Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dean Blais will likely not be in a good mood when reaching Duluth on Thursday for the final WCHA regular-season series of 2012-13. The Red Mavs were swept at home last weekend by Wisconsin 4-3 and 6-2, and are 2-5 the last seven games (not including a 3-2 home loss to the USA U18 team). Omaha finished 9-8-1 at home and is 8-5-1 on the road. UMD is 2-1-2 the last five games.
Omaha is sixth in the league (three points from second) and battling for a league playoff home position, while UMD is all but locked into ninth place. The WCHA’s final standings, and playoff pairings, won’t be known until mid-afternoon Sunday, as Alaska Anchorage has a 1 p.m. game at Denver.
Rob White of the Omaha World Herald caught up with Omaha senior captain Brent Gwidt of Minocqua, Wis., as Gwidt assess the team’s mood heading to Northeastern Minnesota. That Q&A is here.
Yes, the Harlem Shake has reached Amsoil Arena. The video is here.
Former Wisconsin and Colorado College coach Jeff Sauer is a recognized legend in college hockey and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation has now made it official with a 2013 Legend of Hockey Award. A story is here.