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The Cape Elizabeth and Camden Hills boys' hockey teams added another chapter to their storied rivalry on Saturday, seeing the host Capers topple the visiting Windjammers 8-3 to highlight the inaugural Cape Hockey Night. The event, which featured raffles and giveaways to benefit the American Cancer Society, saw fans turn out in droves to support the Capers, whose victory extended their winning streak to four games.
The Capers would start quickly, seeing a barrage of shots hurled toward R.J. Botley's net in a frenetic first period in which they outshot Camden Hills 17-3. Ryan Collins would produce the first breakthrough, steaming over the blue line and unleashing a laser of a wrist shot that beat Botley clean for Collins' fifth goal of the season, extending his point streak to five games. The Capers would double their lead exactly two minutes later, when Peyton Weatherbie collected an Evan Concannon feed on the doorstep and popped it past Botley, giving the Capers power play goals in consecutive games for the first time this season.
Just 1:05 into the second the hosts would add to their lead with Phil Tarling depositing an Alex Glidden feed to extend the lead to 3-0. The highlight of the night, however, came just 1:04 later, when stalwart defenseman Derek Allen would score his first varsity goal. After Botley stopped the initial Jackson Woods attempt, Allen followed the play up and collected the rebound before deftly sliding a backhand past Botley to push the Capers out to a four-goal cushion. Allen was mobbed by his teammates in celebration of what would hold up as the game-winning goal.
Defensemen Ben Ekedahl and Gus Frankwicz would both add tallies before the end of the second period, with Frankwicz's goal coming with the man advantage. Woods would add his second assist of the game on Ekedahl's goal, while Jack Roy-Becker and Collins picked up power play points on the Frankwicz tally. The Capers outshot the Windjammers 36-7 through two periods of play.
The Capers would continue to press to start the third period, with Jeb Boeschenstein adding his fifth goal of the season, burying an Evan Concannon dish past back-up goaltender Matt Czuchra, who had entered the game after the fifth goal Botley allowed. Camden would get one back with 12:05 to go in the period, with Kieran Lydon slipping a Will Davee feed past Capers goaltender Peter Haber on a 2-on-1, cutting the deficit to 7-1.
The game, however, was never in question. The Capers would respond just over three minutes later, with Weatherbie notching his second of the night and fifth of the season. The Windjammers would add two goals in the final thirty seconds, both at even strength, but would prove only to be consolation as the Capers cruised to an 8-3 victory. The Capers improved to 5-3-0 with the win and will travel to St. Dom's Wednesday to take on the Saints in a crossover matchup.
NOTES: The Capers outshot the Windjammers 53-20...the Capers went 2-for-3 on the power play, killing the only Camden power play opportunity...the Capers have now taken three of their last four from Camden, including a playoff matchup in 2015...Boeschenstein, Collins, and Weatherbie are now tied for the team lead with 5 goals a piece...Peter Haber made 17 saves in the win and has stopped 87 of 92 on a four game winning streak.
JV CONTINUES ROLL
There were smiles all around for the Capers, as the JV capped off Cape Hockey Night with an exciting 4-2 victory. Andrew Carroll started the scoring early in the first and would add his second of the game later on, joining Alec Riggle and Stephen Murray as the goal scorers. The Capers JV squad capped off an impressive week that included wins over Lake Region (2-1) on Thursday and Falmouth (5-1) on Friday. Sean Agrodnia, filling in for sick goaltender Garrett Mello, was magnificent in the victory rattling off several highlight reel stops as part of a 15 save performance. The JV team will next host Cheverus in league play on Friday, January 27th at 6:50 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers beat cross-county rival Greely for the second time in the last three seasons on Saturday night, squeaking by the visiting Rangers 2-0 on a pair of goals from junior forward Ryan Collins. The Capers, coming off back-to-back victories over Class B foes Brunswick and Gorham, finished their perfect week in perfect fashion. The game was scoreless after one period of play, with Greely holding a slight advantage in shots at 7-6.
The game remained without a goal until the 6:14 mark of the second period, when Ryan Collins extended his point streak to four games with his 3rd goal of the young season. Gus Frankwicz was able to find Collins wide open in the slot, who quickly one-timed the puck past Greely goaltender Josh Lawless. The power play goal was just the Capers second over their first seven games.
