Minnesota, North Dakota agree to resume rivalry in 2016-17 season

Minnesota and North Dakota have agreed to terms on a two-year contract for nonconference games in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

The Gophers will host in the 2016-17 season; North Dakota will host the following season. Game dates have not yet been determined.

The teams have played 290 games against each other — including games every year between 1948 and 2013 — but left the WCHA after last season for different leagues. Minnesota joined the Big Ten; North Dakota moved to the NCHC.

“We’re thrilled to officially get North Dakota back on our schedule and to renew one of the greatest rivalries in our sport,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said in a news release. “This rivalry is great for our programs, great for college hockey and great for our fans, and we’re excited to bring North Dakota back to Mariucci Arena.”

Said North Dakota coach Dave Hakstol: “This is a rivalry that our fans, alumni and team look forward to renewing. It is one of the most heated in all of college sports.”