Saturday night offered a different ending to the script, as the Capers rode a hot power play and solid goaltending en route to a 3-1 victory Saturday night at Portland Ice Arena.
After a lifeless first period, the game burst open in the second stanza. Colby Robinson scored just 1:31 into the frame, slipping a seeing-eye shot past Cape Elizabeth keeper Ross Leblond to edge Greely in front off of an offensive zone face-off. Nathan Gervais and Andrew Ray would add the assists.
The Capers would not stay down for long. Just 3:10 later, Matt Riggle tied himself for the team lead in scoring with his sixth of the year, finishing off a beautiful back-door saucer pass from Peyton Weatherbie. Eli Babcock also helped set up the power play goal.
The Capers power play continued to fly just 2:15 later. Alex Glidden would score his fourth of the season, finishing off a goalmouth scramble to put the Capers in front for good at the 6:56 mark. It was the fourth consecutive power play the Capers had converted, with Glidden scoring three of those goals. Riggle and Weatherbie added the assists.
Cape Elizabeth would add some insurance at 5:25 of the third period off on an offensive zone face-off, with Glidden scoring his second of the night and his fourth in the last two games. Glidden was able to drag the puck around Greely keeper Kyle Kramlich and lay it into an open net to fire the Capers to a 3-1 lead. Evan Concannon would get an assist on the play--his first varsity point--and Carter Brock would add one as well.
The Capers would find themselves in penalty trouble late, staring down the barrel of 1:40 of 5-on-3 to kill with just under four minutes remaining in the game. The Capers would use their timeout and heroically kill off minor penalties to Jack Drinan and Brock to preserve their lead. The icing on the cake almost came for Cape Elizabeth with just over a minute to go, but Riggle hit the post with Kramlich on the bench for an extra attacker. The damage had already been done, however, and Cape Elizabeth was able to fend off the late surge and escape with a crucial victory.
The win is the second consecutive victory for the Capers, their first consecutive victories since the first two games of the regular season. Leblond turned aside 24 of the 25 shots he faced for Cape Elizabeth, while Kramlich turned aside 35 of 38 for Greely. The Capers improve to 5-4-0 on the year with the victory and Greely drops to 1-8-0.
Cape Elizabeth will next be in action on Wednesday, January 14th as they take on Edward Little at 6:00 at Cross Insurance Arena. The game is a make-up of the previously postponed date from January 3rd.