Saturday, October 26, 2013

Game Preview: Westbrook vs. Cheverus (Western Maine Class A Preliminary Round Playoff)

#10 Westbrook Blue Blazes vs. #7 Cheverus Stags
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Memorial Stadium, Portland

#10 Westbrook (5-7-2) plays #7 Cheverus (9-4-1) today at 12:45p in a Western Maine Class A Preliminary Round playoff game. The game will be played at Deering High School's Memorial Stadium.

Westbrook and Cheverus have played once already this season, with Westbrook beating Cheverus 2-1 in overtime on Thursday, October 17 to break a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) that had stretched back to a 3-2 win over Massabesic on Saturday, September 21. Cheverus has lost its last two games, with the loss to Westbrook and a 1-0 loss to Gorham on Tuesday, October 22.

Overall, the programs' historical matchups favor Cheverus. Since 1988, the Stags have compiled an 11-19-3 record and a 67-53 goal differential against the Blue Blazes. The two programs have met in the playoffs three times over that span, and Westbrook has a 2-1 (7-4) advantage in those games in 2006 (4-0), 2004 (1-3), and 1989 (2-1).

In more recent playoff history, Cheverus was eliminated from the 2012 Western Maine Class A playoffs by Deering in penalty kicks in the Preliminary Round. And Westbrook will be playing its first playoff game since the program lost to Greely 3-1 in the 2008 Western Class A Semifinals.

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