Phil Tarling would tie the score at 1 exactly two minutes later off of an offensive zone face-off, swooping in off the left half-wall to collected a loose puck and slip it past Gardiner goalkeeper Quinn Veregge. Veregge would make several key stops in the coming minutes, but the Capers would go ahead to stay with 4:58 remaining in the first period. After a brilliant head-man pass by Brenden Goss, Gus Frankwicz swooped into the offensive zone and found a darting Jackson Woods streaking in alone through the slot. Woods collected Frankwicz's feed and fired the puck over Veregge for his first goal of the season.
Tarling would add his second of the game with :13 to go in the period, collecting a puck off the boards and firing a wrist shot over Veregge's glove. The power play goal was Tarling's fifth tally of the season.
Cape and Gardiner would trade chances throughout the second period until the Capers finally were able to break Veregge again. An offensive zone face-off would again prove to be the undoing of the Tigers, with Alex Glidden firing a shot off of an face-off that Vergge could not handle, with Phil Tarling swooping in to poke the rebound to linemate Ryan Collins who slipped the puck into a yawning cage. It was Collins' sixth goal of the year.
With time winding down in the second period, recently converted forward Andrew Carroll would join the fun. After Stephen Murray's point shot deflected wide, Carroll collected the puck and bounced the puck off of Veregge's back and into the net as time expired in the middle period. The goal would stand and push the Capers to a 5-1 lead. Brady Eavenson would register the secondary assist on the play.
Despite a commanding lead, the Capers remained hungry and came out with intent in the third period. After the Capers went on a power play when Matt Laughlin was tripped on a partial breakaway, the visitors would take just 22 seconds to convert. Woods would slip a brilliant pass through the Gardiner penalty kill to Glidden, who fired a cross-crease pass to Tarling who finished off the tic-tac-toe passing play with aplomb to complete his hat trick and stretch the lead to five goals.
Andrew Carroll would round out the scoring, this time acrobatically shoveling another Murray rebound over Veregge for his second of the game to conclude the scoring, giving the Capers a 7-1 win and their eight consecutive win to start the season. Peter Haber made 19 saves in the victory, his fifth win of the young season. The Capers travel back to Augusta on Saturday night to take on Cony. Puck drops at 5:30 p.m.
NOTES: The Capers outshot Gardiner 43-20...it was the second consecutive win for Cape Elizabeth over Gardiner after a playoff disappointment in 2016, with the Capers scoring seven goals in both matches...Riggle and Murray lead the way with +3 ratings for the Capers...Riggle leads the team a +17 through eight games.