HAMDEN, Conn. — No. 9 Quinnipiac scored two power-play goals and extended its national-best unbeaten streak to 12 games Sunday with a 3-1 victory over Nos. 12 and 13 UNO.
The Mavericks, who lost 5-4 Saturday, were swept for the first time this season.
“They're a good team,” University of Nebraska at Omaha coach Dean Blais said. “To score four goals (Saturday) and not win was an opportunity missed. Today they were the better team, and a 3-1 score is probably about the way it went.”
Quinnipiac's power-play goals came as part of a season-high eight man-advantage chances given up by the Mavs.
“Any time you have that many penalties, you're going to have a couple undisciplined penalties, a couple of bad calls by the refs and the rest are probably right,” Blais said. “You can't control what the refs call, but you can control the undisciplined penalties.”
Quinnipiac, 11-0-1 in its last 12 games and 14-3-2 overall, entered the game fourth in the Pairwise rankings. UNO was No. 20.
Blais said he isn't overly focused on how being swept by the Bobcats in the nonconference series will affect the Mavs' postseason chances.
“We've got to take care of our WCHA games,” he said. “We don't have to change a lot. We just have to fine-tune some things.
UNO (11-8-1, 7-4-1 WCHA) hosts Colorado College (8-10-2, 5-6-1) on Friday and Saturday.
The Mavs have lost three of four games and are 2-5 since their 7-0 November.
The Bobcats trailed after Ryan Walters scored at 5:25 of the first period, but they tied the game on an even-strength goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later.
“That didn't break our back,” Blais said. “But we made a mistake in coverage, and they capitalized.”
Walters' 12th goal — tied for the national lead — came nine seconds after a UNO power play began. He beat Eric Hartzell through a screen set in front by Josh Archibald.
Walters has scored goals in four straight games and has 11 goals and 13 assists in the last 13 games.
It was the Mavs' second man-advantage goal in five tries against a Quinnipiac penalty-kill unit that entered the weekend third nationally with a success rate of 94.8 percent (73 of 77).
But that was all UNO would get, as Hartzell — one of the country's best goalies — improved to 14-2-2 while making 28 saves.
The Mavs, who put 13 shots on goal in the opening period, managed 16 in the final two periods.
The Bobcats tied it 2:27 after Walters' goal, as Clay Harvey got free in front and beat John Faulkner for his third goal of the season. Quinnipiac took a 2-1 lead with 4:01 left in the first period as Connor Jones converted on a power play.
Another power-play goal, this one by former Omaha Lancer Ben Arnt, gave the Bobcats a 3-1 lead 2:25 into the second period.
Faulkner, who sat out Saturday in favor of freshman Anthony Stolarz, had 34 saves but dropped to 9-3-1.
“It was a physical game and we competed hard,” Blais said. “We stepped forward. We played better than (Saturday).”
UNO (11-8-1) ................. 1 0 0—1
At Quinnipiac (14-3-2) ................. 2 1 0—3
First period: 1, UNO, Walters 12 (Young), 5:25 (pp). 2, Q, Harvey 3 (Luczyk, Langlois), 7:52. 3, Q, C.Jones 4 (L.Barron, K.Jones), 15:59 (pp).
Second period: 4, Q, Arnt 4 (Peca, K.Jones), 2:25 (pp).
Shots on goal:
UNO ................. 13 8 8—29
Quinnipiac ................. 7 15 15—37
Power plays: UNO 1-4, Q 2-8.
Penalties-minutes: UNO 9-18, Q 8-32.
Goalies: UNO, Faulkner 9-3-1 (37 shots-34 saves), 58:00. Q, Hartzell 14-2-2 (29-28), 59:58.