The Capers would start slow, with goaltender Ross Leblond knocking aside the only two shots he would face on the evening after the Capers original starter Grant Rusk was substituted to fix an equipment issue. The Black Bears, who graduated all but five goals from last season, got off to a spirited start, buzzing around the Cape Elizabeth net.
Both goaltenders would hold firm through opening stages until Ben Ekedahl got Cape Elizabeth on the board 6:17 into the first period. Ekedahl drove down the right wing and slipped a backhander between goaltender Eli Bulba's legs to notch his first tally of the season. Ethan Gillespie would record his first varsity point on the play, picking up the primary assist. Jeb Boeschenstein would add an assist as well.
The Capers began to take control of the contest at the 8:56 mark, when Matt Riggle continued his strong start by walking out of the corner and burying a backhander past Bulba for his third of the season. Linemates Ben Shea and Ekedahl would receive assists on the play. The Capers would round out first period scoring when Alex Glidden would slam home a wrist shot from the slot for his first varsity goal, stretching the Cape lead to 5-0.
The Capers came out of the interval and picked up right where they had left off. Riggle would stretch the lead to 4-0 with his second goal of the evening, bringing his early-season total to four. Ekedahl and Shea would again receive assists. Curtis Guimond would then get in on the act, burying his fifth of the young season on a scrum in front of Bulba and pushing the Cape lead to 5-0. Linemates Tom Gleason and Jack Drinan would receive assists.
The Black Bears would not go quietly, however. Matt Dubois would score a trickling goal on a rebound at the 8:20 mark as the puck rolled by Rusk through a sea of legs to cut the deficit to 5-1. Shortly after, Bailey Clark, who assisted Dubois' goal, would add a goal of his own on a laser from inside the blue line at the 11:11 mark of the second. The score would remain 5-2 after two frames.
Cape Elizabeth would squelch any hope of a comeback early in the third period. Just :48 into the third, defenseman Peyton Weatherbie would add his second goal of the year, burying a Guimond rebound on the back post after joining the rush from the back end. Drinan would pick up the second assist on the goal. With 5:02 to play, Ekedahl would finish the scoring for Cape Elizabeth for his second of the night, with Drinan adding his fourth assist of the evening on the play.
At the 8:51 mark, Peter Prescott would add the final goal of the evening on the power play. Clark would receive an assist for his third point of the evening. After a failed clearance, Maranacook was able to gather the puck and convert their only man advantage of the evening. Maranacook would come no closer, however, and the Capers would skate away with a 7-3 victory.
Grant Rusk made 12 saves in the win. Ben Ekedahl now has 8 points in 4 games, including 6 assists, to lead the Capers in scoring and was +4 for the evening. Cape Elizabeth put 32 shots on goal in the victory, outshooting the Black Bears 32-17 on the night. The Capers improve to 3-1-0 with the win. They will face defending Class B West champion Gorham on Saturday, December 20th at USM in Gorham. Opening face-off is at 6:00 p.m.