Most college coaches tell you that conference games are the most important games on the schedule. The UMaine hockey team starts conference play tonight against UMass.After three weeks of non-conference play the Hockey East schedule gets underway with the Bears hosting the Minutemen for a weekend series. Maine has dominated the series over the years posting a 46-19-9 record. Last year the Bears took two wins and a tie in their four meetings.

UMaine is coming off a weekend in which they earned their first win of the season by knocking off Alaska Anchorage on Friday before tying the Seawolves on Saturday.

UMass is off to a 2-3 start to the season and enters tonight's game coming off a 4-1 loss to Boston College their last time out.