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Red Cows
10-08-2013, 03:01 PM
New arena shots (courtesy of Mavpuck):

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=628324960522843&set=pb.210082859013724.-2207520000.1380246352.&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=628324547189551&set=pb.210082859013724.-2207520000.1380246352.&type=3&theater

Video:

http://www.omavs.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?&id=3070025&catid=78412

Same video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=-jb-AS73gPM&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-jb-AS73gPM%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&app=desktop

Dual rink facility and looks like it's gonna end up at 7,500 seats. I will maintain to my dying day that this is too small. Needs to seat at least 10,000 or so. For those that don't know it, UNO has averaged more than 7,500 per night throughout most years of the program's existence. We're buying what we can afford, I guess. At least this gives the school other revenue streams other than ticket sales, and the school does not even control all the seats in the CenturyLink Center as it is.

The price tag comes in at a cool $87.9 million dollars.

If anybody thinks they are staring down the gun barrel of a tougher schedule than UNO faces this season, I'm all ears (maybe some other NCHC brethren?):

http://www.omavs.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=31400&SPID=135111&SPSID=795015

We've already played our one and perhaps only gimme. Bentley, upcoming this weekend, is maybe the only other series we have that is on that same plane (with apologies to Falcon fans). Only the 3rd and 4th games, ever, between UNO and Bentley, whom UNO handily swept in Omaha in December of 2006.

Season opened last night with a 6-1 yawner against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks. The Ooks had already played 6 games prior to last night. Started sloppy and UNO got better and better as the game wore on and by the end it was pretty one-sided.

WiscDC
10-08-2013, 06:46 PM
I have to agree, 7500 is too small for UNO. Looking back through the box scores in the past, I've noticed that UNO has drawn over 6K on the bottom end, but 10K for other games, and occasionally 15,000. It would be nice to have more >10,000 seat arenas that actually get that many in college hockey. As you said, they've averaged more than 7,500 already.

Red Cows
10-08-2013, 11:27 PM
I have to agree, 7500 is too small for UNO. Looking back through the box scores in the past, I've noticed that UNO has drawn over 6K on the bottom end, but 10K for other games, and occasionally 15,000. It would be nice to have more >10,000 seat arenas that actually get that many in college hockey. As you said, they've averaged more than 7,500 already.

What's interesting is that there is a not insignificant faction of UNO fans that think this size arena is fine.

These folks always cite "all" the give away tickets and promotions that have supposedly made up our attendance figures and, somehow, "artificially" inflated our attendance numbers.

My response to that is thus:

1. Whether this is true or not, those people were in the building and obviously interested in UNO hockey or they would not have been there. I don't care about the method of ticket dissemination or the price associated with it. Fannies are either in those seats or they are not in those seats.

2. For years, now, since UNO moved out of the Omaha Civic Auditorium, I have heard about freebie tickets and giveaways being a part of announced crowds. I have been a UNO season ticket holder for 9 seasons, now, out of the program's 16 season existence (besides attending many other games, both home and away). I have personally never known of or heard of any source of give-away tickets, ever. I have never had them offered to me. I don't know where or how they could be or have been obtained, either now or in the past. I have never spoken to any other fan, ever, that has had them offered to them, used them, or knew how they could be had, either. Further, while I have been aware of ticket discounts offered by the school, these have been for specific games and this has happened maybe once or twice a season and this has only occurred since UNO moved out of the Civic into what is now known as the CenturyLink Center.

3. UNO played at the Omaha Civic Auditorium from it's inaugural year, the '97-'98 season, through the '02-'03 season and UNO sold out every single game they ever played there. 8,314 people every single one of those nights, with a corresponding season ticket holder base through those years of about 6,300. That's a sellout streak of 125 straight games through that 6 year period they played at the Civic.

4. The "new arena size is O.K." faction also tries to cite the fact that just a couple thousand individuals or businesses held those 6,300 season tickets at the Civic despite not saying exactly what the relevance of that claim is. I don't see one.

