Thursday, January 03, 2013

Doc Emrick Calling UNO Hockey On Friday

With the NHL holding professional hockey fans hostage this season, it's freed up NBC's hockey announcers to call college games.  And this weekend, it's UNO in the spotlight.  The Mavs game against Colorado College on Friday will be televised by the NBC Sports Network at 6:30 pm.  Emmy award winner Doc Emrick will be in the broadcast booth, with Pierre McGuire providing color commentary from his traditional "Between the Glass" position between the benches.

The Mavs were swept last weekend on the road at #5 Quinnipiac, which was a disappointment. Didn't get to see the games as I didn't have reliable internet access, but it sounds like UNO was close on Friday night in a 5-4 loss.  UNO did generate some pretty good offense that night, peppering Quinnipiac goalie Eric Hartzell with 37 shots.  Hartzell is only allowing 1.4277 goals a game (third in the nation), but only faces 20 shots a game on average.  If he had sat out last weekend's games, he'd be the leading goalie in the nation.

Colorado College is currently eighth in the WCHA with a 5-6-1 record.  UNO is tied with Minnesota for fifth with a 7-4-1.  The Mavs are 3 points behind first-place St. Cloud State, who is playing out of conference this weekend against Northern Michigan.  A win and a tie gives the Mavs a tie for first place; a sweep puts UNO in sole possession of first place to start the second half of the season.

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