The University of Maine’s men’s hockey team all but ensured its first berth in the NCAA Tournament since the 2006-2007 season with its quarterfinal series win over Merrimack over the weekend.

Maine will play Boston University on Friday night in the Hockey East semifinals. What has been the most important factor in Maine’s 19-6-2 turnaround following a 3-6-1 start? If the Black Bears do make the NCAA Tournament, how far can they go?