The Cape Elizabeth Capers used a balanced attack and were backstopped by a 23-save shutout from sophomore Peter Haber as they took the consolation game in the 22nd annual Gipper's Holiday Classic over a struggling Gray-New Gloucster/Poland/Oak Hill by a final count of 10-0. 

The Capers were coming off a loss in the first round of the tournament to Edward Little, which also was a countable MPA game. The finals and consolation games did not count toward the MPA standings but still offered exciting hockey as the four schools--Cape Elizabeth, Edward Little, Leavitt, and Gray-New Gloucester/Poland/Oak Hill--battled it out for the coveted trophy. The 26ers were coming off a lopsided loss to Leavitt on Friday night, setting them up for the consolation duel with the Capers.

The Capers would put the game out of reach in the first period, with a barrage of goals coming early on in the contest. Phil Tarling continued his solid play by opening the scoring at the 3:25 mark of the period, with Hans Croft stretching the Cape lead to 2-0 at 4:56. After scoring against Edward Little on Friday night, Tim Corsello continued his strong play by pushing the Capers to a 3-0 lead just :35 after Croft had doubled the lead. 

The 26ers had several quality chances throughout the first, with Haber making 11 of his 23 saves in the opening stanza, the best of which denied a breakaway opportunity after a Cape Elizabeth miscue. Chris Laprade would all but seal the deal with a brilliant shift in the waning minutes of the first period, scoring twice in a :23 span to push the Capers lead to 5-0 with just 1:39 to go.

The Capers were able to thwart their Class A opponents throughout the first several minutes of the 2nd before Brett Eubanks was able to jam home a loose puck to give the Capers a 6-0 edge. Brenden Goss would stretch the lead to 7-0 from the blueline, letting a wrist shot go that would slide five-hole past 26ers fill-in goaltender Jonah Bergeron. The 26ers created several chances through the middle period and despite trailing 7-0 had outshot Cape Elizabeth 22-17 through two.

The Capers would round out the scoring in the third period, with Croft and Tarling each adding their second goals of the evening before Laprade would finish the hat trick--and the scoring--at 11:03 by extending the Capers lead to 10-0. Spencer Sprague picked up his third assist of the night on Laprade's hat trick, with Tarling adding his second assist of the evening as well.

The Capers would go 2-for-2 on the power play while killing all three 26ers opportunities. Shots on goal finished even at 23. Edward Little would defeat Leavitt in the championship game by a final count of 4-2 to take home the Gipper's Holiday Classic for the fifth co


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