Oct. 13, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Zahn Raubeneimer scored once and handed out two assists as Nebraska-Omaha beat Army, 5-1, Friday night in the second game of the Ice Breaker at the Sprint Center.
Army, with nine freshmen in the lineup, fought back from an early deficit but dropped its first game in front of a crowd of 2,200 at the traditional season-opening college hockey tournament.
Mac Lalor scored for Army while Zak Zaremba and Andy Starczewski picked up assists.
Army, 0-1-0, will play #20 Maine at 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday in the tournament consolation game. Thirteen-ranked Notre Dame beat Maine 1-0 in the opening game of the tournament. Nebraska-Omaha and Notre Dame will play for the tournament title at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. NBC Sports Network will carry the championship game live.
Nebraska-Omaha, with an exhibition game under its belt and eight NHL draft picks on its roster, jumped out to a two-period lead and then held on for the victory.
Army goalie Ryan Leets was peppered with 38 shots on goal and was credited with 33 saves.
Nebraska-Omaha, from approximately three hours away, jumped out to a 2-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. With an Army player off for boarding, Raubenheimer scored a power play goal four minutes into the contest.
The Mavericks, out of the WCHA, extended their lead to 2-0 four minutes later as Nick Seeler scored his first career goal off of a Raubenheimer assist.
The Black Knights had to kill off two more Nebraska-Omaha penalties and trailed 2-0 after the first 20 minutes.
Nebraska-Omaha added to its lead at the 15:33 mark when Bryce Aneloski collected his ninth career goal with Raubenheimer again getting the assist.
Army killed off another Mavericks power play after a whistle for tripping
Nebraska-Omaha took a 4-0 lead three minutes later on an even-strength goal from Johnnie Searfoss.
Army got on the scoreboard midway through the second period with a power play tally of its own. Starczewski won the faceoff in the Nebraska-Omaha end to Zaremba. Zaremba slid a pass across the ice to Lalor who blasted in a shot from just inside the blue line which hit off a Nebraska-Omaha player. It was the fifth career goal for Lalor, the seventh assist for Zaremba and the 26th assist for Starczewski.
GAMES NOTES: Army was the visiting team and wore its black sweaters … NBC Sports Network, with Dave Strader and Pierre McGuire, aired the game live to a national audience … Army’s starting lineup consisted of Brian Schultz, R.J. Burns and Zak Zaremba with Cheyne Rocha and Maurice Alvarez on defense and Ryan Leets in goal … Leets made his 40th career start … Burns was among the nine freshmen who made their collegiate debut, joining Thane Heller, Willie Faust, Joe Kozlak, Shane Hearn, Andrew O’Leary, Kyle Vogel and Luke Jenkins … The officials were from the WCHA.
NEBRASKA-OMAHA 5, ARMY 1
UNO – Raubenheimer (Montpetit, Aneloski), PP, 4:31
UNO – Seeler (Zombo, Raubenheimer), 8:43
UNO – Aneloski (Seeler, Raubenheim), 4:27
UNO – Searfoss (Gwidt), 7:54
ARMY – Lalor (Zaremba, Starczewski), PP, 9:21
UNO – White (Searfoss), 14:48
Shots: UNO 38 (11-18-9); Army 18 (6-4-8)
Saves: UNO 17 (Faulkner, 60:00, 6-3-8); Army 33 (Leets, 60:00, 9-16-8)
Power Plays: UNO, 1-4; Army, 1-2
Penalties: UNO, 2-4; Army, 4-8