(NEWS CENTER)-- Hockey East is recognized as the premier college hockey conference in the country. U-Maine is of course in that conference and the Black Bears feature three players actually from the Pine Tree state. Down south in Providence, there are a pair of Mainers trying to guide the Friars to their first NCAA tournament in 12 years. Against Brown, last weekend, Jon Gillies from South Portland made a career-high 35 saves for his second shutout while Kevin Hart of Cumberland posted a career-high four points with a goal and three assists. Providence will come to Alfond Arena to play U-Maine on February 1st.