Hockey Preview: #6 MSU vs. Nebraska-Omaha

"We have had a really good start, but it can turn average in a real hurry, every game is important" -- MSU Coach Rick Comley on the success of the team thus far.

East Lansing- Sixth ranked Michigan State (6-1-2) continues CCHA play with their second home series this season playing host to the 2-4 Mavericks of Nebraska-Omaha. State is off to its best start since the 2000-01 season, and is currently on a four game unbeaten streak.

Nebraska-Omaha comes to Munn Ice Arena winless, in conference play at 0-4 but have two of the most dynamic forwards in the country in Bill Thomas (last year's CCHA rookie of the year) and Scott Parse.

"I like their team, I like their talent, they can score, they play up tempo hockey, and it's going to come down to goaltending" says Comley about the Mavericks

The Spartans look to stay undefeated in CCHA play (2-0-2) and are getting healthy. MSU is expecting the return of sophomore forward Chris Mueller, freshmen defenseman Brandon Gentile and forward Nick Sucharski from injury.

All are expected to see action during this series.

These two teams split the season series last year in East Lansing, when each squad posted a 5-2 victory, the green-and-white won the rubber match as they posted a 5-0 victory in the CCHA playoffs.

Senior forward Colton Fretter and sophomore Chris Mueller each posted 2 points while junior forward Drew Miller posted 5 points against UNO to lead all returning players. Michigan State holds a 13-5 advantage in the all time series and are 9-3 vs. the Mavericks at Munn Ice Arena.

I expect a lot of scoring in this series, don't let the record of the Mavericks fool you, offensively they are very talented. The Spartans are in the midst of eight games in a fifteen day stretch, fatigue could catch up to the green and white this series.

Prediction: a series split.

Puck drops tonight at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing at 7:05pm, and Saturday night at 5:05pm

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