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:

Minnesota Duluth series preview:

Tony Boone's Omaha World-Herald series preview (includes profile of Associate Head Coach Mike Gabinet):

Duluth News-Tribune series preview (Matt Wellens)

OMavs Weekly News Release:

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):

Saturday tickets on Ticketmaster ($20-$27):

Ticket Express has a handful of tickets available for Saturday night for $15:

And there are tickets for sale within the MavPuck Group on Facebook (must be approved for group membership to see the posts):

Radio/TV Coverage:
Friday and Saturday night's games will be available by subscription ($) on 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):

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.

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