A Phil Tarling hat trick and an Andrew Carroll brace--his first two varsity goals--helped propel the visiting Cape Elizabeth Capers to a 7-1 win over the host Gardiner Tigers (0-4-0) at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Hallowell on Wednesday night. After Cam Bigalow opened the scoring for Gardiner just 2:34 into the contest, the Capers collected themselves and reeled off seven unanswered goals to beat their divisional rivals for the second straight year and extend their unbeaten run to eight.

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. 
 
 
Alex Glidden's beautiful wrist shot with 1:15 remaining would prove to be the difference as the Cape Elizabeth Capers edged the visiting Brunswick Dragons at Troubh Ice Arena on Saturday night by a final tally of 5-4.  Glidden collected a feed from linemate Phil Tarling and immediately fired a wrist shot from the top of the crease that beat Brunswick goaltender Riley Kirk, hitting both posts and the crossbar before settling into the back of the net.

Brunswick, despite being outshot 41-13 on the evening, kept pace with the Capers attack all night long. Brunswick would strike first after a scoreless first period, with Aiden Snell collecting a Michael Deveaux feed just :33 into the second period and scoring on a breakaway shortly after exiting the penalty box. Ryan Collins would draw the Capers level at the 3:00 mark of the second frame, burying a Glidden rebound after relentless Cape pressure. Alec Riggle would add an assist on the play.

The Capers would then fall behind again, this time at the 5:00 mark of the period on a shorthanded tally. Brunswick would enjoy the lead for all of :10 before Ethan Gillespie notched his 2nd of the season to level the score at 2. Gillespie collected the puck at the blueline and fired a wrist shot that deflected off a Brunswick skate and past Kirk. Just :30 later the Capers barrage continued with Gavin Simopoulos notching his first varsity goal to give the hosts their first lead of the game. Jonas Moon would add his second assist of the game with Matt Laughlin adding the secondary helper.

Brunswick would tie the score at 3 on the power play with 2:43 remaining in the second period sending the teams to the locker rooms level. The game would remain tied until just under 5:00 to play, when Phil Tarling burst in all alone on Kirk and slipped a shot five hole to put Cape back in front. Stephen Murray and Glidden would register assists on the power play tally.

But with Cape on the power play and seemingly in command in the waning minutes, Brunswick would strike again shorthanded. Deveaux scooped the puck up in the neutral zone after a Cape Elizabeth turnover and rushed in alone on Haber before ripping a wrist shot over his glove hand to bring the visiting fans to their feet. The lead would be short-lived, however, when Glidden put the Capers back in front with just 1:15 to go.

The Capers calmly closed the game down from there, giving them their 5th win in as many tries on the young season. Haber stopped 9 of 13 for the Capers to win his third start of the year. Cape Elizabeth will next be in action on Tuesday when they travel to USM to take on Scarborough at 8:30 p.m.
 
 
With the threat of snow looming over the weekend, the Cape Elizabeth/Scarborough varsity game--scheduled for Friday, December 22nd at 5:05 p.m.--has been postponed, nearly 30 hours before puck drop. The rescheduled game will be played on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:30 p.m. The game has been moved from the Colisee in Lewiston to USM Ice Arena in Gorham.

The teams have not met since February of 2016, which saw the Red Storm beat Cape Elizabeth 5-2. 
 
 
Exhale--it's over.

The Cape Elizabeth Capers and Greely Rangers played out one of the most enthralling encounters in recent memory on Saturday night in front of a packed house at Family Ice Center in Falmouth. In stark contrast to recent encounters between the two sides, caution was thrown to the wind in a 9-goal thriller that was not determined until 2:00 into overtime, when Alex Glidden slid home a cross-crease feed from Ryan Collins to give the Capers their third consecutive win to start the regular season.

The Capers started fast, with Alex Glidden opening the scoring just 3:44 into the contest. After a battle in the corner, Glidden emerged with the puck and lifted a backhand over Greely goaltender Kouston Bourgoine for his fifth goal of the season and a fast 1-0 advantage for the visitors.

Greely, playing their first game of the season after a Tuesday snow-out, would answer quickly. Just over 3 minutes later center Jake McDonald would bury a Matt Kramlich feed past Capers goalie Peter Haber to knot the score at 1. The power play goal was the first the Capers had allowed in the 2017-18 season. The same combination would click again just under 4 minutes later, with Kramlich dancing through the Cape defence before MacDonald swept the rebound past Haber to push the Rangers in front by a 2-1 margin after the first period.

