It was a balanced team effort from the Cape Elizabeth Capers on Saturday night as they strolled by Maranacook/Winthrop in the 2015-2016 season opener. The Capers received scoring points from 15 players as Grant Rusk stopped 12 shots to earn his first shutout in 1,020 days in what was a complete team effort at Troubh Ice Arena.

The Capers would start on the front foot, with relentless offensive zone pressure throughout the opening minutes as all four lines were involved early. The breakthrough would come at the 7:33 mark for the Capers when, for the second straight year, Matt Riggle would score the season's opening tally. After brilliant tic-tac-toe passing through the Maranacook defense, Riggle would one-time a Ben Ekedahl feed past Maranacook netminder Eli Bulba to give Cape Elizabeth the lead. Eli Babcock would pick up his first point of the year on the play.

Cape would tighten it's grip on the game a few short minutes later. Ben Ekedahl would score his first of season at the 10:06 mark on a feed from linemate Gavin Spidle, with Ekedahl placing a beautiful wrist shot over Bulba's glove. Derek Allen would also notch an assist on the play. Just :41 later Alex Glidden picked up where he finished in 2015, scoring after a brilliant bit of cycling deep in Maranacook territory. Sean Agrodnia and Tim Corsello notched their first assists of the season on the goal.

Cape would all but put the game out of reach deep in the first period when Gavin Spidle would notch his first varsity goal at the 12:51 mark. Spidle came streaking through the neutral zone and unleashed a wrist shot that snuck it's way through the wickets of Bulba for a power play goal that extended the Cape lead to 4-0. Matt Riggle would pick up his second goal of the period just under a minute later when he redirected a Gus Frankwicz shot off of his chest and in, making it 5-0 to the home team. In a night of firsts, Phil Tarling would pick up his first varsity goal with just :17 remaining in the period after more dominate forechecking from the Capers. Carter Brock would tally his first assist of the year with Babcock picking up his second of the night. The Capers outshot Maranacook 26-6 in the first period.

The Capers continued in cruise control throughout the second. Babcock, a junior captain, would score his first varsity goal just a minute into the middle stanza. Spidle would pick up his third point of the night on the play, which was the Capers third power play goal in as many tries. Ekedahl would score on a brilliant bit of individual effort at the 4:26 mark, with Ekedahl poking the puck away in the neutral zone and firing a shot past Bulba that extended the Cape lead to 8-0. Phil Tarling would make it 9-0 with 1:20 to go in the second when he his wrist shot from just inside the blue line found it's way over Bulba's shoulder and into the net for his second of the night. 

The Capers would put a bow on a decisive victory by adding two more goals on four shots in the third period. Ethan Gillespie would score his first varsity goal at the 1:41 mark, with Brock and defensive partner Frankwicz adding assists and making it 10-0. Andrew Pellechia would round out the scoring with 8:35 to play, scoring his first varsity goal by elevating the puck over Bulba from in tight. Jack Roy-Becker and Hans Croft would both pick up their first varsity points with the assists.

The Capers were 3-for-3 on the power play while Maranacook/Winthrop was 0-for-3. The Capers outshot Maranacook 46-12. Babcock had a career high six points (G, 5 A) in the victory, doubling his point total from his sophomore season. Rusk, chasing a shutout that had eluded him despite bucketfuls of brilliant performances was solid throughout. The Capers improve to 1-0-0 on the year and will next play December 12th when they host Leavitt. Puck drops at Troubh Ice Arena at 5:50 p.m.



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03/27/2017 1:09am

It is a wonderful moment for the Cape Elizabeth Capers. Tm he event on Saturday night was a breath taking experience. It is a game that I always want to watch and there are people who are screaming and they are all having fun. I want to practice this and I want to learn the little things that will enable me to play this sport. I want to play this and I want to do it with my neighbors.

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