With one weekend of regular season play to go the UMaine Black Bear hockey team fighting for a higher spot in the upcoming Hockey East playoffs and earning more PairWise points in the national rankings.

The Bears will host Providence College Friday and Saturday nights at Alfond Arena. Depending on that series and other HE series, Maine could finish as high as #2 or as low as #8.

The national picture puts the Bears on that bubble of the top 16 teams, along with Providence. That puts added emphasis on this weekend's series.

Here's a look at the USCHO Pairwise Ranking...

Rank

Team

PWR

W-L-T

Win %

Win % Rank

RPI

RPI Rank

1

Boston College

58

25-4-4

.8182

1

.6106*

1

2

Minnesota

57

21-4-5

.7833

2

.5998

2

3t

Union

55

22-6-4

.7500

3

.5789*

3

3t

Ferris State

55

23-7-3

.7424

4

.5697*

4

5

St. Cloud State

54

18-7-5

.6833

7

.5637*

5

6

Wisconsin

53

19-9-2

.6667

8

.5598*

6

7

Quinnipiac

52

21-8-5

.6912

5

.5532

8

8

Massachusetts-Lowell

51

20-8-4

.6875

6

.5533

7

9

Northeastern

50

18-10-4

.6250

11t

.5503*

9

10

North Dakota

49

18-9-3

.6500

9

.5494

10

11t

Cornell

47

14-7-5

.6346

10

.5489

11

11t

Vermont

47

17-11-3

.5968

16

.5428

12

11t

Colgate

47

16-11-5

.5781

22

.5411

13

14t

Michigan

44

15-10-3

.5893

19t

.5398

14

14t

Notre Dame

44

19-12-2

.6061

15

.5393

15

16

Providence

42

17-9-6

.6250

11t

.5389*

16

17t

Maine

41

15-11-4

.5667

23

.5364

17

17t

Yale

41

14-8-5

.6111

14

.5309

18

19

Minnesota State

39

19-13-0

.5938

17t

.5298

19

20t

New Hampshire

38

18-15-1

.5441

26t

.5295

20

20t

Minnesota-Duluth

38

13-13-4

.5000

32t

.5234

22

22t

Ohio State

37

15-10-3

.5893

19t

.5254

21

22t

Western Michigan

37

15-12-5

.5469

25

.5208

23

24

Clarkson

35

17-14-3

.5441

26t

.5154

24

25

Rensselaer

34

13-13-6

.5000

32t

.5134

26

26t

Denver

33

14-12-6

.5312

29t

.5138

25

26t

Lake Superior

33

16-15-1

.5156

31

.5114

27

28t

Nebraska-Omaha

31

13-15-2

.4667

37

.5059

28

28t

Alaska

31

14-12-4

.5333

28

.5052

29

30t

Alaska-Anchorage

29

15-13-4

.5312

29t

.5045

30

30t

St. Lawrence

29

12-16-4

.4375

39

.5041

31