OMAHA, Neb. - Dominic Zombo had two goals and the Omaha hockey team set a season high for goals in a 6-3 win over Minnesota Duluth on Sunday afternoon at the CenturyLink Center. The win helped the Mavericks extend their season-high winning streak to four games.
UNO is now 6-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the WCHA, putting it in second place. UMD dipped to 2-5-1 overall and 0-4-1 in league play. The Mavericks have now earned back-to-back sweeps for the first time since the 2010-11 season. They won two games at Michigan Tech last weekend.
Leading 4-2 entering the third period, the Mavericks surrendered a powerplay goal to UMD's Austin Farley just 1:10 into action.
The Mavericks responded emphatically as Ryan Walters and Brent Gwidt each scored to put the game out of reach.
Walters has now scored eight points in the last three games after earning a goal and two assists in the game. Zombo also had a three-point game, earning an assist in addition to his two goals.
The Bulldogs took an early lead when Mike Seidel poked in the puck during a net mouth scramble at 3:13. On the play, John Faulkner stopped the puck on the goal line, but Seidel's extra effort gave him his team-leading fifth goal of the year.
The Mavericks answered on the power play at 11:45. Mike Young's pass to Josh Archibald ricocheted off his stick directly to Zombo who fired home his first of the year.
UNO took its first lead of the game less than four minutes later. Matt White broke down the left wing, slipped around a defenseman and wired a shot just inside the far post to make it 2-1.
But in the final minute of the stanza, UMD's Joe Basaraba picked up an errant rebound of a shot by Wade Bergman and knocked in his third goal of the season.
A late flourish in the second sent the Mavericks to the dressing room with the lead. On the power play, Walters carried the puck in down the left wing and then dropped a pass to Andrej Sustr. He wristed the puck past UMD goalie Matt McNeely, who was screened, to put UNO up, 3-2.
Then with just 9.1 seconds remaining, Zombo finished off a wild scramble in front of McNeely by knocking in his second of the game.
Faulkner improved to 6-0-1, making 31 saves while McNeely took the loss with 22. Faulkner earned his 44th career win and is now just one win from tying Jerad Kaufmann for second all-time at UNO.
The Mavericks have a week off before returning to action on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24 when they host a non-conference series with Alabama-Huntsville.