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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.
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.
After a long summer of preparations, the Cape Elizabeth Capers varsity boys' hockey team took to the ice for the first time on Saturday night with abounding optimism and anticipation. Unfortunately for the Capers, Gorham's senior goaltender Noah Bird had other ideas as he turned away 36 of 37 shots to backstop the Rams to a victory in their home opener.
The Capers got off to a promising start in the first frame, with all four lines buzzing in the Gorham end and creating several quality scoring opportunities. Bird had turned aside seven Cape Elizabeth shots before the Rams would register their first shot on goal, when a stroke of misfortune ominously foreshadowed the evening ahead for the visitors. Rams junior Jack Niles would push the puck to the front of the Cape Elizabeth net, where Capers defenseman Gus Frankwicz would inadvertently kick the puck into his own net with 5:58 to play. Lucas Roop was credited with the lone assist.
The Capers would immediately take to the attack again, creating several impressive scoring chances that saw Bird robbing Capers forward Alex Glidden in the high slot and senior Evan Concannon on the doorstep. After a heavy spell of Cape Elizabeth pressure, Gorham senior Carter Landry found himself streaking through the neutral zone untouched before unleashing a laser that beat Capers goaltender Peter Haber and pushed the Rams to a 2-0 lead with just 2:12 to go in the first. The play was unassisted.
The Capers seemed destined for a comeback in the second period as a fast start built more pressure around Bird's goal. The visitors would finally break through at the 5:38 mark, with Concannon banging a rebound over Bird's shoulder for his first varsity goal, halving the deficit to 2-1. Ethan Gillespie would notch the only assist on the goal. The Capers would then carry the balance of play for the rest of the period, holding a 21-10 shot advantage after two frames despite trailing by one.
As the task of beating Bird seemed increasingly insurmountable, the Rams delivered a staggering blow to the Capers comeback hopes just 2:52 into the third. Landry again found himself in space, taking the puck wide into the Cape Elizabeth zone before beating Haber to his blocker side and extending the hosts' lead to 3-1. Niles would pick up an assist on the play for his second point of the night.
The story of this contest was Bird, however, who kept the Capers potent offense at bay throughout the entire third period, turning aside 16 shots in the final stanza alone. The Capers barrage continued right until the final buzzer, but with just over a minute to play Dominic Lorello would ice the cake for Gorham, sliding the puck into an empty net with Haber pulled for an extra attacker. Niles would add his third point of the day with the primary assist, with Jordan Gaudreau picking up the secondary.
In total, Bird made 36 saves as Cape Elizabeth outshot the Rams 37-16. The two teams will next meet on January 12th at Troubh Ice Arena.
NOTES: The Capers are now 1-3 at Gorham since the Rams joined Class B, the lone victory coming on December 23rd, 2015 in a 5-1 Cape Elizabeth victory. Gorham went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Cape Elizabeth was 0-for-1; the Capers had just 1:16 of power play time in the contest. Haber made 12 saves on 15 shots in defeat.
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.
It was a much-needed performance from the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Saturday night as they turned in a complete performance en route to a 4-1 victory over host Brunswick. The Capers were looking to get back on the winning track after seeing a 1-4-2 run over their last 7 games, scoring just 13 goals over that stretch.
The Capers would come out flying in the first period, a continuation of an excellent performance put forth against Cheverus on Thursday night. Despite relentless first period pressure the Capers were unable to break through until the 11:13 mark of the first frame. Junior Eli Babcock's shot was redirected in by sophomore Alex Glidden to give the Capers a 1-0 lead on a power play tally.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Brunswick's Matt Deveaux was left unmarked in the Cape Elizabeth slot where he rifled a wrist shot past Cape goalkeeper Grant Rusk to knot the game at 1-1 with :30 remaining in the period. The teams head into intermission even despite Cape's 11-4 advantage in shots on goal.
The Capers would then receive a bit of good fortune in the second period, a break they have been longing for. Just after a Brunswick penalty had expired, Babcock rifled a shot from the point which took a wicked defenseman off of a Brunswick skate and past Brunswick keeper Riley Kirk to put Cape in front to stay at 2-1. Glidden notched an assist on the play.
The Capers had taken a 2-1 lead into the third period against Brunswick a mere 12 days before against Brunswick only to see the Dragons hold on for a 2-2 tie but on Saturday history would not repeat itself. The Capers came storming out of the gates in the third, with junior defenseman Jeb Boeschenstein marking his return to the line-up with a brilliant goal just 2:22 into the third. After holding the puck in at the offensive blue line, Boeschenstein weaved through the Brunswick defense before slipping a backhander over the shoulder of Kirk to push Cape's lead to 3-1. Carter Brock would add the only assist on the play.
