MARINERS SCORE FOUR UNANSWERED GOALS FOR ROAD WIN IN UTAH

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT – February 27, 2019 – Terrence Wallin’s shorthanded goal early in the 3rd broke a 1-1 tie and the Mariners added a pair of insurance goals to cruise to a 4-1 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday night at the Maverik Center. The Mariners improved to 8-1-0 in their last nine games and pulled within one point of third place in the North Division.

Utah scored 1:07 into the game, quickly converting on a power play after Ryan Ferrill’s slashing penalty. Cole Ully, who was playing in his first game since December 29th on return from injury, tipped home a pass from Caleb Herbert to give Utah the early edge. The Mariners picked up their game but trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The second period was highlighted by penalties, including a Mariners 5-on-3 chance at 5:35 when Joey Raats was called for cross-checking and Josh Anderson went for unsportsmanlike conduct on the same play. Despite coming up empty on their two-man advantage, Greg Chase got the equalizer at 11:11, ripping a shot through a Grizzlies-induced screen. It was Chase’s 9th goal of February, assisted by Terrence Wallin and Dillan Fox. With less than a second remaining in the period, John Furgele was called for interference.

At 3:47 of the third, with Maine shorthanded again, Terrence Wallin blocked a shot at the right point and broke in alone on Joe Cannata, beating him stick side to give the Mariners their first lead. It was Maine’s 9th shorthanded goal of the season and also the 9th allowed by Utah. Defenseman Josh Couturier provided insurance when he beat Cannata with a shot off the crossbar and in at 9:52 to make it 3-1. For good measure, Taylor Cammarata led a 2-on-1 rush at 15:56 and added a fourth goal.

Connor LaCouvee earned his 10th win, making 31 saves. Cannata stopped 24 of 28 in the loss. The Grizzlies have dropped six consecutive games.

After an off day tomorrow, the Mariners and Grizzlies resume their series on Friday and Saturday with a pair of 9:05 ET face offs at the Maverik Center. Maine is back home on Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 to host the Norfolk Admirals in a “sensory reduced game” as part of Autism Awareness Night. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MAINE MARINERS HOST SENSORY REDUCED GAME FOR AUTISM AWARENESS

PORTLAND, ME – February 27, 2019 – As part of “Autism Awareness Night,” the Maine Mariners will host a sensory-reduced game at the Cross Insurance Arena when they take on the Norfolk Admirals Wednesday, March 6th at 7:00 PM. The game presentation will focus on a subdued atmosphere in order to cater to fans with sensitivity to light and sound.

“We want to give as many fans as possible an opportunity to come to a Mariners game,” said Mariners V.P. of Business Operations, Adam Goldberg. “The high-energy atmosphere restricts some from considering a hockey game as an entertainment option, and hopefully the game on March 6 will give them a chance to see the Mariners play live.”

Two “quiet spaces” will be available for fans who need it. The C.N. Brown Landing will have an open space with small balls for play, coloring books, fidget spinners, ear plugs, and hand wipes. In addition, the end line suite beneath section K will have coloring books, fidget spinners, and hand wipes in stock.

During game presentation, the volume of music and public address announcements will be lowered, and the goal horn will not be utilized. Only one “T-Shirt Toss” will be held, taking place at the first intermission. A block of seats will be on hold in section CC so families needing extra space can purchase an “every other seat” sequence, with an open seat in between. The goal is to create a less-hectic atmosphere than the average hockey game, so that those who would be normally overwhelmed by the environment can enjoy the evening stress-free.

Organizations that will be involved include STRIVE – which will be the “Stick Taps” non-profit of the game, as well as the Autism Society of Maine, participating in a high-five tunnel and a ceremonial puck drop. The Mariners have designated a web page here with details and a link to purchase tickets. Groups of 10 or more can call 833-GO-MAINE to get tickets at a discounted price.

