Sophomore Alex Blankenburg made 33 saves to earn his first win of the season in a 6-3 victory over No. 8 Western...
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Mavericks Pull Away From No. 8 Broncos, 6-3

Omaha Athletics | February 11, 2017
OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha hockey team got two goals each from Fredrik Olofsson and Riley Alferd in a 6-3 win over No. 8 Western Michigan on Saturday night at Baxter Arena.

The Mavericks pulled away in the third period, scoring three times in the final 10 minutes to snap a five-game winless streak.  UNO improved to 15-12-5 overall and 8-10-2/0 in the NCHC, pulling it into a tie with idle North Dakota for fifth place.

Western Michigan dropped to 16-8-4 overall and 9-8-1-0/1 in the conference, good for third.

Omaha scored the first three goals of the game but led just 3-2 entering the third period.  The Broncos tied the game when Aidan Muir tipped in a shot by Corey Schueneman on a power play at 5:35.

But the Mavericks retook the lead on Olofsson’s second goal of the night.  He took a pass from Steven Spinner and backhanded a shot through traffic at 10:02.

UNO added to its lead on a power play at 17:07.  Tyler Vesel set up Luc Snuggerud who blasted home his career-best 11th of the year.

Justin Parizek added an empty-net goal at 17:39 to finish the scoring.

The Mavericks’ checking line knocked in the first two goals of the game.  Colin Grannary, at the end of a shift, carried the puck down the left wing and slid it across to Alferd who fought off a WMU defender to steer home his first collegiate goal.

Hard work by Luke Nogard resulted in UNO’s second goal.  He out battled two defenders behind the Broncos’ net, centering the puck to Alferd who roofed the puck over goaltender Ben Blacker at 17:30.

The Mavericks extended their lead on a power play early in the second period.  Fredrik Olofsson scooped up the rebound of a shot by Steven Spinner and wristed the puck over Blacker at 1:10.

But the Broncos chipped away at the lead, getting goals from Matheson Iacopelli and Corey Schueneman to leave the Mavericks up 3-2 after two.

Alex Blankenburg earned the win in goal for UNO in his first start of the season.  He made a game-high 33 saves as the Mavericks were outshot 36-34.  Blacker stopped 28 shots.

The Mavericks have a week off before visiting North Dakota on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24-25.

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