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:
Wisconsin State Journal preview article:
Wisconsin State Journal about the Badgers problems at even strength:
Wisconsin Badgers article:
Friday, 7:37 p.m. Central
Saturday, 8:07 p.m. Central
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:
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.
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.