Friday, October 20, 2006

Niagara Falls & Bovines In the Snow

Tonight was a record setting night for UNO as the Mavericks literally stampeded all over Niagara in a 10-1 blasting, setting a school record for goals in a game. Brandon Scero scored 4 goals and Alex Nikiforuk had a goal and 4 assists in a game that was the biggest mismatch in hockey that I've seen in 15 years. You knew it was going to be one of those games when freshman J.J. Koehler singlehandedly carried the puck short-handed through the Purple Eagles and pushed the puck past the Niagara goalie when nobody decided to stop him. The Mavs will play Northern Michigan tomorrow night at 7:05 pm for the Stampede Championship.

Meanwhile, Husker fans are getting ready for tomorrow's game against Texas. And the weather is looking ugly, with temperatures falling through the 40's into the 30's and now there is talk of snow. One local forecaster is calling for snow in the morning with a trace to under 1" of accumulation. Yikes! It's too early for that.

One aspect to this game that some folks haven't talked about is that this game might not really matter in the grand scheme of things. Texas appears to have a straight shot at the Big XII South title to play against the Nebraska-Missouri winner in Kansas City in December. With that in mind, will either team play all their cards tomorrow? Between that and the weather, that could cause gameplans to become a lot more conservative on both sides.

Husker assistant Shawn Watson told fans to expect to see the "inside passing game" tomorrow, which I read as tight ends and quick slants. Interesting that he'd say this publicly; are they that confident that they can literally "call their shot" or is this just a ploy to divert the attention of the Texas defense initially?

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