Saturday, January 07, 2006

Mavs: A Team in need of a Heart Transplant

There is no doubt UNO is a talented hockey team. Junior Scott Parse is 2nd in the country in scoring, while sophomore linemate Bill Thomas is 5th.

But there is one thing that seems to be sorely lacking: Heart.

Tuesday night, they went into the 3rd period at Mankato leading 2-0. They give up a power play goal at the start of the 3rd period, and the implosion begins. 10 minutes later, UNO is down 5-2.

Last night against last place Notre Dame with the largest crowd of the year on hand, they come out sleepwalking in the first period and don't wake up much in the 2nd and find themselves down 3-0 late in the 2nd before scoring just before the end of the period. They end up losing 4-1.

Every Mav fan is frustrated by what they saw last night. This team needs a good dose of grit and toughness. In the early years, UNO didn't have the big-time talent. It was a team built on hard-work. Now we've got some big name talent, but the heart has disappeared.

Could we find some eligibility for a Jeff Edwards, a Derek Reynolds, or Jeff Hoggan?

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