The Cape Elizabeth Hockey Team will be providing a Christmas tree pick-up service to help raise funds for the high school hockey program. Pick up will happen on Sunday, January 3, 2016.
* Suggested minimum donation is $5.00 per tree.
- Email/mail/call us to let us know your street address
- Send us a check (or you can attach an envelope, with check or cash, to your tree)
- Place your tree(s) on your front lawn by 8 a.m. on Sunday January 3. (*Snow date: Sunday Jan. 10, 2016)
Email: CEHShockey@gmail.com Make check out to: Cape Elizabeth Hockey Boosters
c/o Steve Brock 7 Tall Pine Rd. Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107
Questions? Call Steve at 207-272-6604
The Cape Elizabeth Capers used a balanced attack and were backstopped by a 23-save shutout from sophomore Peter Haber as they took the consolation game in the 22nd annual Gipper's Holiday Classic over a struggling Gray-New Gloucster/Poland/Oak Hill by a final count of 10-0.
The Capers were coming off a loss in the first round of the tournament to Edward Little, which also was a countable MPA game. The finals and consolation games did not count toward the MPA standings but still offered exciting hockey as the four schools--Cape Elizabeth, Edward Little, Leavitt, and Gray-New Gloucester/Poland/Oak Hill--battled it out for the coveted trophy. The 26ers were coming off a lopsided loss to Leavitt on Friday night, setting them up for the consolation duel with the Capers.
The Capers would put the game out of reach in the first period, with a barrage of goals coming early on in the contest. Phil Tarling continued his solid play by opening the scoring at the 3:25 mark of the period, with Hans Croft stretching the Cape lead to 2-0 at 4:56. After scoring against Edward Little on Friday night, Tim Corsello continued his strong play by pushing the Capers to a 3-0 lead just :35 after Croft had doubled the lead.
The 26ers had several quality chances throughout the first, with Haber making 11 of his 23 saves in the opening stanza, the best of which denied a breakaway opportunity after a Cape Elizabeth miscue. Chris Laprade would all but seal the deal with a brilliant shift in the waning minutes of the first period, scoring twice in a :23 span to push the Capers lead to 5-0 with just 1:39 to go.
The Capers were able to thwart their Class A opponents throughout the first several minutes of the 2nd before Brett Eubanks was able to jam home a loose puck to give the Capers a 6-0 edge. Brenden Goss would stretch the lead to 7-0 from the blueline, letting a wrist shot go that would slide five-hole past 26ers fill-in goaltender Jonah Bergeron. The 26ers created several chances through the middle period and despite trailing 7-0 had outshot Cape Elizabeth 22-17 through two.
The Capers would round out the scoring in the third period, with Croft and Tarling each adding their second goals of the evening before Laprade would finish the hat trick--and the scoring--at 11:03 by extending the Capers lead to 10-0. Spencer Sprague picked up his third assist of the night on Laprade's hat trick, with Tarling adding his second assist of the evening as well.
The Capers would go 2-for-2 on the power play while killing all three 26ers opportunities. Shots on goal finished even at 23. Edward Little would defeat Leavitt in the championship game by a final count of 4-2 to take home the Gipper's Holiday Classic for the fifth co
It was a battle from start to finish on Saturday night at Troubh Ice Arena, with Sean Agrodnia’s first two varsity goals and Peter Haber backstopping the Cape Elizabeth Capers to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Leavitt Hornets to improve to 2-0-0 to start the season. The Capers were coming off of an 11-0 drubbing of Maranacook a week prior and were pushed to the limits by a tenacious Leavitt squad that resurrected memories of their stunning 3-2 overtime win on the same ice just two years prior. The Hornets fought valiantly from buzzer to buzzer, keeping a Cape Elizabeth offense that had scored 20 goals in its first three games, including exhibitions, at bay.
Cape Elizabeth knocked on the door throughout the first period and a quick flurry of goals seemed to put them on track for another offensive explosion. Agrodnia would score his first of the evening at the 10:11 mark of the first, with linemate Alex Glidden collecting the first regular season assist of his career. Agrodnia was able to chip the puck past Leavitt goaltender Caleb Morlano and seemingly jumpstart the Capers offense. Matt Riggle would then stretch the Capers lead to 2-0 just :36 later, with Ben Ekedahl setting up Riggle in front of the net for his third goal of the season. Gavin Spidle would add an assist on the play.The Capers failed to get momentum going through the early stages of the second until Agrodnia would push the Capers to a 3-0 edge. The sophomore found himself in the right place at the right time, with the puck popping free at the top of the circles where he unleashed a perfectly placed wrist shot to complete the brace. The goal was unassisted.