5. The other argument is that by playing in a smaller building and thus making tickets more "difficult" to get because the arena size is smaller is also cited as a plus by the "this size arena is O.K. crowd". The fallacy of this argument has already been exposed, and, right here in the City of Omaha. The Omaha Royals changed their name to the Omaha Storm Chasers, built a new park right here in the Omaha suburb of Papillion, where I live. This meant moving from Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha to brand new Werner Park for the 2011 season. They could squeeze 28,000 or so into Rosenblatt. Werner Park capacity is 9,023 and the Storm Chasers made this same argument about why they "had" to abandon Rosenblatt. Downsizing the park would make tickets more "valuable". What really happened? The Storm Chasers won their first AAA title in a generation and attendance went DOWN. In a brand new park!

6. To clarify what I said in my previous post, UNO has averaged more than 7,500 fans per game in 10 of the 16 years of the program's existence. Building an arena that seats less than that is just plain nutty. They have now had many crowds north of 10,000 and a couple north of 15,000, even.

This is, unfortunately, all about what money is available now to build this facility and the desperate need for the athletic department to reverse the bleeding of the athletic department that has occurred since moving to the CenturyLink Center, where the only revenue the school derives is from ticket sales, and ticket sales, alone. My hope is that the building is built with the ability to expand it (like the CenturyLink Center had been and was a few years after it was built). Otherwise, the program is going to leave money on the table because the project simply can't be funded at the level it really ought to be and that would be/will be sad, indeed.

MAVFANJEFF
10-09-2013, 03:10 PM
Went to the Ooks game. I thought it was funny after the game when Dean said "we don't even have our systems in place yet" LOL. Scoring from everywhere on the ice looking like Tazmanian devils out there I'd say if it ain't broke don't fix it. Hopefully Zahn will be ready for Bentley. And next time we see a hat trick can we see some hats?

7500 would have been a good starting point, with it being expandable to 10K. And after going to see The Eagles play in Lincoln I'd say meca needs to get a clue. PBA had the nicest most polite staff, ushers and security on earth. And the Valentinos Pizza was a far cry better than the pizza at the clink. Kudos to Theresa Kassaday for the decent rendition of the Canadian national anthem. Wasn't the greatest but it wasn't the embarrassment that followed. I'm anxious to see how our goal tending situation pans out.

MAVFANJEFF
10-09-2013, 03:10 PM
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Red Cows
10-11-2013, 12:00 AM
Perks for University of Nebraska system employees (that includes UNO hockey staff as they are part of the State University system) being called into question (I guess):

http://www.omaha.com/article/20131009/NEWS/131008633/1718

Who gets what:

http://dataomaha.com/media/news/nu-foundation/

Trev Alberts' Omaha Country Club membership is a tough get, indeed. Pelini's salary is the highest of any public employee in the State of Nebraska, as one might expect.

Red Cows
10-11-2013, 05:21 PM
New season. Game day. Let's get it on!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En0TUVMQP1U

Gibber
10-11-2013, 08:47 PM
Looking forward to checking out tomorrow nights game, as I'm in town for work tomorrow in Lincoln...

Red Cows
10-12-2013, 12:06 AM
An utterly horrific performance in goal tonight by Ryan Massa. The defense wasn't great by any means, but he was awful. The first three goals by Bentley were inexcusable. I bet Massa isn't in goal tomorrow night. I'm shocked he didn't get yanked in the 2nd period. If we don't get better goaltending that this..........

On the other side of the coin, their goaltender won the game for them by making the saves that needed to be made, and, in particular, in a lot of wild situations in front of their net. UNO had a zillion scoring opportunities but had a devil of a time cashing many in. I also thought Bentley, by and large, had an excellent forecheck in this game that bottled us up a lot despite the fact that we handily outshot them.

Ryan Walters was a complete non-factor in this game. I spent a lot of time watching him and he had a tough night.

I don't know if it is their very dark uniforms that make it look that way, but, Bentley looks to have a pretty big team, size-wise. They absolutely deserved to win this game, and, they did.

