Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wrapping Up the Weekend: Arizona State Series (Oct. 26-27, 2018)

Photo courtesy of Karen Furbush

Sorry, I have been completely unmotivated to write last weekend's wrap-up. In fact, I'd rather forget last weekend's games … except for two highlights. So let's start with those.

The first is a video that got a lot of play online:




The other highlight was when the student-run ASU webcast graphics referred to UNO as "NOM" (Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks), leading to all sorts of fun stuff on Twitter. Here's the tweet that started it all:



The games themselves were nothing to write home about. The Mavs were swept (again), losing 6-3 to the Sun Devils on Friday, and on the wrong side of the 7-2 score on Saturday.

Get more analysis on the fifth episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon:


Poll Results:
Yeah, we're nowhere to be found in the national polls.

USCHO poll for Monday, Oct. 29:



Not in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll either:



Media Roundup:
Here's the OMavs story about Friday night's loss:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/27/hockey-sun-devils-pull-away-for-6-3-win-over-mavericks.aspx

Tony Boone didn't make the trip to Tempe, but the World-Herald shared "staff reports":
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/arizona-state-takes-control-pulls-away-late-to-hand-uno/article_09aeb617-2f52-55cf-a83a-784bc59584d9.html

Here's the OMavs story about Saturday night's loss:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-s-early-season-struggles-continue-with--/article_2f137cba-49b9-5c6c-91e9-1238d7260745.html

And here's the Omaha World-Herald's writeup of Saturday night's game:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-s-early-season-struggles-continue-with--/article_2f137cba-49b9-5c6c-91e9-1238d7260745.html

And here's our MavPuck blog writeup of Tuesday's press conference:
Weekly Media Availability for 10/30/18

Looking Ahead to This Weekend:
The Mavs start conference play against Miami of Ohio this weekend with a pair of games at Baxter Arena. Friday night's game will air statewide on NET Nebraska (here's a link to the online NET Nebraska webcast – we'll also provide it in our series preview blog post). Both games this weekend will also be on NCHC.tv ($).

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 30, 2018


Coach Mike Gabinet, senior forward Mason Morelli, and senior forward Riley Alferd answered media questions as part of “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 30, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding UNO Hockey’s Oct. 26 & 27 series at Arizona State and the upcoming series on Nov. 2 & 3 against Miami (OH) at Baxter Arena. 

ON THE UPCOMING MIAMI SERIES...

GABINET: “…New season this week here coming up with Miami at home starting our conference play...” 

ON THE SERIES AT ARIZONA STATE...

GABINET: “I thought the guys played a little bit better than they got rewarded for on the weekend. But obviously a lot of things we still need to work on.”

GABINET: “Saturday, just had a great start to the game, and then boom — penalties, penalties, and I think we had 10 penalties that game. You’re not going to win very many games when you’re killing 1/3 of the game short-handed.”

GABINET: “I don’t think the effort or the compete level dropped. It’s just think it’s gotta get smarter.” 

ON THE TEAM’S PENALTY KILL AND STAYING OUT OF THE BOX

GABINET: “You have to understand that if maybe the officiating isn’t up to the level that you’re used to, that you have to be aware of that, and not give them a reason to call you...”

GABINET: “Five-on-five we’re okay against (Arizona State)”

ON CONFERENCE PLAY VS. NON-CONFERENCE PLAY “SPARKING” THE TEAM MOVING FORWARD...

GABINET: “Now you play for points. Now it matters. Now three points are up for grabs every single week. It’s a bit of a fresh season. We’re at 0-0 in conference play...” 

ON THE MOOD OF THE TEAM...

GABINET: “Realistic, but optimistic. I think we have to be realistic on where we’re at right now as a team, but we have to be optimistic of where we can get to.”

GABINET: “We had a lot of 1-on-1 meetings yesterday with players. Again, I don’t fault our players’ effort level or compete level. I don’t think I’ve ever seen guys give up so far this season on the play. They’re working hard.”

GABINET: “Some of our guys need to be the best version of themselves, and not try to be somebody else.”

GABINET: “Let’s make sure our strengths — whatever you’ve done extremely well in the past — let’s make sure you’re doing that extremely well. And then let’s look at building some opportunities when they present themselves — not trying to force opportunities...”

GABINET: “We need to do a better job of preparing these guys and helping them understand what we need from them.” 