MARINERS WEEKLY: Riley Armstrong Returns to Utah as Mariners Push For Playoffs

Feb. 26, 2019 – In November of 2010, 26-year-old forward Riley Armstrong got his first taste of the ECHL when he joined the Utah Grizzlies. Armstrong, who had spent the previous six seasons in the AHL, played just two games in Utah before deciding to take is career to Europe. Less than a year later, he was back in Utah as captain of the Grizzlies and would go on to enjoy one of the best seasons of his professional career. Nearly a decade later, now as head coach of the Maine Mariners, Armstrong brings his red-hot first year squad into the Maverik Center for three games this week, currently holding down the final North Division playoff position after winning seven of their last eight games.

 

The week that was
Wednesday, Feb. 20th – MNE: 6, REA: 4

After sweeping Norfolk to start their road trip, the Mariners entered the Santander Arena on equal footing with the Reading Royals, both teams seeking to move up the standings into a playoff spot. The Mariners simply had their best road start of the season, scoring the game’s first five goals. Terrence Wallin, Blake Kessel (in his Maine debut), Greg Chase, Johnny McInnis, and Dwyer Tschantz had the Mariners up big early in the 2nd period. The Royals got the next two goals but Dillan Fox seized momentum back by making it a 6-2 game and that was just about it until Reading scored twice in the final two minutes of the game: much too little too late. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, Feb. 22nd – MNE: 4, ADK: 3/OT
In a game with a distinct playoff atmosphere, John Furgele and Jon Edwardh traded first period goals. After the Thunder took their first lead in the middle frame, Taylor Cammarata scored his first Mariners goal to quickly respond and tie it up again. With less than seven minutes remaining in the third, Brian Ward’s goal was answered by Greg Chase’s coast-to-coast wraparound, which ultimately forced the Mariners’ third overtime game in five. The Mariners got a power play early in OT and none other than the former Thunder forward himself, Terrence Wallin played hero, deflecting home Josh Couturier’s shot from the point and giving the Mariners their sixth straight victory and fourth in four tries on the trip. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

Saturday, Feb. 23rd – MNE: 2, MAN: 6

Manchester struck twice in the first 5:05 of the game, and eventually took a 3-0 lead, putting Maine in a big hole midway through the game. Dwyer Tschantz scored his fourth goal of the road trip before the 2nd ended and Charles-Eric Legare, playing his second game on an ATO would cut the deficit to one halfway through the third. A late Mariners penalty yielded an insurance goal for the Monarchs and an empty netter officially signaled the end of the win streak, marking the second time this season that Manchester ended a 6-game Maine win streak at the SNHU Arena (Dec. 31st, 2018). FULL GAME RECAP

 

Sunday, Feb. 24th –WOR: 3, MNE: 4/OT
The Mariners returned home for the first time in 11 days, and found themselves behind the Worcester Railers for the second consecutive Cross Insurance Arena contest. The Mariners were down to seven forwards for a spell after Ryan Ferrill received a game misconduct, Terrence Wallin was injured, and Greg Chase was called for a ten minute misconduct. Dillan Fox quickly erased a 2-0 deficit when he scored twice in a two minute span in the 2nd. Worcester’s 3-2 lead in the third period was short-lived after Johnny McInnis scored the equalizer, setting the stage for yet another OT game. The Mariners killed a penalty in the final two minutes of the overtime and managed to come out on top in a wild seven round shootout – Josh Couturier’s goal turning out to be the game-winner. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

Transactions
-The Mariners acquired F Taylor Cammarata from Wichita, F Jason Salvaggio was called up to Hartford and loaned to Wichita
-The Mariners claimed F Ryan Siiro off waivers from Fort Wayne and signed F Charles-Eric Legare to an ATO
-F Charles-Eric Legare was released from his ATO

 

Coming up (all times Eastern)
Weds, Feb. 27th @ Utah Grizzlies – 9:05 PM (AWAY)
Fri, Mar. 1st @ Utah Grizzlies – 9:05 PM (AWAY)
Sat, Mar. 2nd @ Utah Grizzlies – 9:05 PM (AWAY)

It’s the first Mountain Division opponent of the season for Maine, which is 4-2-0 outside the North Division. For the Grizzlies, the Mariners represent the first opponent outside of the Western Conference. Utah is currently third place in a very top-heavy Mountain Division, where their 31-17-4-2 record is behind Idaho and Tulsa. The Grizzlies recently lost three consecutive games to the ECHL bottom-feeding Allen Americans, and have dropped five straight overall.

