This weekend the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks entertains the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in a pivotal conference matchup.  This will be the first series between the two teams this season.

Series History

All-time, UND leads the series against the UNO 9-6-1 (.594). In Grand Forks, ND, UND leads the series 4-3-1 (.563). In Omaha, NE, UND leads the series 5-3-0 (.625). Last 10, UND leads 6-3-1 (.650)

Tale of the Tape

#9 University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks vs.  #1 University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Date: Jan. 15-16, 2016
Time: Friday 7:37 p.m. CT, Saturday 7:07 p.m. CT
Location: Ralph Engelstad Arena (11,634) Grand Forks, N.D.
Radio: Home of Economy UND Sports Radio Network
Webcast: NCHC.tv
TV: Midco Sports Network
National TV: FOX College Sports Central (Saturday)

Fighting Hawks

UND Offense: 11th, 3.41 GPG
UND Defense: 2nd, 1.59 G/GM
UND Scoring Margin: 7th, 1.82
UND Power Play: 28th, (15/84, 17.9%)
UND Penalty Kill: 19th, (72/85, 84.7%)
UND Penalty Minutes: 14th, (12.4 PIM/G)
Corsi: 57.3
UND SOS: 26th
UND USCHO Ranking: 1st
UND Pairwise Ranking: 2nd
UND Record during January: 2-0-0
UND Home Record: 8-1-1 (.850)
UND Away Record: 9-1-2 (.833)
Neutral Ice: 1-0-1 (.750)
UND Last 10 Games: 9-1-0 (.900)

Mavericks

UNO Offense: 13th, 3.30 G/GM
UNO Defense: 17th, 2.35 G/GM
UNO Scoring Margin: 11th, .95
UNO Power Play: 27th, (14/78, 17.9%)
UNO Penalty Kill: 7th, (70/80, 87.5%)
UNO Penalty Minutes: 44th, (9.3 PIM/G)
Corsi: 49.4
UNO SOS: 11th
UNO USCHO Ranking: 9th
UNO Pairwise Ranking: 7th
UNO Record during January: 0-2-2 (.000)
UNO Home Record: 8-2-0 (.800)
UNO Away Record: 6-3-1 (.650)
UNO Last 10 Games: 7-3-0 (.700)

UND forward Brock Boeser (Tyler Ingham, UND Athletics)

UND forward Brock Boeser (Tyler Ingham, UND Athletics)

North Dakota Fighting Hawks: Forwards: Drake Caggiula (14g-15a—29pts), Nick Schmaltz (3g-23a—27pts), Brock Boeser (13g-8a—21pts), Bryn Chyzyk (8g-3a—11pts), Austin Poganski (5g-5a—10pts), Johnny Simonson (2g-7a—9pts), Luke Johnson (4g-5a—9pts). Defense: Troy Stecher (3g-12a—15pts), Tucker Poolman (3g-11a—14pts), Christian Wolanin (3g-6a—9pts), Keaton Thompson (1g-7a—8pts), Paul LaDue (2g-6a—8pts), Goaltenders: Cam Johnson (9-0-1, 1.07 GAA, .957 save percentage), Matt Hrynkiw (9-2-1, 2.11 GAA, .911 save percentage). (UND Stats)

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks: Forwards: Jake Guentzel (10g-17a—27pts), Austin Ortega (16g-8a—24pts), Justin Parizek (6g-15a—21pts), Jake Randolph (8g-9a—17pts), Fredrik Olofsson (6g-7a—13pts). Defense: Brian Cooper 3g-6a—9pts), Luc Snuggerud (2g-6a—8pts), Ian Brady (1g-5a—6pts). Evan Weninger (10-2-0, 1.99 GAA, 942 save percentage), Kirk Thompson (4-3-1, 2.75 GAA, .889 save percentage). (UNO Stats)

Series prediction

I wrote in another column, this weekend, the safe bet is a series split. Historically, there’s been only one series sweep between the two teams, UND swept UNO (2-1 W, 5-2 W) on Feb. 8-9, 2013, in Omaha, Nebraska. Last season, UND took four-of-six points against the Mavericks in Grand Forks, ND. Every other series between the two teams has been a split. Finally, no team has won more than three games in a row.

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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