Tuesday, December 22, 2015

MORE Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Maverick Fans

If you liked our blog post yesterday with gift ideas from the UNO Bookstore (shhh....we won't tell anyone if you're shopping for yourself!), today's post has a few more!

If you've been following Mavpuck for any amount of time, you know that we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our subscription to NCHC.tv. It allows us to watch all of UNO's conference road games, re-watch all of the games at Baxter Arena that we attended in person, and scope out our conference foes on bye weekends or when we're just bored.

Well, the NCHC is offering a mid-season special on NCHC.tv subscriptions.

You get access to 60+ LIVE games for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, including select playoff games. We stream the games from our iPad to our Apple TV so we can watch them on the big screen. The livestream quality depends on the host school, so don't expect CBS Sports or NET Sports quality for all broadcasts -- but hey, it's a LOT cheaper than actually going on the road with the team. And listening to the home team broadcasts for the away games can be hilarious (or annoying). But the commercials are definitely hilarious. Get the details -- or subscribe -- here.

Yesterday's blog post also featured some really cool Maverick yard art you can purchase at the UNO Bookstore:

If you liked that, check out the custom wreath I had made!

It was made by Carly with Door Decor (816-205-5239). So cute!

Do YOU have any ideas to share? I'd love to feature them! Post in the Comments!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for a Maverick Hockey Fan

You've made a list and checked it twice. You know a Maverick fan who is both naughty and nice. If you're not sure if Santa Claus is coming to town ... help him out.

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, but there's a spot under the Christmas tree that's still pretty bare.

If there's a UNO fan on your list and you're looking for a last-minute gift idea, here are some suggestions, courtesy of our friends at the UNO Bookstore! I was invited to come in and check out the selection for Mav fans. If you haven't been into the Bookstore for a while, I think you'll be shocked at how many items they have!

[We were in there on 12/22/15 and they were having a holiday sale -- 25% off any regularly priced apparel. Don't know how long it will last, but get there soon!]

Note: The UNO Bookstore is located in the Milo Bail Student Center, which is currently under construction. During Winter Break, you can park in any of the UNO lots. I recommend parking by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building (just north of the Sapp Fieldhouse) because it's a 1-minute walk to the south entrance of Milo Bail. That's your closest parking spot. Go in the south doors of Milo Bail and the UNO Bookstore is right there!

Bookstore hours Dec. 22-23:
7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.



Hats, gloves, mittens…


License plate holders, commemorative pucks…


Onesies, youth shirts, cheerleader outfits, stuffed animals…

This is my favorite onesie…
("I still live with my parents")

Youth replica jerseys…


"The Executive Collection" -- available in sizes from Small to 4X (XXXXL)
For the Maverick fan who is more comfortable in a black sweater vest than a hoodie…

For example, a cardigan…


"Ugly" Christmas sweaters


I love, love, love this wooden sign…
($22.99 for the "Mav Fan Plank Wood Sign")

"O" Bike Jersey…

The perfect gift for the hockey fan with a military background…
the Cam"O" jersey…


A UNO Hockey Jersey…
(The UNO Bookstore sells replica jerseys – $114.99)*

So you can look as stylish as this guy…

* Authentic jerseys are only sold at the UNO Team Store in Baxter Arena.


Limited sizes of this one available…

This one's new…

The UNO Bookstore also has cowbells, a Durango bobblehead, and UNO flags…
(Not pictured.)

Currently, the UNO Bookstore is working on digitizing their offerings so you can check everything out online. In the meantime, you can see their some of what they have to offer here: 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Omaha vs. Arizona State: Dec. 19-20, 2015 at Baxter Arena

The UNO Mavericks are back home at Baxter Arena after a bye week. Student-athletes are finished with finals, and before they head home to see their families for Christmas break, they're taking on a non-conference foe, Arizona State, in a Saturday night/Sunday afternoon series. Arizona State is in its first full year in Division I play, but is not to be overlooked. The Mavs are undefeated at Baxter Arena this season, and we want to end the first half of the season strong.

The biggest news during the bye week was the sudden, unexpected departure of forward Avery Peterson. A highly touted recruit (and Mr. Hockey), Peterson had been experiencing a scoring drought his sophomore season. While we haven't heard an official reason for his departure, sources say it's related to his brother's illness, as outlined in this article from a few years ago. Sounds like Avery wants to be closer to home. While his departure is a huge loss for the Mavs, we can't fault him for putting #FamilyFirst.

Here's a roundup of other stories leading up to the series (and game coverage articles will be added later).

Omaha World-Herald story about Avery Peterson's departure:

OMavs series preview:

OMavs Saturday night game recap:

Notable quote:
The Mavericks earned their 13th win of the season, the most before the end of December in school history, to improve to 13-3-1 overall.  They are now 7-0-0 at Baxter Arena this season and 9-0-0 in non-conference games with a Sunday 2:07 p.m. rematch pending.  It will be their last non-conference game of the year.

Omaha World-Herald article after Saturday's win -- with THREE power play goals!

Omaha World-Herald article about Sunday's sweep!


Tickets are plentiful for the matchup, due to the holiday season. You can find tickets for sale in the Mavpuck group or on Ticket Express' website.

TV Coverage:
Both games will be available on NCHC.tv.

Radio Coverage:
The 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. The First National Bank Pre-Game Show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night and at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.