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hockeykrazy
12-08-2012, 03:16 PM
I would rather run under the radar and peak late like the rest said.

Pants
12-10-2012, 09:10 PM
Yep, and UNO is now 1.5 Games back with 2 games in hand. I like that a lot.

Red Cows
12-12-2012, 01:48 AM
The schedule maker has not done us any favors as far as our upcoming schedule is concerned. The three hottest teams in college hockey right now are Minnesota State-Mankato, Quinnipiac, and Niagara.

After playing series against two of those teams, we then get a visit from the #2 offense in the NCAA (CC) followed by a trip to Denver to play the current first place team in the WCHA.

Then, we head back to Minnesota to play our Kryptoni.............er, Bemidji State.

Whatever we get we are going to earn over the next few weeks.

Red Cows
12-14-2012, 12:20 AM
UNO's recruiting class announced today:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121212/MAVS/712129850/1085#former-uno-assistant-s-son-to-join-mavs

Red Cows
12-18-2012, 01:13 AM
Ryan Walters now is tied for the NCAA D-1 scoring lead with Brett Gensler of Bentley with 26 points although Gensler got his points in 3 less games (albeit against far inferior competition) and he has also done it playing on a losing team.

No UNO player has ever lead the nation in scoring although Scott Parse came mighty close in '05-'06, finishing 2nd that season with 61 points. That season also got Parse a first team all CCHA nod as well as his being a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

He and his linemate, Bill Thomas, had a 113 point season between the two of them that season. No other pair of Maverick linemates have ever come close to that number, the next closest being the same two guys, the season before, at 94 points.

It will be interesting to see what number Walters and what either of his other two linemates, Dominic Zombo or Josh Archibald can attain this season to perhaps challenge that pair.

Pants
12-18-2012, 02:47 AM
I don't wanna get too ahead of ourselves here, though. We have tough competition ahead of us for the rest of the season...I will be stoked if Walters can keep it up, but it IS a long shot at this point.

Red Cows
12-18-2012, 03:25 AM
I don't wanna get too ahead of ourselves here, though. We have tough competition ahead of us for the rest of the season...I will be stoked if Walters can keep it up, but it IS a long shot at this point.

He's on CBS Sports Hobey watch list:

http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/21391348/cbssportscom-hobey-baker-award-watch-week-10

Red Cows
12-21-2012, 01:08 PM
In the what coulda been category.

Terry Broadhurst is tearing it up in the ECHL playing for the 1st place Toledo Walleye. 6 goals and 15 assists in 27 games, has played in every game, and is +7 for the season. Former UNO Center Joey Martin also plays for this team.

Jayson Megna is playing for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He hasn't played a lot and has 2 goals and 3 assists in 11 games (the Penguins have played 26) and is a -4 on the year, playing on a 4th place, a bit above .500 club.

Alex Broadhurst has been sensational for the OHL London Knights, helping to lead them to the league's best record. 12 goals and 21 assists in 33 games and is +17.

Coach Blais made this comment on his weekly radio show last week: "As good as we've been, where would we be with Jayson Megna and the two Broadhursts?" He then mentioned that he attempted to talk all of them out of leaving, or, in Alex Broadhurst's case, not even showing up.

Sigh........................

SCSU Euro
12-21-2012, 03:26 PM
In the what coulda been category.

Terry Broadhurst is tearing it up in the ECHL playing for the 1st place Toledo Walleye. 6 goals and 15 assists in 27 games, has played in every game, and is +7 for the season. Former UNO Center Joey Martin also plays for this team.

Jayson Megna is playing for the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He hasn't played a lot and has 2 goals and 3 assists in 11 games (the Penguins have played 26) and is a -4 on the year, playing on a 4th place, a bit above .500 club.

Alex Broadhurst has been sensational for the OHL London Knights, helping to lead them to the league's best record. 12 goals and 21 assists in 33 games and is +17.

Coach Blais made this comment on his weekly radio show last week: "As good as we've been, where would we be with Jayson Megna and the two Broadhursts?" He then mentioned that he attempted to talk all of them out of leaving, or, in Alex Broadhurst's case, not even showing up.

Sigh........................

You'd probably be behind SCSU with Mike Lee in between the pipes and getting plenty of offensive contribution from David Eddy and Cam Reid (and we also lost Marcus Lauridsen, but that was the NCAA Clearinghouse), UND with Brock Nelson paving the way, a spark from Stefan Matteau and while he may not be starting Aaron Dell helping solidify an already good goaltending group, and DU who undoubtedly would be led in scoring by Jason Zucker, Drew Shore and Beau Bennett.