I hope this is a good wake up call for the boys because I have a feeling that we thought we could mail this one in. If that's what happened (and we'll know tomorrow night) then I expect we see a different game tomorrow night. The whole night seemed like UNO was waiting for Bentley to lose and they forgot that they have to make that happen.

Bentley got two power play goals and two short-handed goals in this game while UNO got zot on the power play, despite 6 chances. Not good.

Attendance was 4,578. Crowd held down by the opponent and the fact that it was an absolutely gorgeous night for high school football tonight, the Lancers were also playing at home (in front of 2,654 at Ralston Arena), along with the Husker game being early tomorrow. The student section was great tonight.

Snively65
10-12-2013, 12:10 AM
Looking forward to checking out tomorrow nights game, as I'm in town for work tomorrow in Lincoln...

Hey, Gibber, you missed Bentley's biggest win in program history on Friday night. UNH has never played Bentley. Perhaps the teams will meet in the post - season some year.

Red Cows
10-13-2013, 04:46 PM
Weekend thoughts.

I saw more that concerned me than encouraged me. If we are a "major" program, then there is no excuse for us to have the goaltending situation that we have. Massa has been scary and one or both of the two freshmen goalies may pan out but they both have less than stellar juniors records. An .846 save percentage for our goalies thus far is utterly ridiculous.

Our power play looks absolutely awful. We couldn't put on any real meaningful pressure in an almost two minute long 5 on 3 power play last night, even. 1-12 on power plays through two games (and 3 given up).

I can't remember the last time UNO gave up 2 short-handed goals in a single game like they did Friday night. It may have never happened before but I have to think it probably has.

The whole weekend featured rather blase' hockey to me (pardon the pun). There wasn't a lot of energy shown by the team I thought and maybe (I hope) we just played down to the competition level. There was really nothing I saw that gave me the impression that we're going to be any sort of real factor this season in the new league unless Bentley is as good a team as Coach Blais now seems to think they are:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20131012/MAVS/131019479/1085#megna-guentzel-spark-mavs-to-victory

These were two games we should win handily and look a certain way doing it. We most certainly did not on either count. What it looked like was two games between very evenly matched teams, both of which could have gone either way.

I am trying to remember when I have seen worse looking ice at the CenturyLink Center than I have seen there this week. Maybe that's why these games this week looked sort of "slow" or "lackadaisical".

I did not get warm fuzzies this week and the exact words to describe the vibe I had fail me as it was almost a "you-had-to-be-there" kind of thing.

We'll see what next weekend holds for us at Northern Michigan. We'll know what we have real fast after this weekend as UNO has weekend series upcoming with, after that, in order:

Cornell
Denver
North Dakota
Michigan
Miami

As daunting a stretch of games as the school has ever faced. By a ton.

UNO will be sinking or swimming by December 1st since all these games will have been played by then.

Red Cows
10-20-2013, 12:04 PM
Coach Blais has a lot to work on.

Too many penalties, the defense has been horrible, as are special teams. It's hard to be real judgmental about the goaltending because of these other issues.

Scoring, as expected, hasn't been an issue. This is one area where I can see us improving even from where we are, now.

Frankly, I don't know what to expect out of this team, really. I know one thing, they are going to sink or swim this season in the next 5 weekends. The season will either be going somewhere at that point or pretty much be over with. I'm not very optimistic, based on what I have seen so far.

Interesting parallels between UNO hockey and NU football right now. Bad defense, and undisciplined, are words you can use to describe either situation right now.

Red Cows
10-21-2013, 10:59 PM
UNO didn't receive even a single vote in the poll this week. Not a surprise since none of their prior opponents have, to date, received any votes either.

Frankly, I haven't seen much of anything out of this team as yet that is "voteworthy".

Tipsy McStagger
10-21-2013, 11:00 PM
UNO didn't receive even a single vote in the poll this week. Not a surprise since none of their prior opponents have, to date, received any votes either.

Frankly, I haven't seen much of anything out of this team as yet that is "voteworthy".
Is that surprising to you?

Red Cows
10-22-2013, 01:00 AM
Is that surprising to you?

