New Hampshire-Maine Hockey Rivalry
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New Hampshire%E2%80%93Maine Hockey Rivalry
Maine-New Hampshire men's ice hockey rivalry
First meetingDecember 15, 1979
Latest meetingNovember 16, 2019
Maine 2, UNH 1
Statistics
Meetings total129
All-time seriesMaine leads 70-54-11
Largest victoryJanuary 28, 1987 Maine 10, UNH 1
Longest win streakMaine, 9 (February 4, 1989 - December 7, 1991)
Current win streakMaine, 3

The Maine-New Hampshire men's ice hockey rivalry, sometimes referred to as the Border War,[1][2] is a men's ice hockey rivalry between the Maine Black Bears and New Hampshire Wildcats. The proximity of the two states, the success of the two programs, and their history in high-profile games have caused one of the most intense rivalries in American college hockey.[2]College Hockey News has ranked it as the seventh best Division I college hockey rivalry.[3]

History

The two teams first played in 1979.[2] In the early 1990s, Maine dominated, winning 18 out of 19 games in one stretch.[4] The rivalry came to a head in 1999. UNH and Maine played a two-game series to finish the regular season at the Whittemore Center. UNH had to win the series to clinch the top seed in the Hockey East playoffs, and swept the two game series. The two teams met again a month later in the 1999 national championship. Although Maine took an early lead in the game, UNH came from behind to force overtime. Maine then won in overtime.[5]

Though Maine leads the series, it has been relatively even since 1999. Three years after Maine's victory in the national title game UNH won its first Hockey East title with a victory over Maine.[5] Maine gained revenge for this loss several weeks later, however, by defeating UNH in the 2002 Frozen Four.[4] The series became very evenly matched for some time, before UNH became more dominant in the late 2000s and won 6 games in a row over two seasons.[4] In 2012 Maine and UNH played in a Winter Classic type game and Maine won 5-4 in overtime at Fenway Park, after giving up the first 2 goals. Maine's ice hockey program has been more successful overall than UNH, having won two national titles and five Hockey East titles while UNH has won two Hockey East titles and has not won a national championship.[2]

Traditions

One factor that contributes to the intensity of the rivalry is the similarity of the two states. Fans of each program often work together and frequent the same restaurants in places such as Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.[4] Though the two schools are 165 miles (266 km) apart, many Maine fans from southern Maine live closer to UNH's campus in Durham, New Hampshire than to the University of Maine's campus in Orono, Maine, ensuring a high turnout of Maine fans when UNH hosts Maine.[3][6] The two programs also recruit many of the same potential players from New England, though there are often very few New Hampshire natives on UNH's team and few Maine natives on Maine's team.[1][2]

In 1999 UNH began asking their fans to dress in white each time Maine traveled to the Whittemore Center in what they dubbed "White out the Whit" nights. The student tickets for these games sell out faster than any others.[2][3] Maine supporters often refer to UNH as the "University of No Hardware" due to their lack of championships.[2] During one series in Maine, Maine fans pelted visiting UNH fans with snowballs.[5] UNH fans often raise the issue of NCAA violations committed by Maine under Shawn Walsh.[4] They have also brought newspapers to the games to read while Maine's starting lineup is being introduced.[5] The two schools have announced plans to move two of their games each year to the last week of the regular season.[4]

In addition to ice hockey, UNH and Maine are considered rivals in basketball and football as well.[7][8]

