Pregame: UNO v. Minnesota (Feb. 24, 2012)

Venue: CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
Referees: Derek Shepherd, Marco Hunt
Linesmen: Chad Evers, Nathan Stanton

Line charts, scratches and scouting reports for both teams are listed below the cut.

NEBRASKA OMAHA MAVERICKS (14-12-6, 11-8-5 WCHA)
17 Broadhurst – 11 Jayson Megna – White
19 Walters – 12 Montpetit – 15 Archibald
14 Zombo – 25 Gwidt – 28 O’Rourke
9 Polk – 16 Krause – 13 Raubenheimer

7 Young – 3 Sustr
8 Jaycob Megna – 24 Aneloski
2 Smith – 5 Ensign

31 Massa
29 Belfour
35 Bergman

Scratches: 4 Turgeon; 10 Simonson; 22 Schmit; 23 Searfoss; 30 Faulkner

Scouting the Mavericks: Unranked UNO earned a split at Colorado College last weekend, and the Mavericks went 2-1-1 on its two-week road trip at CC last week and Michigan Tech the week before that…UNO head coach Dean Blais is a 1973 graduate of the University of Minnesota, and he faces his alma mater this Friday and Saturday…Sophomore forward Matt White leads the Mavericks in scoring with 38 points. He looks poised to become the program’s first 40-point scorer since Bryan Marshall (43) and Mick Lawrence (40) both reached that mark in 2007-08….UNO defenseman Bryce Aneloski has now earned points in nine consecutive games. His streak is the longest for any UNO player in the past three seasons…Form (last six results): T-L-T-W-L-W.

NO. 6 MINNESOTA GOPHERS (21-11-1, 17-7-0 WCHA)
7 Rau – 27 Bjugstad – 24 Budish
11 Warning – 19 Haula – 21 Hansen
16 Condon – 9 Matson – 13 Sacchetti
14 Serratore – 22 Boyd – 17 Ambroz

4 Helgeson – 12 Holl
29 Schmidt – 20 Alt
6 Parenteau – 5 Thompson

35 Patterson
1 Shibrowski

Scouting the Gophers: Minnesota, currently two points clear at the top of the WCHA standings, won both of its games against visiting Bemidji State last weekend. The Gophers shut the Beavers out 3-0 on Feb. 17 before turning BSU aside again, 4-1, the following night…The Gophers already have reason to be cheerful this weekend, as the visiting team has won in each of UNO and Minnesota’s three previous meetings…Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel makes his return to Omaha this weekend, where he worked under Blais last season…The Gophers are chasing their first WCHA regular season title since 2006-07, and are only six points away from finishing with more points than they earned in that MacNaughton Cup-winning campaign…Statistically, Minnesota boasts the second-best offense (3.67 goals scored per game) and third-best defense (2.09 goals conceded per game) in the nation…The Gophers are 7-6-1 away from the their friendly confines of Mariucci Arena…Form: W-W-L-L (OT)-W-W.

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