It was a true team effort for the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Wednesday as they defeated the Leavitt Hornets by a final count of 9-1 to finish the regular season at 9-8-1. 

Nine different Capers would register a point as the Capers scored more goals in a single afternoon than they had in the past six games combined, a welcome swoon in scoring coming just prior to the postseason. 

An unlikely hero would get the visitors off to the races at the 10:54 mark of the first period. Gus Frankwicz, a game-time decision skating in just his 6th varsity game, would fire a seeing-eye wrist shot from the blueline that would slip through Leavitt goaltender Caleb Morlane's legs. It was Frankwicz's first career varsity goal.

It would not be the last first career goal of the evening, however, as Max Woods would stretch the Cape Elizabeth lead to 2-0 just 2:51 later. Defensemen Eli Babcock drove the puck wide on a 2-on-1 and slipped a pass to Woods, who was driving to the front of the net to deposit the puck into the back of the net. 

After Jack Drinan scored a pair of goals in the 2nd to stretch the lead to 4-0, the Capers would bury the dagger by scoring three goals in a dizzying :52 span to close out the middle frame. Matt Riggle, Ben Shea, and Peyton Weatherbie would all add tallies and the Capers carried a commanding 7-0 lead into the 3rd period.

Starting goaltender Ross Leblond was pulled after stopping all 12 shots he faced through two periods in favor of Capers freshman Peter Haber, who played out the third period for his first varsity action. 

Drinan would complete his hat trick 4:10 into the third period. Frankwicz would round out the scoring with his second of the evening with 7:49 remaining. Defenseman Ethan Gillespie and Riggle both received assists. 

Blayne Arsenault would snap the Cape Elizabeth shutout with :28 remaining. 

The Capers secured the fifth playoff spot with the victory. They will play away to Camden Hills on Tuesday, February 24th. Time to be announced. The Capers won the only regular season meeting between the teams, snapping a three game losing streak to their rivals from the North
 
 
The Cape Elizabeth JV team will be participating in a year-end junior varsity tournament starting next week at Family Ice Arena in Falmouth, Maine. The schedule is as follows:


Monday, February 16th
Scarborough @ Cape Elizabeth - 11:50 a.m.
Falmouth @ Cape Elizabeth - 2:10 p.m.


Tuesday, February 17th
Cape Elizabeth @ Greely - 11:50 a.m.


Wednesday, February 18th
Yarmouth @ Cape Elizabeth - 11:50 a.m.


Should the Capers advance, the semifinals will be held on Thursday morning at 10:40 or 11:50 with the championship to be played at 2:10 p.m.
 
 
High school hockey rivalries can take on a feel like no other. The pride of student athletes competing for their communities and their schools in front of their friends and family can create an incredible atmosphere. If you were at the Midcoast Recreation Center on Saturday night watching the Camden Hills boys ice hockey team take on Cape Elizabeth, you already knew that. The Capers and Windjammers fought from buzzer to buzzer, with the Capers pulling away in the third to leave Rockland, Maine with a 3-1 over their longstanding rivals.

The previous three meetings had been decided by one goal, with two of the three reaching overtime. Both overtime games had been tied in regulation with :12 left or less, the first time by Cape in 2013 and the second when Camden came from behind to tie the Capers with :07 to play, going on to win in overtime by a count of 7-6. Needless to say, when the two teams meet, it is must-see TV.

Neither team was able to break the ice in the first period, with the Capers outshooting the Windjammers 15-7. Grant Rusk made several of his 22 saves in the first, when Camden had some of their most sustained pressure coming early in the contest. Cole Caswell was monstrous on defense, with the game-time decision playing his best hockey in one of his biggest games for Cape Elizabeth.

The visitors would break the deadlock early in the the second period. Curtis Guimond picked the puck up in transition and darted through the neutral zone before unleashing a phenomenal wrist shot that slipped just over Camden Hills keeper Jet Magri's glove and just under the crossbar. The goal came unassisted at the 3:51 mark.

Camden Hills would seize momentum right back, however, as Nick Tassoni was able to walk in from the Camden blue line and fire a shot that James Annis, providing a perfect screen in front, was able to deflect past Rusk and level the score at 1-1.

The game was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams playing hard and physical in all areas of the ice. Tempers would boil over at the end of the second period, as Capers forward Matt Riggle would respond to a late poke at Rusk and take Camden defenseman Nick Church off with him on matching rouging penalties after a brief wrestling match.

The Capers would start the second with purpose, hemming the Windjammers into their own end for much of the period. Right on cue--just as you'd expect of a captain--Jack Drinan would score the eventual game-winning goal on a blistering wrist shot from the top of the circles that whistled by Magri and silenced a boisterous Camden crowd. The goal came 4:10 into the final period.

The score would remain unchanged throughout the third until the Windjammers had their best opportunity of the game. Jack Drinan was flagged for hooking with 4:01 remaining, sending Camden to the power play. The best opportunity came with just over 2 minutes to go, when a Camden forward had a wide open net from the face-off dot, only to see his shot deflected into the screen by a desperate shot-block from Capers defenseman Eli Babcock.

The Capers would pin the Windjammers in after the power play, and Camden's fate was essentially sealed when Camden Hills assistant captain Jonah Cameron was sent off on a 5-minute boarding major. The Capers would kill down the clock until Ben Ekedahl slipped the puck to a streaking Curtis Guimond, who crossed over the center ice red line and buried the puck into an empty cage, putting Cape ahead 3-1. 

The win temporarily moves Cape Elizabeth to second in the heal points standings in Class B West. The Capers improve to 8-7-1, their most victories since the 2011-2012 season when they finished second in Class B West The Capers outshot Camden Hills 42-23. Cape Elizabeth went 3-1 on the power play, while Camden Hills went 0-for-1. Cape Elizabeth's remaining two games are home against York and a trip to Auburn to face down Leavitt. 

 
 
The Cape Elizabeth Capers had their hearts broken away from home on Saturday night, falling to Scarborough on a Sean McGovern overtime tally 2:55 into the extra period.

The Capers played perhaps their best game of the season, matching Class A Scarborough from start to finish. Both teams were coming off shutout losses--Cape Elizabeth to Biddeford on Thursday and Scarborough to Lewiston, 3-0, on Martin Luther King Day. 

Scarborough would break the ice in the waning moments of the first period. After several failed clearing attempts, Scarborough junior Colin Hayward shoveled a shot towards Grant Rusk's goal and watched as Skylar Pettingill buried the rebound and staked the Red Storm to a 1-0 lead. The goal came with just 12 seconds remaining in the first period. 

The game would remain 1-0 until the Capers would draw even towards the midpoint of the second period. Curtis Guimond was able to beat the Scarborough defense down the ice and slip a shot between the wickets of Scarborough goaltender Brandon Wasser. It was Cape Elizabeth's first goal in almost two full games of play and the first time Cape Elizabeth had scored a goal against Scarborough since the spring of 2012. The goal came unassisted.

The third period would ebb and flow throughout, with each team having glorious scoring opportunities. The Capers would kill two crucial penalties in the third frame to send the game to overtime. After Capers coach Matt Buotte called a timeout, his team would lose a defensive zone face-off that ended with McGovern walking in alone on Rusk, who had 41 saves on 39 shots. McGovern made a slick move to his backhand before slipping the puck past a sliding Rusk to give Scarborough the victory. 

The Capers did not have a power play opportunity in the game and fall to 7-7-0 on the year, sitting in 5th place in the Class B West standings. They face tests this week which could define their regular season as they host Gorham on Thursday and head north on Route 1 for a long-awaited visit to Camden on Saturday. Scarborough improved to