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Black Bear Hockey Mediocrity Continues

When rivals meet, you always throw out the records.

Even when both teams - in this case, the hockey teams of the University of Maine and New Hampshire - are both mired in mediocrity.

The Black Bears and Wildcats split a thrilling Hockey East series in Durham this weekend, with the 'Cats winning in overtime on Friday and Maine pulling out a 5-3 win on Saturday, but these teams, as Dennis Green would put it, are what they are.

Middle-of-the-pack teams in a very average Hockey East.

And frankly, it's sad to see these two proud programs mired in such mediocrity, while teams we're used to seeing in the cellar - yeah, UMass, I'm looking at you - are controlling Hockey East.

Heading into this series, I felt at least 3 points were a must for Maine. But the Bears proved yet again that they're not ready to take care of business like this.

They had not business getting to overtime Friday. UNH dominated for two and a half periods before the Bears woke up. You want to win in college hockey, you've got to play a full 60 minutes.

Two points is better than none. I'm trying to keep my stein half-full. Maybe if the Black Bears can exorcise their Providence demons next weekend at home, they can make a bit of a move and try to get out of the last playoff spot in Hockey East?

Maine hasn't beaten PC since Tim Whitehead was behind the bench. Remember when you all wanted Tim fired, Black Bear Nation? The same guy who got the program to four Frozen Fours and would have two national championship rings if you take away a couple bad calls?

Maine can make a statement against the Friars at home. This isn't the same Providence that is Red Gendron's Daddy. They only managed a point against a pitiful Vermont team.

If there's a time for the Bears to get four points at home, it's next weekend.

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