The seven highschool hockey groups from Penobscot and Aroostook counties will start a single-elimination event on March 2.
Because the groups aren’t going to play the identical variety of video games, a seeding equation has been established that entails fewest losses, head-to-head and a factors system.
The COVID-19 pandemic compelled the cancellation of the Maine Principals’ Affiliation regional tournaments and state championship video games, so faculties wound up enjoying groups inside their very own geographic areas.
Bangor is the one Class A college among the many seven within the two counties. Brewer, Previous City-Orono, Hampden Academy, John Bapst of Bangor, Presque Isle and Houlton-Hodgdon are all Class B faculties.
The highest two seeds will obtain first-round byes and there will probably be a play-in recreation with the sixth seed internet hosting the No. 7 seed on March 2.
On March 5, the winner of the play-in recreation will journey to play the No. 3 seed and the fourth seed will entertain the fifth seed.
The semifinals will probably be held on March 9 with the highest seed internet hosting the lowest-seeded survivor and the second seed awaiting the highest-seeded survivor.
The championship recreation will probably be performed on March 12 on the residence of the best seed.
“I believe it’s format, contemplating every thing we’ve needed to undergo,” Brewer coach Lance Ingerson mentioned.
“This provides the youngsters one thing to sit up for. This can give them a push for the tip of the yr,” he added. “The athletic administrators did job placing it collectively.”
Bangor and Previous City-Orono have 5-1-1 data, Brewer is 7-2, Hampden Academy is 5-4-1, Presque Isle is 3-4-2, John Bapst is 1-7-1 and Houlton-Hodgdon is 0-7.
Groups are allowed to play as many as 12 regular-season video games underneath MPA pointers.
5 of the seven groups needed to quarantine for 10 days earlier this month as a result of coronavirus-related points stemming from an publicity at Sawyer Enviornment in Bangor.
“We’re excited to have the ability to play for one thing,” Bangor coach Quinn Paradis mentioned of a pod championship. “It’s going to be enjoyable.”
He added that just about all of the regular-season video games have been shut, so the playoffs must be aggressive.
“It is probably not the search to get to Lewiston [for the state championship game] however it’s nonetheless the mentality of, let’s go so far as we will go,” Previous City-Orono coach Chris Thurlow mentioned. “I believe it’s honest that everybody makes the playoffs.”