After a long summer of preparations, the Cape Elizabeth Capers varsity boys' hockey team took to the ice for the first time on Saturday night with abounding optimism and anticipation. Unfortunately for the Capers, Gorham's senior goaltender Noah Bird had other ideas as he turned away 36 of 37 shots to backstop the Rams to a victory in their home opener.

The Capers got off to a promising start in the first frame, with all four lines buzzing in the Gorham end and creating several quality scoring opportunities. Bird had turned aside seven Cape Elizabeth shots before the Rams would register their first shot on goal, when a stroke of misfortune ominously foreshadowed the evening ahead for the visitors. Rams junior Jack Niles would push the puck to the front of the Cape Elizabeth net, where Capers defenseman Gus Frankwicz would inadvertently kick the puck into his own net with 5:58 to play. Lucas Roop was credited with the lone assist.

The Capers would immediately take to the attack again, creating several impressive scoring chances that saw Bird robbing Capers forward Alex Glidden in the high slot and senior Evan Concannon on the doorstep. After a heavy spell of Cape Elizabeth pressure, Gorham senior Carter Landry found himself streaking through the neutral zone untouched before unleashing a laser that beat Capers goaltender Peter Haber and pushed the Rams to a 2-0 lead with just 2:12 to go in the first. The play was unassisted.

The Capers seemed destined for a comeback in the second period as a fast start built more pressure around Bird's goal. The visitors would finally break through at the 5:38 mark, with Concannon banging a rebound over Bird's shoulder for his first varsity goal, halving the deficit to 2-1. Ethan Gillespie would notch the only assist on the goal. The Capers would then carry the balance of play for the rest of the period, holding a 21-10 shot advantage after two frames despite trailing by one.

As the task of beating Bird seemed increasingly insurmountable, the Rams delivered a staggering blow to the Capers comeback hopes just 2:52 into the third. Landry again found himself in space, taking the puck wide into the Cape Elizabeth zone before beating Haber to his blocker side and extending the hosts' lead to 3-1. Niles would pick up an assist on the play for his second point of the night.

The story of this contest was Bird, however, who kept the Capers potent offense at bay throughout the entire third period, turning aside 16 shots in the final stanza alone. The Capers barrage continued right until the final buzzer, but with just over a minute to play Dominic Lorello would ice the cake for Gorham, sliding the puck into an empty net with Haber pulled for an extra attacker. Niles would add his third point of the day with the primary assist, with Jordan Gaudreau picking up the secondary.

In total, Bird made 36 saves as Cape Elizabeth outshot the Rams 37-16. The two teams will next meet on January 12th at Troubh Ice Arena.

NOTES: The Capers are now 1-3 at Gorham since the Rams joined Class B, the lone victory coming on December 23rd, 2015 in a 5-1 Cape Elizabeth victory. Gorham went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Cape Elizabeth was 0-for-1; the Capers had just 1:16 of power play time in the contest. Haber made 12 saves on 15 shots in defeat. 


01/26/2017 3:34am

A failure is not the end it is a great new start. I salute you guys for having an optimistic personality in joining the game. Keep it up Cape Elizabeth Capers varsity boys' hockey team! You guys did a great job! Optimism allows us to learn from failures, pick up the pieces and move on to something greater. There is no better alternative to optimism. Optimism helps us to achieve!

02/12/2017 4:45am

Failure is one of the things that makes us stronger and more educated. Learn from your failures. Take advantage of it. Don't let it drag you down, chin's up, look forward and be positive. Dream big, work hard and achieve!

A failure is definitely not the end. Failure is something that can trigger your most creative idea out of you. It gives you the urge to do more better the next time. Learning from your failures makes you learn a lot and some day you'll achieve the dream that you've been dreaming. I know that failure is really hard to take, but when you look on the brighter side, you can see how it can change everything.

07/31/2017 2:57am

I totally agree with you. Failure is not the end of everything, it is just a beginning. It is a beginning for a new chapter with a new hope. Your varsity boys are very passionate and dedicated with hockey. I can see that you really trained them well. I wish you all good luck!

10/13/2017 3:56am

I agree with this statement. It does not mean that you are no longer qualifies because you failed once, it is an opportunity to stand back up and see your mistakes last game and move on from there. There are plenty of tactics to improve on and the team should not feel discouraged about it. I have been a fan of you guys ever since day one so I know that you guys are one of the best. You did your best and that's what's important.

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07/31/2017 2:52am

What a sporty article!

10/10/2017 12:17am

Bringing more sports news with your exciting words.

Better luck next time for road defeat.

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