It will be three years, but the 2016-17 season will see the storied University of Minnesota-University of North Dakota Men's hockey rivalry resume.
In a verbal deal late Thursday, UND officials and U of M representatives agreed to a pair of non-conference series beginning with a 2016-17 series in Minneapolis, followed by a 2017-18 series in Grand Forks.
This season will mark the first in which the two sides haven't met, breaking a 65-year tradition.
Contracts are reportedly being drawn up, and it shouldn't be long before they're completed and an official announcement ensues.
A big reason for the break in the annual matchups is because of UND's former nickname, the Fighting Sioux. The U of M has a clause that prohibits teams from playing schools with Native American nicknames out of conference.
#7 UND opens their season Sunday against the University Manitoba in an exhibition contest, and the #6 Gophers are in action Saturday night against the University of Lethbridge in an exhibition game.