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Red Cows
10-20-2012, 01:28 PM
How on Earth did we manage to get even this far into the season without a thread?

UNO looking like anything but the preseason 7th or 8th place team in the conference, to date.

That said, we'll see what happens when we start playing actual conference foes.

Coach Blais after last night's game:

“That’s as good as we can play, as good as we’ve played in a long time,” UNO coach Dean Blais said. “Even last year when we won a few games, it wasn’t like this.”

Red Cows
10-20-2012, 10:09 PM
Tough night where the puck just didn't want to go in, again, ala the Notre Dame game at the Icebreaker.

UNO continues to play well, even in a losing cause. Now only given up 8 goals in 5 games. Northern Michigan didn't have more than 9 shots in any period in the 2 games. UNO is now on an 8 consecutive period stretch of allowing 9 shots or less in a single period.

Stolarz has been in goal for both UNO losses so far this year.

"Huge" goalie night in Omaha. The Mav's Stolarz is 6'7" and Northern's Coreau is 6' 4".

Gotta start getting the puck in the net a little more and stop wasting good defensive efforts.

SilversSports
10-21-2012, 09:39 AM
We saw the real NMU last night.

MAVFANJEFF
10-21-2012, 10:49 PM
It was good to see some NMU fans come down to the games. Stolarz is 6'6" according to the team website. Mavs looked outstanding friday night. Sat not so much. I'm hoping to see Belfour play soon.

Red Cows
10-25-2012, 10:15 AM
O.K., Mav fan, Dan Bakala is gone from BSU and perhaps we can now stop making the Beavers look like the old Montreal Canadiens teams of the 1970's on our own ice this weekend.

In other news, John Faulkner says he is up to the task in his "second" senior season:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121024/MAVS/710249858/1001#uno-s-faulkner-returning-to-old-form

Mixed feelings about Faulkner. He is one streaky goalie.

Red Cows
11-02-2012, 08:38 PM
Short-handed goals to win the game, in conference, on the road, with 70 seconds left in the game?

Me likey. A lot.

BCat
11-03-2012, 12:19 AM
I love that we have not been able to count to 5, 4 times this season. Good win but that is getting ridiculous. Winning on the shorty is awesome.

Red Cows
11-03-2012, 09:13 PM
Broom night. Sweep in Houghton. We pretty much blew them off their own ice tonight, or, rather, Zahn Raubenheimer did for the 2nd night in a row. Faulkner--undefeated on the season.

These too many men on the ice penalties are getting ridiculous, though.

Very encouraging, otherwise.

Red Cows
11-06-2012, 01:20 AM
UNO 17th in Pairwise this week and 5th in the USCHO poll of "others receiving votes".

UNO squares off this weekend against UMD, a team that features 19 ex-USHL players (even more than UNO's 18 such players) including a couple ex-Omaha Lancers. UMD looks to be off to a slow start but is ranked 20th in the current USCHO poll, although I could not tell you why. I guess that even being a year removed from a title is still worth some street cred.

Since the Huskers play Penn State at home this weekend on Saturday at 2:30 P.M., the Saturday night hockey game is probably not going to be well attended. 2:07 matinee on Sunday for the 2nd game. Cheap tickets for Sunday (11 bucks) here:

http://www.mavpuck.com/mpboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9024

Red Cows
11-09-2012, 02:45 PM
It's good sign when players on your team are garnering any sort of Player of the Week awards in your conference:

http://www.wcha.com/men/pres1213/201211/nov6wpm.php

............and, you are College Hockey News "team of the week":

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2012/11/07_team_of_the_week_nebraska-omaha.php

LincolnMav
11-12-2012, 07:49 AM
That was a hell of a sweep. Looks like the boys are heating up. Hopefully the off week doesnt cool them off. GO MAVS!

Red Cows
11-12-2012, 08:15 PM
Faulkner remains undefeated in goal this season for UNO.

My gut tells me this is more a function of our defense than it is Faulkner since UNO went into the UMD series only allowing 21.6 shots per game--the best in the NCAA. That said, Faulkner does not exactly suck (6 shutouts in the '10 - '11 season) and has certainly had his moments in a Mav uniform. I still wonder how far we might have gone season before last in the NCAA's with an even more competent goalie than he, though. It haunts me.

Our offense is, so far, better than I expected (11th, nationally, who'd a thunk? But "only" 5th in the conference). I think our defense is and will be in the top 4 in the conference (and it is, currently) at season's end and I think there is room for improvement even in what I have seen so far.

The offense has been a very balanced attack, with 6 players with 8 or more points through 10 games, and last year's leading scorer is not one of those 6 guys!

UNO is among the least penalized teams in the country, 43rd in penalty minutes.

A deserved week off before we play what is fast becoming our "annual" UAH series. Thank God they are without Clarke Saunders. We've made that guy look like Dominik Hašek. Guess we can table thinking about him until we play UND.

