MARINERS MAKE TWO DEALS, ACQUIRE CAMPBELL, MCINNIS

PORTLAND, ME – January 31, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced a pair of trades on Thursday, acquiring defenseman Sean Campbell from the Reading Royals and forward Johnny McInnis from the Rapid City Rush.

Campbell, a 25-year-old defenseman from East Lansing, MI has played 22 games this season between Reading and the Atlanta Gladiators. He turned pro last season, signing with the Fort Wayne Komets out of St. Norbert College, where he played 113 games over four seasons, with 15 goals and 34 assists. Campbell played junior hockey in the NAHL with the Kalamazoo Jr. Wings and the Michigan Warriors. The 6’1 blue-liner is still in search of his first professional point.

McInnis (6’2, 205 lbs) is an ECHL vet, with over 270 career games played. He’s spent time with Florida, Orlando, Utah, Reading, South Carolina, Indy, Allen, and Rapid City. The 29-year-old forward is a native of Boston and played his college hockey at Minnesota-State Mankato (alma mater of goaltender Connor LaCouvee and defenseman Jon Jutzi), where he captained the Mavericks in his Senior season of 2013-14. After posting 38 points in 41 games that season, he begin his pro career with a 2-game AHL stint with the Lake Erie Monsters. His best season was 15-16 in Orlando when he put up 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) while playing in all 72 regular season games. Last season between Indy and South Carolina, McInnis had 20 goals and 16 assists in 64 games. Indy traded him to Allen in late October and he was swapped to Rapid City on Monday. Forward Justin Breton goes to the Rush in the trade. Breton played 24 games for the Mariners, with four goals and four assists.

The Mariners are in Manchester on Friday at 7 PM to take on the Monarchs before returning home for a meeting with the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday, February 2nd. It’s “Women in Sports night” presented by the Maine Sports Commission. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a Grocery Tote Bag, presented by Townsquare Media. Game time is 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

TOLKINEN LOANED TO HARTFORD FOR SECOND TIME

PORTLAND, ME – January 31, 2019 – Follow the Mariners’ 3-1 loss in Reading on Wednesday night, veteran defenseman Zach Tolkinen was loaned to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. It is the second time this month that the Mariners captain heads to Hartford. He was initially loaned on January 19th, but did not appear in a game and was returned the following day.

The 29-year-old Tolkinen signed with the Mariners in early July after playing the 2017-18 season under Riley Armstrong with the Wheeling Nailers. Since turning pro in 2014-15, Tolkinen has played for five ECHL teams (Elmira, Missouri, Rapid City, Wheeling, and Maine), suiting up in 293 career games. Known for his stay-at-home defensive style, Tolkinen’s best offensive year was his rookie season, when he had five goals and 14 assists with the Elmira Jackals and played in all 72 games. This season for the Mariners, Tolkinen has one goal and 11 assists in 33 games.

A native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Tolkinen played two seasons at Centennial High School, two in the NAHL for Owatonna and Fairbanks, and four years of Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University before turning pro. On October 11th, 2018, Tolkinen was named the first captain in Mariners franchise history.

Tolkinen skated in warm-ups before Hartford’s game vs. Springfield on January 19th, but did not appear in the game. He was returned to Maine the next day. The Wolf Pack are at Hartford tomorrow night and host Rochester on Saturday.

The Mariners are in Manchester tomorrow at 7 PM before returning home for a meeting with the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday, February 2nd. It’s “Women in Sports night” presented by the Maine Sports Commission. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a Grocery Tote Bag, presented by Townsquare Media. Game time is 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS FALL IN READING DESPITE FURGELE’S GOAL

READING, PA – January 30, 2019 – A pair of Reading Royals second period goals were enough for an eventual 3-1 win on Wednesday night at Santander Arena. John Furgele brought the Mariners within a goal in the 2nd, but they couldn’t get even, and dropped their fourth straight.