The teams would trade chances throughout the second period before the Rangers doubled their lead, this time with forward Andy Moore depositing a Peter Lattanzi pass with just over 6 minutes to go in the middle frame. Matt Dubbert would pick up the secondary assist on the play.

The Capers seemed down and out as time ticked away in the second period before the visiting side showed signs of life. Alex Glidden would notch his second goal of the night with 3:44 to play in the second. After a face-off win, defenseman Derek Allen forced a shot through the Greely defense, with Glidden waiting to bang in the rebound and cut the lead to 3-2.

It had already been a whirlwind 30 minutes of hockey--but the final 15 would prove to be some of the most memorable in recent Cape/Greely history. With 10:15 to play, Cape's Jack-Roy Becker and Greely's Owen O'Connoll became entangled after a whistle, with shoving ensuing and a crowd gathering. Both received matching penalties for roughing, with Cape's Gus Frankwicz taking an additional twelve minutes in penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the aftermath the rivalry jolted back into action, harkening back to the memorable Cape Elizabeth and Greely encounters from the mid-2000s.

Cape Elizabeth killed off the ensuing power play and then turned the momentum back on their side. After Jackson Woods made a fantastic breakout pass, Matt Laughlin streaked down the wing before pulling up and whipping a pass to senior forward Sean Agrodnia, who quickly redirected the feed through Bourgoine's legs and tied the score at 3. Not to be out done, Glidden would complete his hat trick just :23 later, collecting a Ryan Collins feed and one-timing it past a sprawling Bourgoine to put Cape Elizabeth back in front before the traveling fans could blink.

The Capers would take a tripping penalty with 4:07 to go, with captain Phil Tarling whistled for a tripping infraction. Despite a valiant effort the Capers kill fell just short, with winger Jackson Williams darting into the slot and whipping a backhand over Haber's shoulders to send the home fans into a frenzy and knot the game at 4.

The Capers would earn their first power play of the game with 2:09 to play but were unable to create any chances, send the game to overtime for the first time this year tied at 4-4. 

The Capers wasted no time putting Greely to the sword. With just 2 minutes played in the extra frame, Alex Glidden potted his fourth of the night to send the Cape faithful home happy. After Glidden had cycled the puck to Phil Tarling, Tarling found his linemate in Collins, who whipped a feed to Glidden on the back door. Glidden calmly settled the puck and slid a backhander past Bourgoine, sparking a jubilant eruption from the Cape bench. It was the Capers third straight win to start the young season.

The Capers next play on Tuesday at 4:00, when they head to Kent's Hill to take on Maranacook (0-2-0). The Capers can next be seen at home on December 28th, when Class B rival Brunswick pays a visit to the Troubh Arena at 4:10 p.m.

NOTES: Haber's 40 saves marks a new career high...Bourgoine made 22 in the losing effort...Greely went 2-for-3 on the power play, with the Capers going o-for-1. 
 
 
If opening the season at Gorham for the second straight season felt like a bit of deja vu for the Capers, the result did not. The Capers outshot the Rams 28-9 en route to a 3-1 season-opening victory, in stark contrast to the 4-1 defeat suffered on opening night just a year ago.

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.

NOTES:

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.
 
 
The Capers announced a trio of scheduling changes Thursday, including the addition of a Christmas tournament game. The first change is a minor one, seeing the team's home opener moved from 6:00 to 5:00 on Thursday, December 14th against St. Dom's. The game is still being played at Troubh Ice Arena.

The Capers have also moved their December 28th contest against Gardiner to Wedneday, January 10th at 8:00 p.m. This will allow the Capers to participate in Yarmouth High School's Christmas tournament, the first time the Capers will have participated in a holiday tournament since 2011. 

The additional game will be played on Wednesday, December 27th at 12:00 p.m. The game will be played at NYA with opponent to be announced.



For the complete 2017-2018 Cape Elizabeth schedule, click here. 
 
 
The Cape Elizabeth Capers concluded their preseason schedule with a thrilling 3-2 shootout victory over Hebron Academy Varsity B on Wednesday evening at Robinson Arena in Hebron.

The Capers found themselves in an early hole, with Hebron's Dylan Leclair opening the scoring just under four minutes into the contest. The Capers had several chances to draw level in the first period, including a sensational between-the-legs shot from Gus Frankwicz in tight, but could not equalize before the Lumberjacks doubled their advantage in the waning minutes of the period. Alex Romano flew down the left wing and whipped a perfect pass to Sebastian Gringas, who eluded Cape starter Garrett Mello and tucked the puck into a gaping cage for a 2-0 lead.

