The Mavericks are riding some momentum coming into this, as Jon noted on the MavPuckCast, “pivotal” NCHC conference series. UNO is unbeaten in its past four games (2-0-2), and swept Colorado College in Colorado Springs last weekend after tying Denver twice at Baxter Arena the weekend before.
UNO is just above .500 overall (11-10-5) and is just below .500 in the NCHC (5-6-3-0/0), currently in fifth place in conference standings.
UNO is 27-20-6 all-time against Western Michigan, including 15-7-2 at home. (Fun fact: UNO swept WMU at the CenturyLink Center in October 2004 on the weekend that Jon and I got married.)
The Broncos are also riding a high — they swept St. Cloud twice last weekend, 6-2 in both games. WMU is unbeaten (4-0-1) in their last five games. Western is 11-9-4 on the season and 7-5-2-0/2 in the NCHC. (Seven points ahead of Omaha in the standings.)
The Broncos will be without junior forward Paul Washe, who is serving a two-game suspension for confronting NCHC officials. Washe is the #2 points producer on the WMU roster this season with 9 goals and 9 assists.
UNO Gateway reporter Jordan McAlpine reports the Mavs are a bit banged up heading into the series. The link to his series preview is below.
Series preview articles:
UNO Gateway article:
> Friday, 7:36 p.m. CT (late start due to CBS Sports Network coverage)
> Saturday, 7:07 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.
> Friday night’s game will be aired nationally on CBS Sports Network (and will not be available on NCHC.tv). For the TV broadcast, Ben Holden will provide play-by-play, Dave Starman will give analysis, and Shireen Saski will report rinkside. Saturday’s games will be streamed on NCHC.tv ($)
Live Audio and Stats:
Live Audio: Click here
Live Stats: Click here
Also check out episode 15 of the second season of the “MavPuckCast with Jason & Jon.” This episode features Jon and Jason talking about the sweep at St. Cloud, a recent article that sparked controversy among Mav fans, and their predictions about Mavericks vs. the Broncos.
The Mavs travel to face Minnesota Duluth in Duluth next weekend.