The No. 12/13 Omaha Mavericks return to NCHC play this weekend when they host No. 10 Denver on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9-10. Friday's game begins at 7:37 p.m.
The Mavericks are 12-5-3 overall this season and 6-3-1-1 in the NCHC this season, putting them in third place. They haven't played since a 2-1 OT win and a 6-2 loss to visiting New Hampshire on Dec. 30-31. UNO trails the all-time series with Denver, 7-15-2 and is 5-7-0 all-time against the Pioneers in Omaha. The Mavericks are 6-3-1 at home this season.
The Pioneers are 11-5-1 overall and 4-3-0-0 in the NCHC this season, good for fifth place. DU is coming off a 1-1 tie (2-1 shootout loss) at Dartmouth and a 5-3 win over Brown at the Ledyard Bank Classic in Hanover, N.H. last weekend. Denver is 2-2-1 on the road this season and has played just one other NCHC road series, going 1-1-0 at Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 24-25.
Last Time Out
The Mavericks earned a 2-1 overtime win before losing to New Hampshire, 6-2, on Dec. 30-31, their last series of 2014. On Tuesday, the Mavericks spotted the Wildcats a 1-0 lead at 3:12 of the first period but tied it at 1:02 of the third when Jake Randolph scored off the rebound of a shot by Tyler Vesel. In overtime, Vesel's pass from behind the net found Austin Ortega who fired home the game winner at 3:45. Kirk Thompson stopped 28 shots for the win.
On Wednesday, UNO dropped into a 4-0 hole after two periods but tried to build a rally in the third on goals by David Pope and Luc Snuggerud just 2:06 apart. The rally fell short when UNH added two, one into an empty net, to secure the split. Thompson, starting consecutive games for the first time this year, made 18 saves.