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Red Cows
10-06-2014, 10:59 PM
Dean Blais says UNO is close to contending:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/blais-believes-the-mavs-are-close-to-contending/article_bdfa112e-74f8-5569-8d19-c13c2bdc73ce.html

Note that he is no longer saying in what year. :rolleyes: And, probably not this year with 11 freshman, and, oh, let us not forget that Ryan Massa is still the goaltender.

He is definitely right about the arena situation.

UNO was shutout, 4-0 tonight, by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks. Played out in front of a teeming throng of 3,512.

For inquiring minds--an "ook" is a bird. Specifically, its the Inuktitut word for "Snowy Owl".

FYI, Blais sat all the upperclassman for this game. They didn't play a single minute of it.

Onward and upward to the Purple Cows this upcoming weekend, which might be a tad embarrassing when the opposing team's head coach gets bigger cheers than our own, here at home, during the pregame intros, which will occur right before we get pounded.

Can we at least get through a season without kicking the most important players off the team during the season for one reason or another and maybe not have any players go pro during the season as well? Is that too much to ask?

With all these freshman with no sea legs, one hopes that we can be a better team in the 2nd half than we probably will be in the first. Our pretty tough first half schedule, with all these new faces, is going to be challenging.

Bonin21
10-06-2014, 11:03 PM
FYI, Blais sat all the upperclassman for this game. They didn't play a single minute of it.

Um... what?

Red Cows
10-06-2014, 11:29 PM
Um... what?

Full confession. I actually did not attend tonight's game due to a business commitment. I was TOLD by someone that WAS there that no upperclassman played but I have now seen the actual box score and I now know this isn't true. And, I also saw a Twitter post on Mavpuck that said the same thing.

Senior Ryan Massa played the first period. And, Polk, Lane, and Pearce all saw at least some ice time. How much, I don't know. None of the rest of the upperclassmen played, though.

Senior transfer from Vermont, Kyle Mountain, also saw some ice time. However, he did not play a single game at Vermont last season and didn't play much the two seasons before that. He is also unlikely to play very much here, either, and will probably be a scratch most nights.

purpleinnebraska
10-07-2014, 09:09 AM
Onward and upward to the Purple Cows this upcoming weekend, which might be a tad embarrassing when the opposing team's head coach gets bigger cheers than our own, here at home, during the pregame intros, which will occur right before we get pounded.

Can we at least get through a season without kicking the most important players off the team during the season for one reason or another and maybe not have any players go pro during the season as well? Is that too much to ask?

With all these freshman with no sea legs, one hopes that we can be a better team in the 2nd half than we probably will be in the first. Our pretty tough first half schedule, with all these new faces, is going to be challenging.

All right, enough of the lowering expectations of your own team. You've been hanging around UND people for too long. I saw too many of these guys play in the USHL to think this is a bad team. Jake Guentzel is as good as any sophomore in the country, and if Blais has lost a step, he's still at least a step ahead of most coaches. Do I think Kato should be favored? Sure, but it's not like we'll be playing Trinity Western again.

Bonin21
10-07-2014, 10:01 AM
You also have the two best seniors in MN HS hockey last year.

MavHockey14
10-10-2014, 05:49 PM
For Red Mavs who want them..

Lines for tonight's season opener! LET'S GO MSU!

21 Grant - 18 Leitner - 9 Gervais
25 Stepan - 23 Blueger - 17 Huntebrinker
12 LaFontaine - 26 Margonari - 19 McClure
15 Franklin - 16 J. Nelson - 8 Gaede

7 Palmquist - 3 Thompson
21 Stern - 5 Foguth
11 Flanagan - 6 C. Nelson

34 Huggins
35 Williams

Scratches: Knowles, Schmeisser, Knutson, A. Nelson, and Buchanan

Red Cows
10-10-2014, 11:02 PM
You also have the two best seniors in MN HS hockey last year.

That didn't stop Gopher fans from sort of denigrating those guys because "really good players aren't around long enough in high school to be truly "great" senior HS players. Those guys move on to juniors".

Supposedly our guys are the best of who stuck around and aren't really "all that".