The Capers would produce a fantastic second period but could not find the back of the net despite constant pressure in the Hebron zone and outshooting the hosts 9-5 in the middle frame. 

The Capers would finally beat Hebron goalkeeper Emmett Grover 1:19 into the third period when defenseman Derek Allen found himself alone on the Lumberjacks doorstep just seconds after the Capers carry over power play had expired. Junior forward Alex Glidden would spot Allen, who collected the puck on his forehand before spinning around and unleashing a backhander to bring the Capers to within 1.

With just inside five minutes to play, junior forward Phil Tarling would level the score at 2 and complete the valiant fightback. Tarling would steal the puck just inside the Hebron blue line before dancing in and slipping a backhander through Grover for his third goal in two preseason games. Despite many chances in both directions, including a Hebron power play with just under three minutes to go, neither team was able to break the deadlock and the teams headed to a five minute overtime period.

The teams traded chances in overtime, with the best coming from Capers forward Matt Laughlin's breakaway that Grover thwarted. Neither team was able to break through and the teams headed for a shootout. The shootout is not standard procedure for regular season games but it gave the Capers a thrilling conclusion to their preseason. Gus Frankwicz and Gavin Simopoulos scored on attempts for the Capers, with goaltender Peter Haber concluding his fine night stopping 2 of 3 Lumberjacks in the skills competition.

The Capers now turn their focus to their regular season opener, which comes on Saturday, December 9th, against Gorham. The puck drops between the two Class B rivals at 7:50 at the University of Southern Maine Ice Arena.

NOTES:
It was the first win for the Capers in three all-time tries against Hebron...The Capers outshot the Lumberjacks 31-21...The Capers will face Gorham on Saturday, whom they split the 2016-2017 with at one game a piece...the Capers went 0 for 3 on the power play and killed both penalties taken.
 
 
The 2017-2018 season will officially kick off on Monday, November 13th as the Capers host their annual preseason parent and player meetings. The mandatory meetings will be held at the Cape Elizabeth High School cafeteria, with a parents-only meeting at 7;00 p.m.followed by a players-only meeting at 7:30 p.m.

The parents information meeting will feature brief announcements from boosters followed by an information session with varsity head coach Matt Buotte. It will be a great opportunity for parents to meet the coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season and ask any questions they may have.

The players meeting will be held shortly after the conclusion of the parents meeting, with Coach Buotte laying out expectations for the coming season. Players attendance is required and they will be asked to sign contracts ahead of the coming season.

Those with questions are encouraged to e-mail Coach Buotte at mbuotte@une.edu.

The first official practice will be held Monday, November 20th with the time to be announced. The Capers will open their regular season on December 9th when they travel to Gorham to take on the Rams. Time is to be announced.
 
 
The Capers have finalized a summer hockey schedule that will see the team practicing twelve times at North Yarmouth Academy. The team will have one hour sessions that will be a mix of skill development, small area games, and scrimmage lead by varsity coach Matt Buotte.

Sessions will be $10 per player per session or $100 for all 12 sessions. 

The full schedule can be found below:



Monday, 6/26 at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, 6/29 at 6:20 p.m.
Monday, 7/3 at 6:40 p.m.

Thursday, 7/6 at 6:20 p.m.
Monday, 7/10 at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, 7/13 at 6:20 p.m.
Monday, 7/17 at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, 7/20 at 6:20 p.m.
Monday, 7/24 at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, 7/27 at 6:20 p.m.
Monday, 7/31 at 6:40 p.m.
Thursday, 8/3 at 7:30 p.m.
 
 
The Cape Elizabeth Capers have qualified for the 2017 Class B State Tournament, finishing with a 12-5-1 record and an impressive third place finish. The Capers, who finished behind #1 Gardiner and #2 York, will host a first round preliminary game on Monday, February 27th. The puck will drop at 4:00 p.m. at Troubh Ice Arena and the Capers will square off against defending B South champion Yarmouth.

The Capers were victorious over Yarmouth twice in the regular season, both matches decided by a goal. The Capers edged the Clippers on February 2nd in overtime, when Phil Tarling scored the decisive goal in a 4-3 win. The two teams met again on February 21st, this time with the contest decided in action-packed regulation time, 3-2. The teams last met in the playoffs in 2013, a preliminary game in which Yarmouth hosted. The Capers were victorious on that night as well, by a final count of 4-3. 

The winner of this game will advance to play York in the second round.