Pants
11-13-2012, 11:43 PM
I have been at every UNO home game for the last couple years. I watch Faulkner closely (I'm a sucker for being a fan of goalies), and he has looked great in net. He tends to give up softies now and then that you know he wants back, but he is solid. He stands tall, and he has a good eye for the puck. Against UMD this last weekend he faced a lot more shots and remained strong with 2.50 GAA. It's probably not where he wants to be, but it's a solid spot.

That said, our defense has stepped up far beyond what is was last year. Sustr is coming along great (still needs some mass, he needs to throw that body around more), Young is very solid, Megna is strong, Cooper is strong, Seeler is very D-savvy, this is a great D Corps.

I feel where Omaha goes wrong in the future against better teams in the Offense category. We may have had some strong scoring so far, but that is still where they are lacking. The speed isn't where it used to be. But Archibald has come along very nicely, White and Gwidt are solid leaders, we we have new guys stepping up every weekend. I hope it continues....I just want TWO wins against Huntsville this time...(No Saunders!)

Red Cows
11-14-2012, 10:22 AM
UNO is 6th in College Hockey News power rankings this week:

http://blog.collegehockeynews.com/2012/11/wcha-power-rankings-111412/

I just laugh and shake my head when I see stuff like this. UNO would be ranked higher than this (and, deservedly so, based on the season to-date events) if they had just "been around" as long as all the teams in front of them and had been a WCHA member for a lot longer as well. As frustrating as it is, we are just not yet seen as a true peer to those teams ahead of us on that list and we won't get a lot of respect or the benefit of the doubt much until we win and win on a consistent basis both now, and, in the NCHC (and every team in front of us except Minnesota is going there with us).

It's the same sort of thinking that had Minnesota-Duluth in here last weekend as the #20 team in the country despite the fact that they had a losing record and were absolutely nowhere to be seen in Pairwise, whereupon, they were promptly exposed. It's shocking to note that UMD STILL received some votes in the current USCHO poll after we swept them! If the shoe were on the other foot, UNO would have long ago have sunk under the waves.

So, the 2nd place team in the conference, coming off early consecutive sweeps of conference foes, one on the road, and one at home, who also has a split against the current #19 team, and a neutral ice loss against the #8 team in game that could have gone either way, is "only" 6th in the conference power rankings.

I shudder to think were we'd be if we didn't have a head coach with the level of street cred that he does.

Uh, O.K. We understand. I'd rather be the hunter than the hunted. It's more fun being the underdog, anyway.

We'll find out a little more at the end of the month when we head up to Mariucci Arena and play the Gophers, I guess.

Oh, did I forget to mention that we are undefeated there? :D

Stranger still, they are undefeated here. :mad:

SCSU Euro
11-14-2012, 12:27 PM
UNO is 6th in College Hockey News power rankings this week:

http://blog.collegehockeynews.com/2012/11/wcha-power-rankings-111412/

I just laugh and shake my head when I see stuff like this. UNO would be ranked higher than this (and, deservedly so, based on the season to-date events) if they had just "been around" as long as all the teams in front of them and had been a WCHA member for a lot longer as well. As frustrating as it is, we are just not yet seen as a true peer to those teams ahead of us on that list and we won't get a lot of respect or the benefit of the doubt much until we win and win on a consistent basis both now, and, in the NCHC (and every team in front of us except Minnesota is going there with us).

It's the same sort of thinking that had Minnesota-Duluth in here last weekend as the #20 team in the country despite the fact that they had a losing record and were absolutely nowhere to be seen in Pairwise, whereupon, they were promptly exposed. It's shocking to note that UMD STILL received some votes in the current USCHO poll after we swept them! If the shoe were on the other foot, UNO would have long ago have sunk under the waves.

So, the 2nd place team in the conference, coming off early consecutive sweeps of conference foes, one on the road, and one at home, who also has a split against the current #19 team, and a neutral ice loss against the #8 team in game that could have gone either way, is "only" 6th in the conference power rankings.

I shudder to think were we'd be if we didn't have a head coach with the level of street cred that he does.

Uh, O.K. We understand. I'd rather be the hunter than the hunted. It's more fun being the underdog, anyway.

We'll find out a little more at the end of the month when we head up to Mariucci Arena and play the Gophers, I guess.

Oh, did I forget to mention that we are undefeated there? :D

Stranger still, they are undefeated here. :mad:

You. Have beaten. Nobody.

In conference play you swept (in their eyes) the worst and second worst teams in the conference, and you lost 3 of 4 points (and they don't care that they're your kryptonite) to the 7th ranked team at home.

Throw in there beating Army (not impressive), losing to Notre Dame (not impressive) and splitting with a barely top 20 Northern Michigan at home (not impressive).

