The Cape Elizabeth Capers had their hearts broken away from home on Saturday night, falling to Scarborough on a Sean McGovern overtime tally 2:55 into the extra period.
The Capers played perhaps their best game of the season, matching Class A Scarborough from start to finish. Both teams were coming off shutout losses--Cape Elizabeth to Biddeford on Thursday and Scarborough to Lewiston, 3-0, on Martin Luther King Day.
Scarborough would break the ice in the waning moments of the first period. After several failed clearing attempts, Scarborough junior Colin Hayward shoveled a shot towards Grant Rusk's goal and watched as Skylar Pettingill buried the rebound and staked the Red Storm to a 1-0 lead. The goal came with just 12 seconds remaining in the first period.
The game would remain 1-0 until the Capers would draw even towards the midpoint of the second period. Curtis Guimond was able to beat the Scarborough defense down the ice and slip a shot between the wickets of Scarborough goaltender Brandon Wasser. It was Cape Elizabeth's first goal in almost two full games of play and the first time Cape Elizabeth had scored a goal against Scarborough since the spring of 2012. The goal came unassisted.
The third period would ebb and flow throughout, with each team having glorious scoring opportunities. The Capers would kill two crucial penalties in the third frame to send the game to overtime. After Capers coach Matt Buotte called a timeout, his team would lose a defensive zone face-off that ended with McGovern walking in alone on Rusk, who had 41 saves on 39 shots. McGovern made a slick move to his backhand before slipping the puck past a sliding Rusk to give Scarborough the victory.
The Capers did not have a power play opportunity in the game and fall to 7-7-0 on the year, sitting in 5th place in the Class B West standings. They face tests this week which could define their regular season as they host Gorham on Thursday and head north on Route 1 for a long-awaited visit to Camden on Saturday. Scarborough improved to