Friday, December 13, 2019

Series Preview: Omaha at St. Cloud, Dec. 13-14, 2019

Home ice was not kind to the UNO Mavericks as the Mavs tied one game and lost three others during a two-week homestand. 

The Mavs were swept by two-time defending national champions Minnesota Duluth and are now at the bottom of the NCHC conference standings, with 4 points.

However, this weekend’s opponent, St. Cloud State, is just ahead of them in the standings (in a tie for 6th place with Denver), so this weekend is a huge opportunity to capture conference points as well as move up in the standings.

While we’ve made the trip to St. Cloud the past few seasons, family obligations keep us in town this weekend. We’ll be tuning in on and live tweeting the action on our Twitter account (@Mavpuck).

The Mavs are currently 6-6-2 overall (1-4-1-0 in the NCHC). The Huskies are 4-6-4 overall and 2-4-0-0 in the NCHC. The Huskies swept Miami last weekend in Oxford.

UNO hasn’t had much luck in recent years against St. Cloud. In the 2018-19 season, the Mavs went 0-4-0 against the Huskies. They are 10-24-2 all-time, including 4-15-1 at the Herb Brooks arena at SCSU. (We’ve seen a bunch of those losses in person, TBH, including losses of 2-0 and 7-1 in “the Cloud.”)

This is likely the last series of the 2019 calendar year to see Isaiah Saville in net, as he has been selected to the U.S. National Team preliminary roster for World Juniors. (If he makes the final 24-man roster, he’ll be the first Mav on the team since Josh Archibald in 2012, according to the UNO news release.) 

Saville will head to Plymouth, Michigan, for the USA Hockey camp after this weekend’s series.

> Friday, 7:37 p.m. CT
> Saturday, 6:07 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 ($). 

Live Audio and Stats:
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Friday TV($): Click here.
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Check out the ninth episode of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” 

Next up: The Mavs are back at home for a non-conference series against Arizona State (an odd Saturday/Sunday tilt) — the last series of 2019 on Dec. 21-22, 2019. Saturday’s game against the Sun Devils is at 7:07 p.m.; Sunday’s game is at 4:07 p.m.

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