The Capers started strong, outshooting the Red Eddies 13-0 to start the game. But as Eddies goaltender Devin Dumont thwarted their efforts, the Capers momentum ground to a halt. The Eddies outshot the Capers 6-2 over the last four minutes of the first period but could not find a way past Capers keeper Grant Rusk and the first period ended at 0-0.
The Capers would finally break the deadlock with 5:19 to go in the second period. Ben Ekedahl would score his fifth goal and team-leading 13th point on a rebound in the crease. Ekedahl won a battle as Eddies players defended desperately, as he muscled his way through the visiting defense to urge the puck over the goal line. Matt Riggle would pick up an assist on the play.
The Capers would nurse a 1-0 lead until the 6:29 mark of the third period. Just moments after white-hot Alex Glidden had a goal called back at one end, fate would twist cruelly against the Capers. Captain Ben Steele would fire home a shot from the top of the left circle, beating Rusk over his glove and leveling the score for the Eddies. Ryan Raby would add the lone assist on the play.
The Capers, struggling to mount an attack, seemed on a collision course with overtime until Curtis Guimond was able to break a three-game scoring drought and notch his team-leading 8th goal of the season. Guimond rolled off the half-boards and fired a twisted wrist shot high over Dumont's glove, edging the Capers to a 2-1 lead with just 4:50 remaining. Riggle would add his second assist of the game on the play.
With the Eddies pressing hard in the third period, Guimond would be whistled for tripping with just twenty seconds remaining. Off the ensuing face-off, Carter Brock would race to the blue-line to block the final shot attempt of the game, clearing the zone and clinching valuable heal points--despite the lack of style points--for the Capers.
The Capers improve to 6-4-0 on the season and have won three consecutive games. Their next test comes in the form of a Martin Luther King Monay matinee at 1:00 against the Yarmouth Clippers. The game will be Cape Elizabeth's first trip to North Yarmouth Academy since they upset the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs in 2013.