It was a battle from start to finish on Saturday night at Troubh Ice Arena, with Sean Agrodnia’s first two varsity goals and Peter Haber backstopping the Cape Elizabeth Capers to a 3-1 victory over the visiting Leavitt Hornets to improve to 2-0-0 to start the season. The Capers were coming off of an 11-0 drubbing of Maranacook a week prior and were pushed to the limits by a tenacious Leavitt squad that resurrected memories of their stunning 3-2 overtime win on the same ice just two years prior. The Hornets fought valiantly from buzzer to buzzer, keeping a Cape Elizabeth offense that had scored 20 goals in its first three games, including exhibitions, at bay.

Cape Elizabeth knocked on the door throughout the first period and a quick flurry of goals seemed to put them on track for another offensive explosion. Agrodnia would score his first of the evening at the 10:11 mark of the first, with linemate Alex Glidden collecting the first regular season assist of his career. Agrodnia was able to chip the puck past Leavitt goaltender Caleb Morlano and seemingly jumpstart the Capers offense. Matt Riggle would then stretch the Capers lead to 2-0 just :36 later, with Ben Ekedahl setting up Riggle in front of the net for his third goal of the season. Gavin Spidle would add an assist on the play.The Capers failed to get momentum going through the early stages of the second until Agrodnia would push the Capers to a 3-0 edge. The sophomore found himself in the right place at the right time, with the puck popping free at the top of the circles where he unleashed a perfectly placed wrist shot to complete the brace. The goal was unassisted.

The Hornets would waste no time answering, with captain Blayne Arsenault collecting a fortunate bounce and shoveling it by Haber to cut the deficit to 3-1. The Hornets would have ample opportunities, including a 5-on-3 midway through the second, but could not draw level before the second intermission.

The third period saw more of the same for both teams, with the Capers failing to generate offensive chances and the Hornets buzzing around Haber’s goal. The Capers would spend the majority of the third period shorthanded after taking a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and a five minute major for cross-checking shortly after they had killed the bench minor. Jeb Boeschenstein would be seated for the final four-and-a-half minutes of the game for the major penalty but valiant penalty killing saw the Capers through, including several key plays by senior captain Tim Corsello.

Haber would make 25 saves in picking up his first victory, while Morlano would stop 30 of 33 for Leavitt. Riggle’s game-winning goal marked the fourth time in his high school career he had been credited with the game-winning goal versus Leavitt; his first career goal was also a game-winner against Leavitt nearly three full years ago. Leavitt was 0-for-6 on the power play while Cape Elizabeth was 0-for-5. Cape Elizabeth improved to 2-0-0 with the win while Leavitt dropped to 0-3-0. The Capers next take on Kennebunk at 4:00 p.m. at the University of New England’s Alfond Forum on Wednesday afternoon.

 


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