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.
 
 
VARSITY TOPPLES CAMDEN 8-3

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.

 
 
The Cape Elizabeth Capers beat cross-county rival Greely for the second time in the last three seasons on Saturday night, squeaking by the visiting Rangers 2-0 on a pair of goals from junior forward Ryan Collins. The Capers, coming off back-to-back victories over Class B foes Brunswick and Gorham, finished their perfect week in perfect fashion. The game was scoreless after one period of play, with Greely holding a slight advantage in shots at 7-6. 


The game remained without a goal until the 6:14 mark of the second period, when Ryan Collins extended his point streak to four games with his 3rd goal of the young season. Gus Frankwicz was able to find Collins wide open in the slot, who quickly one-timed the puck past Greely goaltender Josh Lawless. The power play goal was just the Capers second over their first seven games.

As Greely mounted an assault in the later half of the second period, Capers goaltender Peter Haber stood tall. Greely outshot the Capers 7-0 over the final five minutes, including several on a long 5-on-3 to end the frame, but the ferocious penalty killing of Cape Elizabeth combined with Haber's composure saw off the Rangers assault.

Collins would double his tally--and the Capers lead--just 2:25 into the third period. As the Capers killed the remainder of the overlapping 5-on-3, Collins found himself in slamming in an Alex Glidden rebound from just inside the paint for his fourth goal of the season, a goal that would prove to be all the Capers would need.

The hosts remained vigilant on defense, keeping Greely's potent offense from mounting an attack in the third. Collins hat trick bid was denied midway through the period, when Lawless smothered him on a breakaway to keep the score at 2-0. It would prove to be of little consequence; the Capers would close out the victory for their third straight win, improving to 4-3-0 on the season.

NOTES: It was the first 2 goal game of Collins' career...Haber stopped 70 of 72 shots in three consecutive wins, including shutouts of Brunswick and Greely...Cape Elizabeth outshot Greely 30-23...Cape went 1-for-3 on the power play while Greely was 0-for-4.
 
 
It was a tale of two teams at Harold Alfond Arena in Biddeford on Friday night, as the Cape Elizabeth Capers early dominance gave way to a disappointing third period that saw Kennebunk scored three unanswered goals and ultimately topple the visitors, 3-2.

It was just the fourth game of the season for the Capers, who were coming off an 11-0 drubbing of Maranacook/Winthrop 9 days earlier. The Capers first contest of 2017 started brightly, with waves of pressure in the Kennebunk zone. Despite not scoring in the first period, Cape Elizabeth outshot the Rams 12-5. 



The Capers rolled their strong start into the second period with a continuation of their relentless attack. Kennebunk goaltender Spencer Desrochers was able to fend off the attack for much of the period until just past the halfway mark of the middle frame. Phil Tarling would force the puck to the front of the net where junior forward Ryan Collins was able to force the puck behind Desrochers and nudge the Capers to a 1-0 lead. It was the first goal of the season for Collins at the 8:31 mark of the period.

After a few more good shifts in the Rams end, the Capers doubled their lead with 3:18 to go. Peyton Weatherbie would take a feed from sophomore Jackson Woods and deposit it past Desrochers on a goalmouth scramble. It was the third of the season for Weatherbie. Jeb Boeschenstein notched the secondary assist on the play. The Capers would head to the dressing room with a 2-0 advantage and a 23-11 lead in shots, and with the end of the second period came the end of the Capers good fortune--and good play.

Kennebunk would find the spark they desperately needed just 2:44 into the third period, when senior Jakub Simikak would bury a rebound on a 2-on-2 after Capers goaltender Peter Haber was not able to glove initial shot cleanly. The Rams would strike again with 7:50 to play, with Whitten finding the scoresheet again after a breakdown in the Cape Elizabeth zone. Walter Robinson and Justin Wiggins received assists on the play.

With the score level at two, Capers coach Matt Buotte would call a timeout to settle his charges. It would prove ineffective, however, as the Rams completed their comeback just 43 seconds after the Cape Elizabeth timeout. Third line winger Christian Putnam would squeak the go-ahead goal past Haber to nudge the Rams out to their first lead of the contest, with Robinson registering his second assist of the evening. 

The Capers would continue to mount pressure in the Kennebunk zone but Desrochers was up to the task in the third, turning aside all six Cape Elizabeth chances. The Capers would pull Haber with just under 90 seconds to go, but the Rams were able to withstand the attack without any notable scoring chances, giving the Rams their fifth win in their last six tries against Cape Elizabeth.

NOTES: There were no power play attempts for either team in the contest...Cape Elizabeth outshot Kennebunk 29-17; they have outshot their opponents 154-58 over their first four games despite a 1-3-0 record...Cape Elizabeth is 0-5-1 in their last six tries against Kennebunk, with their last win coming in January of 2014...Capers senior left the game early with an injury; the team is awaiting a timetable for his return.
 
 
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.