The boys high school playoff fields are set and there are a few intriguing matchups in the early going.

In Eastern A, Cony (14-4-0), which won 10 of its final 11 games, snapped a two-season playoff drought and earned the fourth seed.

The Rams will play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kents Hill against No. 5 Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop (9-9-0), which has lost four of its last five games.

MHW swept the season series from Cony, winning 4-3 and 4-2.

“It should be a great game,” MHW coach Andy Dube said. “We match up pretty well with Cony. Both teams are very similar. We both play very physical. We’ll need to get a lot of shots on net.”

The Rams feature one of the top goalies in Eastern A in Matt Swan, who has a 2.15 goals against average.

The Hawks, who are led by Eastern A scoring leader Dan Condon (35 points), have reached the Eastern A quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

Dube said he hopes his team will have an edge thanks to that experience.

“Yes, we hope the playoff game from last year will give us an advantage,” Dube said. “The key for us right now, though, is that we’re healthy.”

Lewiston (13-4-1) earned the top seed and will host No. 8 Skowhegan (7-9-2) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in a quarterfinal game.

No. 2 Bangor (13-5-0), which eliminated Waterville (4-14-0) from playoff contention with a 3-1 victory Thursday, will play No. 7 Brunswick (7-10-1). No. 3 St. Dominic (12-6-0) will play No. 6 Edward Little (10-7-1).

 

Eastern B

Two-time defending regional champ Brewer (17-1-0) is the top seed and earned a bye into the semifinals.

No. 2 Messalonskee will host No. 7 John Bapst (8-10-0) in a quarterfinal game Tuesday at Sukee Arena. The game is tentatively set for 6 p.m.

“It’s a different game in the playoffs,” said Latendresse, whose team will play Brewer at 5:40 tonight at Sukee Arena tonight in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship game. “Every mistake, every play will have a bigger impact.”

The Eagles defeated John Bapst 4-1 in the regular season.

“John Bapst has players you have to watch out for,” Latendresse said. “They have skill. It’s going to be a tough matchup. We are going to have to play our best.”

No. 3 Presque Isle (11-7-0) will host No. 6 Orono (8-8-2) while No. 4 Hampden (10-8-0) will host No. 5 Old Town (9-8-1).

Bill Stewart — 621-5640

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