UNO lost to Notre Dame 3-2 in the championship game of the 2012 IceBreaker Tournament Saturday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
The Mavericks are now 1-1-0 and return home next weekend to host Northern Michigan on Friday and Saturday.
Notre Dame broke on top thanks to a strange bounce. A shot by Anders Lee was tipped wide of the UNO net by Peter Schneider, but the puck ricocheted off the end wall and hit freshman goalie Anthony Stolarz in the back before trickling in. The goal at 1:14 was the first of the year for Schneider.
The Mavericks tied the game off a face-off. Brock Montpetit won the draw back to Mike Young, who glided across to the top of the slot before wiring a shot past Notre Dame goalie Steven Summerhays.
The Irish retook the lead later in the period when Austin Wuthrich found Lee alone. He skated down the left wing and fired a shot that squirted past Stolarz to make it 2-1 after one.
Notre Dame stretched its lead at 12:45 of the second period when T.J. Tynan stole the puck and bulled his way to the crease. Stolarz stopped his shot, but Thomas DiPauli crashed the net and poked home the loose puck for his first of the year.
UNO responded late in the period. Ryan Walters carried the puck across the Notre Dame blue line and threw a drop pass to Andrej Sustr, who came unimpeded down the slot and fired a shot past Summerhays to again draw the Mavericks to within one at the break.
The Mavericks out-shot the Fighting Irish 30-26, including a 19-13 edge over the last two periods, but they could not dent Summerhays again.
Sustr and Montpetit were named to the all-tournament team.