Looking at that purely subjectively, not thinking about WHICH team that is, and yeah, that's a 6th place WCHA team. Your name recognition or lack thereof has nothing to do with it.

Beat UND, DU, SCSU and MN and you'll start getting your "props," but until then you're being treated just fine.

Red Cows
11-14-2012, 05:27 PM
You. Have beaten. Nobody.

In conference play you swept (in their eyes) the worst and second worst teams in the conference, and you lost 3 of 4 points (and they don't care that they're your kryptonite) to the 7th ranked team at home.

Throw in there beating Army (not impressive), losing to Notre Dame (not impressive) and splitting with a barely top 20 Northern Michigan at home (not impressive).

Looking at that purely subjectively, not thinking about WHICH team that is, and yeah, that's a 6th place WCHA team. Your name recognition or lack thereof has nothing to do with it.

Beat UND, DU, SCSU and MN and you'll start getting your "props," but until then you're being treated just fine.

Your arguments, obviously, have at least some validity to them. That said, your (or the "others" you mentioned) assessment of our previous opponents is pretty subjective (win, or, lose--there's losing, and then there is losing) and having much in the way of hard and fast opinions about our opponents, to-date, is akin to taking much stock in the AP or USA Today's Coaches Poll any time before October 1st in football. There is a lot of season left to to go here. It's why I take Pairwise rankings with a grain of salt before the end of November, unless somebody has played a pretty exemplary schedule, with a lot of success, prior to that.

I'll further qualify what I said, though, in the interest of giving your side of it at least some props here.

If any of the teams currently ahead of us in the College Hockey News power rankings had the same resume', to date, that UNO does, my contention is that it is entirely possible that UNO would be ranked higher than 6th, despite any observations or opinions you might have about our opponents and their quality, to-date.

As an example, since we know where your sympathies are, are you really going to tell me you're more impressed with SCSU's overall body of work, to-date, than UNO's? Enough that they are for sure deserved of being one spot higher in the ranking than UNO? The reason Michigan Tech and UMD are WCHA bottom feeders, currently, is because it IS so early in the season and they got swept in one of the few conference series they have played. We suffer for beating up on them because we're a big reason they are there in the first place? UMD was a ranked team when they showed up in Omaha!

St. Cloud State has 2 non-conference losses at #5 New Hampshire. 2 non-conference game wins, at home, against arguably the worst team in the country. A conference sweep at home of a team with a brand new head coach, one who has never been a college hockey head coach anywhere before, and who is the 11th place team, currently, in the conference. And, a conference split on the road against the current conference leader and overall #2 team in the country.

Now, I am not trying to tell you what UNO has done is more impressive in any meaningful way. We could argue about that for days one way or the other. I'm just trying to say that in any comparison between UNO and these other, ahem, "established" schools, we are not going to get the benefit of the doubt. That's all.

By the way, I went to the Icebreaker in Kansas City and UNO ran Army right out of the building. We'd have beaten them far worse than we did if their goalie had not had an outstanding night in goal. Jeff Jackson, in post game interview on the ice after UNO's Notre Dame game, said the following "That's the #7 team in the WCHA?

FYI, St. Cloud State is me and the missus road trip this season, December 7th & 8th.

As an aside, it's raining WCHA Player of the Week awards here in Omaha:

http://www.wcha.com/men/pres1213/201211/nov13wpm.php

Two weeks in a row, now.

SCSU Euro
11-14-2012, 08:11 PM
Your arguments, obviously, have at least some validity to them. That said, your (or the "others" you mentioned) assessment of our previous opponents is pretty subjective (win, or, lose--there's losing, and then there is losing) and having much in the way of hard and fast opinions about our opponents, to-date, is akin to taking much stock in the AP or USA Today's Coaches Poll any time before October 1st in football. There is a lot of season left to to go here. It's why I take Pairwise rankings with a grain of salt before the end of November, unless somebody has played a pretty exemplary schedule, with a lot of success, prior to that.

I'll further qualify what I said, though, in the interest of giving your side of it at least some props here.

If any of the teams currently ahead of us in the College Hockey News power rankings had the same resume', to date, that UNO does, my contention is that it is entirely possible that UNO would be ranked higher than 6th, despite any observations or opinions you might have about our opponents and their quality, to-date.

As an example, since we know where your sympathies are, are you really going to tell me you're more impressed with SCSU's overall body of work, to-date, than UNO's? Enough that they are for sure deserved of being one spot higher in the ranking than UNO? The reason Michigan Tech and UMD are WCHA bottom feeders, currently, is because it IS so early in the season and they got swept in one of the few conference series they have played. We suffer for beating up on them because we're a big reason they are there in the first place? UMD was a ranked team when they showed up in Omaha!

