Postgame: UNO 4-1 QU

USCHO.com: Massa kicks out 25 in Nebraska-Omaha’s win over Quinnipiac

THIRD PERIOD SCORING:
18:50: UNO 4-1 QU (ENG) – Johnnie Searfoss 2 from Brent Gwidt 5

THIRD PERIOD PENALTIES:
7:53: QU – Scott Zurevinski – 2 min. for boarding
14:45: UNO – Brock Montpetit – 2 min. for holding

THIRD PERIOD SHOTS:
UNO 1-6 QU (Game total: UNO 24-26 QU)

POWER PLAY:
UNO 1-for-6; QU 1-for-5

RFO THREE STARS:
1.) Matt White – UNO
2.) Jayson Megna – UNO
3.) Brent Gwidt – UNO

REFEREE:
Pat Britt
LINESEMEN:
Scott Bokal, Nate Stanton
GOAL JUDGE:
Scott Fitzpatrick

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NOTES:
UNO assistant coach Mike Hastings said after the game that Maverick defenseman Andrej Sustr has picked up an upper body injury and will be out for an extended period of time. Sustr will be reevaluated on Monday…Former Omaha Lancers head coach Bliss Littler was on the UNO bench Friday and Saturday. Hastings told reporters after Saturday’s game that Littler will be helping the team out on a voluntary basis when he’s available….UNO picked up its 10th win of the season Saturday on the final day of the 2011 calendar year…UNO head coach Dean Blais and freshman forward Josh Archibald will be back for the Minnesota-Duluth series a fortnight from now following their spell representing the United States at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Alberta.

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QUOTES:
Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold:

On cutting down UNO’s scoring chances but ultimately losing the game: “It’s frustrating, but they finished the chances they got, and ultimately that’s what wins you games. Sometimes you go and finish every chance, and sometimes you go 1-for-40. It’s just part of the game of hockey, but we need to be better. This was a disappointing weekend, but I think we have a very good team, and we were playing great right before the (holiday) break, but we just struggled this weekend. We weren’t firing on all cylinders, and our best players weren’t very good this weekend.”

On any intangibles that might have affected QU’s performance this weekend: “It’s just the three-week layoff. We have final exams and then the kids get out of hockey mode, then they go home for five or six days and get out of focus, and we weren’t able to get back into it (this weekend). We’ve got our work cut out for us here, and we’ve got to get ready for Yale on Friday night, so hopefully we’ll play better next weekend.”

On the Bobcats’ remaining ECAC slate of games: “I think every game’s big from now on. Yale’s five miles down the street, so that’s always fun, and Brown just beat UNH yesterday, so we have to get back on the horse and get some points back in league play. We’re a good hockey team. We didn’t play very well this weekend, but we have to take our league games as they come and just get going again.”

UNO forward Jayson Megna:

On players picking up the slack for those out of the lineup: “People are having to step up. Obviously (Alex Hudson) being out is a big loss, and now we don’t know how long we’re going to have Sustr out for, so people have to step up. I thought Krause did a good job providing energy for us tonight in his first game in a UNO uniform. Definitely (recent changes) hurt a bit, but our captains and coaches have done a great job of keeping the team together.”

UNO forward Matt White:

On individual players’ points streaks at this stage of the season: “(Scoring) points isn’t really on our mind. We count on our goalscorers to score, and we just have to worry about playing a full game in all three zones. I think the points come along with playing in the defensive zone, so the points are in the back of our minds. It’s great to have a goal or an assist, but you have to play all three zones to be successful.”

UNO assistant coach Mike Hastings:
On getting energy up for the early start time: “Just like with anything, when you play somebody that quick right after you’ve tied the last ballgame up, emotions are still involved. I think that actually helped us with our energy for the quick turnaround (this afternoon) in getting right back at them. The guys have done a great job over the last three years, let alone this year, at playing with energy and defending their home ice, and I thought we made this a difficult place to play tonight.”

On comparing Jayson Megna’s leadership skills to Gwidt’s: “I think Jayson is more of a leader by example. I think Gwidt says the right things and there’s times where you’ll walk to go talk to the guys in the locker room and turn around and leave because he’s got it handled, and with Jayson, he lets his play do the talking. As a freshman, he’ll find his place in a leadership role, but he’s done a great job at solidifying, with what we’ve lost, our consistency down the middle of the ice, and that’s a lot to ask of a freshman, but he’s definitely been there.”

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