The University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey team will continue their non-conference schedule this weekend as they travel Nebraska to take on the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, Saturday at 6:07 MST. The game will be available online to all Golden Bears fans, and will be streamed live at NCHC.tv.
This game will also mark the third-straight season the Bears have faced off against a NCAA opponent; Alberta played St. Cloud State, Minnesota State, and Arizona State in 2015/16, while also earning a pair of wins against Yale and Dartmouth in 2014/15.
Saturday's tilt will also be the Bears final non-conference game before the start of the 2015/16 Canada West season, as the Bears have strung together a 5-3-0 record through eight non-conference games so far this season. After three straight losses at the hands of the Oiler Rookies and UBC Thunderbirds, the Bears responded with a pair of wins over the Calgary Dinos, highlighted by a 29 save performance by rookie goalie Brendan Burke.
UNO enters the non-conference tilt having yet to play thus far this season, and are coming off an 8-15-1 season a year ago. Despite the poor showing in 2015/16, the Mavericks have qualified for the NCAA tournament three times since 2006, including a NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 2014/15, losing in the national semi-final.
Players to Watch:
Austin Ortega: UNO's top returning scorer finished second on the club with 21 goals and 36 points last season, and has recorded back-to-back 20 goal seasons for the Mavs.
Luc Snuggerud: Snuggerud led all Mavs defenceman with 18 points in 25 games last season. The Chicago Blackhawks draft pick (141st overall, 2014) has tallied 34 points over two seasons for UNO.
Luke Philp: After scoring 103 goals over parts of five WHL seasons, Philp is one of a large crop of rookies joining the Bears. The Canmore, Alberta native has already found chemistry on a line with fellow rookie Trevor Cox and second-year Jayden Hart, scoring four goals in the pre-season.
Tanner Clarkson: With the addition of such a large number of first-year athletes, third-year forward Tanner Clarkson has the potential to consistently hold a spot in the Bears Top-6. Clarkson, like Philp, has already had success early this season, lighting the lamp five times through nine games.