Miami travels to former CCHA foe UNO

RedHawks have not lost in Omaha in 11 years

John Lachmann
Kypostsports@yahoo.com
Twitter: @rednblackhawks

WHO: No. 8 Miami RedHawks (7-4-1) at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (6-6).

WHERE: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.

WHEN: Friday—8:37 p.m.; Saturday—9:07 p.m.

TV: Statewide in Nebraska only on NET 1.

MIAMI RADIO: Friday—WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio; and WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind. Saturday—WKBV-AM (1490).

UNO RADIO: Both nights—KZOT-AM (1180), Omaha, Neb..

NOTES: These former CCHA foes have not met since 2009-10, and Miami holds a 17-7-3 all-time series lead.

The RedHawks are 6-0-1 in their last seven games in Omaha dating back to 2002.

Nebraska-Omaha is finished up a six-game homestand in which the Mavericks are 2-2 with splits vs. North Dakota and Michigan.

Despite averaging over 6,000 fans per game, the Mavericks have posted a 3-5 record at CenturyLink Center.

Nebraska-Omaha’s stats suggest its 3-1 NCHC record is an aberration, as the Mavericks have allowed two more goals than they have scored and their team save percentage is .880.

Junior forward Josh Archibald has been the hottest UNO player offensively, recording nine goals and four assists including a goal in each of his last four games.

Senior forward Ryan Walters – who entered this season with 100 collegiate points – has three goals and a team-best 10 assists for 13 points.

UNO has also gotten scoring from senior forward Brock Montpetit, who has six goals and three assists, and junior forward Dominic Zombo – son of former NHL defenseman Rick Zombo – who has scored five times and set up five more goals.

Sophomore Pittsburgh Penguins draftee Jake Guentzel has chipped in a pair of goals and seven helpers.

Led by senior captain Michael Young, junior Brian O’Rourke and sophomore Brian Seeler, the Mavericks’ blueline corps has held opponents to an average of 27 shots per game.

But the three UNO goalies have save percentages of .881, .885 and .898., so Miami should be able to take advantage of the young Mavericks netminders.

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