To some degree.

This has become an issue that is being debated now at Mavpuck:

http://www.mavpuck.com/mpboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9450

Hard to argue with the thread starter's assertions (which is not me, by the way).

I am not entirely happy with what I am seeing, either.

Tipsy McStagger
10-22-2013, 09:28 AM
To some degree.

This has become an issue that is being debated now at Mavpuck:

http://www.mavpuck.com/mpboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9450

Hard to argue with the thread starter's assertions (which is not me, by the way).

I am not entirely happy with what I am seeing, either.

I am certainly not an expert on UNO hockey, but I can tell you going into the season it was easy to see that this team was going to have a problem stopping the other team. The defense was 43rd in the country last year in team defense, so they weren't good to begin with. They lost Faulkner, who was the best of a bad lot of goalies (Not sure why Stolarz left). They lost Sustr and Aneloski who were probably their two best defensemen. So I don't know how you could expect them to come out of the gates this season and be a good defensive team. I don't think they will be at any point of the season, but with time and good coaching, who knows?

Offensively, they are scoring at the same clip as last year. So no surprises there either. I understand that as a fan you would like your team to be above .500 and have hopes of the playoffs, but I don't know anyone who foresaw that for UNO this year.

Red Cows
10-23-2013, 06:58 PM
I am certainly not an expert on UNO hockey, but I can tell you going into the season it was easy to see that this team was going to have a problem stopping the other team. The defense was 43rd in the country last year in team defense, so they weren't good to begin with. They lost Faulkner, who was the best of a bad lot of goalies (Not sure why Stolarz left). They lost Sustr and Aneloski who were probably their two best defensemen. So I don't know how you could expect them to come out of the gates this season and be a good defensive team. I don't think they will be at any point of the season, but with time and good coaching, who knows?

Offensively, they are scoring at the same clip as last year. So no surprises there either. I understand that as a fan you would like your team to be above .500 and have hopes of the playoffs, but I don't know anyone who foresaw that for UNO this year.

I agree, defense and goaltending were my biggest concerns as well.

FWIW, I think Sustr was the most overrated player in program history. Yeah, I know he's playing in the NHL. If he wasn't 6' 8" I don't know if he would be and I don't know how long that keeps him there, either.

As far as Aneloski is concerned, I always thought he was a big stiff. From day one. He's playing with the ECHL Orlando Solar Bears, last I heard.

I certainly have never thought (nor dared to say) they'd come out of the gates this season and be a good defensive team. In fact, I don't know how much they can or will improve, and, didn't and still don't have high hopes in this regard.

The concern here is how a supposed big name conference school gets themselves into the goaltending situation they are currently in in the first place and why is the defense SO poor in Coach Blais 5th season? His big success here has come with Mike Kemp's players in his first two seasons here. It hasn't been a pretty ride, since. And, the fanbase here is starting to wonder about why all this is, now.

My gut feel is that Coach Blais coaches until we complete one season in our new arena and he then retires. I look at this team and I don't see a very motivated or disciplined bunch of guys at all and that is a headscratcher. Losing is one thing, and losing and looking like you aren't being well led is another, and we seem to be getting into the realm of the latter and not the former.

My guess is that this team will improve as the season progresses as long as nobody gets kicked off it, quits and goes pro, or the injury bug bites, all of which have happened with a vengeance, to one degree or another, each of the last 3 seasons.

Red Cows
11-02-2013, 11:13 PM
UNO follows up it's first ever win at Magness last night (on their 11th attempt), 3-2 in overtime, with a repeat performance tonight, another 3-2 win in overtime and the sweep of the Pioneers.

Go figure. Looks like we might be in for a Jekyl and Hyde season with this team. DU fans must be pulling out their hair what with this being the 4th loss for them, by the same 3-2 final score, in overtime this season.

North Dakota up next for UNO next weekend as the schedule gauntlet continues for them.

