Earlier this year, I noted that Nebraksa-Omaha head coach Mike Kemp was on the hot seat in Omaha, and so far, his team seems to have responded. The Mavericks are 9-2-1, second in the CCHA, with enough games in hand to catch first place Miami. Part of the reason for that, as INCH noted this week, is that both UNO goalies, Jeremie Dupont and Jerad Kaufmann, have GAAs below 2.
It's a great start for UNO, but they've also been relatively untested. Yale is the only team in the four major conferences with a weaker strength of schedule than the Mavericks. The goaltending numbers could be deceiving too. Here's a look at the offenses UNO has face, with national rank--out of 58 teams--in parenthesis.(Numbers are as of last weekend, so they don't take into account games played on Tuesday)
2 vs. Mercyhurst(37)
2 vs. Bowling Green(45)
2 vs. Western Michigan(48)
2 vs. Ferris State(36)
2 vs. Michigan State(54)
So out of 12 games, 11 have been against below-average offensive teams. It will be interesting to see if UNO's goalies can maintain that success once they start playing some better offenses.