If you're gonna play the "what if" game it goes both ways. I don't know much of the pre-WCHA history of UNO but if this is a new phenomenon to you guys, losing players to the pros before their time is done, then I will give you this piece of advice: don't think about "what could have been," cause if the Kessels, Okposos, Wheelers, Schroeders, Johnsons, Schultzs, Stepans, Smithses (UW lost two early this decade), and Turrises all stuck around for 4 years, it'd be a pretty up-hill battle to ever finish ahead of the likes of Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Red Cows
12-21-2012, 11:04 PM
If you're gonna play the "what if" game it goes both ways. I don't know much of the pre-WCHA history of UNO but if this is a new phenomenon to you guys, losing players to the pros before their time is done, then I will give you this piece of advice: don't think about "what could have been," cause if the Kessels, Okposos, Wheelers, Schroeders, Johnsons, Schultzs, Stepans, Smithses (UW lost two early this decade), and Turrises all stuck around for 4 years, it'd be a pretty up-hill battle to ever finish ahead of the likes of Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Well, I wasn't really playing "what if", myself. I raised the issue because Coach Blais did on his show. I don't know what happened in this regard when he was at North Dakota in our pre-WCHA days and we had NEVER played North Dakota, either, until we joined the WCHA so, he and they were sort of "out of sight, out of mind". For me, anyway. Maybe some of the North Dakota guys can enlighten us.

That said, this is a pretty new phenomenon here at UNO. Until Coach Blais came along we have never really recruited and gotten the overall talent level of players we are getting now. Unless I missed a guy, somewhere, I believe the only UNO players that have ever played in the NHL are Bryce Lampman, Jeff Hoggan, Chris Holt, Bill Thomas, Scott Parse, Greg Zanon, and Dan Ellis. I think the last three are the only current NHL players.

There are very few players that have left here with eligibility left whose loss we are ruing after the fact, which makes sense, since so very few UNO players have gone on to make it to the NHL. Much less, 3 guys all at once. We currently have 8 NHL draft picks on our team, and, again, if I am mistaken, somebody correct me but I am almost 100% positive that is the most we have ever had at one time. Frankly, and sadly, this issue has never been much of topic of discussion around here.

But, it is a nice discussion to be able to now have:)

Red Cows
12-23-2012, 12:56 AM
Oh, great:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121221/MAVS/712219896/1085#uno-s-montpetit-out-with-leg-injury

Red Cows
12-24-2012, 12:41 AM
Considered actually starting a "Business of College Hockey" thread, or, something like that for this story and then decided against it:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121222/MAVS/712239937/1085#alberts-says-balancing-uno-budget-just-first-step

The hockey team is not entirely what this article is about but it is the centerpiece of the article, which is an in-depth look at the Athletic Department budget at UNO.

FWIW, I admire the guts that it took for Trev Alberts to do what he's done over the past year. If he had not eliminated football and wrestling the athletic department would have been in dire, dire straits. It wasn't popular, and he did it anyway, because it really had to be done. That was probably the boldest, most overt commitment to becoming/being/staying a hockey school that any school, anywhere, could have ever made.

Some things from this article that are worth commenting about.

1. Hockey's small revenue surplus, despite the fact that UNO has been at least in the top 10 in the country in attendance every year of the program's existence (many of those years they've been in the top 5) is because since moving to the Qwest Center, now the Centurylink Center, commencing with the '03-'04 season, is a result of UNO's unfavorable lease situation in that facility. The ONLY revenue derived from playing there is from ticket sales and ticket sales, only. Plus, the school does not control and cannot sell the seats that MECA, the city's operating entity for the facility, control through seat licenses. (This is why you see and read widely disparate capacity numbers all over the place for hockey capacity in that facility, by the way).

2. Trev's comment about the new arena in the article, “If it comes online, it'll be a net benefit to UNO athletics.” is at least the 2nd time that he has made public comments that make it sound very much like they haven't gotten all the money in place for this as yet. And, that worries me just a tad, although the whole thing has been formally approved. More, below.

3. UNO is currently playing it's men's basketball games at the newly opened Ralston Arena in Ralston, which is a south suburb of Omaha. Men's basketball revenue, just like hockey's, will increase once they play in the new facility as well.

4. In my personal opinion, the reason that UNO receives less Athletic Department state subsidy than any other other non-football school in the country other than Wichita State is because of the budget situation in this state in general and because they live in the shadow of the University of Nebraska, one of the very few schools in the nation whose athletic department receives no state subsidy whatsoever. They sort of suffer because of the company that they keep, if you will.

