Friday, November 15, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha at WMU, Nov. 15-16, 2019




Here we are, in mid-November, and it’s time to start NCHC conference play!

UNO and St. Cloud are the only two teams that haven’t played a conference game yet. Here’s a look at conference standings heading into this weekend:



Your #19 (USCHO poll) UNO Mavericks start the NCHC season against the #20 (USCHO) Western Michigan Broncos.

I have to tell you, Kalamazoo is a fun place to watch a hockey game. If we didn’t have some work projects that needed to be done before next week, we would have hopped in the MavPuckMobile™ and headed to Michigan. We’ve experienced some memorable moments at Lawson Arena — from Krutov’s “promise” (you had to be there for the MavPuck Bus Trip to get this one) to the moment when the #Playfor13 hashtag was born as Zahn Raubenheimer’s teammates helped him off the ice after he blocked a shot and had a career-ending injury on the play. 

The Mavs have had quite a bit of non-conference success, most recently splitting with top 20-ranked Wisconsin last weekend at Baxter Arena, losing 5-2 on Friday night before coming back to beat Wisconsin by the same score, 5-2, on Saturday night.

The games versus Western Michigan will begin at 6:05 p.m. both nights, and we’ll be live tweeting the action on our Twitter account (@Mavpuck).

One player to watch this weekend is freshman Joey Abate, who has a NCAA-leading FOUR game-winning goals. We expect to see Isaiah Saville in goal, although Mike Gabinet mentioned that he hopes to get Austin Roden in the rotation as the season continues.

Omaha is 5-2-1 on the season so far (0-0-0 in NCHC play), while WMU is 5-3-2 overall (1-0-1-0/1 in the NCHC). Last weekend, the Broncos swept in-state rivals Ferris State. UNO is 26-19-6 all-time against WMU, and is just under .500 at Lawson (11-12-4). Last year, the Mavs were 2-2-0 against the Broncos.

There was no Weekly Media Availability posted again this week. 

When:
> Friday, 6:05 p.m. CT
> Saturday, 6:05 p.m. CT

Radio:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide analysis. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off. 

TV:
> Friday and Saturday’s games are available on NCHC.tv ($). 

Note: If you had subscribed to FloHockey.tv for the Ohio State and Alaska Anchorage series, be sure to cancel the subscription this week to avoid ongoing charges!

Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here
Live Stats: Click here

Friday TV($): Click here
Saturday TV ($): Click here



Check out the sixth episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” 




Next up: The Mavs are back at home for the first conference series of the 2019-20 campaign at Baxter vs. Miami Nov. 22-23, 2019. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Recruit Profile: Michael Abgrall (F) - Powell River Kings (BCHL)



Abgrall’s verbal commitment continues a trend of younger recruits committing to Coach Gabinet & Co. during the 2019 calendar year (he turned 16 on Oct. 25, 2019).

In the 2017-18 season, Abgrall played for the Seafair Islanders (Bantam A1-T1 PCBHL). According to the Richmond News, he helped the team capture the Western Canadian Bantam AAA championships. 

This highlight video of Abgrall during his time playing for Seafair shows a player with good puck handling skills and solid on-ice awareness: 


Abgrall played at the “academy level” in the 2018-19 season for the Burnaby Winter Club’s Elite-15 program. He had 22 goals and 22 assists in 29 games. 

He was drafted 67th in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. The Western Hockey League (WHL) is “major junior” hockey in Canada. As we’ve discussed previously on the blog, playing major junior hockey is something akin to playing pro hockey as it regards NCAA eligibility. 

As a result, U.S. college hockey programs that actively seek the best young Canadian players try to gain a foothold before those players suit up for major junior clubs. 

Instead of going the major junior route, Abgrall is playing in the BCHL for the Powell River Kings. (He played five games for the Kings last season as an affiliate player and chalked up a pair of assists.)

Many of the best players to have worn the crimson-and-black for the UNO Hockey program have come from the BCHL ranks. 

Abgrall has 10 points (6 goals and 4 assists) in 24 games for the Kings at the time of this writing (Nov. 13, 2019). He is currently sixth on the team in total points. 

