ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The UMaine hockey team not only will play for their postseason lives this weekend. They'll also be taking on the team that cost them in easier road through the Hockey East playoffs.
The Black Bears will renew their rivalry with Providence this weekend in the league quarter-finals. Maine needed to split their final series of the regular season at home against the Friars two weekends ago to ensure a bye into the Hockey East quarter-finals and home-ice in the best-of-three series. Providence swept both games and vaulted to third in the final standings, ultimately dropping the Black Bears from fourth to sixth. Maine as a result to had to play a first-round elimination game last Saturday against Merrimack, which they won at Alfond Arena, 2-0.
Now, Maine will try to return the favor to the Friars by winning two games in a weekend at their place.
"They were the better team that weekend and we weren't, and it should on the scoreboard. We're just excited we have another chance to make amends for that and maybe get some payback," said sophomore forward Devin Shore.
Goalie Martin Ouellette knows there's room for improvement from their previous encounters.
"It wasn't our greatest weekend, and obviously we know we can play better against them and we're just getting ready and we're excited to go down," Ouellette said.
Fellow senior Mark Anthoine, a Lewiston native, says he and the rest of the team will do everything to to keep their seasons, and in Anthoine's case his collegiate career, alive.
"Getting to wear the Maine sweater, you know, I don't want it to ever end. So hopefully we can get two good ones on the road. If we have to go to a third game, then we have to go to a third game, but hopefully we can get it done starting Friday night," said Anthoine.
First drop of the series opener at Schneider Arena on the campus of Providence College will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's game two will also be a 7 p.m. start. Game three, if necessary will take place on Sunday at 4:30 p.m.