Pregame: UNO v. Denver (Mar. 2, 2012)

Venue: CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
Referees: C.J. Beaurline (9), Jonathan Morrison (27)
Linesmen: Chad Evers (52), Nathan Stanton (97)

NEBRASKA OMAHA MAVERICKS (14-14-6, 11-10-5 WCHA)
17 Broadhurst – 11 Jayson Megna – 21 White
19 Walters – 12 Montpetit – 22 Schmit
25 Gwidt – 14 Zombo – 15 Archibald
9 Polk – 16 Krause – 28 O’Rourke

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

31 Massa
30 Faulkner
35 Bergman

Scratches: 2 Smith; 10 Simonson; 13 Raubenheimer; 21 Searfoss; 29 Belfour.

Scouting the Mavericks: UNO freshman goaltender Ryan Massa stars for the Mavericks tonight. The Littleton, Colo. (suburban Denver) native has featured in 19 games this season and has a 2.48 goals against average and .918 save percentage…The Mavericks lead the WCHA in shorthanded goals with nine. UNO scored one shorty in each of last weekend’s pair of losses to Minnesota…Junior Brent Gwidt featured in his 100th game as a Maverick last Friday against the Gophers…Form (last six results): T-W-L-W-L (OT)-L.

No. 9 DENVER PIONEERS (19-11-4, 14-8-4 WCHA)
12 Loney – 15 Drew Shore – 18 Salazar
17 Zucker – 23 Nick Shore – 14 Knowlton
37 Dewhurst – 26 Ostrow – 8 Jackson
14 Larkin – 25 Tabrum – 19 Doremus

7 Phillips – 2 Mayfield
24 Ryder – 4 dider
21 LaLeggia – 5 Lee

31 Olkinuora
1 Brittain

Scouting the Pioneers: DU currently stands in third place in the WCHA with 32 points and can finish the regular season no lower than fourth…The Pioneers are 12-6-1 against unranked opponents so far this season. DU is also 7-6-2 in all road games over the course of the current campaign…Freshman defenseman Joey LaLeggia leads all NCAA newcomers in points (36) and assists (25)…DU boasts a 50-23-10 record in games following the December holiday break in the 18 years that Pioneer head coach George Gwozdecky has been at the helm…Form: W-W (OT)-W-L-L-W.

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