HAVE EXPECTATIONS CHANGED SINCE THE START OF THE SEASON?

GABINET: “Realistically, we knew it was going to be a tough season.”

ON THE IDEA OF DEFENSIVE CHANGES...

GABINET: “A good activity we do as a staff is that you reflect on all your ‘goals against,’ and look for patterns.”

GABINET: “We only have three (3) ‘goals against’ off of D-zone coverage all season.”

ON UNO HOCKEY’S 0-6 START AND HOW IT FITS HISTORICALLY WITHIN THE PROGRAM...

GABINET: “I don’t really reflect on that. I think the past is the past, both positively and negatively.”

GABINET: “We need all our energy on what’s going on today, and what went on yesterday in practice. How are we getting better today, and what are we doing as a coaching staff to help our guys get better...”

GABINET: “At the end of the day, you gotta get to work.” 

ON THE “LIMITS” OF CHANGING THINGS UP DURING THE SEASON...

GABINET: “If you’re saying, ‘Hey, your top guys are struggling right now, who do you replace them with?’... Well, you’ve gotta have other guys that you feel can fit into that role... and as I said earlier in the year, I think one of our strengths — and one of our weaknesses — is we have a lot of similar players. You can't just sub one guy out for the other guy and expect a drastic change. So, again, that’s why we have to do it collectively...”

WHICH FRESHMEN HAVE IMPRESSED?

GABINET: “I wouldn’t say anybody is playing exceptionally well right now... you gotta start giving some other guys an opportunity. I think with Chayse Primeau or Taylor Ward it’s an opportunity for those guys to try to do what we’re looking for out there...”


PLAYER FEELINGS ON MIAMI SERIES...

MORELLI: “It’s conference play and every game is huge now. You need to get points every weekend...”

MORELLI: “Now I think is the time to really try to take that leap forward and gain some ground on teams.”

ALFERD: “We’re seniors now, we’ve seen how the NCHC works. It comes down to a game or two, which is the difference between third and sixth place in our conference. We don’t want to be fighting an uphill battle anymore. We want to take it to the conference, and win games.”

HOW DO THE PLAYERS FEEL ENTERING NCHC PLAY AFTER AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY TOUGH START TO THE SEASON?

ALFERD: “It’s adversity. It’s never easy when you’re dealing with it to begin with. But it’s one of those things later you look back on and are like, ‘Wow, well we got through it. We found a way, and you just gotta fight it head on...’”

MORELLI: “We’ve just gotta learn from it. The biggest thing is to get better each week.”

PLAYERS ON SELF CONFIDENCE...

MORELLI: “We need to take the start of the season with a grain of salt. It hasn’t been as bad as it looks.”

MORELLI: “It’s just these little minor details that we forget to do. Just the little things we let slip that make the biggest difference. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing every weekend, it’s Division 1 hockey — it’s tough everywhere you go.”

MORELLI: “If you can build from your D-Zone out, I think the O-Zone is going to work itself out.”

PLAYER FEELINGS ON SPECIAL TEAMS AND SPENDING CONSIDERABLE TIME EACH GAME THIS SEASON ON THE PENALTY KILL...

MORELLI: “I think special teams is playing a bigger role every year. We just need to get better each week.”

MORELLI: “When you have 10 penalties, that’s a third of the game. Could be more if it’s a major. So if our PK is not dialed in, you’re not giving yourself a chance to win.”

MORELLI: “We have to be disciplined. We can’t be taking 10 penalties a night. That’s ridiculous. We’ve gotta limit that to four max...” 

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT UPCOMING OPPONENT MIAMI? 

ALFERD: “Honestly, we haven’t really looked at them too much yet. We’re focused on ourselves right now and how we can get better each day. Come Thursday/Friday we’ll look at what they do to counter some of that...” 

MORELLI: “Historically, we’ve had good matchups with Miami. That being said, they’re a good team this year. They have some good players that came back. I think they brought in some good freshmen. It’ll be a dogfight till the end, but like Riley said, we have to worry about getting better today, not worry about what’s going to happen on Friday...”

Friday, October 26, 2018

Series Preview: UNO Hockey at Arizona State, Oct. 26-27



After a very difficult weekend, the Mavs take to the road in the first round of a four-game series with Arizona State. Arizona State, while still a new program, has made a solid start to their season, going 4-2-0. The Mavericks, on the other hand, are 0-3-1 after being swept by Notre Dame at Baxter Arena.