Jared Thomas (@BCHLJThomas — Business Operations Manager of the Merritt Centennials) pointed out on Twitter that three of Abgrall’s six goals this season came in the BCHL Showcase Festival. 

The BCHL Showcase was held on Oct. 2-5, 2019. Each team in the BCHL played two games in the four-day event (the games counted in the overall league standings). 

You can see highlights from Abgrall’s three goal performance here:


Abgrall is playing in Powell River with fellow UNO recruit Davis Pennington. Pennington, a defenseman, has 10 assists in 24 games this season. UNO freshman forward Ryan Brushett played with Powell River last season (and led the team in scoring). 

“Michael’s a really quiet, intelligent hockey player and his game is very similar to his personality,” Kings Head Coach and General Manager told PowellRiverKings.com. “He was a light, young player last year that was able to outsmart his opponents and get the puck back from bigger players by using his brain and his feet. We see him as a high-end, highly skilled player that can really skate.”

That description seems to fit the type of player that UNO Hockey Coach Mike Gabinet has been targeting the past two years. There is little doubt that the 12-man freshman class for the 2019-20 Mavericks features a number of those “high I.Q.” players Gabinet is seeking. 

It’s early, but that recruiting strategy seems to be paying dividends for Omaha this season.  

According to Cawlidge Hockey Insider (@CHInsider) on Twitter, Abgrall’s projected enrollment at UNO is the 2022-23 season.  

PowellRiverKings.com reports that Abgrall was first approached by UNO coaches after the Burnaby Winter Club Elite-15 team played in the Omaha Lancers USHL Showcase last season. UNO was the first team to reach out to him. 

“They’ve been after him for about a year,” Coach Kunitz told PowellRiverKings.com. “They did a great job trying to develop a relationship with him. Michael (Abgrall) has done his part as being a really good hockey player, and it fits both parties.”

“I’ve found loyalty with them,” Abgrall told PowellRiverKings.com. “I just love their facility and the coaching staff was great. As soon as I met them, I got the sense that they really wanted me.”

We published our first “UNO Hockey Recruiting Update” of the season on Nov. 6. We’ll add Abgrall to the list for the next update in that series. 

Until then, be sure to follow MavPuck.com for the latest UNO Hockey recruiting news.


Friday, November 8, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 8-9, 2019


It’s a big series for UNO Hockey this weekend as #12 Wisconsin comes into Baxter Arena to take on your #20 ranked Mavericks.

The Mavs are coming off a win and a tie at Alaska Anchorage last week in a Thursday-and-Friday series. UNO is 4-1-1 on the season, including 2-0-0 at Baxter Arena this year. The four wins are almost half of the total wins the Mavs had during the entire 2018-19 season.

Wisconsin is 4-4-0 overall. The Badgers were swept by Penn State last week in Big 10 conference play.

UNO is 4-8-1 all-time against Wisconsin, including 2-4-0 in home games. However, the Badgers have never played at Baxter Arena. (The last time the two teams met was in Madison, Wisconsin, when the Mavs won and tied on the road).

There are several connections between Omaha and Wisconsin. Current Badgers associate head coach Mark Strobel was an assistant coach with UNO from 2002-2004 (while UNO Hockey Head Coach Mike Gabinet was a player). In addition, Mike Kemp, former UNO Hockey coach (and current senior associate athletic director for events and facilities), was an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 1981-82 and 1983-1996 before he was hired as UNO's first head coach.

It’s Military Appreciation weekend too. Omaha Athletics is saluting veterans and active members of the military and fire responders during the series. Fans can use the code THANKYOU at Omavs.com/tix for a 25 percent discount on tickets for Friday and Saturday’s games.

Season tickets holders also received a special offer via email to purchase additional discounted tickets to Friday and Saturday night’s games. With this offer, tickets are $5 for the upper bowl and $10 in the lower bowl.

Series preview articles:


Wisconsin Badgers Hockey:
When:
> Friday, 7:07 p.m. CT
> Saturday, 7:07 p.m. CT

Radio:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide analysis and Lester St. James will report rinkside. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off. 

You can also hear game coverage on 90.7 FM HD2 or mavradio.fm (student broadcast) or on the TuneIn Radio app (Learfield broadcast and student broadcast are both available).

