A Phil Tarling hat trick and an Andrew Carroll brace--his first two varsity goals--helped propel the visiting Cape Elizabeth Capers to a 7-1 win over the host Gardiner Tigers (0-4-0) at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Hallowell on Wednesday night. After Cam Bigalow opened the scoring for Gardiner just 2:34 into the contest, the Capers collected themselves and reeled off seven unanswered goals to beat their divisional rivals for the second straight year and extend their unbeaten run to eight.
Phil Tarling would tie the score at 1 exactly two minutes later off of an offensive zone face-off, swooping in off the left half-wall to collected a loose puck and slip it past Gardiner goalkeeper Quinn Veregge. Veregge would make several key stops in the coming minutes, but the Capers would go ahead to stay with 4:58 remaining in the first period. After a brilliant head-man pass by Brenden Goss, Gus Frankwicz swooped into the offensive zone and found a darting Jackson Woods streaking in alone through the slot. Woods collected Frankwicz's feed and fired the puck over Veregge for his first goal of the season.
Tarling would add his second of the game with :13 to go in the period, collecting a puck off the boards and firing a wrist shot over Veregge's glove. The power play goal was Tarling's fifth tally of the season.
Cape and Gardiner would trade chances throughout the second period until the Capers finally were able to break Veregge again. An offensive zone face-off would again prove to be the undoing of the Tigers, with Alex Glidden firing a shot off of an face-off that Vergge could not handle, with Phil Tarling swooping in to poke the rebound to linemate Ryan Collins who slipped the puck into a yawning cage. It was Collins' sixth goal of the year.
With time winding down in the second period, recently converted forward Andrew Carroll would join the fun. After Stephen Murray's point shot deflected wide, Carroll collected the puck and bounced the puck off of Veregge's back and into the net as time expired in the middle period. The goal would stand and push the Capers to a 5-1 lead. Brady Eavenson would register the secondary assist on the play.
Despite a commanding lead, the Capers remained hungry and came out with intent in the third period. After the Capers went on a power play when Matt Laughlin was tripped on a partial breakaway, the visitors would take just 22 seconds to convert. Woods would slip a brilliant pass through the Gardiner penalty kill to Glidden, who fired a cross-crease pass to Tarling who finished off the tic-tac-toe passing play with aplomb to complete his hat trick and stretch the lead to five goals.
Andrew Carroll would round out the scoring, this time acrobatically shoveling another Murray rebound over Veregge for his second of the game to conclude the scoring, giving the Capers a 7-1 win and their eight consecutive win to start the season. Peter Haber made 19 saves in the victory, his fifth win of the young season. The Capers travel back to Augusta on Saturday night to take on Cony. Puck drops at 5:30 p.m.
NOTES: The Capers outshot Gardiner 43-20...it was the second consecutive win for Cape Elizabeth over Gardiner after a playoff disappointment in 2016, with the Capers scoring seven goals in both matches...Riggle and Murray lead the way with +3 ratings for the Capers...Riggle leads the team a +17 through eight games.
Alex Glidden's beautiful wrist shot with 1:15 remaining would prove to be the difference as the Cape Elizabeth Capers edged the visiting Brunswick Dragons at Troubh Ice Arena on Saturday night by a final tally of 5-4. Glidden collected a feed from linemate Phil Tarling and immediately fired a wrist shot from the top of the crease that beat Brunswick goaltender Riley Kirk, hitting both posts and the crossbar before settling into the back of the net.
Brunswick, despite being outshot 41-13 on the evening, kept pace with the Capers attack all night long. Brunswick would strike first after a scoreless first period, with Aiden Snell collecting a Michael Deveaux feed just :33 into the second period and scoring on a breakaway shortly after exiting the penalty box. Ryan Collins would draw the Capers level at the 3:00 mark of the second frame, burying a Glidden rebound after relentless Cape pressure. Alec Riggle would add an assist on the play.
The Capers would then fall behind again, this time at the 5:00 mark of the period on a shorthanded tally. Brunswick would enjoy the lead for all of :10 before Ethan Gillespie notched his 2nd of the season to level the score at 2. Gillespie collected the puck at the blueline and fired a wrist shot that deflected off a Brunswick skate and past Kirk. Just :30 later the Capers barrage continued with Gavin Simopoulos notching his first varsity goal to give the hosts their first lead of the game. Jonas Moon would add his second assist of the game with Matt Laughlin adding the secondary helper.
Brunswick would tie the score at 3 on the power play with 2:43 remaining in the second period sending the teams to the locker rooms level. The game would remain tied until just under 5:00 to play, when Phil Tarling burst in all alone on Kirk and slipped a shot five hole to put Cape back in front. Stephen Murray and Glidden would register assists on the power play tally.
But with Cape on the power play and seemingly in command in the waning minutes, Brunswick would strike again shorthanded. Deveaux scooped the puck up in the neutral zone after a Cape Elizabeth turnover and rushed in alone on Haber before ripping a wrist shot over his glove hand to bring the visiting fans to their feet. The lead would be short-lived, however, when Glidden put the Capers back in front with just 1:15 to go.
The Capers calmly closed the game down from there, giving them their 5th win in as many tries on the young season. Haber stopped 9 of 13 for the Capers to win his third start of the year. Cape Elizabeth will next be in action on Tuesday when they travel to USM to take on Scarborough at 8:30 p.m.