Girls’ hockey playoff picture still unclear as another storm delays end of season

Girls’ hockey teams across the state will have to wait one more day before playoff pairings are set, as another snowstorm has delayed the end of the regular season for a second time.

The last two remaining games – Cape Elizabeth/Waynflete/South Portland at Scarborough and Portland/Deering at Biddeford – were postponed until Tuesday afternoon. Biddeford and Cape/Waynflete/SP will meet Wednesday in the first round of the playoffs, but the home team won’t be determined until Tuesday’s games are played.

Falmouth and Scarborough are the top two seeds in the West and will get a bye into the semifinals. Third-seeded York will face No. 6 Gorham in a quarterfinal at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday in Rochester, New Hampshire.

The Eastern Maine playoffs start Tuesday night, with No. 4 Yarmouth/Freeport/Gray-New Gloucester hosting fifth-seeded St. Dominic at 6:30 p.m. Third-seeded Greely will play No. 6 Brunswick at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday at Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

Lewiston and Edward Little/Leavitt are the top seeds in the East.

Meanwhile, all local basketball games were postponed Monday. The list of postponements, with make-up dates and times appears on this page.


MILLER’S RETURN: Bode Miller says his surgically repaired back is healthy again and he’s ready to race at the world championships.

The six-time Olympic medalist hopes to compete in the super-G, downhill and possibly even the super-combined. It will be Miller’s first competitive races of the season.

WORLDS: American skier Stacey Cook clocked the fastest time in a windy downhill training session at the world championships with teammate Lindsey Vonn not that far behind at Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Cook finished ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut and Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel, who tied for second. Vonn was tied for fourth, 0.62 seconds back.


MLB: San Francisco first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a $3.6 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Belt hit .308 with two RBI in the World Series after missing time with a concussion.

* Left-hander Paul Maholm, 32, agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, who have invited him to spring training with a chance to earn a roster spot.