This weekend, second ranked University of North Dakota entertains the 11th ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a two-game conference series. This begins a two-week home stretch for UND.

Series History

All-time, UND is 7-5-0 (.583) against Nebraska-Omaha. In Grand Forks, ND, the series tied 3-3-0 (.500). In Omaha, ND, UND is 4-2-0 (.667) against the Mavericks. At neutral sites the two teams have never met. Under head coach Dave Hakstol, UND has a 7-5-0 (.583) record against the Mavericks. Last 10 games against the Mavericks, UND leads the series 6-4-0 (.600).

Tale of the tape

#2 North Dakota (9-3-1, 4-2-0 NCHC) vs. #11Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (7-2-1, 3-1-0 NCHC)
Date: November 28-29, 2014
Game Time: Friday 7:37, Saturday 7:07 p.m. CT
Location: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, ND
Last time out: UNO split with Minnesota-Duluth (2-3 L, 4-1 W).

Last time out: UND split with SCSU (1-3 L, 3-2 W).
UNO Offense: 15th Nationally
UNO Defense: 10th Nationally
UND Offense: 11th Nationally
UND Defense: 16th Nationally
TV: Friday – Midco Sports Network
TV: Saturday – Midco Sports Network, FOX College Sports Pacific, DirecTV 608-2, DISH Network 453
Live Streaming: NCHC.TV
North Dakota series notes

Key players to watch

North Dakota – Forwards: Drake Caggiula (7g-10a—17pts), Michael Parks (5g-9a—14pts), Mark MacMillan (6g-5a—11pts), Luke Johnson (3g-3a—6pts). Defense: Paul LaDue (3g-5a—8pts), Troy Stecher (1g-8a—9pts) Jordan Schmaltz (1g-7a—8pts), Tucker Poolman (3g-1a—4pts), Gage Ausmus (1g-1a—2pts). Goalies: Zane McIntyre (9-3-1, 2.04 GAA, .927 SV%), Cam Johnson (0-0-0, 2.68 GAA, .800 SV%).

UND Injuries: Nick Schmaltz (1g-7a—8pts), Bryn Chzyk (2g-3a—5pts), Brendan O’Donnell (3g-1a—4pts) are out indefinitely.

Nebraska-Omaha – Forwards: Austin Ortega (5g-8a—13pts), Jake Guentzel (5g-6a—11pts), Jake Randolph (1g-8a—9pts), Tyler Vesel (2g-5a—7pts), Tanner Lane (1g-5a—6pts). Defense: Brian Cooper (2g-4a—6pts), Ian Brady (2g-3a—5pts), Jono Davis (0g-4a—4pts). Goalies: Ryan Massa (6-1-1, 1.49 GAA, .951 SV%), Kirk Thompson (1-1-0, 3.57 GAA, .891 SV%).

Special teams

Nebraska-Omaha – The Mavericks penalty kill is ranked 7th in the nation (40/44, 90.0%). The Mavericks  power play is ranked 29th in the nation (7/41, 17.1%).

North Dakota – UND’s penalty kill is ranked 28th in the nation (50/59, 86.5%). UND’s power play is ranked 19th in the nation (12/63, 19.0%).

About The Author

College Hockey Writer, Contributing Editor

Eric Burton is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers college hockey and the University of North Dakota for Inside Hockey. Eric is the editor of the SIN BIN. Lastly, Eric was the college hockey writer for The Hockey Writers.

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