Miami heads to Nebraska-Omaha
WHO: Miami RedHawks (7-11-3) at No. 7 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (15-6-1).
WHERE: Baxter Arena, Omaha, Neb..
WHEN: Friday–8:37 p.m.; Saturday–8:07 p.m.
TV: Friday–CBS College Sports (DirecTV Ch. 221); Saturday–None.
NEBRASKA-OMAHA RADIO: KZOT-AM (1180), Omaha, Neb..
MIAMI RADIO: WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.
NOTES: Despite its impressive record, Nebraska-Omaha has lost three of four games, earning a split in North Dakota after getting swept in Denver.
The Mavericks are averaging 3.2 goals per game, thanks largely to the tandem of juniors Austin Ortega and Jake Guentzel.
Ortega is tied for fifth in college hockey with 17 goals, including seven game winners, and Guentzel in tops in the NCHC with points (11-21-32) and has a plus-17 rating.
Justin Parizek and Jake Randolph have added ample secondary scoring, with 21 and 20 points, respectively.
Evan Weninger is having an outstanding year in net for UNO, posting a .942 save percentage to go along with a 1.99 goals-against average in 12 games.
However, Miami could catch a break, as his status is uncertain after suffering an ankle injury. He did not make the trip to North Dakota last weekend.
Kirk Thompson has a 2.93 GAA and a save percentage of .881.
Speaking of goalie issues, the RedHawks’ netminding situation is also unclear after senior Ryan McKay was scratched last weekend. Senior Jay Williams was very good last week in a win over Bowling Green and should play at least one game this weekend.
Miami enters this weekend six points behind the fifth-place Mavericks in the NCHC standings.
When these teams met earlier this season in Oxford, UNO went 1-0-1, thanks to some late heroics, including an overtime winner in the finale.