Mavs drop Huskies, get historic 10th win

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December 10th, 2010

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Senior forward Joey Martin was named the game's first star (Photo courtesy www.omavs.com)

Omaha, NE- The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team won its 10th game Thursday night. The 5-2 victory over WCHA foe Michigan Tech set a new record for the Mavericks.

UNO has won ten hockey games in a season plenty of times. They’ve just never done it this fast. Previously, the earliest in the year a Maverick hockey team had reached the ten-win mark was December 12.  That feat was accomplished last year. Thursday, December 9, Head Coach Dean Blais had the opportunity to better the mark set last season.  His team came through with the victory. The milestone win comes less than a week after the previously fourth-ranked Mavericks dropped a pair of games on the road to unranked Bemidji State. Now ranked ninth, Coach Blais said the difference for UNO has been preparation.

“We had three of our best practices of the year, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,” Blais said. “We had our worst three or four right around Thanksgiving. That’s just natural, it happens all over the country.”

Senior forward and team captain Joey Martin took advantage of the home ice, scoring once and adding two assists. The three-point night pushes Martin into the team lead with 17 points on the season. The 5 goal outburst broke a string of three games in which UNO had scored one or less. When the first period ended Thursday, neither team had put the puck in the net. It looked as though Maverick scoring woes would continue.

“I don’t think we were frustrated,” Martin said. “We were creating scoring chances, so that’s good. You’ve kind of got to keep sticking to it and hopefully it will come.”

It came just over a minute into the second period when Matt Ambroz slotted home a goal. Michigan Tech drew even, but freshman Matt White put UNO on top for good with just under nine minutes remaining in the period. The win gives the Mavericks a 10-4-1 overall record and 7-3-1 record in league play, good enough for fourth place. UNO looks for win its 11th win Friday night in the series finale with the Huskies of Michigan Tech.

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