Pregame: UNO v Quinnipiac (30 Dec 2011)

Welcome to Radio Free Omaha’s pregame coverage of tonight’s game between Nebraska-Omaha and Quinnipiac at CenturyLink Center. You’ll find below tonight’s line charts as well as a quick scouting report on each team.

NEBRASKA-OMAHA (9-8-3, 7-4-3 WCHA)

17 Broadhurst – 12 Montpetit – 21 White
19 Walters – 11 Jays. Megna – 13 Raubenheimer
23 Searfoss – 25 Gwidt – 10 Simonson
9 Polk – 14 Zombo – 22 Schmit

7 Young – 24 Aneloski
8 Jayc. Megna – 3 Sustr
4 Turgeon – 5 Ensign

30 Faulkner
31 Massa

Scratches: 2 Smith, 15 Archibald, 16 Krause, 28 O’Rourke, 29 Belfour, 35 Bergman

Scouting the Mavericks: UNO currently finds itself sitting in fourth place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, one point behind Colorado College in third. The Mavericks last played Dec. 9 and 10, splitting a pair of games at North Dakota, winning the first in overtime before losing in the rematch. Head coach Dean Blais and freshman forward Josh Archibald are away this weekend representing the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Edmonton. The Mavericks’ form in their last six games: W-T-L-W-W-L

QUINNIPIAC (11-6-3, 3-4-3 ECAC Hockey)

19 Zurevinski – 20 Peca – 44 Heichman
9 Bui – 6 Hibbeler – 24 Dunbar
13 Bouharevich – 10 Connor Jones – 15 Kellen Jones
7 Arnt – 17 Langlois – 11 Goodman

4 Barron – 23 Currie
3 Davies – 27 Tolkinen
25 Glaicar – 2 Dalhuisen

33 Hartzell
35 Clarke

Scouting the Bobcats: Quinnipiac comes into Omaha riding a five-game unbeaten streak, the third-longest active streak in Division I. The Bobcats sport a very stingy defense, ranked ninth in the country and allowing 2.15 goals per game this season. QU also has the nation’s eighth-best penalty kill, killing 89.4% of opponents’ power plays so far this season. The Bobcats last six games: L-W-T-W-W-W.

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