 

Looking ahead:
Upon their return from Utah, the Mariners leave New England (Worcester, Manchester, Maine) for just one trip in the final 14 games. A three game homestand begins March 6th against the Norfolk Admirals with a sensory reduced game as part of “Autism Awareness” night. More information on that game is here. On March 8th, the Stanley Cup® is in the building, and on March 9th, it’s Wild Blueberries Night presented by Northeast Charter & Tour, Co. The South Carolina Stingrays are the opponent for both games. A full promotional schedule is here.

 

Fun Facts/Notes:

-The Mariners have won nine straight games that have advanced beyond regulation, with a 9-0-1 overall record in those situations
-The Mariners are now 8-3-0 against the Worcester Railers this season, including six consecutive head-to-head wins
-Greg Chase has eight goals and nine assists in 12 February games
-The Mariners have won seven of eight games (Feb. 10th – Feb. 24th) after losing seven of eight games (Jan. 25th – Feb. 9th)

MARINERS CAN’T COMPLETE COMEBACK BID IN MANCHESTER

MANCHESTER, NH – February 23, 2019 – Just as their six game December winning streak ended at the SNHU Arena, so did the Mariners’ February run. After falling behind 3-0 to the Monarchs, Maine goals from Dwyer Tschantz and Charles-Eric Legare made things interesting, but Manchester got away with a 5-2 win on Saturday night.

The Monarchs struck twice in the first 5:05 of the game. Newcomer Kevin Dufour took advantage of a lucky bounce off a stanchion and beat Connor LaCouvee at 3:59 for the first goal of the game. At 5:05, Joe Masonius spring Drake Rymsha on a breakaway. Rymsha deked LaCouvee on a backhand and slid it between his pads to make it 2-0.

A key moment occurred about five minutes into the second period when the Monarchs took two penalties in short order – Alex Rauter for tripping and Joe Masonius for delay of game, giving Maine a 5-on-3. The Mariners used their timeout but failed to score, giving Manchester momentum and at 9:28, Chris Carlisle one-timed a shot from the blue line past LaCouvee to stretch the Manchester lead to 3-0. The Mariners got one back before the end of the second as Dwyer Tschantz wristed home his sixth goal of the season, and fourth in the last five games. Assists went to Josh Couturier and Terrence Wallin. Maine trailed 3-1 at the end of two periods.

Midway through the third, Wade Murphy set up Charles-Eric Legare for his first professional goal as Legare crashed the back post and tipped one past Kehler. The Mariners made a push but John Furgele took a late penalty allowing Nic Pierog to score an insurance goal on the power play and then Sam Kurker added an empty netter to bring it to a 5-2 final.

The Mariners are back home tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers, for a brief stop between road trips. A full team autograph session will follow the game in the concourse. The Mariners are also home on Wednesday March 6th against the Norfolk Admirals for Autism Awareness night, featuring a sensory reduced game presentation. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE or call the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

WALLIN BEATS FORMER TEAM IN OT AS MARINERS STAY PERFECT ON ROAD TRIP

GLENS FALLS, NY – February 22, 2019 – Terrence Wallin returned to the place he called home for parts of the last three seasons and played hero, scoring at 3:17 of overtime to give the Mariners a 4-3 win on Friday night at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. The win gave the Mariners a season high fourth straight road victory and sixth in a row overall.