5. I've said this in at least a couple other threads before in this forum in the past, but, here we go again. I have been a UNO season ticket holder starting with the '01-'02 season. In the time since, or, heck, even before that, I have never seen advertised or had offered to me "complimentary tickets" in any way, shape, or form. Nor have I ever had anybody mention they knew of any nor have I ever had somebody tell me they got their hands on some, somehow. Complimentary tickets, since the new arena announcement came recently, has been a recurring theme in all this dollars and cents talk. I've never seen the topic discussed in the Mavpuck forum, either, other than in the same kind of context that Trev Alberts keeps bringing it up. If there are discounted tickets of any kind available, that will generate a thread for that game, there, on it's own. I have never seen a thread promoting/advertising complimentary tickets there, EVER. Therefore, until somebody can supply me with evidence otherwise, I think the topic is B.S or is being WAY overblown from whatever the reality is. I am saying this entirely from a hockey context, by the way. I don't know about other sports at the school. I am also the past president of a rather large civic organization here in the City of Omaha (that I am a 20+ year member of) that is comprised of a fair number of business leaders in the city, several of whom also have UNO season tickets, and I have actually put this same question both to them and our general membership and I can't find anybody else that has ever heard of this, either. My personal belief is that this topic is part of the posturing that is going on in case they don't build an arena that seats more than 7,500 and will become part of the "justification" for not doing so, when, it's really just a matter of money. If UNO builds an arena seating less than 8,000 people, it will be because they can't come up with the money to do any better than that and I would hope it would then be built so that it could be expanded, just like the Qwest Center/Centurylink Center was. You don't build an arena seating 7,500 when you have averaged more than that in 9 out the program's 15 years of existence. Lately, Trev has made some mention of this salient point in the news here, too. I don't care HOW those fanny's got in those seats, either. Even if somebody, somewhere, somehow got seats for free, the fact they even bothered to come is enough for me. There is either a desire to see UNO hockey, or, there isn't. Period. All prior evidence is the demand is there, and it is there to the tune of more than 7,500 per night, too.

Red Cows
12-29-2012, 07:02 PM
I'd sure like to hear why Coach Blais started Solarz, a freshman goalie, in a game of this import. Particularly since UNO did not get to practice or even skate since Christmas before having to play this game after missing their plane due to the weather. Predictably, Stolarz was very shaky in goal and allowed a couple that should not have gone in.

Both teams looked really rusty and UNO looked like what they were, a team that hadn't even skated for days. The shots started out 8-0 Quinnipiac. After spotting them a 2-0 lead I thought UNO by and large outskated them the rest of the way. The difference was Stolarz (ugh) and some very sloppy and careless puck handling that cost us in a couple bad giveaways, one in the neutral zone in the 3rd period and one behind our own goal in the 2nd, both of which resulted in cheapie Quinnipiac goals. The giveaway behind the net might not have made any difference except it looked to me like Stolarz wasn't paying attention to what was going on behind him as I think he thought we were/did control the puck and and the next thing you know he's getting beat in a situation where he got caught unaware because of his own inattentiveness. Sheesh.

I'd have much rather Faulkner had been in goal for this one. We're fighting for our Pairwise life and we start a freshman on the road as opposed to a 5th year senior that was 3rd team all conference 2 years ago?

If UNO has NCAA aspirations then tomorrow is a MUST win for them.

Red Cows
01-04-2013, 11:02 PM
Random musings:

1. Good bounce-back from a really disappointing weekend in Hamden, CT for the Mavericks although Quinnipiac has me pretty convinced. Their senior laden team is that good. We really took our foot off the gas tonight about midway through the 2nd, though. I don't like playing not to lose. At all.

2. If you had told me before the season started that UNO would, at ANY time during the 2nd half of the season, be leading the nation in scoring, or have the nation's leading scorer on their team, or, that they would have 4 of the nation's 50 leading scorers on this team, I'd have wanted to know what brand of glue you sniffed.

3. The defense, which was supposed to be a strength of the team, despite all the hype about their size, is only just a bit above average. We allow too many goals. The goal-tending is at least a part of this issue. The team defense national ranking as well as the penalty kill have slowly but surely been sliding back in the rankings. Some of this is very likely a measure of who we've played in the last 8 games before tonight. Which would be the teams ranked #2, 6, 14, & 15 in Pairwise, all on the road except #15.

4. With a win tomorrow night UNO would take the points lead in the WCHA and be there all by themselves no matter what anybody else does. If this can get done, it would be the latest in any season we have ever been in first place.

5. UNO has beaten the #1 team in the country 3 consecutive seasons now although Minnesota was not #1 when we played them last month, although they are now.