Red Cows
11-10-2013, 11:38 AM
Probably nothing sums up UNO's season so far any better than did Matt Semisch's USCHO recap of the game last night with North Dakota:


The difference between Nebraska-Omaha so far this month — three games, three wins — and how the Mavericks looked in October borders on staggering.


And, in a completely unrelated note, if anybody from UNO's program reads this thread, "game emcee" Lester St. James has to go. He is an absolute embarrassment to this program. Besides knowing next to nothing about hockey and spouting every hockey cliche he has ever heard in a desperate attempt to sound like he does, last night he sank to insulting contestants (and, frankly, every UNO fan in the building) on the arena video board during breaks in play with the schtick that emanated forth from his idiot piehole. If you were in the building, my guess is that you know specifically what I am referring to. If that isn't bad enough, because our play-by-play man, Dave Ahlers, is also UNO's Director of Media Relations, that means that he is unavailable for post game duties on the air (which is a whole 'nother story of it's own) and they give this complete goombah a mike and let him do the post game along with UNO color man Terry Leahy. What then transpires is some of the most insipid and uniformed blathering you are ever likely to hear about hockey. You can almost "see" Terry Leahy (who is a color man with few peers) cringe every time Lester opens his mouth and spews forth something else that is yet again laughably stupid.

Get rid of this guy. Now.

His presence in the arena is embarrassing. What he said last night to the girls that were the contest contestants last night was fodder for discussion last night in the Lexus Club between periods, even.

That's a problem when your fans are more concerned about and talking about their disdain and contempt for this guy than they are about what is going on at the actual game, between periods.

Free us from this cretin.

MAVFANJEFF
11-10-2013, 08:53 PM
I wish I knew what you were referring too but I was probably in the john at the time. But I'll go one further and say that Kemp and Albers have fallen down on the job when it comes to marketing and game day experience. No pep band, no tunnel, no school run fan website, a hokie radio commercial, just call me maverick LOL, crappie play by play, (Please bring back Greg).... Then there's a red army cheer that mentions microwaving a cat which should only be used when we play a team with "cat" in their name. It's embarrassing when visiting fans say "what the hell are they talking about" during that cheer as well as some others yet the school won't put forth the effort to publicize the words to the school's fight song.

This explains a lot though:
https://www.facebook.com/lester.s.james/media_set?set=a.1456175477559.2063973.1028514605&type=3
his "likes" include Lincoln Stars hockey but not UNO athletics.
His LinkedIn profile doesn't mention him being the emcee.
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=165421634&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=b9-q&locale=en_US&srchid=1254672361384138259507&srchindex=1&srchtotal=2&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A1254672361384138259507%2CVS RPtargetId%3A165421634%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary



Probably nothing sums up UNO's season so far any better than did Matt Semisch's USCHO recap of the game last night with North Dakota:



And, in a completely unrelated note, if anybody from UNO's program reads this thread, "game emcee" Lester St. James has to go. He is an absolute embarrassment to this program. Besides knowing next to nothing about hockey and spouting every hockey cliche he has ever heard in a desperate attempt to sound like he does, last night he sank to insulting contestants (and, frankly, every UNO fan in the building) on the arena video board during breaks in play with the schtick that emanated forth from his idiot piehole. If you were in the building, my guess is that you know specifically what I am referring to, If that isn't bad enough, because our play-by-play man, Dave Ahlers, is also UNO's Director of Media Relations, that means that he is unavailable for post game duties on the air (which is a whole 'nother story of it's own) and they give this complete goombah a mike and let him do the post game along with UNO color man Terry Leahy. What then transpires is some of the most insipid and uniformed blathering you are ever likely to hear about hockey. You can almost "see" Terry Leahy (who is a color man with few peers) cringe every time Lester opens his mouth and spews forth something else that is yet again laughably stupid.

Get rid of this guy. Now.

His presence in the arena is embarrassing. What he said last night to the girls that were the contest contestants last night was fodder for discussion last night in the Lexus Club between periods, even.

That's a problem when your fans are more concerned about and talking about their disdain and contempt for this guy than they are about what is going on at the actual game, between periods.

Free us from this cretin.