The Mariners scored the first goal for the seventh consecutive time in their head-to-head series with the Thunder when John Furgele was able to get a shot through Evan Cormier at 8:02 of the opening period. Furgele got his fifth goal of the season with Greg Chase getting the only assist – his 16th point of February. Adirondack tied it up at 16:49 when Jon Edwardh finished a two on one by tipping a pass from Peter MacArthur past Connor LaCouvee. The Mariners and Thunder combined for 31 first period shots.

The Thunder took their first lead of the game at 10:44 of the second period when Nikolas Olsson scored his first ECHL goal, beating LaCouvee in the slot, set up by Brian Ward from below the goal line. It took the Mariners less than three minutes to tie the game again, when Taylor Cammarata finished a Wade Murphy rebound to make it 2-2 at 13:01. It was a 2-2 game through two.

Still tied at two into the late stages of the 3rd, Each team took a penalty a minute apart and Jake Linhart fed Brian Ward for a deflection to beat LaCouvee during 4-on-4 and make it 3-2 Thunder with less than seven minutes remaining. Chase continued his remarkable month less than two minutes later when he drove down the left wing and finished a wraparound at the back post to re-tie the score. Each team gained a point as they played OT for the second time head-to-head this season.

Ward tripped up Blake Kessel midway through OT, giving the Mariners a 4-on-3 power play, in which they quickly converted on to end the game. Cammarata fed Josh Couturier, whose blast from the point was tipped in by Wallin at 3:17. The Mariners have won eight consecutive games that have gone beyond regulation, and are now 5-0 in 3-on-3 OT.

LaCouvee earned his 19th win, making 31 saves. Cormier stopped 32 in the losing effort. The Mariners moved within a point of Brampton for fourth place in the division, and within two of Manchester, who they’ll visit tomorrow looking for a perfect road trip.

The Mariners face the Monarchs at 6:00 PM tomorrow night at the SNHU Arena. They return to Portland on Sunday at 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers, with a full team autograph session to follow the game. Single game tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS CLAIM SIIRO, SIGN LEGARE TO ATO

PORTLAND, ME – February 21, 2019 – The Maine Mariners added a pair of forwards on Thursday, claiming Ryan Siiro off waivers from the Fort Wayne Komets and signing Charles-Eric Legare to an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO). The Mariners have been playing with just nine forwards since beginning their road trip last Friday.

Ryan Siiro (Bloomington, MN) is a 6’2, 220-pound forward who has captained both his junior and college teams. He scored 33 points in 63 games wearing the C for the Sioux Falls Stampede in 2012-13 and begin his NCAA career at Princeton University the following season. In four college seasons, Siiro scored 13 goals and added 21 assists. He turned pro last season, signing with the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL, playing 33 games with 10 goals and 12 assists. He was loaned to the eventual Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles and appeared in 21 ECHL games, scoring three goals and adding three assists. In the offseason, the 26-year-old signed with the Orlando Solar Bears and was traded to Fort Wayne in late October. In 36 ECHL games this season, Siiro has one goal and five assists.

The signing of Charles-Eric Legare marks the first ATO in Mariners history. Legare is a 24-year-old from St-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Quebec, who just finished up his college career at Concordia University in Montreal (USports). Legare finished tied for 2nd on the team in goals this season, with 12. He totaled 21 points in 27 games, and saw an increase in points in each of his four seasons at Concordia. Legare played juniors in the QMJHL with four different organizations (Rimouski, Cape Breton, Sherbrooke, and Victoriaville). His best junior season was 2013-14, when he scored 34 goals with 36 assists in 68 games. Legare is 5’10, 179 pounds.

The Mariners play next in Glens Falls, NY on Friday to continue their road trip with a game against the Adirondack Thunder. They will then visit Manchester on Saturday before returning to Portland on Sunday at 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers. A full team autograph session will follow the game. Single game tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS PILE ON ROYALS EARLY FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

READING, PA – February 20, 2019 – Five different Mariners had multi-point games, including the two newest members of the team in a 6-4 win over the Reading Royals on Wednesday night at the Santander Arena in PA. The Mariners won their fifth game in a row and improved to 3-0-0 on their road trip, which has two games remaining.

