Omaha's Austin Ortega provided the heroics for the second consecutive game as he tipped in a shot at 7:29 of the third period for the GWG leading UNO to a 5-3 win and sweep of the Huskies at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, NE on Saturday. The Mavericks scored early in the contest on a goal by Brian Cooper at 3:55 of the first period. Cooper placed a shot from behind the net that defected off SCSU goaltender Charlie Lindgren for a 1-0 lead. SCSU responded at 7:11 of the period on a power play goal by Jonny Brodzinski. Brodzinski blasted a feed from Ethan Prow that found it's way through traffic and past UNO goaltender Ryan Massa. Kalle Kossila was also credited with an assist on the play. The Huskies then took a 2-1 lead on an unassisted goal by Judd Peterson. Peterson fielded the puck after a weird bounce off the side wall and netted his first goal of the season. UNO scored the next two goals - both in the second period as Tyler Vesel picked up his 4th goal of the season at 3:53 and James Polk his first first of the season at 16:51 for a 3-2 Maverick lead. The Huskies responded at 4:36 of the third period on a nice three way play intiated by Patrick Russell who fed David Morley who made a goal mouth pass for a tap in goal by Jimmy Murray. But, Omaha responded as they had all weekend with the game winning goal by Ortega who steered a backhand tip of the puck past Lindgren for a 4-3 lead. Omaha capped off the win with an empty net goal by Justin Parizek, his second of the weekend at 19:56. The Mavericks outshot the Huskies 32-27 in the contest and SCSU's Lindgren turned aside 22/27 SOG while UNO's Massa stopped 29/32. SCSU was 1/2 on the power play and Omaha was 0/2.
Stars of the Game: #1 Randolph (UNO); #2 Ortega (UNO); #3 Cooper (UNO)
Despite being outshot 49-23 Omaha rallied to score the only goals of the second and third period to snatch a 3-2 win over SCSU at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Friday. The Huskies got off to a strong start in the contest outshooting Omaha 21-7 in period one and holding a 2-1 lead. UNO took the quick lead on the power play at 8:49 of the period with a goal by Ian Brady. However, the Huskies responded quickly with Blake Winiecki's second goal of the season with assists to Joe Rehkamp and Andrew Prochno. Rehkamp threw a backhanded pass off the back wall to Winiecki who was parked in the crease and wristed the puck over UNO's Ryan Massa. The Huskies scored again at 10:14 of the first period on a highlight goal by Jonny Brodzinski. Joey Benik threaded a pass between two UNO defenders to a waiting Brodzinski who one-timed a shot past Massa. Omaha changed the course of the game in period two with a power play goal by Justin Parizek who netted his sixth goal of the season. SCSU was outshooting UNO 35-15 after two periods and the score knotted at 2-2. Unfortunatetly, a disputed call early in period three proved deadly for the Huskies. Jonny Brodzinski was penalized for a contact to the head penalty at 1:38 of the period sending Omaha on a five minute power play and sending Brodzinski to the locker room for the balance of the game. UNO ultimately capitalized on this penalty with a goal mouth tip by Austin Ortega for the GWG at 6:17 of the period. For the game, SCSU outshot UNO 49-23 with Ryan Massa of UNO turning aside 47/49 SOG. Charlie Lindgren stopped 20/23 SOG. The Mavericks converted 2/3 man-advantage opportunities while SCSU was 1/4.
Stars of the Game: #1 Massa (UNO); #2 Brady (UNO) #3 Brodzinski (SCSU)