The Bangor High School boys hockey team will get the opportunity to face some out-of-state competition next week when it plays in the second annual Saint Dominic Academy Winter Classic Invitational at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.

Bangor plays Bishop Brady of Concord, New Hampshire, on Monday at 12:50 p.m. The Rams also will play on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 against opponents that will be determined by the prior day’s results.

The Bangor-Bishop Brady game will kick off the championship tournament.

The next game will pit Rice Memorial High School from South Burlington, Vermont, against Northwest Catholic High from West Hartford, Connecticut, at 3 p.m. That will be followed by the games between Kennebecasis Valley of Quispamsis, New Brunswick, and Smithfield (Rhode Island) at 5:10 and Cheverus High of Portland against host St. Dominic Academy at 7:20.

Tuesday’s games will again be at 12:50, 3, 5:10 and 7:20.

On Wednesday, both rinks will be utilized simultaneously with games at noon and 2:10.

Last year, there were only four teams (Bangor, Cheverus, St. Dominic and Smithfield) and it was a round robin.

Tournament director Steve Ouellette, the former Saint Dominic’s coach, explained that they wanted to expand the tournament this season and model it after one his team used to play in at Mount Saint Charles Academy in Rhode Island.

“We wanted to have a champion,” explained Ouellette. “We also wanted it to be more intimate. We’re holding a breakfast for the teams on [Dec. 29] at [Saint Dominic Academy].”

Ouellette added that they want to combine the aspects of competition and sportsmanship into the tournament environment.

Bangor coach Quinn Paradis said he and his players are looking forward to the tournament.

“We got a lot out of it last year,” said Paradis. “We were able to do some team-building and we improved because of it.”

With a bigger pool of teams, this year’s tourney could be even more beneficial.

“It’s going to be a very valuable tool,” said Paradis. “These teams are going to be very good and they’re going to make us play quicker and think faster. It makes you a better team.”

“It was good for us last year,” agreed Bangor senior center Trevor DeLaite. “It was really fun. It was a lot better hockey. It was a lot quicker and more physical.”

Paradis said the tournament will give him the opportunity to watch other teams and their particular systems while also enabling him to try different systems, line combinations and defense tandems.

He also said because they will be playing three games in three days, some of his lesser-used players will receive valuable playing time.

“When you play only 18 [regular-season] games, not everybody gets to play very much,” said Paradis.

It will also supply him and his coaching staff an opportunity to evaluate their players against quality competition at a great facility.

Bangor (3-1-1) plays its next regular-season game Jan. 2 at Portland/Deering.