After a scoreless opening frame, Reading defenseman Frank Hora pitched a rebound over Brandon Halverson for a 1-0 lead at 3:59 of the 2nd. It was Hora’s first goal of the season and just the second of his professional career. During 4-on-4 at 9:31, Chris McCarthy was able to poke a loose puck past Halverson, whose own stick attempt was unsuccessful. Moments after McCarthy’s goal, Derek Pratt ripped a shot past Royals goaltender Andrew D’Agostini and off the inside of the post. The goal light flickered but it was ruled no goal. The next stoppage, at 13:21, turned out to be a Mariners goal when John Furgele took a cross-ice pass from Dillan Fox and deked to the backhand to beat D’Agostini. Jason Salvaggio added a secondary assist. Reading led 2-1 after two.

The Mariners’ best scoring chance of the third came on a power play in the first half of the period. Ryan Culkin’s shot from the center point hit the goal post and then jumped the stick of Terrence Wallin, hoping to cash the rebound. Tyler Brown sealed the game with an empty netter at 19:29.

Halverson stopped 28 of 30 in the loss while D’Agostini improved to 5-0-1 in his Royals career with 22 saves on 23 Mariners shots.

The Mariners head back North to face Manchester on Friday in New Hampshire at 7 PM before returning home for a meeting with the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday, February 2nd. It’s “Women in Sports night” presented by the Maine Sports Commission. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a Grocery Tote Bag, presented by Townsquare Media. Game time is 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS WEEKLY: Mariners Hit the Road Seeking Answers

Jan. 28, 2019 – The new year has been anything but kind to the Maine Mariners, who are now 3-8-0 in the month of January, and have seen themselves fall out of a North Division playoff position. Coming off a winless three-in-three, they embark on a Wednesday/Friday road swing, before returning to the Cross Insurance Arena on Saturday night to begin a five game home stand. The chaos of the North Division has kept them in contention, but as 2019’s first month wraps up, they hope to stop the bleeding this week.

 

The week that was
Friday, Jan. 25th – MAN: 2, MNE: 1

After winning a 1-0 goaltending duel the previous Friday, three combined goals were scored in the first period this time around. Manchester’s Jack Nevins and Maine’s Greg Chase swapped goals before Nic Pierog broke the tie with a controversial tally late in the period that was (correctly) ruled a goal after the referee conferred with the goal judge. Surprisingly, that was it for the offense, as 2-1 turned out to be the final score. The Mariners won the shot battle, 38-34. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLGHTS

Saturday, Jan. 26th – MNE: 3, MAN: 6
Sam Kurker scored late in the 1st to give Manchester the lead, but Jason Salvaggio tied it up midway through the 2nd. Kurker got a power play goal to put the Monarchs back ahead, but that was answered by Morgan-Adams Moisan. Tied at two entering the third, things unraveled quickly for the Mariners as Manchester struck twice in the first two minutes and never looked back. Spencer Watson had a third period hat trick as the Monarchs scored a total of three power play goals in the game. FULL GAME RECAP

Sunday, Jan. 27th – ADK: 4, MNE: 2
Ed Minney made his home debut between the pipes, giving Brandon Halverson a breather. Adams-Moisan put the Mariners up 1-0 in the first, but power play tallies by Desmond Bergin and Cullen Bradshaw put Adirondack in the lead. The Mariners had glorious scoring chances on both a 4-on-3 and 5-on-3, but couldn’t finish or gain any puck luck. Bergin’s second of the game and a shorthanded breakaway goal by Connor Riley sealed it. Drew Melanson scored late with the goalie pulled. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLGHTS

 

Transactions
NO TRANSACTIONS LAST WEEK

 

Coming up (all times Eastern)
Weds, Jan. 30th @ Reading Royals – 7:00 PM (AWAY)
Fri, Feb. 1st @ Manchester Monarchs – 7:00 PM (AWAY)
Sat, Feb 2nd vs. Adirondack Thunder – 6:00 PM (HOME)

The Mariners visit Reading for just the second time this season on Wednesday night. The Royals are one point up on the Mariners in the North Division and have also struggled lately, with just 3 wins in their last 10. It’s off to Manchester on Friday where the Mariners will look to avenge this past weekend’s sweep. The Mariners are 2-3 at the SNHU Arena vs. 4-1 against the Monarchs in Portland. Manchester has moved all the way up to third in the North after a 3-0-0 weekend. Friday is also the “ECHL.TV Showcase” game, airing for free via Facebook Watch on the ECHL Facebook Page.

Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena is “Women in Sports Night,” presented by the Maine Sports Commission, with the puck dropping at 6 PM against the Adirondack Thunder. The first 2,000 fans will receive a grocery tote, presented by Townsquare Media. Fans can purchase a special ticket package that includes pre-game talks from guest speakers Kristina Sabasteanski, April Fournier, and Kirsten Beverley-Waters by calling Molly Brenerman at 207-761-4363 or emailing molly_brenerman@comcastspectacor.com. All Saturday night games feature a “Family Four Pack” deal as well.

 

Fun Facts/Notes:

-The Mariners’ three game losing streak is their first since Oct. 26th-Nov. 2nd. It’s their first three game point-less streak since the first three games of the season (Oct. 13th – 20th)
-With his two goals this weekend, Morgan Adams-Moisan is now the sole team leader with 15, passing Alex Kile’s 13 (Kile is currently on loan to AHL Laval Rocket). All 15 of Adams-Moisan’s goals have come in a 22-game span, dating back to Nov. 28th.
-After this weekend, five of the Mariners’ next six games will come against non-division opponents (Cincinnati, Greenville, Wheeling, and Norfolk X 2). The Mariners have played only one non-division game this season – a 6-3 home win over Orlando on November 14th. They have a total of 11 from now until the end of the season.

MARINERS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT WITH 4-2 LOSS TO THUNDER

PORTLAND, ME – January 27, 2019 – Cullen Bradshaw and Desmond Bergin scored 25 seconds apart in the 2nd period to put the Thunder ahead 3-1 and they never looked back on Wednesday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. It was the Mariners’ third loss in a row, their first three game losing streak since October 26th-November 2nd.

The Mariners got off to a 1-0 lead at 7:34 of the opening period when Morgan Adams-Moisan tipped home Brycen Martin’s shot from the right point. Michael McNicholas also assisted. Adirondack used the power play to get even at 17:28 when defenseman Desmond Bergin beat Ed Minney with a wrist shot from the left-wing circle.

Cullen Bradshaw broke the tie at 13:56 of the 2nd with another power play goal when he banked a puck off Minney from below the goal line and Bergin roofed another one on the ensuing shift to quickly make it 3-1. The Mariners surrendered five power play goals in two games this weekend. A helmet violation penalty on Adirondack’s Matias Cleland gave Maine a 5-on-3 to start the third.

After failing with the two-man advantage, the Mariners were given another power play at 10:49, but allowed a shorthanded goal when Connor Riley broke in along and beat Minney. In total, the Mariners went 0 for 6 on the power play. With the goaltender pulled, Drew Melanson grabbed a rebound off the pad of Alex Sakellaropoulos with 2:07 to go to cut into the deficit. Sakellaropoulos faced 23 third period shots, stopping all but Melanson’s, which was too little too late for the Mariners.

Sakellaropoulos got his 13th win with 37 stops in the game, Minney stopped 26 of 30 for the loss – the first decision of his Mariners career. Adirondack snapped a three game losing streak of their own with the win.

The Mariners play on the road Wednesday in Reading and Friday in Manchester before returning home for another meeting with the Thunder on Saturday, February 2nd. It’s “Women in Sports night” presented by the Maine Sports Commission. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a Grocery Tote Bag, presented by Townsquare Media. Game time is 6:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MONARCHS BURY MARINERS WITH THIRD PERIOD BARRAGE

MANCHESTER, NH – January 26, 2019 – In what was a 2-2 game heading into the third period, the Manchester Monarchs exploded for four goals and an eventual 6-3 win over the Maine Mariners on Saturday night at the SNHU Arena. Six Monarchs enjoyed multi-point performances, with Spencer Watson’s hat trick leading the charge. The Mariners fell out of a North Division playoff position with the loss.

It took until the final minute of the first period for the game’s first goal to be scored. Joe Sullivan fed Sam Kurker down the right wing, who got an angle on Brycen Martin and beat Brandon Halverson for the 1-0 Manchester lead through one period.

