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Maine, UNH to Play Nonconference Home-and-Home Series Starting Next Season

Two of the biggest rivals in college hockey will renew acquaintances each season two additional times.

Verizon Wireless Arena, host of this year's NCAA Northeast Regional, will host one of the two nonconference games between Maine and UNH each season.
Verizon Wireless Arena, host of this year's NCAA Northeast Regional, will host one of the two nonconference games between Maine and UNH each season.
Jeff Cox

The University of Maine and the University of New Hampshire will play two nonconference games in addition to their regularly scheduled two conferences games starting with the 2014-15 season.

According to two sources, the two nonconference games will be at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH and the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine. WMEB, UMaine's student radio station, reported on Twitter the series would be played as a home-and-home each season.

The two border state rivals have enjoyed tremendous success over the years and both fan bases get equally revved up for the games. Two of the more memorable UNH-Maine contests over the years were both won by the Black Bears. Marcus Gustafsson scored in double overtime in the 1999 NCAA Championship game in Anaheim to give Maine its second national title in the decade. A few years later in the 2002 Frozen Four semifinals in St. Paul, Maine put up a seven spot on UNH en route to a 7-2 victory.

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Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.