Boys' hockey playoffs underway

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Falmouth and Yarmouth qualified for the boys’ hockey tournament, while Greely did not.

The Yachtsmen capped another strong season, posting double digit victories for the 16th time in 17 years, after closing with an impressive 5-0 victory at rival Scarborough last Wednesday to wind up 14-4. Marcus Cady, Chris Camelio, Louis Mainella, Henry Norris and Liam Wyatt all scored in a win which somewhat avenged last year’s playoff ouster and an earlier defeat this season.

Falmouth wound up second behind defending champion Scarborough in the Class A South Heal Points standings and hosted No. 7 South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport (5-11-2) in the quarterfinals Tuesday. The teams didn’t play this year. The Yachtsmen have twice beaten South Portland in the quarterfinals by 10-0 scores, in 2009 and 2014.

If, as expected, Falmouth advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in Lewiston, it will see No. 3 Thornton Academy (11-6-1) or No. 6 Noble/Wells (6-6). The Yachtsmen beat the host Golden Trojans, 5-1, Jan. 30 and didn’t play Noble/Wells this year.

Falmouth has split four previous playoff meetings with Thornton Academy. The most recent was an 8-4 Golden Trojans’ victory in the 2012 regional final. The Yachtsmen held off Noble/Wells, 5-4, in the 2014 semifinals in the only prior encounter.

The Class A South Final is Tuesday of next week in Lewiston. The Class A state game is Saturday, March 5 at 6 p.m., in Lewiston.

In Class B South, Yarmouth capped its best season in over a decade with a 14-4 mark and locked up the No. 1 seed, which gave the Clippers a bye into the semifinals Friday night in Lewiston. Yarmouth will play either No. 4 York (11-7) or No. 5 Kennebunk (9-8-1). During the regular season, the Clippers won, 5-1, at the Rams Dec. 12 and edged the visiting Wildcats, 4-3, Jan. 23.

Yarmouth is 0-2 in the playoffs against Kennebunk, with a 4-1 setback in the 2014 quarterfinals the most recent. The Clippers are 4-2 against the Wildcats, but York took the last meeting, 5-4, in the 2010 regional final.

Yarmouth’s Cooper May was named February Offensive Player of the Month by the Class B South Coaches. May, who missed most of the first half of the season recovering from injury, scored three goals and had six assists in the month.

The Class B South Final is Wednesday of next week in Lewiston. The Class B state game is Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m., in Lewiston.

Greely won three of its last four games to wind up 6-12, but the Rangers finished eighth in the region and only seven teams qualified for the playoffs. Greely closed with a 2-1 home victory over Brunswick last Wednesday, as Ryan Megathlin and Jack Saffian scored.

North Yarmouth Academy’s boys finished its Prep schedule with a record of 18-10 and wound up second in the Holt Conference. The Panthers earned a bye into the semifinals, where they hosted No. 5 Pingree Wednesday.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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