Miami has struggled miserably in the last few seasons of NCHC play, but for whatever reason the RedHawks have dominated Omaha in that span.
MU is 7-2-1 vs. the Mavericks under Chris Bergeron, and UNO is the only league team against which Miami has a winning record (29-21-7, .570 winning percentage).
The RedHawks swept Omaha in Oxford last February after splitting with the Mavericks at Baxter Arena three months prior.
A look at this weekend’s matchup:
WHO: Miami RedHawks (7-13-2) at Omaha Mavericks (11-9-2).
WHERE: Baxter Arena (7,898), Omaha, Neb.
WHEN: Both nights — 8:07 p.m.
ALL-TIME SERIES: Miami leads, 29-21-7.
STREAMING: NCHC.tv ($).
MIAMI RADIO: Friday — WKBV-AM (1490), Richmond, Ind.; Saturday — WMOH-AM (1450), Hamilton, Ohio.
OMAHA RADIO: Both nights — KOIL-AM (1290), Omaha, Neb.
NOTES: A big storyline for Omaha has been in net, where Slovenian Simon Latkoczy appears to have at least pulled even with American International transfer and Carolina draftee Jake Kucharski in the race for the starting job.
Latkoczy, a freshman who was between the pipes substantially in three seasons with three USHL teams, is 5-1 in his last six decisions and has allowed just five goals in four games.
The Mavericks’ other big headline has been the progress of Jack Randl, who is tied for third in Division I in goals with 15. He has eight assists for a team-best 23 points but has been limited to one point in his last five games.
Randl had 14 goals in 84 previous games with UNO.
Sophomore Ty Mueller has been Omaha’s other major scoring threat up front, with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.
Other key Mavericks forward threats are Tyler Weiss, who leads the team with 15 assists, seven-goal scorer Matt Miller, graduate senior Jake Pivonka (son of longtime Washington Capitals foward Michal Pivonka), who has six goals and seven helpers, and Cameron Berg (5-6-11).
Fifth-year starter Jonny Tychonick keys the defense corps, with six goals and 13 assists this season after racking up just 31 points total in his first four seasons.
Davis Pennington, with 11 helpers, is the only of Omaha blueliner with a double-digit points total.
UNO has been lethal on the power play, converting at a 27.5 percent clip.
This is the final weekend of a six-game homestand for the Mavericks, who are 3-1 with three straight wins and have just one loss in their last seven games at Baxter Arena.