Omaha will return three key seniors for a fifth year in the 2023-2024 season


Mitchell Cutcher

Sports Editor

Jack Randl led Omaha in points with 34 and scored 18 goals. Photo courtesy Mark Kuhlmann/

In the current landscape of college athletics with the transfer portal and NIL, a team’s roster could be overhauled at any moment. The Mavericks had four players graduate, two players move on in the portal, and three key players decide to return for a fifth season.

The trio of skaters who will be playing a fifth season for Omaha are Kirby Proctor, last year’s leading scorer, Jack Randl, and team captain, Nolan Sullivan. Proctor and Sullivan are both key to the Mavericks’ penalty kill, as Proctor finished fourth on the team in blocked shots and Sullivan won 58% of his faceoffs. Randl led the team in points with 34 and goals with 18.

While Omaha will be returning three key players, they also lost a pair of skaters to the transfer portal. Cameron Berg transferred back to his home state of North Dakota to play for UND; the Islanders’ draft pick had 24 points and 10 goals this past season. The other player who transferred is defenseman Davis Pennington. The blue liner moved on to reigning national champion, Quinnipiac.

The Mavericks were also active in the transfer portal, as they added four players from the portal. Omaha picked up a commitment from a pair of Big Ten players in forward Jesse Lansdell, a Notre Dame transfer who had 15 points, and former Ohio State defenseman, Dominic Vidoli. In addition to the two Big Ten players, Omaha also added a defenseman from the University of Massachusetts, Golden Knights draft pick Noah Ellis, and a goalie from Long Island State, Seth Eisle, who posted a .913 save percentage.

In the 2023-2024 season, Omaha will be tasked with replacing four players who graduated: Jonny Tychonick, Tyler Weiss, Jake Kucharski, and Jake Pivonka. Tychonick was a three-year starter for the Mavericks, finished third in points on the team with 26 and contributed eight goals in his final season in Omaha. Weiss is another player who will be difficult for the Mavericks to find a replacement for, as he finished second in points with 27 and led the team in assists with 21. Weiss finished his career in the top 10 for career points for the Mavericks with 116 and third in career assists with 88.

Kucharski and Pivonka were only in Omaha for one season, but the pair were crucial in the team’s run to finish third in the NCHC. Kucharski came to the Mavericks from AIC and made 18 starts in net for Omaha, posting a record of 8-9-1, and a .904 save percentage. Pivonka was tied for fourth on the team in goals with 10 and finished with 18 points overall.