October 24, 2014

Outdoor hockey games in Omaha go on with glitches

The first outdoor hockey games in the state were played Saturday in Omaha.  (Courtesy UNO Athletics)

The first outdoor hockey games in the state were played Saturday in Omaha. (Courtesy UNO Athletics)

The game between the University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and North Dakota started two-and-a-half hours late because the unusually warm day caused poor ice conditions at TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha. The start of the second period was also delayed about 15 minutes when a coolant line under the ice was damaged during resurfacing.

However that game, along with the USHL’s game between the Omaha Lancers and Lincoln Stars, was completed and Nebraska’s first outdoor hockey games are now history.

In the USHL game, the Lancers scored the first goal just over a minute into the game on their way to a 4-2 win. It was their 10th victory in the last 11 games.

The hometown Mavs in the D-I hockey game didn’t fare as well. Down 4-0, UNO tried to come back, but North Dakota snuffed out a third-period comeback attempt by the Mavericks and came away with a 5-2 win.

The outdoor rink at TD Ameritrade Park was ready for play Friday night.  (Courtesy, Lancers website)

The outdoor rink at TD Ameritrade Park was ready for play Friday night. (Courtesy, Lancers website)