When the Falmouth Yachtsmen visited Portland Ice Arena on Tuesday to take on the Cape Elizabeth Capers, one would be forgiven for expecting a lopsided contest. The Yachtsmen, after all, were 4-0-0, had outscored their opponents 38-1, and were coming off a 6-1 thrashing of Class A East favorite St. Dom's. The Capers had other ideas, however, and pushed the two-time defending Class A state champions to the brink before eventually falling by a final score of 3-2.

Falmouth would open the scoring at 3:32 of the first period when Brandon Peters banged a rebound past Grant Rusk on a frantic goalmouth scramble. Chris Camelio and Jack Mainella would receive assists on the play. Despite being outshot 20-3 in the first, the Capers had perhaps the best chance of the first frame when Curtis Guimond would  ring one off the crossbar after beating Bonnvie to his glove side.

The Capers would strike back with just under five minutes to go in the first, with Jack Drinan rolling off the right wall and firing a shot past Ryan Bonnvie to score his first goal of the season. Guimond would pick up an assist on the play on the power play tally.

Falmouth would score the lone marker of the second period, with Noah Nagem striking off a face-off to edge the Yachtsmen out in front. Reece Armitage would pick up the only assist on the play. 

The Yachtsmen looked to have sealed a victory as they begun to turn the tables early in the third. Chris Camelio would finish off another frenzy in front of Capers goaltender Grant Rusk, pushing his side to a 3-1 lead and giving Falmouth the breathing room they craved. 

Just when the game seemed to be in Falmouth's control, Guimond struck back after excellent forechecking pressure from the Capers. After an extended cycle deep in the Falmouth zone, Drinan found Guimond in the slot and he was able to find space through a sea of humanity to tickle the twine behind Bonnvie. It was Guimond's 7th goal of the season. 

With just under five minutes to go, Henry Norris was would be ejected for butt-ending and put the Capers on the power play for the remainder of the game. Despite several chances at the beginning of the power play, the Capers failed to seize their opportunity to send the game to overtime and final scoreline would end at 3-2. The Capers were the first team to score more than once on Falmouth in the young season, giving the juggernaut their toughest test since the Class A state championship game last spring.

Grant Rusk made 33 saves in defeat. The Capers (3-3-0) went 1-3 on the power play and did not take a penalty in the game.

Cape Elizabeth will be back in action on Saturday, December 27th as they host Kennebunk (5-0-0) at Portland Ice Arena. Game time is 8:00 p.m.


06/15/2016 3:05pm

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05/10/2017 12:42am

This is one of the reasons why you should never question the capabilities of Capers; because they exactly know how to push you to the brink! It was indeed a nice game. Falmouth played very well, but they failed to overpower Capers. As a fan, this is absolutely a good news for me. I am sure my fellow supporters are also celebrating team's victory!

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