The Biddeford Tigers have been playing some great hockey as of late, and their buzzsaw swept through Portland Ice Arena on Thursday night as the Capers lost their second consecutive game, 7-0. Ricky Ruck would score 5 goals and add an assist for the Tigers, who were coming off of an impressive 1-0 victory over front-running Falmouth just a fortnight ago.
The Capers started strong and played a complete game, but could not beat Biddeford netminder Brandon Daigle on the evening. Sean Agrodnia had the best opportunity of the first period, but D aigle denied the freshman with a quick leg pad save to turn away the bid from the slot.
The Tigers would break the ice at the 9:09 mark of the first period, when Ruck would fly down the left wing and slip a sizzling backhander over goaltender Ross Leblond's shoulder and under the crossbar. Ruck and the Tigers would not look back. Just :19 later, Ruck tallied again to stretch the lead to 2-0. The score would remain the same through one, with the Capers holding a 12-10 shot advantage.
Biddeford would score on the power play at the 3:17 mark of the first period. After a patient and effective penalty kill, fortune favored the three-time state champions as Ruck's third goal would carom off the post and bounce over the goal line to stretch the lead to 3-0 with just seconds remaining in the power play.
With Ruck in the box for a five minute boarding major, a splendid opportunity presented itself for the Capers midway through the second period. The home side would pour on relentless pressure but could not find a way past Daigle. As if to rub salt in the wounds, John Korpaczewski would score the 4th Biddeford goal just :22 after the Tigers had killed the five minute infraction.
Ruck would add his 4th and 5th goals of the game in the third period before Curtis Petit would score his first varsity goal for Biddeford with 1:05 left to play in the third, dancing through the Cape Elizabeth defense before depositing the puck past Grant Rusk to extend Biddeford's lead to 7-0. There would be no scoring in the remaining moments of the game.
Biddeford outshot Cape Elizabeth 33-30. Biddeford went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Cape Elizabeth went scoreless on six attempts. The Capers fall to 7-6-0 with the loss but will be right back on the ice Saturday night as they host another top Class A power, the Scarboorugh Red Storm. Puck will drop at 6:40 p.m. at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.
It was a difficult night for the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Wednesday as they hosted the Edward Little Red Eddies at their practice arena, Cross Insurance Arena, making up a previously cancelled affair from January 3rd. The Capers were able to survive a scare against their Class A East opponents and escape with a 2-1 victory to stretch their winning streak to three games; their longest since February of 2013.
The Capers started strong, outshooting the Red Eddies 13-0 to start the game. But as Eddies goaltender Devin Dumont thwarted their efforts, the Capers momentum ground to a halt. The Eddies outshot the Capers 6-2 over the last four minutes of the first period but could not find a way past Capers keeper Grant Rusk and the first period ended at 0-0.
The Capers would finally break the deadlock with 5:19 to go in the second period. Ben Ekedahl would score his fifth goal and team-leading 13th point on a rebound in the crease. Ekedahl won a battle as Eddies players defended desperately, as he muscled his way through the visiting defense to urge the puck over the goal line. Matt Riggle would pick up an assist on the play.
The Capers would nurse a 1-0 lead until the 6:29 mark of the third period. Just moments after white-hot Alex Glidden had a goal called back at one end, fate would twist cruelly against the Capers. Captain Ben Steele would fire home a shot from the top of the left circle, beating Rusk over his glove and leveling the score for the Eddies. Ryan Raby would add the lone assist on the play.
The Capers, struggling to mount an attack, seemed on a collision course with overtime until Curtis Guimond was able to break a three-game scoring drought and notch his team-leading 8th goal of the season. Guimond rolled off the half-boards and fired a twisted wrist shot high over Dumont's glove, edging the Capers to a 2-1 lead with just 4:50 remaining. Riggle would add his second assist of the game on the play.
With the Eddies pressing hard in the third period, Guimond would be whistled for tripping with just twenty seconds remaining. Off the ensuing face-off, Carter Brock would race to the blue-line to block the final shot attempt of the game, clearing the zone and clinching valuable heal points--despite the lack of style points--for the Capers.
The Capers improve to 6-4-0 on the season and have won three consecutive games. Their next test comes in the form of a Martin Luther King Monay matinee at 1:00 against the Yarmouth Clippers. The game will be Cape Elizabeth's first trip to North Yarmouth Academy since they upset the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs in 2013.
Everyone in a Cape Elizabeth jersey on Saturday night had something in common: they had never beaten Greely in a boys ice hockey game. It had been almost five years since the Capers last beat the Rangers, as highly successful Greely teams had dominated their longstanding rivals, including knocking the Capers out of the post-season in each of the last two seasons.
Saturday night offered a different ending to the script, as the Capers rode a hot power play and solid goaltending en route to a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Portland Ice Arena.
After a lifeless first period, the game burst open in the second stanza. Colby Robinson scored just 1:31 into the frame, slipping a seeing-eye shot past Cape Elizabeth keeper Ross Leblond to edge Greely in front off of an offensive zone face-off. Nathan Gervais and Andrew Ray would add the assists.
The Capers would not stay down for long. Just 3:10 later, Matt Riggle tied himself for the team lead in scoring with his sixth of the year, finishing off a beautiful back-door saucer pass from Peyton Weatherbie. Eli Babcock also helped set up the power play goal.
The Capers power play continued to fly just 2:15 later. Alex Glidden would score his fourth of the season, finishing off a goalmouth scramble to put the Capers in front for good at the 6:56 mark. It was the fourth consecutive power play the Capers had converted, with Glidden scoring three of those goals. Riggle and Weatherbie added the assists.
Cape Elizabeth would add some insurance at 5:25 of the third period off on an offensive zone face-off, with Glidden scoring his second of the night and his fourth in the last two games. Glidden was able to drag the puck around Greely keeper Kyle Kramlich and lay it into an open net to fire the Capers to a 3-1 lead. Evan Concannon would get an assist on the play--his first varsity point--and Carter Brock would add one as well.
The Capers would find themselves in penalty trouble late, staring down the barrel of 1:40 of 5-on-3 to kill with just under four minutes remaining in the game. The Capers would use their timeout and heroically kill off minor penalties to Jack Drinan and Brock to preserve their lead. The icing on the cake almost came for Cape Elizabeth with just over a minute to go, but Riggle hit the post with Kramlich on the bench for an extra attacker. The damage had already been done, however, and Cape Elizabeth was able to fend off the late surge and escape with a crucial victory.
The win is the second consecutive victory for the Capers, their first consecutive victories since the first two games of the regular season. Leblond turned aside 24 of the 25 shots he faced for Cape Elizabeth, while Kramlich turned aside 35 of 38 for Greely. The Capers improve to 5-4-0 on the year with the victory and Greely drops to 1-8-0.
Cape Elizabeth will next be in action on Wednesday, January 14th as they take on Edward Little at 6:00 at Cross Insurance Arena. The game is a make-up of the previously postponed date from January 3rd.
The Capers junior varsity team escaped Falmouth Ice Arena with a 0-0 draw on Monday night. The Capers were anchored by a spectacular 32-save shutout from freshman Peter Haber.
Cape Elizabeth killed off over three minutes in 5-on-3 play to end the second period, backed by a calm and collected performance from Haber, turning aside everything Falmouth JV could give them. Brett Eubanks had the best chance in the third period for the visitors, with his rifle from the point skidding just by the post.
The JV squad move to 2-1-1 with the tie. Next up for the JV Capers will be a matinee against Bonny Eagle on January 12th. The puck will drop at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena in Gorham at 3:50 p.m.