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.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Saturday Night, Support Toys For Tots in Sheila's Honor

The annual Sheila Leahy Toys for Tots drive will take place this Saturday, Nov. 19 during the home hockey series versus Minnesota Duluth.The Blue Line Club and the U.S. Marines will join forces to make Christmas special for area boys and girls.

"This is the 20th season of UNO Hockey, and our fans have helped out with donated unwrapped toys and dollars every year," says Rich Buckingham of the UNO Blue Line Club.

The annual Toys for Tots collection has occurred before a Maverick hockey game every year since 1997. In 2015, the collection was named for Sheila Leahy, the late wife of Maverick Hockey broadcaster Terry Leahy. Sheila died in May 2015. She had been the driving force behind the annual toy-and-cash collection since its inception.

Please bring your new, unwrapped toys -- and/or open your wallet and give a cash donation -- to help support the U.S. Marines' collection to benefit Omaha-area families. Collection points will be found at all three Baxter Arena entrances.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Omaha at Miami (OH): Nov. 11-12, 2016 in "Heroes Series"



UNO travels to Oxford, OH, to take on the Miami University RedHawks in a two game series at Steve Cady Arena in the Goggin Ice Center. The RedHawks are looking for their first win in NCHC play after having been swept last weekend by Western Michigan. The Mavericks are looking to build on last weekends split with Colorado College at Baxter Arena. 

Series Preview Articles:



When:
Friday: 6:35 p.m. Central, Friday
Saturday: 6:05 p.m. Central, Saturday

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. both nights. Dave Ahlers will have the play-by-play, Terry Leahy will give color commentary and analysis.


Live Audio and Stats:

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

Next Weekend:

The Mavericks return to Omaha for a series with Minnesota-Duluth. on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:07 p.m. Central and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:07 p.m. Central.