/notre-dame-hockey-sets-sights-on-another-frozen-four

Notre Dame hockey preview article:
https://und.com/news/2018/10/17/hockey-2-irish-head-to-omaha.aspx?path=mhockey

When:
Friday, 6:38 p.m. Central (NOTE: EARLY GAME TIME DUE TO TV)
Saturday, 7:07 p.m. Central


Radio/TV Coverage:
Radio:
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 6:18 p.m. on Friday night and 6:37 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.

TV:
Friday night's game is on CBS Sports Network (and NOT on NCHC.tv as a result. CBS Sports Network has exclusive access to games they carry).

Saturday night's game will be on NCHC.tv ($) and NET Nebraska, channel 12/26 and streaming online for free here.

Live Audio and Stats:
Live stats link here.
Live audio link here.


Also be sure to check out the third episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon, recorded after Saturday night's loss to Union.






Next Weekend:
The Mavs will travel to Arizona to take on second-year program Arizona State hockey for the first series of four games against the Sun Devils this season. Both games are listed for a 9:05 p.m. Central time start.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 16, 2018


Coach Mike Gabinet, junior forward Zach Jordan, and senior forward Fredrick Olofsson answered media questions as part of “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 9, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding UNO Hockey's Oct. 12 & 13 series at Union College, and the upcoming series on Oct. 19 & 20 vs. Notre Dame at Baxter Arena. 

ON THE UNION SERIES...

Gabinet: “I think that’s what a lot of the games are going to look like this year. In my opinion, I think we’re going to be in a lot of close games. I think we knew that going into the season that it is gonna be really tight fought games, week in and week out for our club. I think the biggest takeaway is that we need to be a little bit smarter. I think we need to play a certain style of game where we’re giving ourselves a chance at success."

Gabinet: “I thought we were really good for four of the six periods. Both second periods weren’t our best hockey and they made us pay for it during those times.”

Gabinet: “We’ve got to make sure we buy in as a team to be smart. There are certain things we’re going to have to do as a team to be successful.”

Gabinet: “We can’t just show up and play any way we want to play and hope it’s gonna work out for us.”

ON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY IN THE UNION SERIES...

Gabinet: “We had some power play success early on and our penalty kill was really good on Friday night, then it struggled a little bit on Saturday night — but when you break it down, it wasn’t a structural breakdown, just some individual plays that weren’t the best plays at the time.”

Gabinet: “I don’t get too excited about the power play or too worried about the penalty kill, because that stuff has a tendency to even itself out over the long haul.”

FEELINGS ON NEW PLAYER PERFORMANCE AT UNION...

Gabinet: “There’s a few guys that I think have some potential, like Kevin Conley being a sophomore transfer. It’s nice, he’s got a little bit of that game experience at the college level already. So I think he’s a guy we’re going to keep relying on to contribute.”

Gabinet: “We had an all-freshman fourth line there, and I thought they did some good things, but did some things they’ve got to get better at as well.”

ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NOTRE DAME COMING TO TOWN...

Gabinet: “It’s just like a big-time football opponent coming into your building. Everybody gets excited, and its a special time.”

ON NOTRE DAME’S STYLE OF PLAY...

Gabinet: “I don’t like to talk about another team too positively. With our guys, we’ve got to keep them focused on what we’re doing well. I think sometimes coaches can make a mistake about speaking too highly of their competition."

Gabinet: “First off, their personnel. They’ve got a lot of highly talented players on their team. They play an extremely sound defensive game. They’re a very structured team. Not a lot of improvising out there. [Jeff Jackson] plays a very structured team — where they’re very robotic in the way they play out there. They don’t give up a lot.”

Gabinet: “Once they step in their d-zone structure, there’s not a lot available. Very good in their forecheck. Extremely well coached.” 


PLAYER REACTION TO THE UNION SERIES...

Jordan: “We really would have loved a win Friday night. And then Saturday night, we just came out and I thought it was a little bit of a special teams game...we obviously lost the battle.”

Olofsson: “I’d say I’m a little disappointed with the weekend, but a lot of stuff we’re going to work on this week.” 

Jordan: “I think it’s just going to keep getting better from here on out.” 

AREAS TO BUILD ON...

