FROM OMAVS.COM – The No. 3 Omaha Mavericks historic season came to an end on Thursday, losing to Providence, 4-1, in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four.
The Mavericks, who finished the season at 20-13-6, were denied a chance to play for a national championship in their first-ever trip to the Frozen Four.
UNO trailed 2-0 entering the third period but got on the board at 10:46 when Jake Guentzel snapped home a pass from Tyler Vesel from the low slot. The goal, Guentzel’s career-best 14th of the year, gave the Mavericks some life after battling a determined Providence team that had given up few offensive to that point.
But the Friars seized back the momentum just 24 seconds later when Trevor Mingoia beat Ryan Massa off a centering pass from Mark Jankowski to make it 3-1.
Nick Saracino scored an empty net goal at 19:29 to cap off a three-point night.
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A Message from Chancellor John E. Christensen
"I'll be honest, I cheered (really loudly) for a different outcome. But, I am so proud of this team and the coaches.
I will walk on cloud nine for months.
This team did something incredible: they earned the right to be among the best hockey teams in the country. And, they brought all of us — and our hometown of Omaha — along with them.
This is a team of Mavericks who have represented us all very well.
As the seconds ticked away on this dream tournament all I could hear was our student section cheering ...UNO! UNO! UNO! We lost, and they were still cheering.
Now everyone knows this: UNO is championship ready.
From Maverick Athletics
Maverick Nation...We couldn't have made it this far without your amazing support. This is for you. We'll be back. pic.twitter.com/gmirQDWCXQ— Maverick Hockey (@UNO_Hockey) April 9, 2015
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