LACONIA — The Muskrats season ended Saturday night in Sanford, Maine, where Laconia was beaten 4-2 in a play-in game to determine the fourth and final representative of the NECLB's Eastern Division playoffs. Laconia and the Mainers had ended the regular season with identical 21-23 records.
With a roster depleted by late-season injuries, the Muskrats lost their last seven games, enabling Sanford to get in the hunt.
Sanford advanced to a first-round playoff series with defending league champion Newport and the Mainers were taken out in two games. Newport starts a best of three series with Mystic on Wednesday to determine the Eastern Division champion.
Vermont has already advanced to the Western Division final and will play the winner of the Keene-Holyoke series that is tied at one game each.