The Biddeford Tigers have been playing some great hockey as of late, and their buzzsaw swept through Portland Ice Arena on Thursday night as the Capers lost their second consecutive game, 7-0. Ricky Ruck would score 5 goals and add an assist for the Tigers, who were coming off of an impressive 1-0 victory over front-running Falmouth just a fortnight ago.
The Capers started strong and played a complete game, but could not beat Biddeford netminder Brandon Daigle on the evening. Sean Agrodnia had the best opportunity of the first period, but D aigle denied the freshman with a quick leg pad save to turn away the bid from the slot.
The Tigers would break the ice at the 9:09 mark of the first period, when Ruck would fly down the left wing and slip a sizzling backhander over goaltender Ross Leblond's shoulder and under the crossbar. Ruck and the Tigers would not look back. Just :19 later, Ruck tallied again to stretch the lead to 2-0. The score would remain the same through one, with the Capers holding a 12-10 shot advantage.
Biddeford would score on the power play at the 3:17 mark of the first period. After a patient and effective penalty kill, fortune favored the three-time state champions as Ruck's third goal would carom off the post and bounce over the goal line to stretch the lead to 3-0 with just seconds remaining in the power play.
With Ruck in the box for a five minute boarding major, a splendid opportunity presented itself for the Capers midway through the second period. The home side would pour on relentless pressure but could not find a way past Daigle. As if to rub salt in the wounds, John Korpaczewski would score the 4th Biddeford goal just :22 after the Tigers had killed the five minute infraction.
Ruck would add his 4th and 5th goals of the game in the third period before Curtis Petit would score his first varsity goal for Biddeford with 1:05 left to play in the third, dancing through the Cape Elizabeth defense before depositing the puck past Grant Rusk to extend Biddeford's lead to 7-0. There would be no scoring in the remaining moments of the game.
Biddeford outshot Cape Elizabeth 33-30. Biddeford went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Cape Elizabeth went scoreless on six attempts. The Capers fall to 7-6-0 with the loss but will be right back on the ice Saturday night as they host another top Class A power, the Scarboorugh Red Storm. Puck will drop at 6:40 p.m. at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn.