The Cape Elizabeth Capers JV team fell to Yarmouth JV in the playoff semi-final at Casco Bay Arena on Friday night. Yarmouth's Dom Morrill had a hat trick, including two second period power play goals, to send Yarmouth into the championship next Friday.
After Morrill gave Yarmouth the 1-0 lead through the first period, Max Woods would give the Capers life by collecting a Jesse Eubanks feed and rifling it past Yarmouth goaltender Greg Kamra. The Capers appeared to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second when Evan Concannon banged home a loose rebound only to see the goal controversially overturned due to a high stick.
The Capers would not be able to fine their footing again in a game that saw 30 penalty minutes (the equivalent of 46 varsity penalty minutes) with Reece Hall finishing the scoring for Yarmouth midway through the third period. Despite pulling their goalie just inside of 5 minutes remaining and having a 1:30 5-on-3 the Capers were not able to solve Kamra.
Cape Elizabeth will play in the consolation game next week, with date and time to be determined.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers will travel up I-295 to take on the Brunswick Dragons in their first round playoff match-up on Tuesday, February 23rd. The puck will drop at 8:00 p.m. as the two teams meet for the third time this season.
The Capers last played at Brunswick on January 9th, a 4-1 victory in what many consider to be the Capers most complete game of the year. The teams had met a mere 12 days before at Troubh Ice Arena where they battled to a 2-2 tie.
Brunswick finished the regular season 9-8-1, with signature victories over Yarmouth, Mt. Ararat, Kennebunk, Gorham, and York. The Capers finished at 7-9-2, closing out the regular season with back-to-back victories over #2 Gardiner and #1 Yarmouth on the final weekend.
The winner of this match-up will head to the Colisee and will play the winner of #2 Gardiner vs. #7 Gorham.
For the second time in two weeks the Cape Elizabeth JV team defeated Windham/Westbrook JV by a final count of 4-1. The Capers were paced by goals from Evan Concannon, Brett Eubanks, Andrew Pellechia, and Alec Riggle as they won their fourth consecutive league game and their fifth of six overall.
Garrett Mello was terrific in net for the Capers, saving his best save for midway through the third period. Facing a 2-on-1, Mello sprawled from right to left, flashing his left pad and keeping the score at 4-1 in favor of Cape Elizabeth. The Capers will next play Portland/Deering JV on Friday, Febraury 5th. Puck drops at 5:30 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena.
The Camden Hills Windjammers would use two quick goals at the start of the second period to see off visiting Cape Elizabeth on Saturday night at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.
The schools were playing for the first time since a thrilling Class B quarterfinal last spring, which saw Cape Elizabeth victorious in the first round of Western preliminary action. A year later Camden was able to exact their revenge, with Perrin Ganter and James Orne scoring second period goals just over 5 minutes apart to give the Windjammers the only offense they would need against a punchless Capers side.
Ganter would open the scoring just 39 seconds into the second period, taking an Orne feed and slipping it through Cape Elizabeth goaltender Grant Rusk’s legs. Orne would double the Windjammers lead with 9:10 remaining in the middle frame, rifling a Jonah Cameron feed past Rusk. The Capers would have several chances throughout the remainder of the second, but Camden Hills goalkeeper Zach Hand was equal to the task, stopping 14 shots through two periods.
The Capers had several opportunities in the third period, the best of which presented itself in the form of a power play with just under seven minutes to play. Cape Elizabeth coach Matt Buotte would use his timeout, but the Capers—who had scored just 9 goals in their previous 6 games coming in—were not able to convert, sealing their fate.
A glimmer of hope came in the form of another power play with 1:12 remaining, but Cameron would add his second point of the night by scoring into an empty net after poking the puck away from defenseman Gavin Spidle at the Camden Hills blue line, sealing a win for the hosts in front of an exuberant crowd.
The Capers fell to 4-5-2 in the loss. Camden Hills went 0-for-1 on the power play while the Capers went 0-for-3. Rusk stopped 26 out of 28 in defeat, ending a two game winning streak in Rockport. Hand turned aside 22 for the Windjammers.
NOTES: The teams have split the last four meetings…Rusk finished his career at 2-2-0 at the Midcoast Recreation Center with a 1.52 GAA and a .951 save percentage…The Capers finish January at 1-5-0, the sole win coming over Brunswick on January 9th…The Capers scored just 9 goals in 6 games in January, with 3 of those goals being scored by defensemen…Cape Elizabeth will host Scarborough on Thursday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m.