Jordan: “The main thing I took to build on was our second periods...both nights our second periods weren’t the best. Especially Friday night, probably cost us the win.”

Olofsson: “Playing 60 minutes is so crucial. We were even talking about how one faceoff or one little play can be the difference in these games. The margins are so small.”

PLAYER REACTION REGARDING THE UPCOMING NOTRE DAME SERIES...

Jordan: “We’re all really excited for them to be coming to us. It’s a big-time opponent to be playing. Last year, we split with them. They ended up making it to the Frozen Four, and we didn’t. But it goes to show we’re right there...”

2019 UNO Hockey Media Guide



Want to know more about the 2018-19 UNO Mavericks Hockey team?

Check out this year's media guide:

Introduction
Coaches and Staff
The Mavericks
Opponents
2017-18 Year in Review
History and Records




Monday, October 15, 2018

Wrapping Up the Weekend: Union Series (Oct. 12-13, 2018)



The Mavs had a disappointing weekend in Schenectady, New York, tying Union College 3-3 on Friday, and losing 5-4 on Saturday.

One thing we noticed this past weekend is that the rumor that the Omaha World-Herald is cutting back on their away game coverage for UNO Hockey is true. The newspaper published recaps from "staff reports" instead of sending a reporter to live tweet and cover the games. (So if you're looking for UNO Hockey coverage, follow @Mavpuck on Twitter).

The media recaps are linked below.

The Mavs are now 0-1-1 after the first weekend of play. The team takes on #2/#3 Notre Dame this weekend at Baxter Arena.

Note: Friday's game has an earlier start time – 6:38 p.m. Central – to accomodate CBS Sports Network's coverage of the game. (Note: This game is NOT available on NCHC.tv because CBS Sports Network has exclusive access to the games they air.)

Jason and Jon analyze the Union series and preview Notre dame in the third episode of the MavPuckCast here:



Poll Results:

The Mavs were not featured in last week's USCHO weekly poll (they "received votes" but were not in the top 20). This week, they didn't even receive votes.



For the second week, the Mavs didn't even receive votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll:



Media Roundup:
Here's the Omavs story about Friday night's tie:

https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/13/hockey-mavericks-comeback-falls-short-at-union-5-4.aspx

The Omaha World-Herald story from Friday:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/maverick-hockey-ties-with-union-college-in-season-opener/article_f888a985-24ba-5d93-81c8-4d851785e574.html

Here's the Omavs story from Saturday night:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/12/hockey-mavericks-open-to-3-3-draw-at-union.aspx

Here's the "staff reports" article in the Omaha World-Herald about Saturday night's loss:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-still-looking-for-first-win-after--/article_1e7184c5-7717-59d0-8d80-7b425222380e.html




Friday, October 12, 2018

MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon: Season One



Jason & Jon talk UNO Maverick Hockey. Listen to the podcast episodes on YouTube. Season one episodes are linked below.

Episode 1 — Sept. 29, 2018:


In the inaugural edition of the Mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss their expectations for the upcoming season and some recent rule changes in NCAA Men's Hockey.

Episode 2 — Oct. 8, 2018:


In episode 2 of the Mavpuckcast,Jason and Jon discuss Nebraska-Omaha's exhibition game against Manitoba as well as the commitment of two new players and what each expects from the upcoming season.

Episode 3 – Oct. 15, 2018:



In this episode of the Mavpuckcast Jason and Jon discuss the Mavericks performance at Union, some new additions to the team and the upcoming series against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!




Thursday, October 11, 2018

Series Preview: UNO Hockey at Union -- Oct. 12-13, 2018

UNO Hockey prevailed in its exhibition against the University of Manitoba on Sunday, winning 6-1. Next up is a regular season series against a non-conference foe, Union College.

The Mavericks will face the Dutchmen at the Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center in Schenectady, New York on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. Both games begin at 6 p.m. Central.

Union beat Army 4-1 last Saturday at home. They have been picked to finish fourth in the ECAC this season.

You can read the notes from this week's news conference here.

