College Hockey:
Omaha Breaks Through on the Road

Mavericks Top Bowling Green to Break Seven-Game Road Losing Streak

— The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks came into Bowling Green looking to fill some empty needs. They fulfilled them with a 3-1 victory on Friday.

The Mavericks were riding a seven-game road losing streak when they hit the ice and stole the show as they set for a faceoff in the Bowling Green defensive zone with less than a minute to play in the second period. David Brisson scored his seventh goal of the season when he placed the puck in a small hole that was between the post and Falcon goalie Tyler Masters.

Nebraska-Omaha took hardly any time to try and get rid of that streak when freshman Scott Turner capitalized on a Mark Wires cross-checking penalty. Turner scored the only power-play goal of the game at the 3:04 mark of the first period with Jason White and Allan Carr being credited with the assists.

The Falcons knotted the game up at 1 in the second period when they seemed to have the momentum as D’Arcy McConvey sent the puck up to a charging Ryan Murphy, who was coming in on Maverick netminder Dan Ellis. Murphy went in on Ellis with his backhand before sliding it under the freshman netminder.

“They took it to us in the first period,” Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers said. “We came back in the second period and had things going pretty good and then gave up that goal in the final minute. That goal was a killer, we had the momentum and gave it away in that last minute and then in the third period they walk down and score.”

The man of the game was definitely Carr, who capped the night with a brilliant insurance goal 3:52 into the third period.

“The move that I did was not planned,” Carr said. “I was coming down on the defenseman and I lost the puck and I saw it at my feet. I kicked it to my stick and it and I shot it. It all worked out in the end.”

The Falcons lack of finishing scoring chances is starting to haunt them as they have scored only two goals on 43 shots in 180 minutes of play.

“You are not going to win if you score one goal it’s as simple as that,” Powers said. “We had chances to score, and the guys are frustrated as anybody, but the bottom line is if you do not score you are not going to win. We have scored two goals in six periods, so that is the story of the game.”

The frustration from the players is much the same as their coach.

“Tonight we had chances and just did not capitalize on them,” BG right wing Ryan Fultz said. “We had good shots, good tips, good motion, we had nice plays and opportunities but we are not finishing and that seems to be the theme of our season.”

The Falcons top scorer, Greg Day, will be a question mark for Saturday’s contest after suffering what is believed to be a very mild concussion in the first period when he was hit by Hoggan at center ice. Hoggan was called for an interference penalty on the play.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KBVOP7JEIJTGTBGPEMTI67KVLU J

    i think its funny how you talk about yale scoring so much when they play agianst shitty teams all year round. id like to see yale play in wcha for one year and we will see how many goals they score…HOW ABOUT NONE im sick of these mediocre players winning awards where there strength of schedule is far behind other top teams with outstanding players yet those players dont even get looked at Minnesotas Jay Bariball should be a top player so far and i hate the gophers. jack connely or even matt frattin of north dakota…but ofcourse that makes me biased because im a sioux fan..all im saying is goals and assists shouldnt be the only factor of decision and i know its not but you uscho writers just suck soooo much yale is a good team but they need to play harder teams more consistently

    • Cctempserv

      Yale 3 North Dakota 2… i guess there bad

  • Callanmp

    All three of those Yale players have solid chances of playing in the NHL with the exception of O Neil due to size being the only drawback. How about more love for your” so difficult” to play rivals the high powered offense of the midgets at UMD?

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with J above…however he appears to rate the WCHA a little to highly. I believe this will be yet another Hocley East domination year and would not be surprised if they place 3 teams in the Frozen Four. Denver swept by BC, North Dakota dominated by Maine BU on a roll and UNH always a regular season powerhouse…

  • Kuhn&Friends

    please submit this to ESPN outside the lines, I think this deserves an in depth report as do many in the k-zoo area

  • Union Alum ’97

    I am a Union fan and have been waiting over 20 years for our first NCAA game, but after seeing this, I wouldn’t mind at all if Western Michigan won the darn whole thing for that family. Great work guys.

    • UMD_what_UMD_what_UMD

      I had the same thought. I have been a UMD fan since I can remember and have been waiting for a championship. Now I want this team to win it all. Best of luck to your team as well. It should be a very evenly matched offensive show!

  • HE Parent

    This is one of the most touching stories I’ve seen. As a parent of another D1 hockey program player, since his team is done for the year, I will be rooting for Western to win it all. This is why hockey is the greatest sport with the best people in it. Go Broncos! Get better kid!

  • SiouxInMinny

    Touching. Very nice of the Broncos.

  • Whetto345

    WOW Go Broncos!

    UNO fan

  • Tiger Fan

    This was truly inspiring and I think after watching it, it’s hard for anyone to not support this Western Michigan team. When players go out of their way to do things like this because it means something to them as well is amazing. Division I athletes have a lot on their plates as students, but for them to take their free time and spend it the way they did shows a lot of character and heart, both things I’d like to see help them take home the title this year.

    RIT Tiger fan

  • Lenytobias

    At almost 9 mos pregnant and having no defintie names, I instantly just fell in love with the name Gideon.

  • Lenytobias

    At 9 mos pregnant and no definite names, I instantly just feel in love with the name Gideon.

  • TigerJim

    If my team doesn’t make it, I’m rooting for Western Michigan!

  • Anonymous

    That right there is what college hockey is all about… inspiring kids that they can do anything. Shows a LOT of heart from the Broncos team. NCAA should make an award for a team that is outstanding off the ice for their community service and heartfelt inspiration of youth.

  • Bucky

    Class act all the way!

  • Tim

    Thats why hockey players are the finest athletes…….always keeping it real! Ct now roots for the Broncos!

  • KzooHockeyMom

    As a Western Alum, I am very proud of these boys and the way they have adopted the Schripsema Family. What a statement of this fantastic sport and the athletes involved. I am also a Hockey Mom of a 12 yo boy – it warms my heart to see him watching these young men go above and beyond the call of duty and want to be like them. Go Broncos!!!!

  • Oracle

    I am a UND fan, however I will be rooting for Western in my heart.

  • EngineerHockey

    THAT is what college sports is all about! From an RPI and college hockey fan I say well done Broncos. That was truly amazing!

  • M.E.

    I just don’t think I can truly express my admiration for the Broncos hockey team for this heroic display of compassion. As a lifelong college hockey fan these young men displayed true heart. They have shown the real colors of what it is to be a collegiate athlete, and how to be true role models for the young kids that idolize them. My hats of to you Western Michigan….again and again.

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