11.20.2009 / Posting by the UNO Athletic Office, The Voice of Durango

Except for the 1970 Cornell team, no other Division I NCAA hockey team has recorded an unbeaten, untied season. So it was inevitable that the Mavs would lose at some point this season.

"Except for the 1970 Cornell team, no other Division I NCAA hockey team has recorded an unbeaten, untied season."

Their first loss of the season came Friday, Nov. 5 at Michigan State. The Spartans had two power play goals as they earned their 3-0 win over the Mavs. UNO freshman goaltender John Faulkner stopped 29 shots in the game. Former Omaha Lancer goalie Drew Palmisano stopped 31 shots in net for the Spartans, earning the shutout. This past Saturday, Nov. 14, Lake Superior State took an early 2-0 lead on their way to defeating the Mavs 3-1. Jeremie Dupont stopped 23 shots on goal.

It’s easy to dwell on the two losses, but it’s important to remember that the Mavs are 5-2-3 on the season, and there have been some great moments:

  • Twelve different players have scored a total of 29 goals, while the team has held its opponents to 22 goals.

  • Every game, we get to see a great goaltender. Dupont and Faulkner have both had some great games and allowed some goals we don’t want to see. The competition between the two for starting goaltender has pushed each one to a higher level of play.

  • As a team, the Mavs are 11-52 on the power play, which puts the team at 2nd in the CCHA.

  • As a freshman, Terry Broadhurst gives us a good look at where this program is going. He has three assists and three goals, including the shootout-winning goal against Michigan State.

The team plays its first CCHA road games this weekend when it visits Northern Michigan (3-5-2 overall) on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21. Face-off is 6:35 p.m. both nights. The Wildcats defeated Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 14 but lost in a shootout on Saturday, Nov. 15. They will surely be looking to gain more CCHA wins at home this weekend.

What else have you noticed about this year’s team?

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