While No. 20 Minnesota Duluth (2-3-1) was off last weekend, Nebraska-Omaha (4-3-1) swept at Michigan Tech 2-1 and 5-3. UMD and the Red Mavs meet this weekend at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha are 7:07 p.m. Saturday and 2:07 p.m. Sunday
A few Nebraska-Omaha notes from the Omaha World Herald:
It was UNO’s first WCHA sweep since the first weekend of the league season last year and its first WCHA road sweep since taking two from Minnesota in the Mavs’ inaugural league series in 2010-11.
“We had guys step up all weekend,” UNO coach Dean Blais said. “With Matt White (academics) out, Zahn Raubenheimer goes on the right wing and gets himself four goals — he’s got more this year than his first two years.
“He was definitely one of the best players on the ice (Friday night) and followed it up (Saturday night).”
UNO won in dramatic fashion Friday as Raubenheimer scored a short-handed goal with 1:10 left in regulation in a 2-1 victory.
Raubenheimer, who had 47 goals and 107 points in his final season of junior hockey, had four goals and 10 assists as a UNO freshman and only one goal and two assists last year. He already has five goals and three assists in eight games this season, matching (Josh) Archibald for the team lead in goals.
Stephen Anderson of the Houghton Daily Mining Gazette looks at last weekend’s Michigan Tech losses to Nebraska-Omaha here.
This week’s WCHA Web Media Poll is here.
The U.S. Select Team opened the World Junior A Challenge with a 9-1 victory Monday over Canada East in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. UMD recruit Dan Molenaar had a goal. A USA Hockey recap is here.
The U.S. plays Switzerland on Tuesday night. Duluth native and former UMD assistant Brett Larson is the U.S. head coach.