The Mavs are still injury-plagued, with forward Tyler Weiss out again this weekend. Maverick Head Coach Mike Gabinet was uncharacteristically pessimistic in this week's "Weekly Media Availability" session. A split on the weekend would give the Mavs their first win of the season, which is important.

On a lighter note, the NCHC shared a lighthearted exchange between Gabinet and senior forward captain Mason Morelli from the NCHC Media Days in a "Stump the Coach segment":

Series preview articles:
Omavs.com article:
(not available at the time of this posting)

Omaha World-Herald series preview:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/mavericks-searching-for-identity-as-they-hit-the-road-to/article_df3cc8b6-a108-5dcc-97e4-d9c6f13ec52d.html

Arizona State preview article:
https://thesundevils.com/news/2018/10/24/mens-ice-hockey-hockey-carries-momentum-into-two-vs-nebraska-omaha.aspx

When:
Friday, 9:05 p.m. Central (NOTE: LATE GAME DUE TO TIME DIFFERENCE)
Saturday, 9:05 p.m. Central (NOTE: LATE GAME DUE TO TIME DIFFERENCE)

Radio/TV Coverage:
Radio:
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 8:35 p.m. Central on Friday night and 8:35 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.

TV:
Friday and Saturday night's games will be broadcast (free livestream) online here:
ASU Livestream

Live Audio and Stats:
Live stats link here (link unavailable at time of posting).
Live audio link here.

Also be sure to check out the fourth episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon, recorded after Saturday night's sweep by Notre Dame.


Next weekend:

The Mavs return home to Baxter Arena to face Miami of Ohio.


Wednesday, October 24, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 23, 2018


Coach Mike Gabinet, senior forward Ryan Galt, and senior defenseman Jalen Schulz answered media questions as part of “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 23, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding UNO Hockey’s Oct. 19 & 20 series against Notre Dame, and the upcoming series on Oct. 26 & 27 at Arizona State. 

ON ARIZONA STATE...

Gabinet: “The buzz around the league is they’re much improved. They’ll just continue to get better and better obviously with their recruiting starting to take place. Definitely not a team to take lightly, being 4-2.”

Gabinet: “I just talked to a coach the other weekend that had played [at Arizona State’s facility] and things happen quicker.”

ON IMPROVING AFTER THE NOTRE DAME SERIES...

Gabinet: “We did a game review on Monday. So, again, just some tough love showing guys what we have to be better at. There is a number of mistakes that were made that just aren’t good enough at this level...we have to design things in practice to help the individuals get better.”

Gabinet: “We had to play a certain way to be competitive with [Notre Dame] and we didn’t do a good enough job of that.”

Gabinet: “Breaking the puck out was one thing we want to keep working at. We knew that would maybe be a tougher thing for us. So we worked on that a lot on Monday — getting back, supporting our D-men, helping get the puck out. And then, we have to keep focus on individual skill development. No matter what systems you’re doing, when you have individual breakdowns of guys getting beat or incorrect decisions, that’s not necessarily our structure failing us.”

Gabinet: “You get so caught up in game plans and things like that, you forget the individual development that needs to take place.”

Gabinet: “We can’t go toe-to-toe with teams like Notre Dame, and so we have to kind of get excited a little bit about playing a certain way...just like if Alabama Football was in town...you kind of need everybody on board to play a certain way to give yourself a chance at success.”

Gabinet: “I think sometimes if you get caught trying just to play like you normally do, or make plays...the smart decision is to have four shifts in a row where nothing happens and be happy with that...against a good team like [Notre Dame], sometimes your fans might not like it, but four or five shifts in a row where you’re just not giving them momentum is a win. To be able to accept that, and take pride in that, I think that’s an area we gotta keep improving at as a team.”

ON INJURIES...

Gabinet: “A couple guys out right now, Olofsson didn’t practice yesterday... Jones didn’t practice yesterday. Weiss is still out. Klehr-sy is still out.” 

ON WHETHER GABINET REMEMBERS HIS FIRST GOAL WHEN HE PLAYED FOR UNO...

Gabinet: “Yeah...gosh. I can remember it. That’s probably pretty bad, eh? I think I scored at the Civic. My buddy Andrew Wong gave me an assist. We live two doors down from each other now. Isn’t that funny how that works out. He’s still helping me out...I borrow his lawnmower all the time.”


