The No. 3 Omaha Mavericks make their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four today they face the No. 4 Providence Friars at 4 p.m. CT in the first semifinal game at TD Garden in Boston.
The Mavericks are 20-12-6 overall this season, and their third-place finish in the NCHC matches the best in school history. The Mavericks were 11-7-2 at home this season and 7-5-4 on the road. They are 2-0-0 in neutral-site games, their first of the year coming in the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
Providence is 24-13-2 overall and finished 13-8-1 in Hockey East, tying it with Boston College for second place. The Friars were the fourth seed in the NCAA East Regional, beating Miami, 7-5, and Denver, 4-1, to advance to the Frozen Four. Providence was 13-6-0 at home, 8-7-2 on the road and 3-0-0 in neutral-site games this season.
The Mavericks have made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, earning their first wins in the Midwest Regionals against Harvard and RIT. Head coach Dean Blais has led them to two NCAA tournament berths, the other coming in 2011 when they were a three seed and lost to Michigan, 3-2 in overtime at St. Louis, Mo. The first appearance was 2006 under former head coach Mike Kemp when, as a four seed, they lost to Boston University, 9-2, at Worcester, Mass.
Blais is in his sixth year as the head coach of the Mavericks, having led UNO to three 20-win campaigns in that time. The 1973 graduate of Minnesota has posted a record of 373-213-57 (.624) in his career as a head coach and has guided the Mavericks to a mark of 111-98-24 (.528). He spent 10 years as head coach at North Dakota where he led UND to national championships in 1997 and 2000.
You can watch the game on ESPN2.
Info courtesy of OMavs.com