Senior Matt Riggle would finish the scoring for the Capers with just under 10 minutes to play, slotting home a brilliant cross-crease pass from freshman Phil Tarling. Ben Ekedahl would pick up the secondary assist. The Capers would grind out the remaining 9:55 for a pivotal 4-1 win.
The Capers do not play again until Saturday, January 23rd when they take on storied rival Greely. The puck drops at 5:50 p.m. at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland.
GAME NOTES: The Capers improved to 4-4-2 with the win. Cape Elizabeth went 1-for-3 on the power play while Brunswick was unable to score on two opportunities. Brunswick fell to 5-4-1 in defeat. Riggle and Glidden's goals keep them tied for the team lead with 5 a piece. Cape Elizabeth outshot Brunswick by a final count of 29-21. The Capers are 4-0-0 when scoring 3 or more goals and are 0-4-2 when they fail to to do so.
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 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 varsity team hit the ice at Bridgton Ice Arena on Saturday night, taking on Windham/Westbrook in their first exhibition match of 2015-2016. After a slow start the Capers would ensure that the long drive up Route 302 was a worthwhile one, scoring two goals each period en route to a 6-3 win.
The Capers, traveling to Bridgton for the third consecutive year as part of a fledgling team-building getaway tradition, were the home team to Windham/Westbrook, a newly-merged co-op team skating in Class A's North division. Windham/Westbrook showed quickly why they have set their expectations so high for the coming season. Windham/Westbrook would jump to a 3-1 lead, but a furious Cape Elizabeth fightback saw them 6-3 victors at the final buzzer.
Windham/Westbrook would waste no time opening the scoring. After just 1:23, sophomore Keegan Pock would draw first blood, slipping a seeing-eye shot past Cape Elizabeth senior Grant Rusk. The Capers would not wait long to level the score at 1, however, with Ben Ekedahl converting the team's first power play of the night just 1:32 later. Ekedahl found himself untouched on the Windham/Westbrook doorstep to bang home a Matt Riggle feed, with linemate Gavin Spidle also adding an assist.
Windham/Westbrook would continue the barrage of early goals at the 3:57 mark, with Cape Elizabeth leaving the dangerous Zack Callahan untouched in the slot where he unleashed a wrist shot that beat Rusk and almost immediately restored Windham/Westbrook's lead. The goal of the night would be produced by the visitors, however, with Greg Buotte unleashing a booming slapshot over Rusk's shoulder with 3:02 to play to stretch Windham's lead to 3-1. On a perfect pass from Elijah Doucette, Buotte fired a one-timer into the top left corner in which Rusk could do nothing about.
Eli Babcock would pull the Capers to within one in the final second of the first period, with Riggle winning an offensive zone face-off to Babcock with 3.5 seconds to play. Babcock was able to slip a wrist shot by Windham/Westbrook netminder Alex Leblanc as time expired to pull Cape Elizabeth within one at the break.
The second period would see Cape Elizabeth carrying the play for long periods of time, with all four lines buzzing around the Windham/Westbrook cage. Their diligence would be rewarded just past the halfway mark, with Sean Agrodnia banging home a rebound after Babcock's initial shot was stopped by Leblanc. Agrodnia would double his tally nearly five minutes later, when a fortunate bounce in the neutral zone sent him in on a breakaway. Agrodnia would place a beautiful wrist shot over Leblanc's glove and Cape Elizabeth would take a 4-3 lead into the third period.
The game would stay 4-3 for the majority of the third period until Ekedahl would notch his second goal of the night. Similarly to his first marker Ekedahl would fire home on the power play, picking up the loose change in front and depositing it for a 5-3 Cape Elizabeth advantage. Riggle would add his third assist of the night, with Babcock picking up his third point (G, 2 A) with the secondary assist. The Capers would wrap up the scoring with :51 to go, with Andrew Pellechia elevating a backhand past Leblanc to give Cape a three goal cushion. Carter Brock and Phil Tarling would register assists on the play.
Peter Haber played the second half of the game in net for Cape Elizabeth. Babcock, Agrodnia, and Pellechia all registered their first goals in a varsity game, with Spidle and Tarling registering their first assists. Cape Elizabeth will look to carry the momentum into Wednesday's exhibition at Hebron Academy JV on Wednesday, with the regular season opener to follow on December 5th at home versus Maranacook. Windham/Westbrook opens their regular season on December 9th against Lake Region.
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
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.