PLAYER REACTION TO THE NOTRE DAME SERIES...

Schulz: “We made a lot of mistakes, which is gonna happen. You can’t make the same mistakes again.” 

Galt: “I thought, in a lot of cases, we actually played better on Saturday.” 

PLAYERS FEELINGS ON THE UPCOMING ARIZONA STATE SERIES...

Galt: “They play more of a gritty game. They have more skill players now than they did last year." 

Galt: “We have a job to get done. It’s harder to go down to what you’d call a vacation spot to play two games.” 

Schulz: “We need to realize where we’re at — and start figuring things out quickly — so we can get on the right track.” 

Galt: “I’m kind of excited for this weekend just because it’s an opportunity to play a full 60 minutes — we haven’t done it yet this year.” 

Galt: “There’s a lot of families going. I was looking at the ticket sheet. Most of the parents are going down. Mini-vacation for them, too.”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Wrapping Up the Weekend: Notre Dame Series (Oct. 19-20, 2018)


Can we just forget last weekend?

Ugh.

There have been some tough games to watch in the annals of UNO Hockey history, but rarely have those games come back-to-back (except when the Mavs have been swept out of the playoffs).

The Mavs fell to the Irish 4-1 on Friday and Notre Dame completed the sweep by outscoring UNO 8-2 on Saturday night. The media recaps are linked below.

Jason and Jon talk about the "Irish Tragedy," on the newest episode of the MavPuckCast — plus ticket troubles, the "right" wristband, and a preview of the Arizona State series. Listen here:


Poll Results:

Not surprisingly, the Mavs did not appear in either of the national polls this week. But the Irish's strong performance led them into the top spot in the USCHO weekly poll.



For the third consecutive week, the Mavs didn't even receive votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll:


Media Roundup:
Here's the Omavs story about Friday night's loss:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/19/hockey-mavericks-fall-to-irish-in-home-opener.aspx

Tony Boone's Omaha World-Herald story from Friday:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/no-notre-dame-scores-pair-of-first-period-goals-to/article_227975a1-16c4-511e-b978-6bbd1a4a4ea9.html

Here's the OMavs story about the sweep (from Saturday):
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/20/hockey-irish-stifle-mavericks-for-sweep.aspx

And here's Saturday night's Omaha World-Herald story:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/no-notre-dame-hockey-stakes-claim-for-no-ranking-after/article_b42c7cb5-647b-57bc-b51a-6c258189c47a.html

Looking Ahead to the Weekend:
UNO travels to Arizona State for another non-conference series. An important note about this weekend's games. They both begin at 9 p.m. Central and will be webcast (free) here:
Arizona State Livestream



Friday, October 19, 2018

Series Preview: Omaha vs. Notre Dame, Oct. 19-20 at Baxter Arena



The Mavs started the season last weekend with a tie and a loss to Union College. This weekend isn't going to be an easy one, with #2/#3-ranked Notre Dame coming to town. Notre Dame is 1-0-1 on the season after winning the Icebreaker tournament last weekend. Notre Dame tied Mercyhurst (winning in a shootout) and beat Providence College to win the tournament championship.

It will be interesting to see if freshman forward Tyler Weiss returns to the lineup. He did not travel to Schenectady, New York last weekend due to an upper body injury. (Weiss is also part of The NCHC's Snapchat Takeover weekend crew, which leads me to think he won't be playing.)


Add The NCHC on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/thenchc


Also check out this tweet from the @OmahaHKY account:


You can read the notes from this week's news conference here.

There is a tailgate before Saturday night's game. There will be food available for purchase.



Series preview articles:
Omavs.com article:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/18/hockey-mavericks-welcome-notre-dame-for-home-opener.aspx

Omaha World-Herald series preview:

https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/more-than-name-recognition-irish-will-be-tough-hockey-opponent/article_7cf7b73d-57b4-54ac-b75b-270a51067baa.html


And this is interesting. ABC57 has a story about the Irish season, but NO mention of this weekend's series at all:
https://www.abc57.com/news/notre-dame-hockey-sets-sights-on-another-frozen-four

Notre Dame hockey preview article:

https://und.com/news/2018/10/17/hockey-2-irish-head-to-omaha.aspx?path=mhockey

When:
Friday, 6:38 p.m. Central (NOTE: EARLY GAME TIME DUE TO TV)
Saturday, 7:07 p.m. Central


Radio/TV Coverage:
Radio:
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 6:18 p.m. on Friday night and 6:37 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.

