Alex Glidden opened the scoring 3:33 into the first period, finding space upstairs over Gorham goaltender Garrett Babineau's shoulder. Phil Tarling registered the lone assist on the play. Nearly 10 minutes of play later and Glidden would strike again, this time burying a rebound over a sprawling Babineau after Derek Allen had created havoc in front of the Rams cage. Gus Frankwicz added his first point of the season with the secondary assist.
Despite a large edge in shots the Capers could not pull away, with Mello turned aside a massive breakaway attempt from Nick Gray in the second period to keep the lead at two. Gorham would finally break through just :19 into the third period after senior defenseman Justin Richards joined the rush and opened the scoring for the home side, with his cross-crease pass deflected past Mello by his own teammate to trim the Cape lead to 2-1.
After scoring the own goal the Capers steadily closed things out, with Tarling providing the insurance off of a face off. Senior forward Ryan Collins would win the puck back to Tarling, who darted through the slot and fired past Babineau to give Cape a 3-1 lead just three seconds into their third power play opportunity. Despite pulling the goaltender in the final moments and having a power play in the final three minutes the Rams could not create the chances necessary, with a composed Cape Elizabeth effort closing things out for a 3-1 victory.
The Capers next test comes Thursday, December 14th vs. St. Dominic's Academy. Puck will drop at 5:00 p.m. at Troubh Ice Arena in Portland.
The Capers outshot Gorham 28-9...Garrett Mello made his third career start and his first opening night start--he is 3-0-0 on his career...Cape Elizabeth went 1-for-3 on the power play, killing both Gorham penalties...The Capers have now won 2 of their last 3 trips to Gorham and three of their last four overall against the Rams...the two teams will meet on the final day of the regular season, Febuary 22nd at Troubh Ice Arena.