Senior Austin Ortega led UNO in scoring against North Dakota last weekend with four points.
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Mavericks Travel To Colorado College

Omaha Athletics | January 12, 2017
This Week
The Omaha hockey team is on the road this week, visiting Colorado College on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14.  Friday’s game begins at 8:07 p.m. CT, and Saturday’s game starts at 7:07 p.m. CT from Colorado Springs World Arena.

The Teams
Omaha is 11-8-3 this season and 4-6-0-0/0 in the NCHC, putting it in seventh place.  The Mavericks are coming off 9-1 and 7-3 losses to visiting North Dakota last weekend.  Omaha is 7-1-2 away from home this season, a record that includes one neutral site game.  UNO leads the all-time series with the Tigers, 11-7-3, and is 4-5-1 vs. CC in Colorado Springs.  The Mavericks are 5-3-2 in their last 10.

Colorado College is 6-12-2 this season and 2-6-2-0/0 in the NCHC, good for eighth place, just four points behind the Mavericks.  The Tigers are coming off a 2-2 tie (3-on-3 OTL) and a 2-1 win at then-No. 1 Minnesota Duluth last weekend.  CC is 0-7-0 at home so far.  The Tigers are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) and 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.

The Coaches
Dean Blais is in his eighth year as the head coach of the Mavericks, having led UNO to three 20-win campaigns in that time.  The 1973 graduate of Minnesota has posted a record of 402-239-61 in his career as a head coach and has guided the Mavericks to a mark of 140-124-28.  He earned his 400th career win at St. Cloud State on Dec. 9.

Blais is a two-time Spencer Penrose Memorial Award winner as the Division I coach of the year and a four-time winner of the WCHA’s Coach of the Year Award.  He spent 10 years as head coach at North Dakota where he led UND to national championships in 1997 and 2000.  He is joined by associate head coach Mike Gabinet, a former UNO defenseman and a 2004 graduate, and assistant coach Leigh Mendelson, a 2015 Omaha graduate and former volunteer assistant coach for the team (2014-16).

Mike Haviland is in his third season leading Colorado College.  The 1990 graduate of Elmira is 18-67-6 in his time in Colorado Springs.  He is assisted by Gene Reilly and R. J. Enga.

Media
Friday’s game will be televised live on American Sports Network.  Tim Neverett will call the game, and Pat Micheletti will provide commentary.

Both games also can be heard live on 1180 The Zone 2.  Dave Ahlers will handle the play by play while Terry Leahy provides analysis.  Coverage begins 30 minutes before game time with the First National Bank Pre-Game Show.  Live video can be found at NCHC.tv while live audio and stats can be found at OMavs.com.

Up Next
The Mavericks return home to host Miami on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21.  Friday’s game starts at 7:07 p.m., and Saturday’s game starts at 7:37 p.m. from Baxter Arena.

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