TV:
Friday night's game is on CBS Sports Network (and NOT on NCHC.tv as a result. CBS Sports Network has exclusive access to games they carry).

Saturday night's game will be on NCHC.tv ($) and NET Nebraska, channel 12/26 and streaming online for free here.


Live Audio and Stats:
Live stats link here.
Live audio link here.


Also be sure to check out the third episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon, recorded after Saturday night's loss to Union.







Next Weekend:

The Mavs will travel to Arizona to take on second-year program Arizona State hockey for the first series of four games against the Sun Devils this season. Both games are listed for a 9:05 p.m. Central time start.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 16, 2018


Coach Mike Gabinet, junior forward Zach Jordan, and senior forward Fredrick Olofsson answered media questions as part of “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 9, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding UNO Hockey's Oct. 12 & 13 series at Union College, and the upcoming series on Oct. 19 & 20 vs. Notre Dame at Baxter Arena. 

ON THE UNION SERIES...

Gabinet: “I think that’s what a lot of the games are going to look like this year. In my opinion, I think we’re going to be in a lot of close games. I think we knew that going into the season that it is gonna be really tight fought games, week in and week out for our club. I think the biggest takeaway is that we need to be a little bit smarter. I think we need to play a certain style of game where we’re giving ourselves a chance at success."

Gabinet: “I thought we were really good for four of the six periods. Both second periods weren’t our best hockey and they made us pay for it during those times.”

Gabinet: “We’ve got to make sure we buy in as a team to be smart. There are certain things we’re going to have to do as a team to be successful.”

Gabinet: “We can’t just show up and play any way we want to play and hope it’s gonna work out for us.”

ON SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY IN THE UNION SERIES...

Gabinet: “We had some power play success early on and our penalty kill was really good on Friday night, then it struggled a little bit on Saturday night — but when you break it down, it wasn’t a structural breakdown, just some individual plays that weren’t the best plays at the time.”

Gabinet: “I don’t get too excited about the power play or too worried about the penalty kill, because that stuff has a tendency to even itself out over the long haul.”

FEELINGS ON NEW PLAYER PERFORMANCE AT UNION...

Gabinet: “There’s a few guys that I think have some potential, like Kevin Conley being a sophomore transfer. It’s nice, he’s got a little bit of that game experience at the college level already. So I think he’s a guy we’re going to keep relying on to contribute.”

Gabinet: “We had an all-freshman fourth line there, and I thought they did some good things, but did some things they’ve got to get better at as well.”

ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NOTRE DAME COMING TO TOWN...

Gabinet: “It’s just like a big-time football opponent coming into your building. Everybody gets excited, and its a special time.”

ON NOTRE DAME’S STYLE OF PLAY...

Gabinet: “I don’t like to talk about another team too positively. With our guys, we’ve got to keep them focused on what we’re doing well. I think sometimes coaches can make a mistake about speaking too highly of their competition."

Gabinet: “First off, their personnel. They’ve got a lot of highly talented players on their team. They play an extremely sound defensive game. They’re a very structured team. Not a lot of improvising out there. [Jeff Jackson] plays a very structured team — where they’re very robotic in the way they play out there. They don’t give up a lot.”

Gabinet: “Once they step in their d-zone structure, there’s not a lot available. Very good in their forecheck. Extremely well coached.” 


PLAYER REACTION TO THE UNION SERIES...

Jordan: “We really would have loved a win Friday night. And then Saturday night, we just came out and I thought it was a little bit of a special teams game...we obviously lost the battle.”

Olofsson: “I’d say I’m a little disappointed with the weekend, but a lot of stuff we’re going to work on this week.” 

Jordan: “I think it’s just going to keep getting better from here on out.” 

AREAS TO BUILD ON...

Jordan: “The main thing I took to build on was our second periods...both nights our second periods weren’t the best. Especially Friday night, probably cost us the win.”

Olofsson: “Playing 60 minutes is so crucial. We were even talking about how one faceoff or one little play can be the difference in these games. The margins are so small.”

PLAYER REACTION REGARDING THE UPCOMING NOTRE DAME SERIES...