The Hornets would waste no time answering, with captain Blayne Arsenault collecting a fortunate bounce and shoveling it by Haber to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Hornets would have ample opportunities, including a 5-on-3 midway through the second, but could not draw level before the second intermission.
The third period saw more of the same for both teams, with the Capers failing to generate offensive chances and the Hornets buzzing around Haber’s goal. The Capers would spend the majority of the third period shorthanded after taking a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and a five minute major for cross-checking shortly after they had killed the bench minor. Jeb Boeschenstein would be seated for the final four-and-a-half minutes of the game for the major penalty but valiant penalty killing saw the Capers through, including several key plays by senior captain Tim Corsello.
Haber would make 25 saves in picking up his first victory, while Morlano would stop 30 of 33 for Leavitt. Riggle’s game-winning goal marked the fourth time in his high school career he had been credited with the game-winning goal versus Leavitt; his first career goal was also a game-winner against Leavitt nearly three full years ago. Leavitt was 0-for-6 on the power play while Cape Elizabeth was 0-for-5. Cape Elizabeth improved to 2-0-0 with the win while Leavitt dropped to 0-3-0. The Capers next take on Kennebunk at 4:00 p.m. at the University of New England’s Alfond Forum on Wednesday afternoon.
A competitive and composed Cape Elizabeth JV team skated to a 4-1 victory over St. Dom's on Friday night at Casco Bay Arena in Falmouth, giving new hire Bill Guide his first win as JV head coach. Hans Croft's two goals bookended second period goals by Andrew Pellechia and Alec Riggle as the relentless Capers dictated play from start to finish.
Croft would open the scoring midway through the first period when defenseman Alex Narvaez would release a low, hard wrist shot that Croft would redirect in to nudge the Capers to a 1-0 lead. The score would remain until the second period, when the top line would strike again--this time Andrew Pellechia finishing off a Jack Roy-Becker feed to stretch the Cape lead to 2-0. Riggle would push the Capers to a commanding 3-0 lead late in the second when his wrist shot from the top of the circles found it's way between the legs of the St. Dom's goalkeeper. Croft would finish the scoring early in the third when he received a brilliant cross-seam pass which he deposited for his third goal in the opening two games.
Goaltender Garrett Mello was just moments away from a shutout before surrendering for the only time late in the third period. The Capers improve to 1-1-0 on the season and will next be in action on December 23rd when they battle Falmouth. Puck drops at 6:40 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena.
It was a balanced team effort from the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Saturday night as they strolled by Maranacook/Winthrop in the 2015-2016 season opener. The Capers received scoring points from 15 players as Grant Rusk stopped 12 shots to earn his first shutout in 1,020 days in what was a complete team effort at Troubh Ice Arena.
The Capers would start on the front foot, with relentless offensive zone pressure throughout the opening minutes as all four lines were involved early. The breakthrough would come at the 7:33 mark for the Capers when, for the second straight year, Matt Riggle would score the season's opening tally. After brilliant tic-tac-toe passing through the Maranacook defense, Riggle would one-time a Ben Ekedahl feed past Maranacook netminder Eli Bulba to give Cape Elizabeth the lead. Eli Babcock would pick up his first point of the year on the play.
Cape would tighten it's grip on the game a few short minutes later. Ben Ekedahl would score his first of season at the 10:06 mark on a feed from linemate Gavin Spidle, with Ekedahl placing a beautiful wrist shot over Bulba's glove. Derek Allen would also notch an assist on the play. Just :41 later Alex Glidden picked up where he finished in 2015, scoring after a brilliant bit of cycling deep in Maranacook territory. Sean Agrodnia and Tim Corsello notched their first assists of the season on the goal.
Cape would all but put the game out of reach deep in the first period when Gavin Spidle would notch his first varsity goal at the 12:51 mark. Spidle came streaking through the neutral zone and unleashed a wrist shot that snuck it's way through the wickets of Bulba for a power play goal that extended the Cape lead to 4-0. Matt Riggle would pick up his second goal of the period just under a minute later when he redirected a Gus Frankwicz shot off of his chest and in, making it 5-0 to the home team. In a night of firsts, Phil Tarling would pick up his first varsity goal with just :17 remaining in the period after more dominate forechecking from the Capers. Carter Brock would tally his first assist of the year with Babcock picking up his second of the night. The Capers outshot Maranacook 26-6 in the first period.
