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The Cape Elizabeth Capers, who had won their first three Class B games on the young season, knew they had a stern test when visiting the Gorham Rams at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena on Saturday night. The Capers would get off on the wrong foot and never recover, taking their second loss of the young season at the hands of the defending Class B West champions, 6-3.

The Rams came out flying, outshooting the Capers 15-6 in the first period. Gorham would draw first blood just 2:35 into the contest, as Matt Chapin was allowed to walk in and fire a wrist shot past Capers goalie Ross Leblond. Carl Bear would stretch the Gorham lead to 2-0 at the 7:56 mark after he would slip a wrist shot just under the crossbar. Jordan Ward and Willie Baxter would receive assists on the goal.

All was not lost for the Capers, as Tom Gleason would pull his side within one just before the first interval. Gleason picked up a puck at the top of the right circle, cut across the slot and buried a wrist shot past Gorham keeper Noah Bird. It was Gleason's second goal of the season.

After Gorham stretched their advantage to 3-1 at the 6:18 mark of the second, Gleason would play his part in another goal--this time setting up Curtis Guimond's sixth of the season. Gleason, streaking down the left wing, threw a shot towards the crease which Guimond was able to redirect past Bird, slowly trickling over the goal line and pulling Cape Elizabeth within striking distance.

They would come no closer, however, as the Rams struck quickly to end the second period. Carter Landry would extend the hosts' lead to 4-2 with 4:51 remaining in the period and Jordan Ward would finish the second period scoring with just 1:36 to go, depositing a brilliant feed from Andrew Schmidt for the power play tally.

Cape Elizabeth came out firing in the third, outshooting Gorham 15-7. Bird turned aside several quality chances, including a Jack Drinan breakway, to keep his side comfortably in the lead. The Capers would pull one back, with Matt Riggle continuing his torrid start by notching his fifth goal of the season. Ben Ekedahl would receive his team-leading seventh assist on the play. 

Matt Hooker would salt the game away with an empty-net goal with one second remaining in the third and Leblond on the bench. The win puts Gorham at 4-1-0 on the young season as they outshot the Capers 32-31. 

Cape Elizabeth falls to 3-2-0 in defeat. The Capers went 0-for-1 on the power play, while Gorham was 1-for-1. Leblond stopped 26 of 31 in the defeat. 

The Capers are back in action on Tuesday, December 22nd as they take on defending Class A state champion Falmouth at 6:00 at Portland Ice Arena.

Photos from the Capers 6-3 defeat to Gorham can be found by clicking here. 

 


Comments

06/11/2016 10:47am

All the hockey players will be very happy after seen these type of great pictures that you shared in this articles. Thanks for sharing these type of sports loving articles with us. I am really a great fan of sports and will want to join different sports teams.

06/19/2017 1:58am

Just like the famous line "Everyday is not a sunny day", this isn't just a day for Cape Elizabeth Capers. Cheer up! Losing is part of the game and it will be a lot more easier if the fans and the athletes itself will start accepting it wholeheartedly. I know that some of you are still disappointed. But I am confident that the team will be at their best for the next game. I am still rooting for them!


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