Jordan: “We’re all really excited for them to be coming to us. It’s a big-time opponent to be playing. Last year, we split with them. They ended up making it to the Frozen Four, and we didn’t. But it goes to show we’re right there...”

2019 UNO Hockey Media Guide



Want to know more about the 2018-19 UNO Mavericks Hockey team?

Check out this year's media guide:

Introduction
Coaches and Staff
The Mavericks
Opponents
2017-18 Year in Review
History and Records




Monday, October 15, 2018

Wrapping Up the Weekend: Union Series (Oct. 12-13, 2018)



The Mavs had a disappointing weekend in Schenectady, New York, tying Union College 3-3 on Friday, and losing 5-4 on Saturday.

One thing we noticed this past weekend is that the rumor that the Omaha World-Herald is cutting back on their away game coverage for UNO Hockey is true. The newspaper published recaps from "staff reports" instead of sending a reporter to live tweet and cover the games. (So if you're looking for UNO Hockey coverage, follow @Mavpuck on Twitter).

The media recaps are linked below.

The Mavs are now 0-1-1 after the first weekend of play. The team takes on #2/#3 Notre Dame this weekend at Baxter Arena.

Note: Friday's game has an earlier start time – 6:38 p.m. Central – to accomodate CBS Sports Network's coverage of the game. (Note: This game is NOT available on NCHC.tv because CBS Sports Network has exclusive access to the games they air.)

Jason and Jon analyze the Union series and preview Notre dame in the third episode of the MavPuckCast here:



Poll Results:


The Mavs were not featured in last week's USCHO weekly poll (they "received votes" but were not in the top 20). This week, they didn't even receive votes.



For the second week, the Mavs didn't even receive votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll:



Media Roundup:
Here's the Omavs story about Friday night's tie:

https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/13/hockey-mavericks-comeback-falls-short-at-union-5-4.aspx

The Omaha World-Herald story from Friday:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/maverick-hockey-ties-with-union-college-in-season-opener/article_f888a985-24ba-5d93-81c8-4d851785e574.html

Here's the Omavs story from Saturday night:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/12/hockey-mavericks-open-to-3-3-draw-at-union.aspx

Here's the "staff reports" article in the Omaha World-Herald about Saturday night's loss:
https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-still-looking-for-first-win-after--/article_1e7184c5-7717-59d0-8d80-7b425222380e.html




Friday, October 12, 2018

MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon: Season One



Jason & Jon talk UNO Maverick Hockey. Listen to the podcast episodes on YouTube. Season one episodes are linked below.

Episode 1 — Sept. 29, 2018:



In the inaugural edition of the Mavpuckcast, Jason and Jon discuss their expectations for the upcoming season and some recent rule changes in NCAA Men's Hockey.


Episode 2 — Oct. 8, 2018:



In episode 2 of the Mavpuckcast,Jason and Jon discuss Nebraska-Omaha's exhibition game against Manitoba as well as the commitment of two new players and what each expects from the upcoming season.


Episode 3 – Oct. 15, 2018:



In this episode of the Mavpuckcast Jason and Jon discuss the Mavericks performance at Union, some new additions to the team and the upcoming series against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish!


Episode 4 – Oct. 22, 2018:


In the fourth episode, Jon and Jason talk about the "Irish Tragedy" in Omaha, a weird issue with season tickets, which arm the Baxter Arena folks will only use for beer wristbands, and a look ahead to the series with Arizona State.



Thursday, October 11, 2018

Series Preview: UNO Hockey at Union -- Oct. 12-13, 2018

UNO Hockey prevailed in its exhibition against the University of Manitoba on Sunday, winning 6-1. Next up is a regular season series against a non-conference foe, Union College.

The Mavericks will face the Dutchmen at the Frank L. Messa Rink at Achilles Center in Schenectady, New York on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13. Both games begin at 6 p.m. Central.

Union beat Army 4-1 last Saturday at home. They have been picked to finish fourth in the ECAC this season.

You can read the notes from this week's news conference here.