The Capers continued in cruise control throughout the second. Babcock, a junior captain, would score his first varsity goal just a minute into the middle stanza. Spidle would pick up his third point of the night on the play, which was the Capers third power play goal in as many tries. Ekedahl would score on a brilliant bit of individual effort at the 4:26 mark, with Ekedahl poking the puck away in the neutral zone and firing a shot past Bulba that extended the Cape lead to 8-0. Phil Tarling would make it 9-0 with 1:20 to go in the second when he his wrist shot from just inside the blue line found it's way over Bulba's shoulder and into the net for his second of the night.
The Capers would put a bow on a decisive victory by adding two more goals on four shots in the third period. Ethan Gillespie would score his first varsity goal at the 1:41 mark, with Brock and defensive partner Frankwicz adding assists and making it 10-0. Andrew Pellechia would round out the scoring with 8:35 to play, scoring his first varsity goal by elevating the puck over Bulba from in tight. Jack Roy-Becker and Hans Croft would both pick up their first varsity points with the assists.
The Capers were 3-for-3 on the power play while Maranacook/Winthrop was 0-for-3. The Capers outshot Maranacook 46-12. Babcock had a career high six points (G, 5 A) in the victory, doubling his point total from his sophomore season. Rusk, chasing a shutout that had eluded him despite bucketfuls of brilliant performances was solid throughout. The Capers improve to 1-0-0 on the year and will next play December 12th when they host Leavitt. Puck drops at Troubh Ice Arena at 5:50 p.m.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers varsity team was doomed by a slow start on Wednesday, falling behind early to a hungry Hebron Varsity B unit before seeing a furious comeback fall short. The Capers were looking to avenge a 3-1 defeat to the Lumberjacks in their exhibition opener from a year before and had started the pre-season with a convincing 6-3 victory over Windham/Westbrook. It would not be the Capers night, as despite a Ben Ekedahl hat trick they would lose their final exhibition game by a final count of 5-3 in Hebron, Maine.
Hebron would put the Capers on the back foot early, outshooting the visitors 14-2 in the first period. Before the Capers could settle into the game they found themselves down 1-0, with freshman Alex Romano scoring his first prep goal just 1:26 into the contest. The Lumberjacks came in waves of relentless pressure throughout the remainder of the first until Isaiah Dubois was able to beat Cape Elizabeth goaltender Peter Haber and stretch the Hebron lead to 2-0, which would hold through the first intermission.
The Capers would begin to find their footing in the second only to be pegged back again at the 4:55 mark. Junior Todd Williams would beat Haber for his second point of the night and stretch the Hebron lead to 3-0. The Capers had several quality opportunities in the second, including a power play opportunity, but they headed into third period buried in a three-goal hole.
Ekedahl, after scoring twice against Windham, continued a torrid pre-season by giving Cape Elizabeth the lifeline it longed. Derek Allen would get a puck to the net from the Cape blue line where Ekedahl would jam home the ice-breaking tally to pull his side within two. The lead would be short-lived, however, with the Capers momentum ground to a halt by a Dylan Richmond slapshot. Richmond uncorked a bullet from the left point, beating Capers goaltender Grant Rusk cleanly. Rusk replaced Haber at the midway point of the second period after Haber turned aside 14 of the 17 shots he faced in his only start of the pre-season.
The Capers would show incredible spirit despite the 4-1 deficit. With 5:39 remaining, Ekedahl would strike again to keep Cape Elizabeth within striking distance. Ethan Gillespie’s shot from the blue line caromed out to Ekedahl’s stick where he calmly restored the two goal deficit.
It would be only :39 more seconds before the Capers struck again. Senior Brett Eubanks would poke the puck away from a Hebron forward in the neutral zone before attacking 2-on-1 with Ekedahl. Eubanks would calmly slide a brilliant pass on to Ekedahl’s tape where he calmly slotted the puck into the top right corner, giving Cape Elizabeth a massive jolt as they cut the lead to 4-3. The hat trick gave Ekedahl his fifth goal in the Capers first two games.
With Hebron taking two minor penalties in the closing minutes—one for interference and one for holding—Capers coach Matt Buotte would call a timeout with 2:09 remaining and pull Rusk in favor of an extra skater. Despite winning the subsequent offensive zone face-off, Cape Elizabeth, despite a 6-on-3 man advantage, were unable to find the tying goal as Williams would add his second goal and third point of the night, sliding a 140 foot shot into the open net for the shorthanded tally and sealing a 5-3 win for Hebron Varsity B.
Despite stopping 19 of the 20 shots he faced Rusk would be goaltender of record, picking up his first loss of the pre-season. Cape Elizabeth were outshot 38-23. Hebron Varsity B improved to 1-0-0 on the season, with Cape finishing up it’s exhibition schedule at 1-1-0. The Capers begin the regular season on Saturday when Maranacook comes to Troubh Ice Arena at 4:10 p.m.