Pregame: UNO v Minnesota State (Dec. 15)

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Nebraska Omaha and Minnesota State are set to square off Saturday in the second game of their weekend series. (Photo credit: Matthew Semisch)

Welcome to Radio Free Omaha’s pregame coverage of Saturday’s WCHA tilt between the No. 13 Nebraska Omaha Mavericks and a different sort of Mavericks, those of No. 20 Minnesota State. Here, you will find line charts, scouting reports and other information related to the second game of this weekend’s series.

DEC. 15, 2012

19 Lane – 12 Montpetit – 21 White
17 Walters – 14 Zombo – 15 Archibald
25 Gwidt – 23 Searfoss – 13 Raubenheimer
18 Adams

8 Megna – 3 Sustr
11 Seeler – 24 Aneloski
4 Turgeon – 7 Young
2 Cooper – 28 O’Rourke

33 Stolarz
29 Belfour
30 Faulker

Scouting the UNO Mavericks: With 13 points from 11 WCHA games so far this season, UNO sits alone in sixth place in the league but only four points behind first-place Denver…The WCHA’s red Mavericks have now lost three of their last five games, all in the league. Two of losses came during splits at Minnesota and St. Cloud State and the third took place last night when Minnesota State won 6-3 in Omaha…Junior forward Ryan Walters has points in nine of his last 10 games, including a goal in Friday night’s second period…Red Maverick assistant coach Troy Jutting is in his first year with the team, having spent the past 12 years as Minnesota State’s head coach and having spent another decade before that as an assistant at MSU…UNO is 5-3-1 at home so far this season…Form (Last five results): W-L-W-L-L.

26 Margonari – 18 Leitner – 19 Lehrke
24 Knowles – 12 Lafontaine – 25 Hayes
21 Grant – 23 Blueger – 22 McInnis
9 Gervais – 29 Zuck – 8 Gaede

16 Elbrecht – 2 Nelson
7 Palmquist – 4 Buchanan
27 Stern – 28 Jutzi

35 Williams
30 Cook

Scouting the MSU Mavericks: MSU, the WCHA’s surprise package so far this season that currently sits alone in second place in the league standings. The Mankato, Minn. team is also riding a seven-game winning streak coming into Saturday’s game. The purple Mavericks swept, all in a row, Wisconsin at home and then Michigan Tech and Alaska Anchorage at home before winning again in Omaha on Friday…MSU was listed in the ‘also receiving votes’ category of the Men’s Division I poll for eight of the last nine weeks before cracking the top 20 on Monday…Sophomore forward Matt Leitner is tied for eighth place in the WCHA scoring chart so far this season, posting four goals and 16 assists for 20 points…Freshman goaltender Stephon Williams has the league’s second-best goals-against average (1.75 in 16 appearances) and the WCHA’s third-best save percentage (.927)…MSU head coach Mike Hastings is in his first year at the helm in Mankato. He spent the past three seasons as an assistant at UNO under Dean Blais and previously spent 14 years as the head coach of the Omaha Lancers of the USHL, and he is a member of the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame…MSU is 4-3-1 on the road this season…Form: W-W-W-W-W.

Referees: Don Adam (7), Tim Walsh (11)
Linesmen: Chad Evers (52); Nathan Stanton (97)


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