Coming off the back of an uplifting and hard-fought defeat to Class A favorite Falmouth just a few days earlier, the Cape Elizabeth Capers were looking to gain momentum against one of Class B's remaining undefeated teams. Yet despite carrying the play for long stretches of the contest, the Capers would fall in frustrating fashion in front of a full house at Portland Ice Arena on Saturday night.
A sleepy start was again the undoing of the Capers, as Kennebunk was able to jump on the hosts on the first shift of the night. After several failed clearing attempts by the Capers, Kyle Mooney was able to score on a rebound as the Capers allowed a second chance opportunity after goaltender Ross Leblond had kept out James Ross' initial chance. The goal came just 1:10 into the first period.
The Capers would level the score off of a face-off when Ben Shea banged a rebound past Kennebunk keeper Mike Leblanc. Ben Ekedahl and Matt Riggle would receive assists on the play. The goal was Shea's first of the regular season and the assist gives Ekedahl a team-leading eight on the year.
Ekedahl would have a chance to give the Capers the lead late in the third period, when his blazing speed sent him in alone on Leblanc on a shorthanded attempt, only to be thwarted on the breakaway. As fate would have it, Kennebunk would score later on the power play as Ross would again find the scoresheet. A shot from the right point found its way through traffic and between the legs of Leblond, giving Kennebunk the lead with 3:15 remaining.
The Capers would have several chances to equalize late, only to see Leblanc play the hero for the visitors. Leblanc made 24 saves in the victory. Leblond turned aside 30 shots for the Capers, who have now lost three consecutive games.
Cape Elizabeth went 0-for-4 on the power play. Kennebunk went 1-for-4. The two teams meet again on January 28th at the University of New England at 8:00. The Capers are next in action when they host high-flying Edward Little on Saturday, January 3rd. The game features a match-up of the Class A and Class B state champions for 2003. The schools have a combined six state championships in the past 15 years, The Capers first game of 2015 starts at 8:00 p.m.