Game Results

Maine victoriesNew Hampshire victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 December 15, 1979 Orono, ME Maine 5-3
2 February 16, 1980 Durham, NH Maine 6-5
3 December 27, 1980 Durham, NH New Hampshire 10-4
4 February 26, 1981 Orono, ME Maine 5-2
5 December 2, 1981 Orono, ME Maine 7-5
6 February 27, 1982 Durham, NH New Hampshire 8-5
7 March 4, 1982 Orono, ME New Hampshire 5-2
8 December 30, 1982 Hanover, NH New Hampshire 8-5
9 January 18, 1983 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-3
10 December 31, 1983 Hanover, NH New Hampshire 5-4
11 February 5, 1984 Durham, NH New Hampshire 5-2
12 February 7, 1984 Orono, ME Maine 3-0
13 October 16, 1984 Durham, NH Maine 4-2
14 February 2, 1985 Orono, ME New Hampshire 7-6
15 February 3, 1985 Orono, ME New Hampshire 7-3
16 November 14, 1986 Durham, NH Maine 6-5
17 November 15, 1986 Durham, NH Maine 3-2
18 January 27, 1987 Orono, ME Maine 8-2
19 January 28, 1987 Orono, ME Maine 10-1
20 January 29, 1988 Orono, ME Maine 5-2
21 January 31, 1988 Orono, ME Maine 9-2
22 February 26, 1988 Durham, ME Maine 6-2
23 November 1, 1988 Orono, ME Maine 6-2
24 February 3, 1989 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-3
25 February 4, 1989 Durham, NH Maine 6-4
26 February 9, 1990 Orono, ME Maine 4-2
27 February 10, 1990 Orono, ME Maine 8-3
28 February 16, 1990 Durham, NH Maine 3-2
29 December 11, 1990 Orono, ME Maine 4-0
30 January 18, 1991 Durham, NH Maine 8-4
31 February 23, 1991 Durham, NH Maine 4-2
32 December 6, 1991 Orono, ME Maine 9-0
33 December 7, 1991 Orono, ME Maine 6-2
34 February 22, 1992 Durham, NH Tie4-4
35 March 14, 1992 Boston, MA Maine 4-1
36 December 11, 1992 Portland, ME Maine 4-3
37 January 29, 1993 Durham, NH Maine 5-2
38 January 30, 1993 Durham, NH Maine 8-3
39 March 6, 1993 Orono, ME Maine 5-2
40 December 10, 1993 Orono, ME New Hampshire 7-3
41 February 4, 1994 Orono, ME Tie1-1
42 February 5, 1994 Orono, ME New Hampshire 1-0
43 March 4, 1994 Durham, NH New Hampshire 3-1
44 November 4, 1994 Durham, NH Maine 4-3
45 November 5, 1994 Durham, NH Maine 6-1
46 March 2, 1995 Durham, NH New Hampshire 3-2
47 March 3, 1995 Orono, ME Maine 5-3
48 November 3, 1995 Orono, ME Tie4-4
49 November 4, 1995 Orono, ME Tie3-3
50 November 24, 1995 Durham, NH Maine 6-3
51 February 11, 1996 Durham, NH Maine 6-5
52 March 7, 1996 Orono, ME Maine 4-2
53 March 8, 1996 Orono, ME Maine 8-4
54 November 15, 1996 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-3
55 November 16, 1996 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-5
56 November 30, 1996 Orono, ME New Hampshire 7-2
57 February 18, 1997 Orono, ME Maine 5-1
58 November 29, 1997 Durham, NH New Hampshire 7-0
59 January 16, 1998 Orono, ME New Hampshire 2-1
60 January 17, 1998 Orono, ME New Hampshire 5-0
61 February 1, 1998 Durham, NH Maine 3-1
62 March 13, 1998 Durham, NH Maine 3-2
63 March 14, 1998 Durham, NH Maine 5-3
64 November 27, 1998 Lowell, MA Maine 4-3
65 February 7, 1999 Orono, ME Maine 4-3
66 March 5, 1999 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-1
67 March 6, 1999 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-1
68 April 3, 1999 Anaheim, CA Maine 3-2
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
69 January 7, 2000 Orono, ME Maine 9-4
70 January 8, 2000 Orono, ME New Hampshire 5-4
71 February 6, 2000 Durham, NH New Hampshire 1-0
72 January 5, 2001 Durham, NH Tie0-0
73 January 6, 2001 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-1
74 February 4, 2001 Orono, ME Maine 3-2
75 December 1, 2001 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-1
76 February 1, 2002 Orono, ME Maine 6-3
77 February 2, 2002 Orono, ME Tie2-2
78 March 16, 2002 Boston, MA New Hampshire 3-1
79 April 4, 2002 St Paul, MN Maine 7-2
80 November 22, 2002 Orono, ME Maine 2-1
