The Capers were looking for a fast start to the season in 2015 after starting their 2013-2014 campaign at 0-5-1, and the club got off to the races in exactly the manner they had hoped. The Capers outshot the Tigers 20-8 in the first period, with each of Cape Elizabeth's top three lines hemming Gardiner in with unrelenting pressure. Gardiner goaltender Michael Poirier was fantastic throughout the game, standing especially tall in the first period as his team fell under attack, turning aside 19 shots in the first period alone.
The Capers would draw first blood, however, after going on the man advantage early in the first. Matt Riggle would score the season's first goal, slamming home a goal-mouth scramble after Peyton Weatherbie had put the puck to the front of the net. Ben Ekedahl would also add an assist on the play.
The score would remain 1-0 through the end of the first period, but Cape Elizabeth all but put things out of reach with a barrage of goals to start the 2nd frame. Curtis Guimond would score his first of the season on a broken play, sliding the puck through Poirier's legs and stretching the Cape lead to 2-0.
Guimond would be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct after the play, which only set the stage for Peyton Weatherbie to score his first career goal with his side a man down. Ben Shea slid the puck through the neutral zone to a streaking Ben Ekedahl, who sent the puck to Weatherbie on the back door to finish off a nifty 2-on-1 rush and spring the Capers to a 3-0 advantage. It was the Capers first shorthanded goal of the year after failing to register a single shorthanded tally in 19 games last season.
Guimond would finish the Cape Elizabeth scoring by taking a Jack Drinan feed, beating a defender, and sliding a back-handed shot just under the crossbar with 11:42 to go in the 2nd period. It was Guimond's second of the night and was the third goal for the Capers in a 2:27 span.
Gardiner would scratch one back at 5:41 of the 2nd period after Tristian Hebert converted a goalmouth scramble, leaving the game 4-1 after two frames. It looked as though Cape Elizabeth had struck again late in the third, when Alex Glidden fired home what appeared to be his first career goal, only to see the goal called back when the referee blew the whistle before the puck crossed the line. Cam Bigelow rounded out the scoring with :28 remaining on another goalmouth scramble, but it proved merely a consolation goal as the Capers skated away with a 4-2 victory.
Ross Leblond stopped 13 of 15 shots for his first career victory. Poirier stopped 40 of 44 in the losing effort for the Tigers. Cape Elizabeth went 1-for-5 on the man advantage while killing all three Gardiner power plays. The Capers will be back in action when they take on York (0-0-0) on Wednesday, December 10th at Dover Ice Arena in Dover, NH at 6:00.