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Ice Time: No. 20 UND at Omaha

Omaha's Evan Weninger watches a puck in a game earlier this season. Photo by Mark Kuhlmann/Omaha athletics

FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2019

No. 20 UND at Omaha

When: 7:07 tonight, 7:07 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Baxter Arena, Omaha.

TV: Midco Sports Network (GF Ch. 27/622).

Radio: The Fox (96.1 FM).

Webcast: NCHC.tv.

Live blog: undhockey.areavoices.com.

TEAM STATS

UND

Scoring

29 Jordan Kawaguchi so f 5-11--16

24 J Bernard-Docker fr d 4-9--13

8 Nick Jones sr f 3-10--13

3 Matt Kiersted so d 4-6--10

22 Rhett Gardner sr f 8-1--9

16 Grant Mismash so f 5-4--9

6 Colton Poolman jr d 4-5--9

26 Cole Smith jr f 2-6--8

2 Gabe Bast so d 2-5--7

27 Ludvig Hoff jr f 3-3--6

19 Mark Senden fr f 3-3--6

28 Hayden Shaw sr d 1-4--5

18 Collin Adams so f 1-3--4

17 Jonny Tychonick fr d 0-4--4

25 Joel Janatuinen sr f 1-2--3

10 Gavin Hain fr f 1-1--2

14 Jasper Weatherby fr f 1-1--2

5 Casey Johnson jr d 1-1--2

9 Dixon Bowen jr f 1-1--1

4 Andrew Peski jr d 1-1--2

21 Jackson Keane fr f 1-0--1

7 Zach Yon jr f 1-0--1

31 Adam Scheel fr g 0-1--1

20 Josh Rieger so d 0-0--0

1 Peter Thome so g 0-0--0

Goaltending

31 Adam Scheel fr 10-6-1 1.97 .907

1 Peter Thome so 1-3-0 3.75 .838

Omaha

Scoring

11 Mason Morelli sr f 13-9--22

28 Fredrik Olofsson sr f 7-14--21

23 Zach Jordan jr f 6-12--18

17 Taylor Ward fr f 5-10--15

18 Dean Stewart jr d 4-11--15

19 Tristan Keck jr f 5-4--9

10 Kevin Conley so f 3-4--7

14 Teemu Pulkkinen jr f 1-5--6

9 Riley Alferd sr f 3-2--5

21 Ryan Galt sr f 2-3--5

20 Ryan Jones jr d 0-5--5

26 Steven Spinner sr f 2-2--4

23 Travis Kothenbeutel fr f 1-3--4

13 Chayse Primeau fr f 2-1--3

7 Nate Knoepke so d 0-3--3

40 Tyler Weiss fr f 0-1--1

15 Jalen Schulz sr d 0-1--1

6 Lukas Buchta sr d 0-1--1

5 John Schuldt fr d 0-1--1

35 Evan Weninger sr g 0-1--1

2 Jason Smallidge fr d 0-0--0

24 Cole Pickup so f 0-0--0

8 Lawson McDonald so d 0-0--0

Goaltending

35 Evan Weninger sr 6-11-2 3.42 .900

30 Matej Tomek jr 0-1-0 5.02 .828

1 Alex Blankenburg sr 0-0-0 6.09 .750

TALE OF THE TAPE

UND

Record: 11-9-1

Ranking: 20

Offense: 2.52 (46th)

Defense: 2.48 (20th)

Power play: 16.1 (40th)

Penalty kill: 79.7 (35th)

Goaltending: .886 (54th)

Omaha

Record: 6-12-2

Ranking: NR

Offense: 2.70 (37th)

Defense: 3.75 (58th)

Power play: 24.5 (8th)

Penalty kill: 78.9 (40th)

Goaltending: .888 (50th)

The focus

Senior goaltender Evan Weninger has started all but one game for the Mavericks this season and the 5-foot-11, 170-pound netminder from Saskatoon, Sask., has been at his best since Christmas. Weninger has posted a 1.01 goals-against average and a .966 save percentage in Omaha’s four games since the break. If he continues to turn in strong performances, it will go a long way for an Omaha team that’s been searching for consistent goaltending for years.

