Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:01 am / Updated at 2:00 am
Meet the UNO Mavericks 2013-14

Reed Peters, 1, Goalie 6-3, 180, Morden, Manitoba: After playing 15 games of the 2011-12 season with Fargo of the USHL, he played last year with Winkler of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, going 17-19-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .916 save percentage. Posted .212 GAA and .939 save percentage in playoffs.

Brian Cooper, 2, Defenseman, 5-11, 187, Anchorage, Alaska: After being drafted in the fifth round by Anaheim in 2012, Cooper logged consistent minutes as one of the Mavs’ top six defensemen. Physical for his size, he’s a defense-first blue liner who recorded two assists in 32 games. Two-time second-team All-USHL with Fargo.

Matt Youso, 6, Defenseman, 6-2, 205 International Falls, Minn.: A late addition to the roster, the 21-year-old had two assists — one while playing forward — in the Mavs’ exhibition game. Had 13 points and a team-leading 131 penalty minutes last season for Brookings of the NAHL. Previously skated in both the NAHL and USHL.

Michael Young, 7, Defenseman, 6-3, 212, Calgary, Alberta: Captain is wearing a letter for the first time for Mavs. Smooth skater has recorded 14, 16 and 16 points in his three steady seasons with UNO. Scored goal in each of first two games last season. Regular contributor on power play and penalty kill.

Jaycob Megna, 8, Defenseman, 6-6, 210, Northbrook, Ill.: A seventh-round draft choice of Anaheim in 2012, he’s coming off outstanding season in which he recorded plus-21 rating, with two goals and five assists. His father, Jay, played in the NFL. His brother, Jayson, is a former Mav forward and now a pro.

James Polk, 9, Forward, 6-1, 180, New York: Speedy forward scored first three goals of his Mav career last year — two in separate series against Bemidji State, the other against Alaska-Anchorage. Prior to UNO, he played for prestigious Shattuck St. Mary’s (Minn.) before a season with Penticton of the BCJHL.

Alex Simonson, 10, Forward, 6-3, 192, Grand Forks, N.D.: Recorded first two points of career last season, assists against Michigan Tech and Alaska-Anchorage. He’s skated in 51 career games, with 96 penalty minutes. Twice an All-WCHA Academic Team member and WCHA Scholar-Athlete. Opens season on suspension after offseason incident.

Nick Seeler, 11, Defenseman, 6-2, 195, Eden Prairie, Minn.: Skilled two-way defenseman recorded nine points and plus-7 rating in his freshman season. Was selected in the fifth round by Minnesota in 2011 NHL Entry Draft, after earning all-state honors while winning state championship. He then played one season in USHL.

Brock Montpetit, 12, Forward, 5-11, 189, Somerset, Wis.: Despite missing 14 games with ankle injury, the crafty center still had a career-high 13 assists. Goal total has dropped from 11 as freshman, to six as sophomore, to one last year. Tied school record with four assists against Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 24.

Zahn Raubenheimer, 13, Forward, 5-10, 174 Smoky Lake, Alberta: His four-goal weekend against Michigan Tech, including both game-winners, stands out from junior season in which he posted career bests in goals (nine) and points (16). Twice All-WCHA Academic Team and WCHA Scholar-Athlete. Slowed early this season with ankle injury.

Dominic Zombo, 14, Forward, 5-11, 182, Ballwin, Mo.: Had one of the all-time breakout seasons, going from three points and minus-16 rating in 32 games as freshman to 35 points and plus-20 rating in 39 games as sophomore. Had five goals and six assists during six-game November point streak. Father, Rick, played 652 NHL games.

Josh Archibald, 15, Forward, 5-11, 176, Brainerd, Minn.: Feisty hard worker increased goal total from 10 to 19 and assists from 5 to 17 as sophomore. Had 10-game point streak that included nine goals. Sixth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2011. Father, Jim, a college hockey legend at North Dakota.