TV:
> Friday and Saturday's games will be streamed on NCHC.tv ($)
> Saturday night’s game is also available on CBS All Access ($)

Saturday night’s game will feature “enhanced coverage” by the new Maverick Digital Network (for NCHC.tv viewers only).

Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here
Live Stats: Click here



Also check out the most recent episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” This episode features Jon and Jason talking about the Maverick games in Anchorage, the idea of streaming press conferences, and the state of the NCHC, along with a preview of the Wisconsin series.



Next up: The Mavericks open conference play next weekend, traveling to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on the Western Michigan Broncos Nov. 15-16. Both games begin at 6:05 p.m. Central Time (CT).

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

UNO Hockey Recruiting Update (Nov. 2019)


The last time we put together a recruiting update for MavPuck.com it was Feb. 14, 2019 (nothing is more romantic than a blog post about future recruits!)

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Hockey staff has been busy in the intervening months. 

Since that “roundup” post in February, UNO received verbals from several new recruits for future seasons. 

I wrote individual profiles of Nolan Krenzen (D), Kaden Bohlsen (F), Joaquim Lemay (D), Brayden Stannard (F), and Ty Mueller (F) several months ago, after the Feb. 2019 update. 

(I also wrote profiles of Brock Bremer (F), Vincent Nardone (F), Matt Miller (F), and Tyler Rollwagen (F) earlier in the 2018-19 season). 

Since the conclusion of UNO’s 2018-19 campaign, the program has received verbal commitments from Jacob Guevin (D), Tanner Ludtke (F), William Rousseau (G), Matthew Maltais (F), Cam Mitchell (F), Victor Mancini (D), Alex Van Houtte-Cachero (F), and Myles Hilman (F).

When you combine all of these commits with players who “pledged their allegiance” to UNO prior to the 2018-19 season, there is a lot to sift through.  

Note: Our list is “culled” from Chris Heisenberg’s exhaustive college hockey recruiting spreadsheets and the information offered on EliteProspects.com

As a result, things are still very much up in the air at this point.

A word of caution as we proceed...

Having followed UNO’s recruiting over the past 22 years, you can’t take anything for granted as it regards “verbal commits” — especially those scheduled to come three to four seasons out. Some might play for UNO. Others might end up elsewhere. 

Until a National Letter of Intent is signed, anything can happen. 

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s break down the recruits.

LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS

Statistically speaking, here is what the 2020-21 recruits look like (at the time of this writing at 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2019):

2020 RECRUITS

Forwards

Kaden Bohlsen - Fargo Force (USHL) - 3 goals, 3 assists (in 9 games) 

Brock Bremer - Lincoln Stars (USHL) - 3 goals, 8 assists (in 12 games) 

Oliver MacDonald - Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) - 9 goals, 6 assists (in 12 games) 

Matt Miller - Lincoln Stars (USHL) - 4 goals, 5 assists (in 12 games) 

Cam Mitchell - Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) - 7 goals, 11 assists (in 20 games) 

Vincent Nardone - Penticton Vees (BCHL) - 4 goals, 4 assists (in 20 games)

Tyler Rollwagen - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) - 2 goals, 4 assists (in 12 games) 

Lukas Sillinger - Penticton Vees (BCHL) - 8 goals, 13 assists (in 20 games) 

Blaine Warnert - Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) - 2 goals, 1 assist (in 11 games) 

Defensemen

Greg Japchen - Brooks Bandits (AJHL) - 5 assists (in 19 games)  

Nolan Krenzen - Sioux City Musketeers (USHL) - 4 assists (in 10 games)

Davis Pennington - Powell River Kings (BCHL) - 10 assists (in 22 games) 

NOTE: It is readily apparent that there are *more* 2020 recruits listed than there are available roster spots in the 2020-21 season. It’s debatable if we'll see all these players next season. For example, some sites have Nolan Krenzen listed as a 2020 recruit, while others have him listed as a 2021 recruit.  

DOWN THE ROAD... 