THE PICK

Prior to Christmas break, Omaha ranked dead last nationally in goals allowed per game at 4.44. Nobody was relatively close to that mark, either. Since Christmas, Omaha ranks first nationally in goals allowed per game at 1.00. The Mavs have allowed four goals -- and just two at even strength -- in four games. Which Omaha team will appear this weekend? The porous first-half team or the defensively stout second-half squad?

Omaha 3-1, UND 3-0

WEEKLY NOTES

* East Grand Forks Senior High and UND grad Tucker Poolman returned to the ice this week after being out with an injury since Nov. 23. Poolman had an assist for the Manitoba Moose in his first game back. The Moose are the top minor-league affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets.

* Former Grand Forks Red River star and St. Cloud State senior Jacob Benson sustained an ankle injury Friday at Minnesota Duluth and had to miss Saturday’s series finale. There’s no timeline yet on when Benson may return, but next week, his team is scheduled to be in his hometown for St. Cloud State’s lone regular-season matchup against UND. Benson has 53 career points in 121 career games for the Huskies.

* Washington Capitals forward and former Warroad and UND star T.J. Oshie played in his 700th NHL game Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. Oshie, who made his NHL debut with St. Louis in 2008, scored in that game and now has 14 goals in 35 games for the season.

* Former UND forward Brendan O’Donnell is having a big season in the Austrian Elite League. O’Donnell, who plays for Dornbirner, leads the league in goals with 26. The Winnipeg product is in his first season in Austria.

* Western Michigan takes a 10-game unbeaten streak into this weekend’s series at St. Cloud State. The Broncos started that 10-game run with a sweep in Ralph Engelstad Arena in November. Western Michigan is 10-2-1 at home and neutral sites this season and just 3-4 on the road.

NCHC standings

As of 1/21/2019

PointsGPWLT3x3/OT
St. Cloud State30129120/1
Minn. Duluth22127410/0
Denver20116410/1
Western Michigan20126510/1
North Dakota18126600/0
Miami12123721/0
Omaha11123810/1
Colorado College8112720/0
SOURCE: Grand Forks Herald

Big Ten standings

As of 1/21/2019

PointsGamesWinsLossesTies3x3/SO
Ohio State29148332/0
Minnesota21146530/0
Notre Dame20136611/0
Michigan State19145721/1
Michigan18134542/0
Wisconsin17124440/1
Penn State17145810/1
SOURCE: Grand Forks Herald

WCHA standings
TeamPointsGamesWinsLossesTies3x3/SO
MSU-Mankato421814400/0
Bowling Green371811521/1
Northern Michigan361612400/0
Lake Superior State321810620/0
Michigan Tech321810711/0
Bemidji State311810710/0
Alabama Huntsville201861110/1
Alaska (Fairbanks)201861111/0
Ferris State101631210/0
Alaska Anchorage41811610/0

Today’s other games

St. Lawrence at Brown, 6 p.m.

Dartmouth at Colgate, 6 p.m.

Harvard at Cornell, 6 p.m.

Clarkson at Yale, 6 p.m.

Northeastern at UMass, 6 p.m.

RIT at Bentley, 6:05 p.m.

Mercyhurst at Niagara, 6:05 p.m.

Vermont at UMass Lowell, 6:15 p.m.

New Hampshire at Merrimack, 6:30 p.m.

Robert Morris at Canisius, 6:35 p.m.

PAIRWISE RANKINGS

  1. UMass 17-3
  2. Denver 14-4-2
  3. St. Cloud State 15-3-2
  4. Minnesota Duluth 12-6-2
  5. Ohio State 13-5-4
  6. Quinnipiac 16-5-1
  7. MSU-Mankato 18-5-1
  8. Northeastern 14-4-1
  9. Western Michigan 13-6-1
  10. Providence 13-6-4
  11. Bowling Green 15-5-3
  12. Arizona State 16-9-1
  13. Cornell 9-5-1
  14. Clarkson 14-6
  15. Notre Dame 12-8-1
  16. Penn State 13-7-2
  17. Union 11-6-4
  18. Harvard 7-5-3
  19. UMass-Lowell 11-8-1
  20. Lake Superior State 14-6-2
  21. Minnesota 9-8-4
  22. Yale 8-5-3
  23. North Dakota 11-9-1
  24. Boston University 8-8-3
  25. Northern Michigan 13-10
Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 14th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016 and 2018, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He also was the NCHC's inaugural Media Excellence Award winner in 2018. Schlossman has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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