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Associated Press, Published November 07 2013

North Dakota, Wisconsin to renew hockey rivalry

The University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin are renewing their decades-long hockey rivalry.

Beginning next season, the NCAA Division I powerhouses will play two-game series in four of the next five seasons, UND said in a statement Thursday.

The rivalry dates back to the late 1960s but came to a halt this season due to conference realignment. Wisconsin is now in the Big Ten and UND in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. Both moved from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, where they had a combined 13 national championships.

"We are excited about the opportunity to continue playing another of our most traditional rivals on a long-term basis," UND head coach Dave Hakstol said.

The first rivalry renaissance will take place during the 2014-15 season in Madison, with UND hosting in the following season. After a year off, UND will travel to Wisconsin during the 2017-18 season, and Wisconsin will come to Grand Forks the following year.

"We look forward to playing one of the top programs and testing ourselves," Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. "Going back to my playing days, there has been great hockey games and great emotion over the years in the series and it is great to be able to continue that into the future."

Wisconsin has an edge on the all-time series, 86-65-12.

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