Bonin21
10-10-2014, 11:10 PM
Supposedly our guys at the best of who stuck around and aren't really "all that".
Maybe they weren't the best HS seniors from MN last year. Hard to say. But I'd love to see someone who said Snuggerud and to a lesser extent Peterson aren't **** good.

purpleinnebraska
10-11-2014, 03:59 AM
Maybe they weren't the best HS seniors from MN last year. Hard to say. But I'd love to see someone who said Snuggerud and to a lesser extent Peterson aren't **** good.
I thought Snuggerud was outstanding last night

MavHockey14
10-11-2014, 11:23 PM
I thought Snuggerud was outstanding last night

Snuggerud was phenomenal at the State Tournament too.

Red Cows
10-13-2014, 09:08 PM
I thought Snuggerud was outstanding last night

True confession time.

I did not go to either MSM game. I gave my tickets away for both games.

I grew up in Kansas City and there was no way I was missing Royals ALCS games for a UNO hockey game and both of UNO's games overlapped the first two playoff games. I love UNO hockey, but, I love the Royals more.

Shame on me, I guess.

Red Cows
10-18-2014, 11:50 AM
So far, we've been better than I expected. In fact, its bordered on eye opening. Of all the freshman, Luc Snuggerrud, in particular, has stood out. Guentzel and Ortega have been stupendous so far, too. 1st and 2nd, nationally, in scoring so far (I know its early). The way the scoring has been spread out in these games so far, we look more balanced, too. 3 games and 9 different guys have already scored goals. 5 goals last night from 5 different guys.

I am trying to remember the last time we ever scored shorthanded in a 4 on 3 situation, as we did last night. That is a rare one, indeed. And, odd for UNO in that last night's game we were outshot (by quite a bit) but won pretty handily (or, should I say for a Dean Blais coached team).

Would be great to get another one tonight. Every conference point is going to be huge in this league.

Red Cows
10-18-2014, 11:58 AM
UNO picks up 2 new recruits, Zach Court and Freddy Olofsson:

https://twitter.com/ZachCourt/status/521853942964035584

http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/college-hockey-recruiting-ncaa/2014/10/14/6977673/freddy-olofsson-commits-to-nebraska-omaha

http://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/436572?referrer_id=1348814

Olofsson, next season. Court, the season after.

Red Cows
10-18-2014, 10:49 PM
Let's see.

Conference road sweep?

Check.

End weekend in style with shut-out?

Check.

Have the NCAA's one-two scorers?

Check.

In the conference lead (well, tied)?

Check.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Red Cows
10-19-2014, 09:14 PM
For better or worse, here is what UNO takes the ice to at this season's home games, our last one at the Clink:

http://vimeo.com/109281078

Red Cows
10-27-2014, 10:46 PM
Very nice article about UNO senior goalie Ryan Massa in the Omaha World Herald:

http://www.omaha.com/uno/maverick-goalie-matures-between-the-ears-and-the-pipes/article_31afc506-4415-5ae6-b0ab-a8a9d8e316a6.html

Something else everyone needs to know, particularly the fans of the opposing teams involved, is that four of this season's UNO home hockey games will air on NET1 (statewide Nebraska public television).

NET will air the Mavericks’ NCHC match-ups against St. Cloud State (Dec. 12), Denver (Jan. 9), North Dakota (Jan. 31) and Western Michigan (Feb. 13).

These games are also being streamed on NET1's web site as well. FREEBIE.

If you have ever watched a UNO game streamed on NETV then you know that their Hi-Def webcasts are as good as it gets.

When these individual games get close, I'll post the link to the online telecast(s) in appropriate locations in this forum.

SCSU Euro
10-27-2014, 10:58 PM
Anyone know why the Saturday game against St. Cloud on Dec. 13 is an 8 pm start? I assumed it was maybe for a TV deal, but hadn't seen anything on it.

Red Cows
10-27-2014, 11:02 PM
Anyone know why the Saturday game against St. Cloud on Dec. 13 is an 8 pm start? I assumed it was maybe for a TV deal, but hadn't seen anything on it.

Without looking, I bet you Creighton has a home date that afternoon.

Red Cows
10-27-2014, 11:37 PM
Confirmed.

They are at home (1:00P.M.) that afternoon (and, on national television).

For those wondering, it a 3-4 hour process to convert the rink from basketball to hockey.

Koho
11-01-2014, 10:33 PM
Third page? Suffering from a lack of posters like most teams these days?

I am wondering if anyone can tell me how Avery Peterson has looked so far. Watched him through HS (and played him a few times in old-timers over the years - I could beat him regularly at one time -several years ago...) just curious how he is adjusting to college speed and physicality. Thanks.