The Cape Elizabeth Capers have qualified for the 2017 Class B State Tournament, finishing with a 12-5-1 record and an impressive third place finish. The Capers, who finished behind #1 Gardiner and #2 York, will host a first round preliminary game on Monday, February 27th. The puck will drop at 4:00 p.m. at Troubh Ice Arena and the Capers will square off against defending B South champion Yarmouth.
The Capers were victorious over Yarmouth twice in the regular season, both matches decided by a goal. The Capers edged the Clippers on February 2nd in overtime, when Phil Tarling scored the decisive goal in a 4-3 win. The two teams met again on February 21st, this time with the contest decided in action-packed regulation time, 3-2. The teams last met in the playoffs in 2013, a preliminary game in which Yarmouth hosted. The Capers were victorious on that night as well, by a final count of 4-3.
The winner of this game will advance to play York in the second round.
For the second consecutive year the Cape Elizabeth Capers hockey team will take to North Yarmouth Academy for their summer ice sessions. For the summer of 2016 the team will skate 11 times with varsity coach Matt Buotte leading the instruction. Cost for the sessions will be $100 for all eleven hours or $10 per session.
Sunday, June 26th at 5:40 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29th at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, July 3rd at 5:40 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6th at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, July 10th at 5:40 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13th at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, July 17th at 5:40 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20th at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, July 24th at 5:40 p.m.
Wednesday July 27th at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, July 31st at 5:40 p.m.
Questions can be directed to Coach Buotte directly.
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.
A youth-infused 2015-2016 incarnation of the Cape Elizabeth hockey team has wrapped up it's first week of practice with sweeping optimism through it's camp. After six grueling days of practice, the teams are beginning to take shape in what looks to be a promising winter across the entire organization.
The Capers admittedly have holes to fill in 2016--the departures of seniors Cole Caswell, Ben Shea, Jack Drinan, Curtis Guimond and Tom Gleason, as well as sophomore Peyton Weatherbie's exodus to prep school and junior goaltender Ross Leblond's move to Scarborough have left significant holes--and opportunities--amongst the Capers roster. Despite only returning 47% of it's goalscoring from last season the team, the Capers will turn to youth as they look to build on a 9-8-1 season from the previous winter.
The program has many reasons for optimism--30 skaters and 3 goaltenders tried out for the team, giving Cape Elizabeth some of the strongest participation numbers in the area despite being one of the smallest schools. The team will also have it's own practice facility for junior varsity and will participate in the inaugural season of Casco Bay Arena's JV league.
As the first week of practice winds down, the teams will turn their attention towards Thanksgiving weekend as both teams begin their quests for glory. The JV team will take on Cheverus in it's regular season opener on Black Friday at Casco Bay Arena, while the varsity squad will make the journey up Route 302 to take on Windham/Westbrook at Bridgton Ice Arena. The varsity will open it's regular season on December 5th against Maranacook.
The Capers pre-season schedule is coming together as the regular season approaches. Last Thursday the Capers were able to finalize a scrimmage with Hebron Academy JV and over the weekend the finishing touches were put on a scrimmage with the newly combined co-op Windham/Westbrook.
The Capers will play an exhibition game with Windham/Westbrook on Saturday, November 28th at Bridgton Ice Arena. The puck will drop at 5:00. The Capers have travelled to Bridgton for the previous two seasons for team-building and a lengthy practice. This year the Capers will take the hike up Route 302 for a scrimmage, marking the first time the 2015-2016 varsity squad can be seen in game action.
For the second straight year the Capers will travel to Hebron Academy to play the Lumberjacks JV squad. The puck will drop at 6:00 on Wednesday, December 2nd. The Capers fell 3-1 last year in a tightly contested affair. Cape Elizabeth will be hoping the top competition will provide a good litmus test a mere three days before the start of the regular season.
Cape Elizabeth opens it's regular season at home on December 5th against Maranacook. Opening face-off will be at 4:10 p.m.
The Cape Elizabeth Capers will be participating in a junior varsity league at the sparkling new Casco Bay Arena this winter, the organization announced on Friday. The school had been considering taking the leap for the league's inaugural season and pen was put to paper on Friday afternoon by Cape Elizabeth athletic director Jeff Thoreck, ensuring the Capers will play at least 10 games against top JV competition from around the area.
