Friday, November 15, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha at WMU, Nov. 15-16, 2019

Here we are, in mid-November, and it’s time to start NCHC conference play!

UNO and St. Cloud are the only two teams that haven’t played a conference game yet. Here’s a look at conference standings heading into this weekend:

Your #19 (USCHO poll) UNO Mavericks start the NCHC season against the #20 (USCHO) Western Michigan Broncos.

I have to tell you, Kalamazoo is a fun place to watch a hockey game. If we didn’t have some work projects that needed to be done before next week, we would have hopped in the MavPuckMobile™ and headed to Michigan. We’ve experienced some memorable moments at Lawson Arena — from Krutov’s “promise” (you had to be there for the MavPuck Bus Trip to get this one) to the moment when the #Playfor13 hashtag was born as Zahn Raubenheimer’s teammates helped him off the ice after he blocked a shot and had a career-ending injury on the play. 

The Mavs have had quite a bit of non-conference success, most recently splitting with top 20-ranked Wisconsin last weekend at Baxter Arena, losing 5-2 on Friday night before coming back to beat Wisconsin by the same score, 5-2, on Saturday night.

The games versus Western Michigan will begin at 6:05 p.m. both nights, and we’ll be live tweeting the action on our Twitter account (@Mavpuck).

One player to watch this weekend is freshman Joey Abate, who has a NCAA-leading FOUR game-winning goals. We expect to see Isaiah Saville in goal, although Mike Gabinet mentioned that he hopes to get Austin Roden in the rotation as the season continues.

Omaha is 5-2-1 on the season so far (0-0-0 in NCHC play), while WMU is 5-3-2 overall (1-0-1-0/1 in the NCHC). Last weekend, the Broncos swept in-state rivals Ferris State. UNO is 26-19-6 all-time against WMU, and is just under .500 at Lawson (11-12-4). Last year, the Mavs were 2-2-0 against the Broncos.

There was no Weekly Media Availability posted again this week. 

> Friday, 6:05 p.m. CT
> Saturday, 6:05 p.m. CT

Both games will be broadcast live on 1180 AM (Zone 2). Donny Baarns will provide play-by-play and Terry Leahy will provide analysis. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off. 

> Friday and Saturday’s games are available on ($). 

Note: If you had subscribed to for the Ohio State and Alaska Anchorage series, be sure to cancel the subscription this week to avoid ongoing charges!

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Check out the sixth episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” 

Next up: The Mavs are back at home for the first conference series of the 2019-20 campaign at Baxter vs. Miami Nov. 22-23, 2019. 

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