Austin Ortega, 16, Forward, 5-8, 165, Escondido, Calif.: Split last season between Fargo and Indiana of the USHL, recording 34 goals and 26 assists for 60 points in 66 games. Added eight goals and four assists in 13 playoff games. Skated with Jake Guentzel and Johnnie Searfoss in Mavs’ exhibition.

Ryan Walters, 17, Forward, 6-0, 190 Rosemount, Minn.: Hobey Baker Award finalist is country’s leading returning scorer (52 points, on 22 goals and 30 assists). National player of the month in November. All-WCHA first team, second-team All-American. Had school-record plus-26 rating. Has 100 career points (43 goals, 57 assists).

Jono Davis, 18, Forward, 5-8, , 155, La Verne, Calif.: Ninth in the NAHL in scoring last year, with 32 goals and 29 assists for 61 points for Wenatchee. Added five goals and seven assists in 10 playoff games. Spent the previous season in the USHL, getting 15 goals and 17 assists.

Tanner Lane, 19, Forward, 6-2, 187 Detroit Lakes, Minn.: Sixth-round pick by Winnipeg in 2010, the former Omaha Lancer put together a five-game point streak (two goals, four assists) in January that highlighted a six-point season. A good summer has teammates and staff pointing toward a potential breakthrough season.

Jake Guentzel, 20, Forward, 5-10, , 160, Woodbury, Minn.: Diminutive third-round pick of Pittsburgh uses smarts and skill. USHL rookie of the year with Sioux City after getting 29 goals and 44 assists. Center expected to have an immediate scoring impact. Born in Omaha, when father, Mike, was coaching Lancers.

Johnnie Searfoss, 23, Forward, 6-0, 177, Colleyville, Texas: Exhibition hat trick good starting point for assistant captain, who had career-high 11 goals and matched career-best with nine assists last year. Had two goals, including overtime game-winner, Feb. 16 at Alaska-Anchorage. Played for Dean Blais with Fargo of USHL in 2008-09.

Ian Brady, 24, Defenseman, 6-0, 204, Lombard, Ill.: A defense-first defenseman, he had a solid exhibition debut after playing three seasons for Cedar Rapids of the USHL, for whom he had 11 goals and 51 assists in 159 games. Played one season with USA Under-18 Team, recording five assists in 46 games.

Justin Parizek, 25, Forward, 6-1, 197, Lakeville, Minn.: Captain for Aberdeen of the NAHL last year, ranking second on the team with 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) and power-play goals (six). Spent 2011-12 in the British Columbia Hockey League. Scored a goal in UNO’s exhibition victory over NAIT.

Aaron Pearce, 27, Forward, 6-0, 185 Mississauga, Ontario: Played in 23 games as a freshman, recording an assist against Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 24. Played two seasons for Waterloo of the USHL, where he was an assistant captain in 2010-11 and captain in 2011-12. He had 25 goals and 46 points for the Blackhawks.

Brian O’Rourke, 28, Defenseman, 6-2, 191, St. Louis: Steady defenseman, sometimes pressed into duty at forward, spent most of his time on blue line as sophomore and recorded first points of career (one goal, five assists). Goal was against eventual NCAA runner-up Quinnipiac. Scored goal in UNO’s exhibition victory.

Kirk Thompson, 29, Goalie, 5-11, 172 Surrey, British Columbia: Played three seasons for Prince George of the British Columbia Hockey League, going 46-62-2 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .904 save percentage for the Spruce Kings. Last year he was 24-22-1, with a 2.84 GAA and .915 save percentage.

Ryan Massa, 31, Goalie, 6-0 173, Littleton, Colo.: After going 7-8-2 with a 2.60 goals-against average and .914 save percentage as a UNO freshman, his planned redshirt year was burned in late February last season. A former USHL all-star at Fargo, he’s the Mavs’ only goalie with collegiate experience.

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