Maine Class A Tourney Preview: St Dom’s, Falmouth earn top seeds

Nathan Fournier
Nathan Fournier
Nathan has been covering college, junior, and high school hockey for the last six years for numerous publications. You can follow him on Twitter @jrhockeywriter.

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East

Bangor had a chance to claim the No. 1 seed if they picked up wins over Lewiston and St. Dominic Academy in the final week of the season, but that didn’t happen. They let leads slip away in both games as they fell 5-4 to Lewiston and 4-2 against St. Dom’s. They finish as the No. 3 seed and will host Brunswick, the No. 6 seed, on Tuesday. The Rams defeated the Dragons 10-2 in their only meeting in the regular season on Feb. 14.

Lewiston will host Windham on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., the first time the teams will meet this season. The winner will get the Brunswick-Bangor winner on Saturday Feb. 28. The Blue Devils are 4-1 in their last five while the Eagles are 2-3.

St. Dom’s earned the bye in the regional quarterfinals and await the winner of Edward Little-Lawrence/Skowhegan match up for the regional semifinals at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

Lawrence/Skowhegan is 4-1 in its last five games including a win over EL. They also defeated the Red Eddies earlier in the season 7-3. EL finished the season with a 9-9 record and 2-3 in their last five where they played St. Dom’s Bangor, and upset Lewiston in that stretch. They also lost to LS.

West

The Falmouth Yachtsmen locked up the No. 1 seed as many expected from the start of the year. They took the longer road to get there as they finished the season with a record of 13-5. They have gotten back on track winning four out of their last five games. They will face Portland/Deering in the quarterfinals. The Rams are 7-11 on the year. They won two out of their last five games to end the season. Falmouth won both regular-season games, 12-0 and 11-0.

The winner of Falmouth-Portland Deering meets the winner of the No. 4 Scarborough/No. 5 Biddeford contest. Scarborough is coming into the playoff 3-1-1 in its last five games. The Red Storm have the talent to make a deep run. The same could be said for the Biddeford Tigers. They have played a strong schedule to end the year as they finished 3-2 in their last five. Both have good goaltenders in Ben Bragg of Scarborough and Brandon Daigle of Biddeford.

Cheverus earned the No. 2 seed and will host Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills. The Stags are 2-2-1 in their last five games an their overall record is 11-5-2. As a Tier I team they got a good draw as Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills is a Tier II/III team. The winner gets the winner of Noble/Wells vs. South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete. Both also play as Tier II/III schedule. Lake Region/Fryeburg/Oxford Hills is coming in hot with a 4-1-0 record to end the year. The two teams met on Jan. 31 where Cheverus won 10-0.

Noble/Wells has the best overall record in Western A at 15-3, but they played a Tier II/III schedule. Those wins helped them move up in the Heel Points Standings to the No. 3 seed where they will host No. 6 seed South Portland/Freeport/Waynflete who’s 10-8-0 this season. Dean Pratt of Noble/Wells scored 50 goals in the regular season. Theses teams are familiar with each other as they just played on Thursday where Noble/Wells won 6-3. Noble/Wells won an earlier in the season 8-4.

 

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