The Capers, traveling to Bridgton for the third consecutive year as part of a fledgling team-building getaway tradition, were the home team to Windham/Westbrook, a newly-merged co-op team skating in Class A's North division. Windham/Westbrook showed quickly why they have set their expectations so high for the coming season. Windham/Westbrook would jump to a 3-1 lead, but a furious Cape Elizabeth fightback saw them 6-3 victors at the final buzzer.
Windham/Westbrook would waste no time opening the scoring. After just 1:23, sophomore Keegan Pock would draw first blood, slipping a seeing-eye shot past Cape Elizabeth senior Grant Rusk. The Capers would not wait long to level the score at 1, however, with Ben Ekedahl converting the team's first power play of the night just 1:32 later. Ekedahl found himself untouched on the Windham/Westbrook doorstep to bang home a Matt Riggle feed, with linemate Gavin Spidle also adding an assist.
Windham/Westbrook would continue the barrage of early goals at the 3:57 mark, with Cape Elizabeth leaving the dangerous Zack Callahan untouched in the slot where he unleashed a wrist shot that beat Rusk and almost immediately restored Windham/Westbrook's lead. The goal of the night would be produced by the visitors, however, with Greg Buotte unleashing a booming slapshot over Rusk's shoulder with 3:02 to play to stretch Windham's lead to 3-1. On a perfect pass from Elijah Doucette, Buotte fired a one-timer into the top left corner in which Rusk could do nothing about.
Eli Babcock would pull the Capers to within one in the final second of the first period, with Riggle winning an offensive zone face-off to Babcock with 3.5 seconds to play. Babcock was able to slip a wrist shot by Windham/Westbrook netminder Alex Leblanc as time expired to pull Cape Elizabeth within one at the break.
The second period would see Cape Elizabeth carrying the play for long periods of time, with all four lines buzzing around the Windham/Westbrook cage. Their diligence would be rewarded just past the halfway mark, with Sean Agrodnia banging home a rebound after Babcock's initial shot was stopped by Leblanc. Agrodnia would double his tally nearly five minutes later, when a fortunate bounce in the neutral zone sent him in on a breakaway. Agrodnia would place a beautiful wrist shot over Leblanc's glove and Cape Elizabeth would take a 4-3 lead into the third period.
The game would stay 4-3 for the majority of the third period until Ekedahl would notch his second goal of the night. Similarly to his first marker Ekedahl would fire home on the power play, picking up the loose change in front and depositing it for a 5-3 Cape Elizabeth advantage. Riggle would add his third assist of the night, with Babcock picking up his third point (G, 2 A) with the secondary assist. The Capers would wrap up the scoring with :51 to go, with Andrew Pellechia elevating a backhand past Leblanc to give Cape a three goal cushion. Carter Brock and Phil Tarling would register assists on the play.
Peter Haber played the second half of the game in net for Cape Elizabeth. Babcock, Agrodnia, and Pellechia all registered their first goals in a varsity game, with Spidle and Tarling registering their first assists. Cape Elizabeth will look to carry the momentum into Wednesday's exhibition at Hebron Academy JV on Wednesday, with the regular season opener to follow on December 5th at home versus Maranacook. Windham/Westbrook opens their regular season on December 9th against Lake Region.