It was a true team effort for the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Wednesday as they defeated the Leavitt Hornets by a final count of 9-1 to finish the regular season at 9-8-1. Nine different Capers would register a point as the Capers scored more goals in a single afternoon than they had in the past six games combined, a welcome swoon in scoring coming just prior to the postseason. An unlikely hero would get the visitors off to the races at the 10:54 mark of the first period. Gus Frankwicz, a game-time decision skating in just his 6th varsity game, would fire a seeing-eye wrist shot from the blueline that would slip through Leavitt goaltender Caleb Morlane's legs. It was Frankwicz's first career varsity goal.It would not be the last first career goal of the evening, however, as Max Woods would stretch the Cape Elizabeth lead to 2-0 just 2:51 later. Defensemen Eli Babcock drove the puck wide on a 2-on-1 and slipped a pass to Woods, who was driving to the front of the net to deposit the puck into the back of the net.
After Jack Drinan scored a pair of goals in the 2nd to stretch the lead to 4-0, the Capers would bury the dagger by scoring three goals in a dizzying :52 span to close out the middle frame. Matt Riggle, Ben Shea, and Peyton Weatherbie would all add tallies and the Capers carried a commanding 7-0 lead into the 3rd period.
Starting goaltender Ross Leblond was pulled after stopping all 12 shots he faced through two periods in favor of Capers freshman Peter Haber, who played out the third period for his first varsity action.
Drinan would complete his hat trick 4:10 into the third period. Frankwicz would round out the scoring with his second of the evening with 7:49 remaining. Defenseman Ethan Gillespie and Riggle both received assists.
Blayne Arsenault would snap the Cape Elizabeth shutout with :28 remaining.
The Capers secured the fifth playoff spot with the victory. They will play away to Camden Hills on Tuesday, February 24th. Time to be announced. The Capers won the only regular season meeting between the teams, snapping a three game losing streak to their rivals from the North