The official slate of teams in the league is not yet known, but it is expected that Falmouth, Greely, Yarmouth, Windham and a selection of other local schools will be participating, giving the upstart league 8 member associations for it's first year. The Capers JV team went 8-4-2 last season but had 5 games cancelled due to snow, making the consistent schedule especially appealing for the organization.
All of the games will be played on Friday night, mostly between 5:30 and 9:00 p.m. with teams rotating slots weekly. The Capers JV squad will also use the Casco Bay Arena, a $2 million project several years in the making, as it's practice arena beginning with the upcoming season. The official schedule has not been confirmed for the JV league but is expected to be completed by November.
While the 2015-2016 Cape Elizabeth Capers hockey schedule awaits it's final touches the opponents matrix, along with the official date for the season opener, were revealed on Monday afternoon.
The Capers will open the season against Maranacook on December 5th at home at Troubh Ice Arena. The Capers took the only meeting with Maranacook in the 2014-2015 season by a final of 7-3. The Capers will also travel to Maranacook later in the season.
Cape Elizabeth will only play four Class A teams this season, as local rivalries with Cheverus, Portland/Deering, and Scarborough will be renewed, as well as a trip to Auburn to take on Edward Little. That Capers have lost their last three meetings each with Scarborough and Cheverus, but have beat Portland the last three seasons consecutively.
The Capers will also travel to Camden Hills for the second consecutive season. The Capers won in the regular season and the playoffs at Camden Hills in 2014-2015. Since the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, the two Class B powerhouses have met 5 times and have been nearly impossible to split. Four of the five meetings have been decided by a goal, with an aggregate score of 16-16 proving the competitiveness of one of Maine's best active high school hockey rivalries.
The Capers will play home and away series with Yarmouth, Kennebunk, Brunswick, and the aforementioned Maranacook. The Capers round out their schedule with one-off match-ups against storied rival Greely, an exciting and improving Gardiner High School, and a trip to Gorham for a tilt with the two-time defending Class B West Champions.
The official schedule is expected to be released in the coming weeks. The Capers first practice is slated for November 16th. The Capers are expected to have a busy pre-season schedule, with several scrimmages lined up and awaiting confirmation.
In what is an annual reminder that hockey season is fast approaching, the Cape Elizabeth Boys Hockey Boosters will be holding a boosters meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at Community Services. The meeting will be held upstairs.
Among a host of topics to discuss are fundraising initiatives, team dinner and equipment needs, and updates will be provided on the new Casco Bay ice arena in Falmouth.
All are encouraged to attend. The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m and generally lasts around an hour to an hour and a half.
It was a splendid summer for the Cape Elizabeth boys hockey team as they began their early preparations for the 2015-2016 season. The team participated in 11 practices at North Yarmouth Academy throughout the summer months. Many of the team's returning players looked sharp throughout the summer, while coaches and fans alike got their first opportunity to see the Capers myriad of incoming freshman take the ice.
The team capped off the summer with a pair of team-building events, including a rousing round of ultimate frisbee at Fort Williams and a group outing of footgolf, an upcoming sport in which one essentially plays golf with soccer ball. Earlier in the summer, the team ran the Cape Challenge 5k in Cape Elizabeth.
The focus now shifts to fall sports for many Capers as the air cools. Fear not, hockey fans--the Capers begin their 2015-2016 season a mere 96 days from the writing of this article.
Remember to check capehockey.org throughout the fall as we will have more information on the upcoming season, including a fall boosters meeting, the Capers schedule release and more. Be sure to get out to the fields this fall to support Cape Elizabeth athletics!
For the third consecutive year, the Cape Elizabeth boys hockey team participated in the Cape Challenge 5k, an annual fundraising race that benefits the Cape Elizabeth High School, Cape Middle School, and Pond Cove Parent's Associations.
This year, 10 Capers ran the race in addition to both varsity coaches. Alex Glidden had the best time of any of the hockey players, finishing the race in 22:53, good for 27th place out of 327 runners, earning him bragging rights until next year's competition.
It is extremely important to note that Coach Marston and Coach Buotte finished 1st and 2nd in their age group (the 19-29 age group had 4 competitors) respectively.
In the photograph on the front page of the website, courtesy of Sara Laprade...front row (L to R): Carter Brock, Phil Tarling, Matt Riggle, Ross Leblond, Coach Buotte, Grant Rusk. Back row (L to R): Chris Laprade, Alec Riggle, Coach Marston, Gus Frankwicz, Ethan Gillespie, Alex Glidden.