Friday, February 4, 2011

Mavs Part Two

The Huskies will need to refocus for this weekend against the Mavs
Last weekend when the Huskies played the Mavericks (Mankato) the team walked away with less than the desired result. The Huskies only come away from the weekend with 1 point after getting a tie Friday night and losing Saturday. The Huskies will need to play much better this weekend against the Mavericks (Omaha) in order to remain hopeful for home-ice come playoffs. Despite St. Cloud's loss to Mankato, it is Omaha that comes into this weekend hanging their heads low after an embarrassing non-conference loss to Alabama-Huntsville. UNO had a 59-17 shot advantage in regulation; however, the score ended at 2-1 in favor of Alabama. This win was only their fourth victory of the season. Needless to say, both the Huskies and the Mavericks will be coming into this weekend with something to prove. In the only other meeting these two teams had with each other this year, the Mavs took three of four points in the series at the National Hockey Center. With both teams hungry, I am predicting a split. However, I do not think a sweep is out of range for either team.

What They're Saying:

Goal Gophers

"Kevin:  How many times have you heard the annoying radio replay of Holy Cross beating Minnesota in overtime in the 2006 NCAAs? About a bazillion if you listen to KFAN. My guess is the Alabama-Huntsville radio folks used the same restraint in last Saturday's overtime win in Omaha. The Red Mavs might still be reeling from that punch in the gut and being 2-5-1 the last eight. Hermantown's Drew LeBlanc has the Huskies percolating in the second half, 6-1-1 the last eight. Motzko versus Blais looks like ... SPLITSVILLE

Roman: The Huskies had a seven game unbeaten string (6-0-1) snapped by a 6-2 loss to Minnesota State last Saturday. Forward Dave Eddy (3-4-7) has points in last six games. UNO split with lowly Alabama-Huntsville, winning 4-0, then losing 2-1 in OT last weekend despite 59 shots. That's Gophers-like. Six of UNO's 10 freshmen have at least 10 points and coach Dean Blais (296-141-41) is closing in on 300 wins. UNO beat SCSU 3-0 and tied the Huskies 4-4 in mid-November. ... UNO SWEEP"
WCHA Hockey Blog
The Huskies are coming off an embarrassing game at home against Mankato and the Mavs are coming off an embarrassing OT loss at home to Huntsville. The Huskies played Omaha evenly in their last meeting, and they are playing better now than the last time these two teams met (last weekend excluded). The Mavericks have come back down to earth since their hot start, and are looking very beatable.
Split. Huskies win Friday 3-2, Omaha wins Saturday 4-1
"Theresa: Both teams are coming into this weekend slightly reeling from the last time they hit the ice. SCSU managed only one point from MSU while the Mavericks surprisingly split with Alabama-Huntsville. Obviously both teams will be looking for a little redemption. These teams are also, in a way, on opposite trajectories right now. SCSU’s stock is rising compared to earlier this year while UNO’s is falling. In the Huskies’ first trip to the Qwest Center, I think we’ll see a split — UNO Friday, SCSU Saturday.
Tyler: The Mavericks are not happy about Saturday’s loss to Alabama-Huntsville  and after one goal on a 59-shot night, UNO will make the most of its opportunities from now on. SCSU was hot going into last week but played completely lackluster at home against MSU. Saturday’s loss for UNO was a fluke, especially with Terry Broadhurst’s offensive abilities back in the lineup. UNO sweeps this one, putting the Mavericks back in the NCAA playoff picture and in contention for a home playoff series."
Goon's World
"Last weekend the Huskies got 1-point against the MSUM Mavericks in St. Cloud and the UNO Mavericks split with the UAH Chargers in Omaha.

The Huskies were riding a six game win streak until last weekend. SCSU fans are hoping that was just a blip, and then can get back on track this weekend against the other Mavericks. These teams met in St. Cloud back in mid November with UNO grabbing 3-points that weekend. The Mavericks started the season red hot, but have cooled their heels in 2011. The Huskies have done better this half, after a few players were let go from the team. I kind of wonder if it was those players affecting the others, like one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. Anyway they’re playing like everyone thought they would be playing the whole season. One thing for sure is there will be lots of red, white, and black at the Qwest Center this weekend.
That makes the total 2=UNO Sweep, 0=Huskies Sweep, and 5=Split

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