81 February 1, 2003 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-2
82 February 2, 2003 Durham, NH Maine 3-2
83 November 8, 2003 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-3
84 January 30, 2004 Orono, ME Maine 5-4
85 January 31, 2004 Orono, ME Maine 5-0
86 November 7, 2004 Orono, ME Maine 3-0
87 February 4, 2005 Durham, NH Maine 3-1
88 February 5, 2005 Durham, NH New Hampshire 2-1
89 November 12, 2005 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-2
90 February 3, 2006 Orono, ME Maine 4-1
91 February 4, 2006 Orono, ME New Hampshire 7-4
92 November 12, 2006 Orono, ME New Hampshire 8-2
93 February 2, 2007 Manchester, NH Maine 4-2
94 February 3, 2007 Durham, NH New Hampshire 2-1
95 December 16, 2007 Durham, NH New Hampshire 2-0
96 February 8, 2008 Orono, ME New Hampshire 3-2
97 February 9, 2008 Orono, ME New Hampshire 4-1
98 January 4, 2009 Orono, ME New Hampshire 5-4
99 February 6, 2009 Durham, NH New Hampshire 4-1
100 February 7, 2009 Durham, NH Maine 1-0
101 December 24, 2009 Durham, NH New Hampshire 5-2
102 February 5, 2010 Orono, ME Maine 3-2
103 February 6, 2010 Orono, ME Maine 6-3
104 December 12, 2010 Orono, ME New Hampshire 4-3
105 February 4, 2011 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-3
106 February 5, 2011 Durham, NH New Hampshire 5-4
107 November 5, 2011 Durham, NH New Hampshire 3-2
108 January 7, 2012 Boston, MA Maine 5-4
109 March 3, 2012 Orono, ME Maine 1-0
110 November 4, 2012 Orono, ME New Hampshire 4-0
111 March 8, 2013 Durham, NH Maine 4-3
112 March 9, 2013 Durham, NH Tie4-4
113 January 24, 2014 Durham, NH New Hampshire 3-2
114 January 25, 2014 Orono, ME Maine 4-2
115 December 12, 2014 Manchester, NH Maine 5-2
116 December 13, 2014 Portland, ME New Hampshire 7-4
117 January 23, 2015 Orono, ME Maine 6-4
118 January 24, 2015 Durham, NH Maine 4-0
119 December 4, 2015 Orono, ME Tie3-3
120 December 5, 2015 Durham, NH New Hampshire 5-2
121 December 29, 2015 Portland, ME New Hampshire 5-4
122 December 30, 2015 Manchester, NH New Hampshire 7-0
123 December 2, 2016 Durham, NH New Hampshire 5-1
124 December 3, 2016 Orono, ME New Hampshire 4-3
125 December 30, 2016 Durham, NH New Hampshire 6-4
126 January 19, 2018 Orono, ME Tie2-2
127 January 20, 2018 Orono, ME Tie3-3
128 February 14, 2018 Durham, NH Maine 4-3
129 March 2, 2018 Orono, ME+ Maine 4-1
130 March 3, 2018 Orono, ME+ Maine 3-2
131 January 21, 2019 Orono, ME Tie4-4
132 February 1, 2019 Durham, NH New Hampshire 3-2OT
133 February 2, 2019 Durham, NH Maine 5-3
134November 15, 2019 Orono, ME Maine 3-1
135 November 16, 2019 Orono, ME Maine 2-1 OT
Series: Maine leads 70-54-11

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See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Reynolds, Lauren (24 July 2007). "Passionate fan bases fuel rivalry between perennial title contenders". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Kensa, David (8 February 2006). "College Hockey's Top 10 Rivalries". College Hockey News. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Zhe, Mike (3 February 2011). "UNH-Maine hockey rivalry stands test of time". Seacoast Online. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ a b c d McCabe, Chantel (4 February 2011). "UNH vs. Maine: The history of a rivalry". The New Hampshire. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Lessels, Allen (6 February 2000). "It's a Rivalry That Only Gets Hotter". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ "Basketball Set to Take on Rival Maine". UNHWildcats.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ Warner, Peter (18 November 2006). "Bears look to play spoiler vs. rival Wildcats". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 2011.

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