St. Cloud State has 2 non-conference losses at #5 New Hampshire. 2 non-conference game wins, at home, against arguably the worst team in the country. A conference sweep at home of a team with a brand new head coach, one who has never been a college hockey head coach anywhere before, and who is the 11th place team, currently, in the conference. And, a conference split on the road against the current conference leader and overall #2 team in the country.

Now, I am not trying to tell you what UNO has done is more impressive in any meaningful way. We could argue about that for days one way or the other. I'm just trying to say that in any comparison between UNO and these other, ahem, "established" schools, we are not going to get the benefit of the doubt. That's all.

By the way, I went to the Icebreaker in Kansas City and UNO ran Army right out of the building. We'd have beaten them far worse than we did if their goalie had not had an outstanding night in goal. Jeff Jackson, in post game interview on the ice after UNO's Notre Dame game, said the following "That's the #7 team in the WCHA?

FYI, St. Cloud State is me and the missus road trip this season, December 7th & 8th.

As an aside, it's raining WCHA Player of the Week awards here in Omaha:

http://www.wcha.com/men/pres1213/201211/nov13wpm.php

Two weeks in a row, now.

Yes, I can CATEGORICALLY say SCSU has had a more impressive resume to this point in the season. Sure Mankato isn't the greatest team, but they split with MN and played two one-goal games against DU; we beat them by identical 5-1 scores. We also handily beat UAH, a team that you guys and DU stumbled against last year.

I do think SCSU is ahead of UNO, and you know who agrees with me? EVERYBODY. USCHO's ranking, USA Today, this poll you have, Tech Hockey Guide, I don't know of anyone who has UNO ahead of SCSU right now. In fact Tech Hockey Guide also has UNO ranked as 6th in the WCHA; they have SCSU 2nd. And before you go claiming bias, that one is put together by asking for votes from 12 people, each a media member covering each of the WCHA teams. And while yes, UNO doesn't get the benefit of the doubt, neither does SCSU. I think SCSU is ahead of UNO and by more than one spot in the WCHA.

UMD is not bad bc you beat them; they're bad. They lost 3 of 4 points to a bad against UW team, MTU split with LSSU and didn't bother showing up in Denver, and they have a combined zero series wins.

I do understand what you mean by there being something you can take from competitive losses, but I'd give SCSU the edge there too staying in two games at UNH that were their first games they played on the year over losing to Notre Dame on neutral ice.

And splitting with DU and UND is way more impressive than losing 3 of 4 points to BSU at home. I know that that's a quirky team for you guys, but you can't just throw that out. That's a big part of why you're down as far as you are.

If you really wanted to know why people aren't ranking UNO that high yet, I told you. Its a small sample size, but its all we have. If you just wanna whine and complain, then fine, but don't look at the evidence and then choose to ignore it. Beat UND, DU, SCSU and MN when the chance comes.

Pants
11-14-2012, 11:19 PM
UNO is ahead of SCSU in the pairwise, though it's way to early to be arguing about this crap. Only time will tell.

Though Red Cow, I feel your pain. UNO is still a really new program, and if takes a while to build that cred. It sucks, especially when time to time we know we deserve better, but I still think our squad over preforms when under rated. We will just slide through getting our wins and that will show them where we really deserve to be. Polls don't mean as much as "W"s...for ANY school. A lot of hockey left to go....

Red Cows
11-14-2012, 11:22 PM
If you really wanted to know why people aren't ranking UNO that high yet, I told you. Its a small sample size, but its all we have. If you just wanna whine and complain, then fine, but don't look at the evidence and then choose to ignore it. Beat UND, DU, SCSU and MN when the chance comes.

Hey, I respect your opinion, and you may be right. But, I also might be right. We'll see, as you said. I'm definitely not trying to pick a fight, which I think you know. It's a fun thing thing to argue about. It's a whole lot better than wallowing in self pity if we sucked.

As an aside, interview with Coach Blais in today's Omaha World Herald. Among other things, he said there were thirty NHL GM's and scouts at the UMD/UNO game Sunday afternoon.

Oh, and, it took almost 2 years, Michigan fan, but Coach Blais finally says publicly that UNO got screwed on the overtime goal call against the weasels in the NCAA tournament:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20121114/MAVS/711149867/1212

He sounds about as bitter about it as I am, and, for the same reasons. There, but for the grace of God, may have gone UNO instead of Michigoon in that tournament.

In case anybody is wondering, the writer of the article, Tom Shatel, is the paper's featured sports columnist and he does not write often about hockey at all.

HoosierBBall_GopherHockey
11-14-2012, 11:40 PM
Just curious why you care so much about power rankings or credibility? If UNO keeps winning on the ice, both of those things will come, but more importantly, you will be making the NCAA tournament on a more consistent basis.

Man, I really wish my team was 1st in the Power Rankings and 17th in the Pairwise- Said No One. Ever.