We haven't heard officially, but we believe freshman phenom Tyler Weiss may be out of this weekend's series with an upper body injury. Weiss' goal in the exhibition was the NCHC's #2 Play of the Week:



Series preview articles:
Omavs.com article:
https://omavs.com/news/2018/10/11/hockey-mavericks-open-season-at-union.aspx

Omaha World-Herald series preview:

https://www.omaha.com/uno/hockey/uno-hockey-coach-mike-gabinet-a-fan-of-long-road/article_b8425dd9-0511-5077-aaea-b2b551855a9c.html

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady newspaper):

https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/10/11/union-has-steady-diet-of-non-conference-games
and
https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/10/10/dutchmen-trying-to-clip-omaha-s-wings

When:
Friday, 6 p.m. Central
Saturday, 6 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 5:30 p.m. on Friday night and 5:30 p.m. Saturday night with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.


Both games will be available on ESPN+ ($$); a free 7-day trial is available for those who do not subscribe to the service. (NOTE: The games will NOT be airing on ESPN cable channels; ESPN+ is a streaming service like NCHC.tv.)


Live Audio and Stats:
Live audio link here.

Live stats link here.

Also be sure to check out the second episode of the MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon, recorded after Sunday night's exhibition win.








Next Weekend:
The Mavs take on national champion runner-up Notre Dame in a non-conference series next weekend at Baxter Arena. Friday's game against Notre Dame, which begins at 6:38 p.m. Central, can be seen on CBS Sports Network. Saturday's game begins at 7:07 p.m. and can be seen on NET (and on their streaming platform). We'll provide a link to that in next week's series preview. 
There will be a tailgate in Baxter Arena's Lot 27 before the Saturday night game. 






Tuesday, October 9, 2018

UNO Hockey Press Conference Notes - Oct. 9, 2018


Coach Gabinet, senior forward Steven Spinner, and senior defenseman Dean Stewart answered media questions as part of the “Omaha Athletics Weekly Media Availability” on Oct. 9, 2018. 

Gabinet fielded questions regarding the Oct. 7 exhibition at Baxter Arena agains Manitoba, and the upcoming series on Oct. 12 & 13 at Union College: 

ON ROAD TRIPS...

Gabinet: “Looking forward to getting on the road to Union. I’m always a fan of road trips early in the season where we have a chance to bond — not only as a team but as a staff.”

ANALYZING PRACTICE AND GAME FILM...

Gabinet: “Make sure we’re improving quicker than other teams. And sometimes that’s some honest feedback and some quick assessment and everybody’s got to be ready to go and take that feedback in a positive way.”

WHO WILL MAKE THE TRIP TO UNION...

Gabinet: “Everybody will travel, especially for non-conference. Especially early in the season. I think it’s important... all the healthy guys will travel.”

Gabinet: “We have so many players that are very similar, and even watching the game in detail, it’s hard to differentiate different things. If I’m a player right now, I’m dialed in on my compete level.”

Gabinet: “As far as today, there are still jobs to be won.” 

THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES WITH UNION...

Gabinet on Union: “It was nice to see Union get so many votes in the poll... we already knew they were a strong team and they’ve historically been a good program here the last number of years. It’s a tough building to play in.” 

Gabinet: “[Noel-Bernier] says you usually don’t leave there without a few ice bags on your body.” 

Gabinet: “They are hard to play against.”

THOUGHTS ON DEPTH CHART AT UNION...

Gabinet: “I sometimes don’t think these guys realize how important practice is.” 

(He added that he wants players to keep investing in themselves — the coaches take note of those things on a day-to-day basis. Some guys might play Friday... others Saturday. Some rotation will happen in the lineup early in the season to get guys experience.)

WHO WILL START IN GOAL FOR UNO THIS WEEKEND...

Gabinet: “In my young coaching career, I think one of the best things is to not overanalyze things and let things come to you a little bit, too. Just like today, we’re going to watch who practices well and who is ready to go and evaluate yesterday’s practice. Then, the same thing on the weekend. We’ll see how Friday night goes.”


ON DEFENSIVE STRATEGY FOR UNO THIS SEASON...

Stewart: “I think having Paul [Jerrard] here has been really good so far, implementing some systems and things like that.”

ON FORWARDS AND OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION THIS SEASON...

Spinner: “Forwards are totally different. You look at any level... NHL, anything. You can get changed up in the middle of the game. You’ve got to be ready to play with whoever... I’ve been playing with Teemu [Pulkinnen] and Mas (Mason Morelli) for a long time. Played with Freddy [Olofsson] a ton. It doesn’t really matter, but my line looks good. Teemu had three goals so it was obviously a good night.”

Spinner: “Through the four years I’ve been here, we’ve never had a problem offensively.”