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Hockey playoff pairings released

Bishop Guertin will host Manchester Memorial in the Division preliminary round on Wednesday.

The high school boys and girls hockey playoffs get underway Wednesday, starting with the Division I boys preliminary round, and seven area teams will be participating.

Bishop Guertin and Nashua North both advanced to the Division I playoffs, while Merrimack and Bedford are in in Division II and Alvirne and Hollis/Brookline are in the Division III tournament. The Bishop Guertin girls are also in the postseason for the second straight year.

Division I

Bishop Guertin (11-4-1) is the fifth seeded, missing out on a first-round bye, and the Cardinals will play in the preliminary round on Wednesday. Bishop Guertin will host No. 12 Manchester Memorial (6-11-1) at 6:50 p.m. at Skate 3 in Tyngsborough. The teams met once during the regular season, with the Cardinals winning 5-2 on Jan. 5.

The winner will face No. 4 Bishop Brady (12-5-1) in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Also on that side of the bracket, No. 8 Exeter (9-7-2) will host No. 9 Manchester Central (8-10) at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner of that game will take on No. 1 seed Trinity (14-3-1) in the quarterfinals.

North (5-9-2) is the 10th seed and will play at No. 7 Londonderry (10-8) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The Lancers won the only regular-season meeting between the two, 7-1 on Feb. 19.

The winner will take on No. 2 Pinkerton (13-2-2) in the quarterfinals.

No. 6 Concord (12-6) will host No. 11 St. Thomas (6-10-1) in the preliminary round, with the winner facing No. 3 Hanover (11-4) in the quarterfinals.

The semifinals will be held on March 9 at the JFK Coliseum in Manchester, starting at 5:30 p.m, and the final will take place on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Division II

Merrimack (16-1-1) captured the No. 1 seed in the division and will host No. 8 Bedford (7-9-1), which won in its final game of the season to get in the playoffs. The quarterfinal game will be held at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday at the JFK Coliseum. Merrimack won both regular-season games, beating Bedford 4-3 on Jan. 6 and 7-3 on Feb. 16.

The winner will take on the winner of No. 4 Bow (9-6-3) and No. 5 Keene (9-7-2) in the semifinals on March 9 at the Rinks in Exeter at 7:30 p.m.

Dover (12-5) is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Goffstown (8-8-2) in the quarterfinals. The winner of that game will get the winner of No. 3 Oyster River (10-6-2) and No. 6 Spaulding (10-8) in the other semifinal on March 9.

The final is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on March 13 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Division III

Alvirne (15-3) is the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will host No. 7 Kearsarge (10-8) in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Skate 3. The Broncos won both games between the two teams this season, beating the Cougars 3-2 on Dec. 20 and 4-3 on Feb. 9.

The winner will take on the winner of No. 3 Kennett (13-3-1) and No. 6 Hollis/Brookline (11-6) in the semifinals on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Everett Arena in Concord. Kennett will host the Cavaliers at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the quarterfinals, and the Eagles won the long regular-season game between the two 3-2.

Somersworth (18-0) is the No. 1 seed and the Hilltoppers will host No. 8 John Stark (10-8) in the quarterfinals on Saturday. THe winner will face either No. 4 Belmont-Gilford (14-3-1) or No. 5 Pelham-Windham (12-5) in the semifinals.

The final is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. March 13 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

Division I girls

Bishop Guertin (7-6-3) enters as the tournament’s fifth seed and will play at St. Thomas-Dover (10-5-1) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will take on No. 1 Hanover (16-0) in the semifinals on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Everett Arena in Concord.

No. 3 Oyster River (11-5) and No. 6 Concord (6-8-2) will play in the other quarterfinal, with the winner facing No. 2 Lebanon (11-5) in the semifinals.

The final will be held at 10 a.m. on March 13 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

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