Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Weasels are Coming, The Weasels are Coming!

This weekend has to be the biggest sports weekend in Omaha this year. The Nebraska High School Wrestling Tournament starts tomorrow morning. Creighton plays at 11 pm Saturday night in the ESPN "Bracket Buster".

But the biggest event of this weekend by far has to be the 2 game series between Nebraska-Omaha and the Michigoon Weasels. Why?

It's simple. This series is HUGE. UNO is 5th in the country in USCHO's Pairwise Ratings, 6th in RPI. Michigoon is 8th. Michigan is 2nd in the CCHA; UNO is tied for 4th place. The top 4 teams in the CCHA get a first round bye, so this weekend's winner will likely earn a bye during the first round of the CCHA playoffs.

UNO is one of the hottest teams in the country; they've only lost once (and that was in overtime against Michigan State) in their last 11 games. They feature the nation's leading scorer in Scott Parse, who also leads the fan voting for the Hobey Baker award.

Michigoon is a traditional power, winning 9 national titles. They feature the fifth leading scorer in the country in T.J. Hensick. They also feature one of the roughest players in the game in Jack Johnson, who has over 100 penalty minutes this season.

Both games are almost sold out, and should be epic. This will be the biggest regular season series ever played in Omaha. And without a doubt, the biggest event in Omaha sports this weekend.

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