The Omaha hockey team fell just short of its second straight come-from-behind effort, losing 4-3 to No. 2 Michigan on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center.
The loss gave the Mavericks a split of the series after a 3-2 win on Friday that included two third-period goals to win it. UNO is now 6-6-0 this season while Michigan improved to 7-2-1.
Trailing 3-2 entering the period, the Mavericks peppered Wolverines’ goalie Steve Racine in search of the equalizer. The Mavericks had a 22-9 advantage in shots in the period and finally tied the game on a power play at 13:03. Brock Montpetit scooped up the rebound of a shot by Jake Guentzel and roofed it over Racine for his sixth goal of the year.
But just 50 seconds later, Michigan dumped the puck into the UNO zone. It hit a Maverick defenseman and fluttered on goal. UNO netminder Reed Peters, in his first collegiate start, got a pad on the puck but couldn’t gather the rebound. Michigan’s Derek DeBlois pounced on it and fired it home for the game winner.