6. National television next Friday night, again, against DU for us.

7. Even though UNO is now sporting the #1 offense in the NCAA (I like writing that) they are not on a pace to score the most goals in school history. In fact, it's not even really very close. Right now they are on a pace to score 141 goals (predicated on playing 2 WCHA tournament games--all anybody is guaranteed) and that would only get them 3rd on the list. The team record is 153 in the '06-'07 season.

8. Ryan Walters is just behind Scott Parse's single season points team record now, on a pace for 58, and Parse got 61 in '05-'06. Walters is now beginning to put some distance between himself and the field, nationally, in scoring, however. The distance between he and #2 on the list is as big as the difference between #2 and #8.

9. I don't know this for an absolute fact but I am pretty sure that tonight was the first time in team history that UNO played a game where any two players got a hat trick. I was pretty surprised at the number of hats that went on the ice for Archibald's. Correct me if I am wrong, but, I believe that's the first one UNO has had since Bill Thomas' against UAH in December of '05. That was the game where Thomas and Parse BOTH tied the school record for points in a game as I recall.

10 UNO--sneakily creeping up the shorties list yet again this season after leading the NCAA in this category the last two seasons. Now up to #2 in the country. I'd rather watch us play shorthanded than with the man advantage--almost.

We need to go get them tomorrow night. We need every point we can lay our hands on in this league.

edit: Oops, I forgot about Joey Martin's hat trick against North Dakota in our 8-4 beatdown of them in the first game we ever played at the Ralph (the most goals ever scored by a North Dakota opponent in that building, by the way, in Dean Blais' "homecoming" at that). SHAME on me!

MagnessMan
01-05-2013, 12:19 AM
CC's season is slipping away...again. The curse/drought is edging closer to the half century mark. Who's leg's were spread wide for 8 tonight?

BCat
01-05-2013, 12:57 PM
I don't remember when but UNO has gotten a couple of hat tricks in the last 5 years at home. I don't remember who or when, but there has been at least one.

Red Cows
01-05-2013, 01:33 PM
I don't remember when but UNO has gotten a couple of hat tricks in the last 5 years at home. I don't remember who or when, but there has been at least one.

Yeah, another one that I missed was Terry Broadhurst's in early 2010 against Ohio State in the first "sell out" game UNO ever had that they won in a shootout (ah, remember the CCHA?). I really don't think there are any more, though, having had more time to think about it, now.

Red Cows
01-05-2013, 10:13 PM
There's a new sheriff in town.

4th series sweep of the season, now.

Good grief, we've now scored 81 goals this season. That's more than double what two teams in our own conference even have.

For you non-UNO fans, this is the first time in school history that UNO has ever been in first place in either the CCHA or WCHA at any meaningful point of the season. Like, after the first month or so.

Eat our dust. For a week, anyway. Denver, here we come. Tough weekend coming up, again. They all seem to be. Leaving there in the same spot would be quite an accomplishment.

LincolnMav
01-06-2013, 09:53 AM
Wow first place is nice. This next weekend will show whether the boys have a run in them. DU will be awful tough. Hoping for a split. GO MAVS!

Red Cows
01-06-2013, 11:47 PM
I love Coach Blais:


Coach Dean Blais told the Omaha World Herald after Saturday night's 3-1 over Colorado College: “It was more of a character win than anything. We're not going to out-talent anyone right now. We've got to, hopefully, outwork them and get a few breaks here and there.”

Yeah. Right. Despite the fact that UNO has been #1 or #2 in the country in scoring offense for about a month now, has a serious Hobey Baker candidate on the team, has 4 of the WCHA's top 16 scorers on the team, all of whom are in the top 30, nationally and, oh, yeah, and one of those guys also just happens to be the leading scorer in the nation.

Other than that, we have no talent.

I'd like to see what we'd be doing with some talent, then.

It's hilarious that we are the first place team in the WCHA, all by our lonesome, and out of the 6 ranked WCHA teams, we are the lowest ranked at #16. And, the 6th place team in our conference is currently the #1 ranked team in the country. If this isn't the good ole' boy network hard at work, I don't know what is. Makes college football rankings look positively sane. Worse, still, is that I bet we aren't even in the top 10 tomorrow when the poll comes out. No offense, Gophers, but it is pretty easy to see why you guys earn so much enmity from fans of other WCHA teams. I'll be shocked if we move up very much past SCSU, who we are going to for sure pass.

All that aside, Pairwise is all that matters, obviously, and we don't fare much better there. At least if the tournament started tomorrow we'd be in it.