The Cape Elizabeth and Camden Hills boys' hockey teams added another chapter to their storied rivalry on Saturday, seeing the host Capers topple the visiting Windjammers 8-3 to highlight the inaugural Cape Hockey Night. The event, which featured raffles and giveaways to benefit the American Cancer Society, saw fans turn out in droves to support the Capers, whose victory extended their winning streak to four games.
The Capers would start quickly, seeing a barrage of shots hurled toward R.J. Botley's net in a frenetic first period in which they outshot Camden Hills 17-3. Ryan Collins would produce the first breakthrough, steaming over the blue line and unleashing a laser of a wrist shot that beat Botley clean for Collins' fifth goal of the season, extending his point streak to five games. The Capers would double their lead exactly two minutes later, when Peyton Weatherbie collected an Evan Concannon feed on the doorstep and popped it past Botley, giving the Capers power play goals in consecutive games for the first time this season.
Just 1:05 into the second the hosts would add to their lead with Phil Tarling depositing an Alex Glidden feed to extend the lead to 3-0. The highlight of the night, however, came just 1:04 later, when stalwart defenseman Derek Allen would score his first varsity goal. After Botley stopped the initial Jackson Woods attempt, Allen followed the play up and collected the rebound before deftly sliding a backhand past Botley to push the Capers out to a four-goal cushion. Allen was mobbed by his teammates in celebration of what would hold up as the game-winning goal.
Defensemen Ben Ekedahl and Gus Frankwicz would both add tallies before the end of the second period, with Frankwicz's goal coming with the man advantage. Woods would add his second assist of the game on Ekedahl's goal, while Jack Roy-Becker and Collins picked up power play points on the Frankwicz tally. The Capers outshot the Windjammers 36-7 through two periods of play.
The Capers would continue to press to start the third period, with Jeb Boeschenstein adding his fifth goal of the season, burying an Evan Concannon dish past back-up goaltender Matt Czuchra, who had entered the game after the fifth goal Botley allowed. Camden would get one back with 12:05 to go in the period, with Kieran Lydon slipping a Will Davee feed past Capers goaltender Peter Haber on a 2-on-1, cutting the deficit to 7-1.
The game, however, was never in question. The Capers would respond just over three minutes later, with Weatherbie notching his second of the night and fifth of the season. The Windjammers would add two goals in the final thirty seconds, both at even strength, but would prove only to be consolation as the Capers cruised to an 8-3 victory. The Capers improved to 5-3-0 with the win and will travel to St. Dom's Wednesday to take on the Saints in a crossover matchup.
NOTES: The Capers outshot the Windjammers 53-20...the Capers went 2-for-3 on the power play, killing the only Camden power play opportunity...the Capers have now taken three of their last four from Camden, including a playoff matchup in 2015...Boeschenstein, Collins, and Weatherbie are now tied for the team lead with 5 goals a piece...Peter Haber made 17 saves in the win and has stopped 87 of 92 on a four game winning streak.
JV CONTINUES ROLL
There were smiles all around for the Capers, as the JV capped off Cape Hockey Night with an exciting 4-2 victory. Andrew Carroll started the scoring early in the first and would add his second of the game later on, joining Alec Riggle and Stephen Murray as the goal scorers. The Capers JV squad capped off an impressive week that included wins over Lake Region (2-1) on Thursday and Falmouth (5-1) on Friday. Sean Agrodnia, filling in for sick goaltender Garrett Mello, was magnificent in the victory rattling off several highlight reel stops as part of a 15 save performance. The JV team will next host Cheverus in league play on Friday, January 27th at 6:50 p.m. at Casco Bay Arena.