VARSITY TOPPLES CAMDEN 8-3
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.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers JV proved victorious in a topsy-turvy affair Friday night at Casco Bay Arena. The teams, playing in the league's debut of a "parity round" to ensure the best competition for all teams by the end of the season, showed there was plenty of parity between them as the game was decided by the narrowest of margins.
Cape Elizabeth got off to a strong start in the first period. With an offensive zone face-off in the Windham zone, Chris Laprade won the face-off back to freshman defenseman Ben Payson, who was playing in his first high school game. Payson collected the puck and unloaded a perfect wrist shot high over the goaltender's blocker to edge the Capers in front just two minutes into the game.
Laprade would figure into the second goal as well with a brilliant individual effort. Laprade beat a Windham defenseman one-on-one before making a deft move on the Windham goalkeeper to put the visitors in front 2-0.
Windham would fight back, however, eventually tying the game at two before the end of the first frame. The game would ebb and flow throughout the second period, with another Caper striking for his first high school goal. Freshman forward Jonas Moon found himself open in the slot, one-timing a perfect pass from none other than Chris Laprade, his third point of the night.
With the game squared at three late in the second, sophomore Spencer Sprague put the Capers ahead for good. Sprague muscled his way to the front of the net and tapped home a loose puck to edge Cape Elizabeth ahead 4-3. Sprague erupted in celebration, sending the crowd into delirium.
The third period remained scoreless with teams trading scoring opportunities. Windham pulled their goalkeeper with just under a minute to go, but Garrett Mello stood tall in net for Cape Elizabeth, while Stephen Murray and Brendan Goss had several key plays on defense down the stretch to secure the two points for the visiting team.
Cape Elizabeth will try to make it two straight when they square off with Yarmouth next Friday, December 9th. Puck drop is at 6:50 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena.
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.
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.
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.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers junior varsity team kicked it's season off Friday night at the newly constructed Casco Bay Arena in Falmouth, but the return to action did not bear fruit as Cheverus JV held off a late Cape Elizabeth comeback to take the first game of the regular season by a final count of 5-2.
Cheverus would break the ice a mere :36 into the first period on a fortunate deflection that ricocheted directly up over goaltender Garrett Mello and dropped behind him over the goal line. The Capers would swiftly respond, with Hans Croft finding himself untouched in the Cheverus goalmouth and whistling a wrist shot home to tie the game a mere :19 after the Capers fell behind. Alex Depke and Andrew Pellechia would notch assists on the play.
Cheverus would score three consecutive goals thereafter, with the Stags JV taking the play to Cape for long stretches of the second half. The Capers would trail 4-1 after two, with Mello making several key saves to keep the game close. With the Capers on the power play and beginning to assert themselves late in the third period, interim coach Matt Buotte pulled Mello for an extra attacker with just under five minutes to play. The Capers would strike on the subsequent power play, with Alex Depke firing home a laser from the blue line to give the Capers a lifeline and close the gap to 4-2.
With Cape Elizabeth still on the power play, Mello was pulled again with just under three minutes to go. Cheverus, however, would put the final nail in the Cape coffin with 1:22 left, sliding the puck into an empty net and confirming two points in the standings.
Cape Elizabeth went 1-for-4 on the power play with Cheverus failing to score on three opportunites. The Capers next action comes on Friday, December 11th as the Capers take on St. Dom's JV. The puck drops at 7:50 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena. The varsity team opens it's regular season on Saturday, December 5th as they Capers host Maranacook at Troubh Ice Arena. Opening face-off is at 4:10 p.m.
The Capers junior varsity team escaped Falmouth Ice Arena with a 0-0 draw on Monday night. The Capers were anchored by a spectacular 32-save shutout from freshman Peter Haber.
Cape Elizabeth killed off over three minutes in 5-on-3 play to end the second period, backed by a calm and collected performance from Haber, turning aside everything Falmouth JV could give them. Brett Eubanks had the best chance in the third period for the visitors, with his rifle from the point skidding just by the post.
The JV squad move to 2-1-1 with the tie. Next up for the JV Capers will be a matinee against Bonny Eagle on January 12th. The puck will drop at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena in Gorham at 3:50 p.m.
After having their first game of the year cancelled, the Cape Elizabeth junior varsity team had to wait a little longer than they would have liked to play their season opener. The Capers would make it worth the wait as they dispatched Massabesic/Bonny Eagle to improve to 1-0-0 on the year at Cross Insurance Arena on Monday.
Goals from Sean Agrodnia (2), Carter Brock, Hans Croft, Jesse Eubanks, Alex Narvaez, Gavin Spidle, and Max Woods lead a well-balanced Cape Elizabeth attack. Peter Haber made 10 saves in the winning effort.
The junior varsity team will be back in action on December 27th at 2:00 p.m. when they take on Falmouth JV at Cross Insurance Arena.