As Greely mounted an assault in the later half of the second period, Capers goaltender Peter Haber stood tall. Greely outshot the Capers 7-0 over the final five minutes, including several on a long 5-on-3 to end the frame, but the ferocious penalty killing of Cape Elizabeth combined with Haber's composure saw off the Rangers assault.
Collins would double his tally--and the Capers lead--just 2:25 into the third period. As the Capers killed the remainder of the overlapping 5-on-3, Collins found himself in slamming in an Alex Glidden rebound from just inside the paint for his fourth goal of the season, a goal that would prove to be all the Capers would need.
The hosts remained vigilant on defense, keeping Greely's potent offense from mounting an attack in the third. Collins hat trick bid was denied midway through the period, when Lawless smothered him on a breakaway to keep the score at 2-0. It would prove to be of little consequence; the Capers would close out the victory for their third straight win, improving to 4-3-0 on the season.
NOTES: It was the first 2 goal game of Collins' career...Haber stopped 70 of 72 shots in three consecutive wins, including shutouts of Brunswick and Greely...Cape Elizabeth outshot Greely 30-23...Cape went 1-for-3 on the power play while Greely was 0-for-4.
It was a tale of two teams at Harold Alfond Arena in Biddeford on Friday night, as the Cape Elizabeth Capers early dominance gave way to a disappointing third period that saw Kennebunk scored three unanswered goals and ultimately topple the visitors, 3-2.
It was just the fourth game of the season for the Capers, who were coming off an 11-0 drubbing of Maranacook/Winthrop 9 days earlier. The Capers first contest of 2017 started brightly, with waves of pressure in the Kennebunk zone. Despite not scoring in the first period, Cape Elizabeth outshot the Rams 12-5.
The Capers rolled their strong start into the second period with a continuation of their relentless attack. Kennebunk goaltender Spencer Desrochers was able to fend off the attack for much of the period until just past the halfway mark of the middle frame. Phil Tarling would force the puck to the front of the net where junior forward Ryan Collins was able to force the puck behind Desrochers and nudge the Capers to a 1-0 lead. It was the first goal of the season for Collins at the 8:31 mark of the period.
After a few more good shifts in the Rams end, the Capers doubled their lead with 3:18 to go. Peyton Weatherbie would take a feed from sophomore Jackson Woods and deposit it past Desrochers on a goalmouth scramble. It was the third of the season for Weatherbie. Jeb Boeschenstein notched the secondary assist on the play. The Capers would head to the dressing room with a 2-0 advantage and a 23-11 lead in shots, and with the end of the second period came the end of the Capers good fortune--and good play.
Kennebunk would find the spark they desperately needed just 2:44 into the third period, when senior Jakub Simikak would bury a rebound on a 2-on-2 after Capers goaltender Peter Haber was not able to glove initial shot cleanly. The Rams would strike again with 7:50 to play, with Whitten finding the scoresheet again after a breakdown in the Cape Elizabeth zone. Walter Robinson and Justin Wiggins received assists on the play.
With the score level at two, Capers coach Matt Buotte would call a timeout to settle his charges. It would prove ineffective, however, as the Rams completed their comeback just 43 seconds after the Cape Elizabeth timeout. Third line winger Christian Putnam would squeak the go-ahead goal past Haber to nudge the Rams out to their first lead of the contest, with Robinson registering his second assist of the evening.
The Capers would continue to mount pressure in the Kennebunk zone but Desrochers was up to the task in the third, turning aside all six Cape Elizabeth chances. The Capers would pull Haber with just under 90 seconds to go, but the Rams were able to withstand the attack without any notable scoring chances, giving the Rams their fifth win in their last six tries against Cape Elizabeth.
NOTES: There were no power play attempts for either team in the contest...Cape Elizabeth outshot Kennebunk 29-17; they have outshot their opponents 154-58 over their first four games despite a 1-3-0 record...Cape Elizabeth is 0-5-1 in their last six tries against Kennebunk, with their last win coming in January of 2014...Capers senior left the game early with an injury; the team is awaiting a timetable for his return.