2021 RECRUITS

Forwards 

Cameron Berg - Omaha Lancers (USHL) - 2 goals, 1 assist (in 11 games) 

Zach Michaelis - Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL) - 2 goals, 4 assists (in 14 games) 

Brayden Stannard - Maryland Black Bears (NAHL) - 2 goals, 9 assists (in 14 games) 

Alexi Van Houtte-Cachero - Lac St-Louis Lions (QMAAA) - 5 goals, 8 assists (in 12 games)

Defensemen

Joaquim Lemay - Mount St. Charles Academy - N/A 

Griffin Ludtke - Minnesota Blizzard 16U - N/A

Victor Mancini - Fröelunda HC - 5 goals, 1 assist (in 16 games) 

Goaltender 

William Rousseau - Trois-Rivières Estacades (QMAAA) - 1.64 GAA and a .938 Save % (in 5 games) 

NOTE: There are certain discrepancies as to where some of the 2021 class will be playing this season. We will update the progress of these players as the season progresses. 

2022 RECRUITS

Forwards

Ty Mueller - Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) - 5 goals, 13 assists (in 22 games)

Defensemen

Jacob Guévin - Northwood School (Prep) - 4 assists (in 5 games) 

2023 RECRUITS

Forwards

Tanner Ludtke - Minnesota Blizzard 15U (Midget) - Minnesota Blizzard 15 U - N/A 

Matthew Maltais - Saint-Hyacinthe Gaulois (QMAAA) - 5 goals, 1 assist (in 6 games) 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Gabinet & Co. are reportedly bullish on the upcoming recruiting classes. Looking at the numbers so far this season, you can see why. 

Those listed in 2020 class are putting up solid numbers. 

Keep an eye on Tyler Rollwagen, Kaden Bohlsen, Matt Miller, Brock Bremer, and Oliver MacDonald this season. We had the opportunity to see Miller, Bremer, and MacDonald in person last season and think they’ll have solid seasons with their respective USHL teams. 

As the season progresses, I will work to profile the recruits I haven’t yet covered individually. 

I mentioned earlier that there is a considerable amount of uncertainty as it regards recruits a few seasons out. Things will be in flux as the next 24 months progress. 

Stay tuned to MavPuck.com for future updates.  

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha at Alaska Anchorage, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019



#HockeyHalloween! Following a bye week, the Mavericks made the long trek to Alaska on Tuesday to prepare for their unusual Thursday/Friday series versus Alaska Anchorage. Both games begin at 10:07 p.m. Omaha time.

The Mavs last played Ohio State University Oct. 18-19, splitting the series with the 12/13 OSU. The Mavs lost in a close Friday game 3-2 but won Saturday night’s game 2-1. Isaiah Saville had a stellar weekend, making 24 saves Friday and 37 saves Saturday. 

Omaha is 3-1-0 on the season so far, while Alaska Anchorage is 1-3-0. Last weekend, the Seawolves split a series with in-state rival Alaska. The Mavs have a long history with Alaska Anchorage — UNO is 8-2-1 all-time against the team. UNO swept Alaska Anchorage last December in a series in Omaha. The team is 3-1-1 in Anchorage.

Two Mavs will be returning to play in their home state: Saville is from Anchorage and freshman forward Josh Boyer is from Wasilla, Alaska.

There was no Weekly Media Availability posted again this week. 

When:
> Thursday, 10:07 p.m. CT
> Friday, 10:07 p.m. CT

Radio:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide analysis. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off. 

TV:
> Thursday and Friday's games are available on FloHockey.tv subscription ($). (Just be sure to cancel the subscription after the series to avoid ongoing charges.)

Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here
Live Stats: Click here
Thursday TV($): Click here
Friday TV ($): Click here



Check out the third episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” 




Because of the bye week, you can also enjoy an interview with a former Air Force hockey player who played in the opening series at Baxter Arena. (S2, Ep. 4)


Next up: The Mavs are back at home at Baxter vs. Wisconsin Nov. 8-9, 2019. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