Maine scored the first five goals of the game, grabbing a 3-0 lead in the first. Making his Mariners debut, Blake Kessel set up a power play goal at 3:05 of the first period when his shot from the blue line was cleaned up in front by Terrence Wallin. Kessel also created the second goal at 10:26 with a blast from the point that was deflected by fellow newcomer Taylor Cammarata. At 15:11, Cammarata spotted Greg Chase for a breakaway and Chase beat Andrew D’Agostini under the crossbar for a 3-0 Maine lead and the end of D’Agostini’s night.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Johnny McInnis scored his first Mariners goal to extend the lead to 4-0, burying his own rebound after Dillan Fox and Terrence Wallin worked hard to keep the puck in the attacking zone. At 3:12, Dwyer Tschantz scored for his third game in a row, set up by a nice pass from Wallin into the slot. Reading responded with two quick goals from Josh MacDonald and Tyler Brown, but at 8:45, Fox scored an unassisted goal to restore Mariners momentum. They led 6-2 through two.

The Royals outshot the Mariners 17-1 in the third and got two goals in the final 2:09, from Adam Schmidt and Joe Houk (power play). Connor LaCouvee finished the game with 30 saves to earn his 8th win. Devin Buffalo, in relief of D’Agostini, stopped 7 of 10 and was saddled with the loss. Wallin and Kessel finished with three points each, while Cammarata, Chase, and Fox each had two point nights. Chase has 14 points (7 goals, 7 assists) in nine February games.

The Mariners jump over Worcester and into fifth place as the Railers fell in Manchester. Maine also gained ground on the top three teams in the North Division (Newfoundland, Adirondack, and Brampton) who were all idle tonight.

The Mariners will travel to Glens Falls, NY on Friday to continue their road trip with a game against the Adirondack Thunder. They will then visit Manchester on Saturday before returning to Portland on Sunday at 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers. A full team autograph session will follow the game. Single game tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.

MARINERS ACQUIRE CAMMARATA FROM WICHITA

PORTLAND, ME – February 19, 2019 – The Maine Mariners announced the acquisition of forward Taylor Cammarata from the Wichita Thunder on Tuesday. In a corresponding move, Jason Salvaggio was called up to AHL Hartford and loaned to Wichita.

Cammarata is a 23-year-old forward from Plymouth, MN who played four years at the University of Minnesota following a two year USHL career. In his final year of Juniors, he led the USHL in scoring, with 93 points in 59 games for the Waterloo Black Hawks. In his first two seasons with the Golden Gophers, Cammarata put up identical 27 point campaigns, finishing second on the team with 24 assists as a Sophomore. In 2013, Cammarata was selected by the New York Islanders in the 3rd round of the NHL Draft: 76th overall.

In the fall of 2017, following his graduation from Minnesota, Cammarata signed his first pro deal with the South Carolina Stingrays. In 42 games last season, he scored 12 goals, along with 19 assists in 49 games. The 5’7, 161-pound forward began this season in Norfolk, and was traded to Wichita in January. Between the two teams, he has 14 goals and 20 assists in 51 games.

Forward Jason Salvaggio was called up to AHL Hartford, and loaned to Wichita. Salvaggio has 10 goals and 16 assists in 42 games with Maine this season, including scoring the first goal in franchise history on October 13th against the Adirondack Thunder. Salvaggio signed with the Wolf Pack last April after finishing his college career at the University of New Hampshire.

The Mariners are in the midst of a five game road trip, playing tomorrow night in Reading at 7:00 PM. They will then visit Adirondack and Manchester over the weekend. The next home game is Sunday, February 24th at 3:00 PM against the Worcester Railers. A full team autograph session will follow the game. Single game tickets can be purchased HERE or by visiting or calling the Trusted Choice Box Office: 207-775-3458.