We haven't heard officially, but we believe freshman phenom Tyler Weiss may be out of this weekend's series with an upper body injury. Weiss' goal in the exhibition was the NCHC's #2 Play of the Week:



Series preview articles:
Omavs.com article:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/11/hockey-mavericks-open-season-at-union.aspx

Omaha World-Herald series preview:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-coach-mike-gabinet-a-fan-of-long-road/article_b8425dd9-0511-5077-aaea-b2b551855a9c.html

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady newspaper):
https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/10/11/union-has-steady-diet-of-non-conference-games
and
https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/10/10/dutchmen-trying-to-clip-omaha-s-wings

When:
Friday, 6 p.m. Central
Saturday, 6 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 5:30 p.m. on Friday night and 5:30 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.


Both games will be available on ESPN+ ($$); a free 7-day trial is available for those who do not subscribe to the service. (NOTE: The games will NOT be airing on ESPN cable channels; ESPN+ is a streaming service like NCHC.tv.)

Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.

Live stats link here.

Also be sure to check out the second episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon, recorded after Sunday night's exhibition win.








Next Weekend:
The Mavs take on national champion runner-up Notre Dame in a non-conference series next weekend at Baxter Arena. Friday's game against Notre Dame, which begins at 6:38 p.m. Central, can be seen on CBS Sports Network. Saturday's game begins at 7:07 p.m. and can be seen on NET (and on their streaming platform). We'll provide a link to that in next week's series preview. 
There will be a tailgate in Baxter Arena's Lot 27 before the Saturday night game. 





Tuesday, October 9, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 9, 2018


Coach Gabinet, senior forward Steven Spinner, and senior defenseman Dean Stewart answered media questions as part of the “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 9, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding the Oct. 7 exhibition at Baxter Arena agains Manitoba, and the upcoming series on Oct. 12 & 13 at Union College: 

ON ROAD TRIPS...

Gabinet: “Looking forward to getting on the road to Union. I’m always a fan of road trips early in the season where we have a chance to bond — not only as a team but as a staff.”

ANALYZING PRACTICE AND GAME FILM...

Gabinet: “Make sure we’re improving quicker than other teams. And sometimes that’s some honest feedback and some quick assessment and everybody’s got to be ready to go and take that feedback in a positive way.”

WHO WILL MAKE THE TRIP TO UNION...

Gabinet: “Everybody will travel, especially for non-conference. Especially early in the season. I think it’s important... all the healthy guys will travel.”

Gabinet: “We have so many players that are very similar, and even watching the game in detail, it’s hard to differentiate different things. If I’m a player right now, I’m dialed in on my compete level.”

Gabinet: “As far as today, there are still jobs to be won.” 

THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES WITH UNION...

Gabinet on Union: “It was nice to see Union get so many votes in the poll... we already knew they were a strong team and they’ve historically been a good program here the last number of years. It’s a tough building to play in.” 

Gabinet: “[Noel-Bernier] says you usually don’t leave there without a few ice bags on your body.” 

Gabinet: “They are hard to play against.”

THOUGHTS ON DEPTH CHART AT UNION...

Gabinet: “I sometimes don’t think these guys realize how important practice is.” 

(He added that he wants players to keep investing in themselves — the coaches take note of those things on a day-to-day basis. Some guys might play Friday... others Saturday. Some rotation will happen in the lineup early in the season to get guys experience.)

WHO WILL START IN GOAL FOR UNO THIS WEEKEND...

Gabinet: “In my young coaching career, I think one of the best things is to not overanalyze things and let things come to you a little bit, too. Just like today, we’re going to watch who practices well and who is ready to go and evaluate yesterday’s practice. Then, the same thing on the weekend. We’ll see how Friday night goes.”


ON DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR UNO THIS SEASON...

Stewart: “I think having Paul [Jerrard] here has been really good so far, implementing some systems and things like that.”

ON FORWARDS AND OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION THIS SEASON...

Spinner: “Forwards are totally different. You look at any level... NHL, anything. You can get changed up in the middle of the game. You’ve got to be ready to play with whoever... I’ve been playing with Teemu [Pulkinnen] and Mas (Mason Morelli) for a long time. Played with Freddy [Olofsson] a ton. It doesn’t really matter, but my line looks good. Teemu had three goals so it was obviously a good night.”

Spinner: “Through the four years I’ve been here, we’ve never had a problem offensively.”