North Dakota vs. Nebraska-Omaha, Series Preview

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%).