At 9:38 of the 2nd, the Mariners knotted the score when Jason Salvaggio cut into the middle off the rush and fired home his 8th of the season past Charles Williams. Kurker answered with a power play rebound goal at 13:09, but the Mariners quickly struck back when Morgan Adams-Moisan deflected Zach Tolkinen’s point shot at 14:22 – Adams-Moisan’s team-leading 14th goal of the season. Halverson made a miraculous stop on Sullivan, laying out to deny a cross-slot set up from Tim Shoup. A late interference penalty against Ryan Culkin would carry over into the third.

Thirty-five seconds into the third, Spencer Watson beat Halverson’s glove for the second Manchester power play goal of the night. At 1:48, Jack Nevins got position in front of Halverson and touched home a Sullivan shot for the game’s first two goal lead. Watson added two more, at 12:42 and 14:05 to complete the hat trick. The Mariners three power play goals allowed was a season high. Greg Chase got a Maine power play goal late to bring the final to 6-3.

Williams stopped 27/30 for the win while Halverson turned aside 31 of 37.

The Mariners have a 3:00 PM faceoff on Sunday afternoon against the Adirondack Thunder at the Cross Insurance Arena to complete the weekend. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersofMaine.com or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS SCORING SLUMP CONTINUES IN 2-1 LOSS TO MONARCHS

PORTLAND, ME – January 25, 2019 – For the first time this season, the Manchester Monarchs won on Cross Insurance Arena ice, as they held off the Mariners 2-1 on Friday night. The Mariners scored just one goal for the second game in a row and have only two in their last three games, all of which have been at home.

All the scoring came in the first period, started by Manchester’s Jack Nevins at 9:17. Cory Ward dashed down the ice and won a foot race against the Mariners defense, setting up Nevins who trailed the play. At 12:25, the Mariners tied the game when Drew Melanson fed Greg Chase for a bullet wrist shot over Monarchs netminder Charles Williams to make it 1-1. The game-winning goal came at 17:27 Drake Rymsha beat Brandon Halverson to a rebound and Nic Pierog jammed it home. The referee initially did not signal for a goal but overturned the call after discussing with the goal judge.

The rest of the game belonged to the goaltenders and penalty kill units, with each team going 0-for-3 on the power play and both netminders making big stops. The Mariners pulled Halverson with just under three minutes to go and got a 6-on-4 with a half-minute remaining but the puck was tied up along the boards as the seconds ticked away. Halverson stopped 32 of 34 and Williams got the win with 37 of 38.

The North Division standings tighten up even more with tonight’s results. With Brampton’s win over Wheeling and Worcester’s defeat of Manchester, this is how things stand:

1. Newfoundland Growlers 27-11-2-0, 56 pts
2. Adirondack Thunder 22-14-3-2, 49 pts
3. Brampton Beast 20-17-3-1, 44 pts
4. Maine Mariners 21-19-0-1, 43 pts
5. Manchester Monarchs 20-18-1-1, 42 pts
6. Reading Royals 17-14-3-5, 42 pts
7. Worcester Railers 18-17-3-2, 41 pts

The Mariners and Monarchs switch venues for the rematch at 6:00 PM tomorrow at the SNHU Arena in Manchester. Maine will finish the 3-in-3 with a 3:00 PM faceoff on Sunday afternoon against the Adirondack Thunder. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersofMaine.com or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS WEEKLY: From a Nor’Easter to a White Out

Jan. 21, 2019 – After many parts of Maine had over a foot of snow dumped on them by Winter Storm Harper, a different type of “white out” is coming to the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday. The ECHL signifies the beginning of the second half “post All-Star break,” by changing jersey color schemes: home dark jerseys to home whites, and vice-versa. The Mariners, who have sported their blue uniforms at home since the beginning of the season, will begin wearing white at Friday’s game against Manchester – a 7:15 PM faceoff. Fans are encouraged to dress in white clothing, with a chance for two fans to win a pair of tickets to the Stanley Cup Visit on March 8th. Friday’s game is the first of three in three days for a Mariners team that currently sits in third place in the North.

