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The University of Maine has built a healthy rivalry with Quinnipiac University from the ECAC Hockey League and the two teams will renew that rivalry this weekend when the 10th-ranked Bobcats invade Alfond Arena in Orono for a pair with the Black Bears.

Quinnipiac is 9-2 and has won three of its last four games, while the Black Bears are 4-5-1 after splitting a two-game Hockey East set at Boston University.

They will play at 7 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It will be the fourth consecutive year they have met twice and the fifth time in the last six years they have played at least once.

The teams are 3-3-1 in seven games during that stretch with UMaine sweeping the Hamden, Connecticut-based Bobcats of Rand Pecknold on the road a year ago 7-4, 5-3 despite getting outshot 102-56.

“You always know you’re always going to play a good team. Rand has built a tremendous program,” UMaine coach Red Gendron said. “It also helps us with our schedule.”

Quinnipiac made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including two NCAA championship game berths, until missing the tourney the past two seasons.

Gendron said playing the No. 10 team in the country will be a “great way to measure ourselves.

“We’re going to have to play well and play to our identity. If we do, the results will take care of themselves,” Gendron said.

These will be UMaine’s last two home games until Colorado College visits UMaine on Jan. 2.

Following the Quinnipiac series, UMaine will return to Hockey East play with a pair of games at the University of Vermont next weekend. UMaine is 2-3-1 in league play, and the Vermont games will be UMaine’s fifth and six Hockey East road games.

UMaine completes the 2018 portion of its schedule with an exhibition game against the U.S. National Team Development Program’s Under-18 team in Plymouth, Michigan, on Dec. 8 and a pair of games at Princeton University of the ECAC Hockey League on Dec. 28-29.

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