Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012 AT 11:04 PM / Updated at 11:04 PM
UNO hockey midseason report card
Rob White Omaha World-Herald

Forwards
Comment:
Ryan Walters has gone from solid second-line contributor to All-America candidate, Josh Archibald has followed up a good freshman season with a better sophomore year and Dominic Zombo has been a revelation. Matt White started slow but has begun scoring in bunches, and fellow captain Brent Gwidt is on pace for a career-high goal total. Zahn Raubenheimer and Johnnie Searfoss have also stepped it up. Losing Brock Montpetit, considered the only natural center on the roster, is a big blow and the Mavs hope to get him back before the season ends. In the meantime, UNO is hoping for strong second halves from the likes of James Polk, Aaron Pearce, Andrew Schmit and Tanner Lane. Grade: B+

Defensemen
Comment:
The unquestioned strength of the team hasn’t disappointed. Bryce Aneloski, Andrej Sustr, Michael Young and Jaycob Megna are big and tall and can slow down opposing threats with their bulk or their reach. Nick Seeler and Brian Cooper, freshman NHL draft picks, have blended in nearly seamlessly. Brian O’Rourke and Tony Turgeon would skate more regularly for many teams. UNO defensemen are second nationally in points with 51. Grade: A-

Goalies
Comment:
John Faulkner went from 20-15-2 as a sophomore to 5-9-2 last season, but he started his senior year at 8-0-1 and is currently 9-1-2. He was in goal for six of the games in UNO’s seven-game win streak. Despite a less-than-spectacular save percentage that has dipped below .900, he’s often played better than his goals allowed might indicate. And freshman Anthony Stolarz, a bit nervous in his first couple of games, seems primed for big things in the second half after playing well against league rivals St. Cloud State (2-1 loss) and Minnesota State-Mankato (5-1 win). Grade: B

About Rob White

Rob White is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers UNO and the Omaha Storm Chasers. You can follow Rob on Twitter (@RWhiteOWH) or email him at rob.white@owh.com.