There’s reason to be optimistic: UNO finally broke through with a win against St. Cloud last weekend, earning a split against SCSU. The Mavs lost 4-1 on Friday night before eeking out a hard-fought 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday — the first Mav win against the Huskies in 11 tries.
UNO is 7-7-2 overall and 2-5-1-0 in the NCHC — currently in a tie for seventh place with Colorado College.
#14/16 Arizona State is also coming off a split last weekend with Michigan State. The Sun Devils beat the Spartans 4-3 Friday and lost 1-0 in OT on Saturday. The Sun Devils are 9-5-2 this season, including 6-2-2 in the last 10 games.
Omaha is 5-2-1 all-time against Arizona State, including 5-0-1 at Baxter Arena. Last year, the Mavs beat the Sun Devils 6-4 and 4-0 at Baxter Arena. But ASU is solid in regulation play — the Sun Devils have not trailed in regulation since a game vs. Alaska on Nov. 8.
Freshman goaltender Isaiah Saville will be absent for the Mavs this weekend as he is currently at camp with prospects for the Team USA U-20 team for World Juniors. Fans can expect to see freshman Austin Roden in net for the Mavs for one or both games this weekend.
Fun fact: Expected ASU goaltender Evan DeBrouwer split time in net with Roden when they both played for the Nanaimo Clippers during the 2016-17 season.
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Arizona State hockey:
> Saturday, 7:07 p.m. CT
> Sunday, 4:07 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 and Lester St. James will report rinkside. Pre-game coverage begins 30 minutes prior to face off.
> Saturday and Sunday’s games will be streamed on NCHC.tv ($)
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Also check out episode 10 of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” This episode features Jon and Jason talking about the series with St. Cloud and their predictions about Mavericks vs. the Sun Devils.
The Mavs are off briefly before traveling to Maine on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 3-4, 2020. Friday's game start at 5:07 p.m. CT and will be played at Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine. Saturday's game begins at 11 a.m. CT and will be played at Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine.