The schools were playing for the first time since a thrilling Class B quarterfinal last spring, which saw Cape Elizabeth victorious in the first round of Western preliminary action. A year later Camden was able to exact their revenge, with Perrin Ganter and James Orne scoring second period goals just over 5 minutes apart to give the Windjammers the only offense they would need against a punchless Capers side.
Ganter would open the scoring just 39 seconds into the second period, taking an Orne feed and slipping it through Cape Elizabeth goaltender Grant Rusk’s legs. Orne would double the Windjammers lead with 9:10 remaining in the middle frame, rifling a Jonah Cameron feed past Rusk. The Capers would have several chances throughout the remainder of the second, but Camden Hills goalkeeper Zach Hand was equal to the task, stopping 14 shots through two periods.
The Capers had several opportunities in the third period, the best of which presented itself in the form of a power play with just under seven minutes to play. Cape Elizabeth coach Matt Buotte would use his timeout, but the Capers—who had scored just 9 goals in their previous 6 games coming in—were not able to convert, sealing their fate.
A glimmer of hope came in the form of another power play with 1:12 remaining, but Cameron would add his second point of the night by scoring into an empty net after poking the puck away from defenseman Gavin Spidle at the Camden Hills blue line, sealing a win for the hosts in front of an exuberant crowd.
The Capers fell to 4-5-2 in the loss. Camden Hills went 0-for-1 on the power play while the Capers went 0-for-3. Rusk stopped 26 out of 28 in defeat, ending a two game winning streak in Rockport. Hand turned aside 22 for the Windjammers.
NOTES: The teams have split the last four meetings…Rusk finished his career at 2-2-0 at the Midcoast Recreation Center with a 1.52 GAA and a .951 save percentage…The Capers finish January at 1-5-0, the sole win coming over Brunswick on January 9th…The Capers scored just 9 goals in 6 games in January, with 3 of those goals being scored by defensemen…Cape Elizabeth will host Scarborough on Thursday, February 4th at 4:00 p.m.