After a 12-day break, UNO is ready to resume its schedule.
Though the Mavericks will have to travel a long way to do it.
Coach Mike Gabinet’s squad will go 3,300 miles for a pair of games at Alaska Anchorage. Game time Thursday and Friday is 10:07 p.m. Omaha time. It’s UNO’s first action since splitting a pair of games at Ohio State on Oct. 18 and 19.
“It’s a long trip,’’ Gabinet said. “We’ve had some great practice time since Ohio State and I know we’ll be ready.’’
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Gabinet said he remembers a trip to Alaska during his playing days with the Mavs.
“We played in Fairbanks and the flight took about six hours,’’ he said. “That long flight was the hardest adjustment for us.’’
The 3-1 Mavs left for Alaska on Tuesday, and Gabinet said he hoped to give his team a little time to enjoy the sights.
“Life is so short,’’ he said. “I’m guessing most of our guys have never been there, with a couple of exceptions.’’
Two UNO freshmen, goalie Isaiah Saville and forward Josh Boyer, hail from Alaska. Saville will be heading to his hometown of Anchorage while Boyer is from nearby Wasilla.
“I’m sure I’ll see a bunch of friends and family,’’ Saville said. “And having the off week gave me a little extra time to get ready.’’
The 19-year-old goalie is off to a strong start. He has a 1.68 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage.
Senior forward Tristan Keck leads the team in scoring with five points. Five others — forwards Zach Jordan, Kevin Conley and Ryan Brushett and defensemen Ryan Jones and Dean Stewart — each have four. Jordan, who scored nine goals last season, leads the team with three.
The Seawolves are 1-3 but are coming off a 4-0 win over Alaska Fairbanks.
“They’ve got a mature team with hard-nosed players,’’ Gabinet said. “It will be a good challenge for us.’’
- The Mavs will return home for a pair of games against Wisconsin on Nov. 8 and 9.
- Matt Curley is in his second season as coach of the Seawolves. Omahan Matt Bruneteau is in his second season as an assistant at Anchorage. The Nebraska native played for the Lincoln Stars in the USHL and collegiately at Lake Superior State.
- The Mavs are 8-2-1 all time against the Seawolves, including a 3-1-1 mark in Anchorage.
- UNO has seven power-play goals and has yielded four.