Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks Hockey Schedule
There is no better place to be each year when the college hockey season
gets underway and the Western Michigan Broncos take to the ice in their quest for a National Collegiate Hockey Conference
title than in Omaha, Nebraska. CenturyLink Center Omaha, the Mavericks' home, really comes to life during home games and the
excitement in the air during a big game is palpable. Possessing one of the best home ice advantages in all of college hockey,
the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks are especially tough beat at home. NCAA hockey is of huge importance in Omaha and tickets to
see the Mavericks play at CenturyLink Center Omaha always sell out quickly. Get your tickets from StubHub as soon as possible
to head out to show the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks your support.
The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks kick off their regular season
home schedule at CenturyLink Center Omaha on October 10th when they play the first of two games against the Minnesota State
Mavericks. There are plenty of other big home games on the schedule for the Mavericks this season including games against
the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, the St. Cloud State Huskies, the Alabama Huntsville Chargers, the New Hampshire Wildcats, the
Denver Pioneers, the University of North Dakota, the Western Michigan Broncos, and the Colorado College Tigers. There is nothing
quite like being inside CenturyLink Center Omaha for a big Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks hockey game whether you are a long time
college hockey fan or are a newcomer to the sport. There are several chances to come out to CenturyLink Center Omaha to catch
the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks in action during the 2014-2015 season.
The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
hockey program is a relatively new one, dating back only to the 1997 season but they have already begun to experience success.
Playing in the NCHC pits the Mavericks against many of the top teams in all of NCAA hockey but they are more than ready to
show that they are capable of holding their own in their tough new conference. Prior to last season Nebraska-Omaha had competed
in the CCHC and the WCHA before becoming a charter member of the NCHC. The Mavericks should have a stout defense anchored
by senior captain Michael Young who will be head coach Dean Blais' leader on the ice. Forwards Johnnie Searfoss and Dominic
Zombo should provide ample firepower as well this season which could make the Mavericks one of the toughest teams to beat
in all of college hockey. These are exciting times for the Mavericks and their fans as Nebraska-Omaha appears poised for some
big things and ready to establish themselves as one of the elite teams in the NCHC.
The Mavericks are a part of the recently formed National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The NCHC played
its first season of collegiate hockey last season after teams from the CCHA and the WCHA came together to create a new conference
after their previous conferences lost teams to the newly formed Big Ten hockey conference. The conference is primarily made
up of schools from the Midwest and its members include the Denver Pioneers, the St. Cloud Huskies, Colorado College, University
of Minnesota – Duluth, Miami University, University of North Dakota, and Western Michigan University. Prior to joining
the NCHC the Broncos were members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, or CCHA, which was one of the most storied
conferences in the entire NCAA. The CCHA had some of the best rivalries in all of college hockey before it was dissolved in
2013 and the teams who continue to play in the NCHC are sure to continue their excellence and help make the NCHC one of the
best conferences in all of college hockey.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most
passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding college hockey and Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks
fans are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NCAA. On game day at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, the
fans file in and take their seats when the cheering and chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the
dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really
begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves
set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your
voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high fives and you will already be planning a return
Despite being one of the newer programs in NCAA hockey the Mavericks have already made it
to two NCAA Tournaments, in 2006 and 2011. Nebraska-Omaha has yet to win a conference tournament title but did make it to
the final in their first year in the CCHA during the 1999-2000 season.