The Mavs played without forward David Pope last weekend (and we're not sure if he'll return for this series), and freshman goalie Evan Weninger is expected to return to the lineup this weekend. Weninger was injured in the first period of the Denver series at Baxter Arena and has been out of the lineup ever since. But with the goalie Kirk Thompson injured (broken finger), Weninger is expected to be between the pipes for the Mavs this weekend. The flu bug that affected the Mavs last weekend (forward Tyler Vesel was a late scratch for Saturday night's game) appears to have passed.
The Mavs are expected to have vocal support in the stands this weekend as two busloads of students are on their way to Colorado Springs to cheer on their classmates.
Media Roundup:Bus 1 full of crazy UNO hockey fans! Headed to Colorado College! @UNO_Hockey @UNOmaha @UNOmavmaniacs @Mavpuck pic.twitter.com/YZW9JngtLG— Bill Pickett (@billpickett78) January 29, 2016
Here's the roundup of this week's media:
Here's the Omaha World-Herald article after the weekly polls came out. Mavs dropped to #12 in the USCHO poll and #11 in the USA Today/USA Hockey magazine poll:
OMavs series preview:
Here's the Colorado College series preview:
Omaha World-Herald Friday game preview:
KETV (Channel 7) series preview:
Colorado Springs Gazette Friday game preview:
Friday night game wrap-up from the World-Herald:Morning skate for the Mavs. Game one vs Colorado College at 8:37 pm CT. Watch on @CBSSportsNet. pic.twitter.com/8zjIg1UkIW— Maverick Hockey (@UNO_Hockey) January 29, 2016
Friday night wrap-up from OMavs.com:
Saturday Omaha World-Herald story ("Mavericks end slump, administer a beatdown"):
Saturday night wrap-up from OMavs.com:
Saturday night story from the Colorado Springs Gazette:
LOVE THIS! (My favorite Tweet from the weekend!)
I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN! @Mavpuck @RedArmyUNO @billpickett78 @unocowbell pic.twitter.com/IjijkMQLaX— UNO Maverick Maniacs (@UNOmavmaniacs) January 31, 2016
Friday night's game is at 8:37 p.m. Central.
Saturday night's game is at 7:07 p.m. Central.
Friday night's game will be on CBS Sports (@cbssportsnet). Because of an exclusive agreement with CBS Sports, the game will not be on NCHC.tv. CBS Sports Network can be found on DirecTV channel 221 and Dish channel 158. On Cox Omaha, it's channel 234.
Saturday's game will be on NCHC.tv.
Both games will be broadcast on 1180 AM (1180 The Zone 2). Dave Ahlers will provide radio play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide color commentary. Coverage begins at 8:07 Central Friday and 6:37 Central Saturday with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.
Where To Watch:
Several restaurants have let us know they will be showing Friday night's game. Here's a listing:
Dudley's Pizza & Tavern, Aksarben Village
Clancy's Pub Omaha (West), 168th and Center
Barrett's Barleycorn, 43rd and Leavenworth (Mobile Mavericks watch party)