April 1, 2015

Nebraska-Omaha hockey reaches Frozen Four for first time in school history

Nebraska-Omaha celebrates their trip to the Frozen Four (photo/Omavs.com)

Nebraska-Omaha celebrates their trip to the Frozen Four (photo/Omavs.com)

For the first time in school history, the University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey team earned a berth in the NCAA Frozen Four, beating RIT 4-0 in the Midwest Regional finals on Sunday night at Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame.  The Mavericks will play Providence College in the first Frozen Four semifinal on Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m. CT at TD Bank Garden in Boston. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Ryan Massa made 40 saves for his second shutout of the season and was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament and a member of the all-tournament team.

The Mavericks broke open a scoreless game with four goals in the third period to beat the Tigers, Atlantic Hockey’s playoff champion and the winner of eight straight games. UNO is now 20-12-6, its third 20-win season in Dean Blais’ six-year tenure as head coach. It also will be his fourth appearance in a Frozen Four.

North Dakota will play in the other semifinal against Boston University, making both semis a battle of NCHC vs. Hockey East teams.

5th ranked Nebraska-Omaha hockey splits weekend series against #1 North Dakota

Austin Ortega celebrates his game winner on Friday night (photo/OMavs.com)

Austin Ortega celebrates his game winner on Friday night (photo/OMavs.com)

No. 1 North Dakota got a goal 2:04 into the overtime to beat the No. 5 Omaha hockey team, 4-3, on Saturday night, turning the tables on the Mavericks who had won in OT one night earlier.  Brendan O’Donnell fired a quick shot from the left wing that tucked under Ryan Massa for his 10th goal of the year. It ended a game in which the Mavericks fought back from a one-goal deficit three times.

The Mavericks are now 16-7-3 overall and 10-5-1-1 in the NCHC. They remain in first place, just one point ahead of North Dakota which is now 19-6-2 overall and 10-5-1-0 in conference play.

On Friday, Austin Ortega scored with 33 seconds remaining in overtime to push the No. 5 Omaha hockey team past No. 1 North Dakota, 3-2.  The goal, Ortega’s nation-leading ninth game winner, came during a rare 5-on-3 power play.

The Mavericks have a week off before hosting Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14.

Lawyers push for dismissal in underage sex case involving two former Lincoln hockey players (AUDIO)

Former Lincoln Stars players

Former Lincoln Stars players Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith.

Lawyers for Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith, two former Lincoln Star hockey players accused of having sex with a 15-year old girl, are calling the alleged victim a “sexual predator,” and are asking the judge to dismiss the case.  Attorneys Joseph Friedberg and Jade Rosenfeldt say the girl proudly call herself a “Puck Slut,” and they claim she was competing with an Iowa woman to have sex with players on every team in the USHL.

Carey and Smith, both 19, are charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and distributing child pornography.  Prosecutors say the video was made in a Moorhead motel room, when the Stars hockey team was on a road trip to play the Fargo Force in February of 2014.  That video allegedly made its way around other locker rooms across the league.

Clay County attorney Brian Melton says the defense’s claims are outrageous.

Attorney Rosenfeldt is surpised by the accusations  made by Melton.

Melton says that Rosenfeldt is a “highly paid hatchet woman,” using whatever she can to discredit the victim’s claims.  Friedberg responded to Melton by saying he was surprised the country attorney would “stoop” to calling names.

Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this article.

Hockey player accused of making sex video with minor appears in court

Nineteen year old Thomas Carey, a member of the Lincoln Stars hockey team accused of using a minor to make a sex video in Moorhead, MN., appeared in court on Thursday.

Carey is charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and distributing child pornography.  Prosecutors say Carey and nineteen-year old teammate Brandon Smith made the video in a Moorhead motel during a road trip this past February.

Defense attorney Bruce Quick says when the facts come out, the perception of the case will be “vastly different.”  Carey was released without bond on the condition that he avoids contact with the victim and makes future court appearances.

 

Lincoln Stars hockey players charged with making sex tape

Brandon Smith (L) and Thomas Carey (R), will be charged for making a sex tape with a minor (photo/LincolnStars.com)

Brandon Smith (L) and Thomas Carey (R), will be charged for making a sex tape with a minor (photo/LincolnStars.com)

Two members of the Lincoln Stars hockey team are facing felony charges in Moorhead, Minnesota, for allegedly making a sex video with a 15-year old girl.

19-year olds Thomas Carey and Brandon Smith are each charged with using a minor in a sexual performance, possession of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.

The video was made in a Moorhead motel room in February when the team was visiting to the play the Fargo Force.

Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says a cell phone video circulated among an unknown number of USHL hockey players.  Carey and Smith will be expected to turn themselves in before their first court appearance.

Smith was a forward on the Stars hockey team from Castaic, CA.  Carey was also a forward on the team with Moorhead listed as his hometown.

Smith played in 58 games and was the team’s fourth leading scorer.  Carey appeared in 38 games.

(Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton)