HALVERSON STOPS 35 AS MARINERS DROP ROYALS

PORTLAND, ME – November 28, 2018 – The Mariners got two goals in the first 8:20 and their netminder did the rest as the Mariners defeated the Reading Royals on Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena, 4-1. It was their third straight win, their fourth consecutive home victory, and it extended their home point streak to seven. Overall, they’ve won 7 of their last 8 games, with a 7-1-0-1 November record.

In his first game back returning from loan to AHL Utica, Alex Kile opened the scoring at 6:03 after Riley Bourbonnais helped cause a turnover below the goal line. Kile grabbed the puck at the left-wing circle and beat Austin Lotz for a 1-0 Mariners lead. Sean Day also picked up a secondary helper. Just over two minutes later, the Mariners continued their shorthanded binge, when Morgan Adams-Moisan stole a puck at the Reading blue line and ripped home his first professional goal, dragging a shot over Lotz’s glove hand. It was the Mariners’ sixth shorthanded goal of the season – all coming in the past eight games. With just over four minutes left in the period, Brandon Halverson made a spectacular lunging glove save to stop Steven Swavely on the back door. The Mariners led 2-0 at the end of one.

With Halverson continuing to shut the door early in the second period, the Mariners were able to extend the lead to 3-0 when Alec Baer tapped home a power play goal from Ryan Ferrill and Riley Bourbonnais. Just as the period was ending, Swavely snuck a shot just inside the short-side post to beat Halverson and make it a 3-1 game at the end of two.

Reading pelted Halverson with 15 shots in the third period, but he held strong and Vince Pedrie’s empty net goal from inside the Mariners blue line at 18:35 sealed the 4-1 final. Halverson’s win was his sixth in a row as he turned aside 35 of 36. Lotz stopped 25 of 28 to fall to 0-2-1. The Mariners and Royals are now even in their season series at two wins apiece.

The Mariners are home again Friday to host the Worcester Railers at 7:15 PM. It’s “Rivalry Night,” with UNE and USM students competing in intermission activities. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hotdogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the second period. Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

ALEX KILE RETURNS FROM AHL LOAN

PORTLAND, ME – November 27, 2018 – The Mariners are getting a big offensive weapon back in their lineup. Alex Kile will return from his loan to the AHL’s Utica Comets and be available for tomorrow night’s game against Reading. Kile was loaned to the Comets on November 10th, after scoring seven goals and adding two assists through 10 games with the Mariners.

Kile appeared in 4 games for Utica without a point and with a -3 rating. It was his second AHL stint after having played 12 games with the Rochester Americans in 2017. Kile signed with the Mariners in late June, becoming the first player on the roster. He scored four goals in the first three home games of the season, including the game winner in the franchise’s inaugural win against Newfoundland on October 21st. Even with his absence over the last five games, he still leads the Mariners in goals (7) and power play goals (3).

The Mariners are home this Wednesday and Friday night. They host the Reading Royals at 7:00 PM on Wednesday before welcoming in Worcester at 7:15 PM on Friday. Friday is another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hotdogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Rivalry Night and Highway Safety night presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS ADD JOE KALISZ FROM SPHL

PORTLAND, ME – November 27, 2018 – Three year SPHL pro Joe Kalisz has signed a contract with the Mariners. The 27-year-old forward comes over from the Peoria Rivermen, where he led the team in scoring (6 goals and 9 assists in 11 games).

Kalisz is a native of Davison, MI and played college hockey at DIII Wisconsin-Stevens Point. With the Pointers, he averaged over a point per game in three seasons. In his senior year of 2015-16, his 42 points in 31 games led the team.

Jumping into the SPHL the following season, Kalisz had a successful 2016-17 with the Fayetteville FireAntz scoring 18 goals and adding 17 assists in 48 games. He started last season with Fayetteville (then, the Marksmen) and was traded to Peoria midseason. He contributed to the Rivermen run to the SPHL finals, putting up 5 points in 6 playoff games. Peoria lost to Huntsville in the President’s Cup Final.

Prior to college, Kalisz had successful junior career in the NAHL, highlighted by an MVP season in 2011-12. With the St. Louis Bandits, he put up 91 points in 60 games, leading the league in points and goals (40). He was also named forward of the year, and on the all-division, league, and Robertson Cup Tournament teams.

The Mariners are home this Wednesday and Friday night. They host the Reading Royals at 7:00 PM on Wednesday before welcoming in Worcester at 7:15 PM on Friday. Friday is another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hotdogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Rivalry Night and Highway Safety night presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

Four games in five days for the Maine Mariners

Nov. 26, 2018 – The Mariners might not want the month November to end. Their improbable comeback win on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena improved their November record to 6-1-0-1, including points in all four home games – an overall home point streak that dates back to October 21st. December will be their busiest month – and also their most travel heavy. But before the calendar turns, they’ll play two more at home this week, trying to keep the good times rolling. The Reading Royals are in town Wednesday night at 7:00 before the Worcester Railers visit on Friday at 7:15.

The week that was
Saturday, Nov. 24th – MAN: 4, MNE: 6

Riley Bourbonnais’ second period Teddy Bear Toss goal was overshadowed by a stunning third period comeback, led by the newest Mariner, Ty Ronning. Trailing 4-1 with less than 15 minutes remaining in regulation, Ronning scored three goals and assisted on two others to help engineer a furious Mariners rally. Michael McNicholas, who finished with three points for the second game in a row, got it started. Ronning then scored back to back goals, including a shorthanded tally that tied the game. Fellow newcomer Vince Pedrie would net the game winner, with Ronning finishing the hat trick into the empty net. 1,194 stuffed animals were collected for Toys for Tots and local children’s charities. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Fun Facts

-The Mariners have won 6 of their last 7 games, with points in 7 of their last 8
-The Mariners have a 6 game home point streak (5-0-0-1)
-Ty Ronning scored 5 points (3 G, 2 A) in the third period on Saturday night, the first five point game in Mariners history
-The Mariners have hat tricks in consecutive home games (11/14 vs. Orlando – Shawn St-Amant)
-The Mariners have scored five shorthanded goals in their last seven games
-The Mariners have not allowed a PPG in their last 6 games, killing off 23 consecutive PPs against
-Brandon Halverson has won each of his last 5 starts

Transactions
-F Terrence Wallin was loaned to AHL Hartford, F Shawn St-Amant was recalled to AHL Hartford
-D Ryan Culkin was recalled to AHL Laval
-G Chris Nell was reassigned to ECHL Greenville, G Connor LaCouvee returned from loan to AHL Utica
-F Ty Ronning and D Vince Pedrie were reassigned to Maine from AHL Hartford

Coming up
Weds, Nov. 28th vs. REA – 7:00 PM (HOME)
Fri, Nov. 30th vs. WOR – 7:15 PM (HOME)*
Sat, Dec. 1 @ MAN – 6:00 PM (AWAY)
Sun, Dec. 2 @ WOR – 3:05 PM (AWAY)

*Friday night is “Rivalry Night.” University of New England students helped organize this promotional night as part of a class project. Students from UNE will compete against students from USM (University of Southern Maine) in competitions throughout the evening. The Mariners also hope to continue building their rivalry with the Railers, after a 3-2 overtime win at Worcester followed by a 3-1 home win the last time the two teams played (November 9th and 10th). In addition, it is Highway Safety night, presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. All Friday night home games feature a “1-2-3” promotion as well: $1 hotdogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period.

Mariners Holiday Packs are on sale! There are three options to choose from: Blizzard, Flurry, and Snowflake. Today is the final day for Early Bird pricing! Fans can call the Mariners business office at 833-GO-MAINE to purchase.

TEDDY BEARS FLY IN SECOND, HATS IN THIRD AS MARINERS PULL OFF STUNNING COMEBACK

PORTLAND, ME – November 24, 2018 – Ty Ronning was kept quiet through two periods of play in his ECHL debut. The 2016 draft pick of the Rangers had his chances, but was frustrated by Manchester Monarchs goaltender Cole Kehler, who held the Mariners to just one goal on 28 shots through 40 minutes. Manchester had a 4-1 lead at the 3:52 mark of the third, and then Ronning exploded. Three goals and two assists later, the Mariners had pulled off an improbable comeback to defeat the Monarchs 6-4 on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. It was also Teddy Bear Toss night, with the Mariners collecting stuffed animals for Toys for Tots and local children’s charities.

The “Teddy Bear goal” had to wait as Manchester scored the only goal of the opening period. Coming out of the penalty box, Zeb Knutson got loose in front of the Mariners net and took a feed from Nic Pierog, who won a battle against Sean Day. Knutson was all alone and ripped a wrist shot past Brandon Halverson for a 1-0 Manchester lead at 4:21. The period was filled with penalties at six minutes per side, and the Mariners allowed a single-period season high 19 shots.

Returning from a lower body injury, Riley Bourbonnais sent the stuffed animals sailing at 10:54 of the second period when he tied the game at one with a shot off the rush. Alec Baer jumped up to create a 2-on-1 and Bourbonnais beat Kehler low glove side. Zach Tolkinen and Day assisted. After the teddy bear cleanup, Manchester quickly regained the lead when David Kolomatis beat Halverson with a shot through traffic from above the right-wing circle at 13:13. Knutson scored his second of the night at 17:56 to give the Monarchs at 3-1 lead after two.

At 3:52 of the third, Halverson misplayed the puck behind the Mariners net and couldn’t scramble back into position before Michael Doherty pushed it just over the goal line. The comeback effort began at 6:39 when Michael McNicholas finished a Ronning pass with a top shelf shot from a tough angle at the bottom of the right-wing circle. Less than 90 seconds later, Ronning deflected a Brycen Martin shot to bring the deficit back to one goal. Baer took a hooking penalty near the tail end of a Mariners power play at the 10:41 mark, but Ronning got two shorthanded chances, and buried the second to even the game at four. His first time up ice, he deked Kehler wide and rang the cross bar, but moments later he broke back and powered a wrist shot through. It was the first shorthanded goal allowed by Manchester and the Mariners’ fifth in the last seven games.

 

At 15:48, Ronning’s secondary assist on Vince Pedrie’s shot from the point just inside the post, gave him his fourth point of the period. McNicholas, who fed Pedrie (also making his Mariners debut) for the primary assist, also finished with three points for the second game in a row. With the Manchester net empty at 19:44, Ronning took a pass from Pedrie and walked in to finish his hat trick. It was the first five point game in Mariners history and also marked the second consecutive home game with a Maine hat trick (Shawn St-Amant vs. Orlando on 11/14). Halverson made 40 saves to earn his fifth win.

The Mariners have collected points in six consecutive home games (5-0-0-1) and have won six of their last seven games overall. They also improved to 6-1-0-1 in the month of November. Maine remains home to host the Reading Royals on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

VINCE PEDRIE REASSIGNED TO MARINERS FROM WOLF PACK

VINCE PEDRIE REASSIGNED TO MARINERS FROM WOLF PACK

Big 10 Champion defenseman added to roster

 

PORTLAND, ME – November 23, 2018 – Defenseman Vince Pedrie was reassigned from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack to the Maine Mariners on Friday. The 24-year-old blue-liner joins the team as defenseman Ryan Culkin was called up Thursday to Laval.

Pedrie, a Rochester, Minnesota native, comes to the Mariners after playing the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season with Penn State (Big 10) where he help the Nittany Lions to their first and only NCAA Big 10 Championship title. He was one of four Penn State players to make the All-Tournament Team. Later that same season Pedrie joined the Hartford Wolf Pack playing in 9 game with 5 points. Pedrie signed an entry level contract with the Ranger in March of 2017 and spent the entirety of the 2017-18 season in Hartford playing in 58 games for 3 goals and 11 assists for 14 points.

The Mariners are home tomorrow Saturday, November 24th to host the Manchester Monarchs at 6:00 PM. It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night and the first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive a Mariners winter beanie. All stuffed animal donations can be thrown onto the ice following the Mariners first goal. Proceeds will be benefit Maine’s Marines Toys for Tots and local children’s charities. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

CULKIN GETS AHL CALL

PORTLAND, ME – November 22, 2018 – Defenseman Ryan Culkin is the latest Mariner to get an AHL call this week. On Thursday, he was recalled to the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Culkin, who is under contract with the Rocket, could see his first AHL action since 2016-17. He joins Alex Kile, Hayden Verbeek, Dawson Leedahl, Terrence Wallin and Shawn St-Amant as Mariners to earn AHL call-ups this month.

Culkin was assigned to Maine on October 10th – along with Antoine Waked and Morgan Adams-Moisan. In 14 games with the Mariners, Culkin has two goals and seven assists. He scored of the team’s three goals in their inaugural game against Adirondack on October 13th – a 6-3 loss. Culkin is a native of Montreal, QC.

The 24-year-old defenseman was drafted in 2012 (round 5) by the Calgary Flames. He began his pro career in the AHL when he appeared in 37 games for the Adirondack Flames in 2014-15 and registered one goal and 17 assists. Remaining in the Flames organization, he split the 2016-17 season between AHL Stockton and ECHL Adirondack. He signed with the Tuscon Roadrunners (AHL) in the following offseason, but spent the entire 2017-18 season in the ECHL with the Fort Wayne Comets. After posting 38 points in 53 games, Culkin signed with Laval this past summer.

The Mariners are home this Saturday, November 24th to host the Manchester Monarchs at 6:00 PM. It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night and the first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive a Mariners winter beanie. All stuffed animal donations can be thrown onto the ice following the Mariners first goal. Proceeds will be benefit Maine’s Mariners Toys for Tots and local children’s charities. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

LACOUVEE RETURNS FROM AHL UTICA

PORTLAND, ME – November 21, 2018 – The AHL’s Utica Comets have returned goaltender Connor LaCouvee to the Mariners. LaCouvee was playing in Utica on a loan, and made one start, appearing in three games for the Comets. He re-joins Brandon Halverson on the Mariners goaltending unit after Chris Nell was reassigned to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

The 24-year-old from Qualicum Beach, BC, made his professional debut in relief on October 20th at Worcester. The next day, he picked up the first win in Mariners franchise history as he made his first pro start. He defeated the Newfoundland Growlers with 32 saves on 34 shots in a 4-2 win. LaCouvee then stopped 36 of 39 as the Mariners defeated Manchester on November 24th. Five days later, he was loaned to Utica.

With the Comets, LaCouvee served as the backup to Ivan Kulbakov. He made his AHL debut on November 10th, when he stopped 21 of 23 in relief against Binghamton. On November 16th, he once again appeared in relief against Syracuse, and stopped all eight shots he faced. He made his first AHL start on November 17th and allowed five goals on 28 shots in a loss to Hartford. Overall, LaCouvee posted a 2.87 GAA and a .877 SV% with the Comets.

The Mariners are home this Saturday, November 24th to host the Manchester Monarchs at 6:00 PM. It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night and the first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive a Mariners winter beanie. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

NELL REASSIGNED TO GREENVILLE

PORTLAND, ME – November 21, 2018 – The New York Rangers, the NHL affiliate of the Mariners, reassigned goaltender Chris Nell to the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Tuesday. The 24-year-old goalie appeared in 4 games for the Swamp Rabbits last season.

Nell has made four starts for the Mariners this season, with a 1-3-0 record, a 3.53 GAA, and a .902 SV%. Nell gained the Mariners their first road win in franchise history when he stopped 33 of 36 shots on November 7th at Reading, a 4-2 Mariners win. In the same game, Nell made an impressive diving stick save that earned the #1 spot on the ECHL Plays of the Week. He was fantastic in his most recent start this past Friday, November 19th in a 3-0 loss at Brampton. Nell faced 46 shots, stopping 43.

The Green Bay, WI native signed with the Rangers in March of 2017 after finishing his collegiate career at Bowling Green State University. He appeared in 4 games for AHL Hartford that spring, and 18 more last season with an 8-8-0 record and a 3.15 GAA. Nell also saw action with Adirondack and Kansas City in 2017-18 in addition to Greenville.

The Mariners are home this Saturday, November 24th to host the Manchester Monarchs at 6:00 PM. It’s Teddy Bear Toss Night and the first 2,000 fans through the gate will receive a Mariners winter beanie. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.