UNO AD Alberts Talks Opportunities and Challenges at Omaha Press Club

University of Nebraska at Omaha Vice Chancellor for Athletic Leadership and Management and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Trev Alberts analyzed his first decade at the helm of the UNO Athletic Department — and talked about challenges and opportunities ahead — during his presentation at the Omaha Press Club’s Noon Forum on Thursday, Oct. 17.
Bridget and I were tasked with covering the event for the Omaha Press Club newsletter (Bridget is a past president, current board member, and chair of the marketing/membership committee). 
When you look back at the last 10 years of athletics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, you’ll see a decade of seismic changes impacting the image of the university as a whole. 
In that time, athletics underwent a reclassification from Division II to Division I. The university undertook a major rebranding effort, which involved new logos, emphasis on the “Omaha” part of the school’s moniker, and an evolution of the official color scheme. 
“We are the brand investment of the institution,” Alberts said of athletics. 
That investment is most evident in Baxter Arena — a $90 million facility built to showcase the university’s athletic programs. The arena opened in October 2015.
“Baxter Arena continues to be a game-changer for us,” said Alberts.
When Alberts was hired at UNO in 2009, he started working (without compensation) two months before his contract was officially set to start. 
He felt building the school’s brand was important in a community like Omaha with an established “level of excellence.” 
The pursuit of Baxter Arena and the move to D1 were developments predicated on high-profile institutions like Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and the CHI Health Center that set a high standard within the community. Alberts says you either join that level of excellence or you struggle with relevancy. 
Baxter Arena has become a gleaming front door for the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 
In addition to athletics, the facility hosts concerts and other community events. The money earned from these events has augmented revenue streams at the facility (which are subject to the vagaries of athletic success). 
“Ticket revenue is under a lot of pressure [nationally],” said Alberts. It doesn’t matter if you are a Power 5 football school or not, the challenges in 2019 impact nearly every collegiate athletic department, he added.
At the time of Alberts’s talk, Baxter Arena was set to host musician Nelly in concert — an event that would net the university $40,000 to $50,000 in revenue. 
According to Alberts, the university nets somewhere between $400,000 to $500,000 annually from events “not associated with athletics.” The size and structure of the facility was designed to complement the CHI Health Center downtown — and not compete with the larger acts that facility books annually. 
Competitive success continues to be the motivating goal for athletics (along with the student-athlete experience). Alberts had high praise for the university’s stable of coaches, and was pleased to see many of the school’s D2 coaches (like UNO Men’s Basketball Coach Derrin Hansen) embrace the move to D1.
Hockey is ultimately the engine that drives the train, he said.
“We are a hockey school,” said Alberts. He said the university generates slightly over $2 million annually in ticket revenue as a department — $1.9 million of that is hockey. 
The athletic department has different “tiers” for its athletic programs. Unlike Power 5 schools that are able to fully fund a full slate of sports, schools like UNO have to prioritize resources. 
The “Tier 1” sports are men’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.  The “Tier 2” sports are men’s and women’s soccer, baseball, and softball. “Tier 3” sports are swimming, golf, and tennis.
Alberts said he is “really proud of Coach Gabinet, David Noel-Bernier, and Paul Jerrard.” He added he’s not sure of any college hockey coaching staff that is “grinding harder” or more invested in getting the UNO Hockey program to an elite level. 
The university takes considerable pride in its membership in the elite National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). Alberts said the conference is operating with a $1.8 million surplus — and member schools receive a distribution from that revenue. 
Despite a string of high-profile successes, Alberts noted that the UNO Athletic Department still faces challenges.
For example, when Mike Kemp started the UNO Hockey program in 1996, the recruiting budget for hockey was $75,000. When Mike Gabinet took over as head coach in 2017, the budget for recruiting was still $75,000. 
Alberts said that donors put on an event to raise money for a “Hockey Excellence Fund” (via the NU Foundation) that raised $400,000 for recruiting expenses. Last year, an extra $40,000 was put toward the recruiting budget for hockey. 
(Coach Gabinet told us earlier this month at “Dinner With The Mavs” that Coach Noel-Bernier and Coach Jerrard have been criss-crossing the U.S. and Canada in search of the next generation of recruits — and eagle-eyed fans have noticed a number of prospects verbally committing from north of the border the past few months.)
Alberts also said the university is “profoundly grateful” for the accomplishments of Coach Dean Blais (one of the first hires Alberts made when he took the helm in 2009). He talked about the credibility and momentum Blais brought to the program. 
The biggest threat facing UNO Athletics is “complacency,” suggested Alberts. While things are going well for athletics (Baxter Arena and the athletic department have operated with surpluses the last four years), the university is planning for the future (and Albert said money is being put aside for improvements to Baxter Arena). 
Looking at accomplishments in the arena of competition, Alberts said UNO can’t merely be satisfied with appearing “in the championship game” of this or that tournament. 
“Creighton isn’t just happy to be in the Big East,” he said. “They expect to win it.” 
Alberts believes “unity of purpose” is important when it comes to having success in athletics. He says there isn’t a lot of drama within the athletic department. He believes unified leadership in all facets of the organizational chart is critical. 
When he started at UNO in 2009, 60 percent of the athletic budget was subsidized (while 40 percent was funded via revenue raised by the athletic department). Today, the script is flipped, with 60 percent of the budget being self-generated. 
The NCAA has also negotiated incentive programs alongside some of its TV deals that distributes revenue to schools based on “academic progress reports.” 
In that effort, the UNO Athletic Department has been working to improve graduation rates among student athletes. In 2011, the graduation success rate was 70 percent. This year, the graduation rate is 88 percent (11 percent higher than the rest of the student population at the university). 
That incentive has spurred schools like UNO to make sure academic support is in place for student-athletes. 
Alberts touched on UNO’s $22 million baseball/softball complex under construction (on the former Chili Greens property), and was pleased the university will once again host the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials at Baxter Arena.
He also discussed the place of UNO Athletics in the Omaha sports media landscape. Alberts says he’s not an “excuse guy” and that if UNO wants more coverage, they need to “go earn it.” 
To that point, he mentioned the athletic department had no problem getting coverage when the hockey team made the NCAA Frozen Four in 2015, or when the baseball team made the NCAA tournament earlier this year.
He said the development of the new Maverick Digital Network is designed to advance the university’s brand. 
Alberts shows no signs of slowing down or coasting on his greatest hits of the past decade. The former NFL linebacker and media commentator seems to have found his groove leading UNO Athletics. 
“Omaha is a really remarkable place,” he says. “It is an honor and privilege to be here.”