 

The week that was
Wednesday, Jan. 16th – NFL: 2, MNE: 0

In their final game of seven in a row between Canadien foes (Brampton/Newfoundland), a goaltending duel emerged between Brandon Halverson and Growlers netminder Michael Garteig. An early power play goal by Growlers All-Star Giorgio Estephan managed to be the game-winner when an empty-netter by Brady Ferguson turned out to be the only other goal of the game. The highlight of the night, however, belonged to Halverson, who made an improbably pad save on Zach O’Brien in the third period, that made #2 on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. FULL GAME RECAP, HIGHLGHTS, and HALVERSON’S SPORTSCENTER APPEARANCE

Friday, Jan. 18th – MAN: 0, MNE: 1
Determined to keep their run of no more than 2 straight losses alive, the Mariners battled Manchester in another low scoring game. Their scoreless streak reached five periods as for the first time, they proceeded into the third in a 0-0 game. Halverson was again fantastic, stopping 35 Monarchs shots through two periods. Midway through the third, Ryan Ferrill deflected home Jason Salvaggio’s power play one-timer for what would be the only goal of the game. Halverson stayed perfect, stopping 43 for his first shutout of the season and the first in Mariners franchise history. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Transactions
-F Terrence Wallin was loaned to AHL Hartford
-The Mariners acquired D Jon Jutzi from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for future considerations
-D Zach Tolkinen was loaned to AHL Hartford
-F Terrence Wallin and D Zach Tolkinen were returned on loan from AHL Hartford

 

Coming up (all times Eastern)
Fri, Jan 25th vs. Manchester Monarchs – 7:15 PM (HOME) PURCHASE TICKETS
Sat, Jan 26th @ Manchester Monarchs – 6:00 PM (AWAY)
Sun, Jan. 27th vs. Adirondack Thunder – 3:00 PM (HOME) PURCHASE TICKETS

With their win on Friday, the Mariners opened up a little breathing room over Manchester, going three points up on the Monarchs. They also leapfrogged Reading into third place, by one point. The 3rd through 7th spots in the North Division are separated by just four points, with the Mariners six behind Adirondack for 2nd place. The top four teams will make the playoffs. In addition to the “White Out,” on Friday, it’s Maine Children’s Cancer Program night, presented by Anthem. It’s also “Local Business Night” and a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Sunday afternoon marks the third Sunday home game of the season (of nine) – the Mariners are 2-0 so far.

 

Fun Facts/Notes:

-The Mariners are now 4-0-0-0 against the Manchester Monarchs at home this season (6-2-0-0 overall)
-Ryan Ferrill is now the team leader in power play goals, with four (he has five total goals).
-Brandon Halverson stopped 70 of 71 shots last week, tying him for third in the ECHL with a .928 SV%.
-Today is the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic and Skills Showcase in Toledo, OH. Mariners All-Star representative Sean Day is not present, due to AHL call up. The game will air live at 7 PM ET on NHL Network.

CAPTAINS RETURN FROM HARTFORD

PORTLAND, ME – January 20, 2019 – Defenseman Zach Tolkinen and forward Terrence Wallin were returned from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack back to the Mariners on Sunday. Both players were loaned – Tolkinen just yesterday and Wallin for the third time this season this past Wednesday.

Tolkinen skated in warmups, but did not play last night in Hartford’s 3-0 loss to Springfield. He was loaned to an AHL team for the first time in his nearly 300-game pro career on Saturday. The Mariners captain played a big part in Friday’s 1-0 win over Manchester, with a fight and an assist on the game’s only goal.

Wallin was in his third stint with Hartford and also did not play last night. He did suit up on Friday, in a 6-5 OT win against Lehigh Valley, giving him 13 games played for the Wolf Pack this season. Wallin is still seeking his first AHL point.

The Mariners are off for the All-Star break, returning to play next Friday, January 25th at the Cross Insurance Arena against the Manchester Monarchs at 7:15 PM. It’s “White Out Night” as fans are encouraged to wear white clothing for a chance to win tickets to the March 8th Stanley Cup Visit when the Mariners host South Carolina. It’s also Maine Children’s Cancer Night presented by Anthem and local business and non-profit night. All Friday home games feature $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.