For all the latest news and updates, visit MavPuck.com.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha at (The) Ohio State University, Oct. 18-19, 2019


After starting the hockey season with a home series at Baxter Arena (for the first time), the Mavericks travel to Columbus, Ohio to take on (The) Ohio State University. The Mavs are 2-0-0 to start the season, sweeping Alabama Huntsville. The Mavs beat the Chargers 6-1 on Friday behind Isaiah Saville and 5-0 on Saturday with Austin Roden posting the shutout. OSU is 1-0-1, winning the Icebreaker tournament. The Buckeyes tied Western Michigan 2-2 and won a shootout to play RIT in the championship game. OSU beat RIT by a score of 3-1.

Buckeyes head coach Steve Rohlik was one of Coach Mike Kemp’s original assistants when he started the program in 1996. Rohlik would have still been on the staff when Coach Mike Gabinet was recruited as a player, but Rohlik moved on to the University of Minnesota-Duluth the year Gabinet first laced up his skates as a Maverick in the 2000-2001 season.

UNO is 17-13-5 all time in games versus the Buckeyes, and the Mavs have won their last five games against OSU. However, OSU is currently ranked #12/13 nationally. Last year, the Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season and advanced to the NCAA tournament, where they lost to Denver.

There was no Weekly Media Availability posted this week. We’re not sure if it will return this season. (We asked @OmahaVID on Twitter but didn’t receive a response.) Stay tuned.

Series preview articles:

When:
> Friday, 6:00 p.m. CT
> Saturday, 4:00 p.m. CT

Radio:
Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide analysis. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off. 

TV:
> Friday and Saturday's games are available on BTN+ ($). If you are planning on subscribing to watch the OSU series AND the Alaska Anchorage series at the end of the month, consider a FloHockey.tv subscription ($). (Just be sure to cancel the subscription after that series to avoid ongoing charges.)

Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here
Live Stats: Click here



Check out the second episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” 




Next up: The Mavs have a bye week before traveling to Alaska Anchorage.