MARINERS WEEKLY: 2020 VISION

Dec. 30, 2019 – Here we are, on the brink of a new decade. The memories of the last 10 years for the Maine Mariners ECHL franchise only take up the last two or so, but it was a busy two years and a lot happened on the ice in a season and a half. As it stands, on the penultimate day of 2019, the Mariners are in a very familiar spot, with a near identical record as they had at this time a year ago, but their visions for 2020 are much grander than the second half of last season. They’ll ring in the New Year with a game in Reading, before headed home to the Cross Insurance Arena in hopes of starting 2020 with a bang.

 

The week that was
Thursday, Dec. 26th – ADK: 1, MNE: 5

The Mariners made it a perfect six for six against the Adirondack Thunder in the month of December, winning in blowout fashion for the first time in that span. Ryan Dmowski registered his first professional multi-goal game by scoring the first two goals of the contest, and 12 Mariners in total registered points. Connor LaCouvee won his fifth consecutive start, and the Mariners officially pulled ahead of the Thunder for fourth place in the North Division. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, Dec. 27th – REA: 5, MNE: 0

After a spirited opening period drew to a 0-0 tie, the Mariners let Reading control the rest of the game, set off by three goals in a five minute span in the middle frame. Former Mariner Luke Stork had a goal and an assist, and Felix Sandstrom posted the shutout. The Mariners missed a chance to pull within one point of third place. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday, Dec. 28th – MNE: 2, WOR: 0

Although their scoreless streak reached almost five full periods, Terrence Wallin found the net in the final seconds of the 2nd to break a scoreless tie. That was all that Connor LaCouvee and the Mariners defense needed, as they allowed a season low 21 shots, LaCouvee stopping them all for his first pro shutout. Alex Kile added an empty net goal for good measure, bringing his road point streak to eight games – equal to Wallin’s. The win was the Mariners fifth in six road contests. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

Transactions (oldest to most recent)
F Dillan Fox was loaned to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack
The Mariners signed F Eddie Matsushima

 

This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Tues, Dec. 31 @ Reading Royals – 4:00 PM (AWAY)
Fri, Jan 3 vs. Jacksonville IceMen – 7:15 PM (HOME) – Bath Savings Night
Sat, Jan 4 vs. Jacksonville IceMen – 6:00 PM (HOME) – Hockey Day in Maine/Witchcraft & Wizardry Night

The final game of 2019 is in Reading on New Year’s Eve at 4:00 PM. The Mariners currently trail the Royals by five points in the standings with three games in hand. A free radio broadcast is available at MarinersOfMaine.com/listen and fans can also subscribe to watch in HD on ECHL.tv – the “AWAY” option will carry the Mariners broadcast.

This weekend, the Mariners will play the South Division’s Jacksonville IceMen for the first time. Both games are at the Cross Insurance Arena – Friday at 7:15 PM for Bath Savings Night and a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi Products, $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Saturday’s game begins at 6:00 PM but is preceded by the University of Maine men’s hockey team hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon. Hockey Day in Maine Packages are available for fans to get a ticket to both games plus a food voucher and commemorative Hockey Day in Maine items – a logo puck and can koozie.

 

Mariners Coach’s Show

The Mariners Coach’s Show returns on Thursday, January 9th at Three Dollar Dewey’s at 241 Commercial St. in downtown Portland. The show airs from 6-7 PM and also broadcasts live on MarinersOfMaine.com/listen. After each show, a guest will give away four ice row tickets to a future Mariners home game.

 

Looking ahead:

The Mariners are home all three nights during the weekend of January 10-12th for “Winning 3Kend.” It’s the first of two “3Kends” on the season, presented by Three Dollar Deweys. All three nights, one lucky fan will get a chance to play a game for a $10,000 cash prize. Saturday’s game features a tumbler giveaway to the first 2,000 fans courtesy of the Holy Donut. On Sunday, “Kids Run the Show!” Kids ages 7-12 can sign up to assist with multiple aspects of the game presentation including on the radio with Michael Keeley, co-host with Lizzie the emcee, assisting promo team, music production, and announcing the starting lineup in the locker room. Entries must be received by Friday, January 3rd at THIS LINK.

 

Holiday Packs:

Holiday Packs will continue to be sold through this Saturday, January 4th. Four tiers of Mariners holiday packs are available, featuring tickets and collectible Mariners items! Holiday packs can be purchased through the Mariners online shop here.

 

Community Collection:

The Mariners and the Cross Insurance Arena are collecting new packages of underwear and socks to benefit the Preble Street Teen Center at home games in the months of December and January. Fans who donate five items will receive a ticket to a Mariners weekday game. Items MUST be donated at the Promotions Port to the right of the main security gates. While the Mariners will accept donations at their office, fans are not eligible to receive tickets unless the items are donated at a game.

MARINERS SIGN EDDIE MATSUSHIMA

READING, PA – December 30, 2019 – The Mariners have signed forward Eddie Matsushima to a standard player contract, the team announced on Monday. Matsushima joins the Mariners from the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League, and has also played two ECHL games this season for the Orlando Solar Bears.

Matsushima, 25, is from Verona, Wisconsin and played his entire career in his home state prior to joining Pensacola. After two years at Verona High School which included a stint on Team Wisconsin, Matsushima joined the NAHL’s Coulee Region Chill (La Crosse, WI) and played there for three full seasons from 2012-15. He joined the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (NCAA DIII) and played four seasons, the final two of which he averaged over a point per game, leading the Falcons in scoring as a junior and senior. He was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference Team both seasons and was also a WIAC Scholar Athlete as a senior in 2018-19.

Matsushima joined the SPHL’s Pensacola Ice Flyers after graduating last season, and put up 13 points in 14 regular season games. He’s off to a strong start this season, with 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in 19 games for the Ice Flyers – ranking second on the team in scoring. On December 20th, Matsushima was loaned to the Orlando Solar Bears and played in two games, registering no points and seven penalty minutes – including a fighting major.

The Mariners spend New Year’s Eve in Reading, taking on the Royals at 4 PM on Tuesday. They return to play five of their first six games of 2020 at the Cross Insurance Arena. Friday, January 3rd against the Jacksonville Ice Men is a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Bath Savings night, with puck dropping at 7:15 PM. Saturday, January 4th is “Hockey Day in Maine” featuring a doubleheader that begins with the University of Maine men’s hockey team hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon. The Mariners and Jacksonville follow with a game at 6 PM. Hockey Day in Maine packages are available at MarinersOfMaine.com which include discounted tickets to both games plus special Hockey Day in Maine collectibles. It’s also “Witchcraft and Wizardry Night.”

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458.

LACOUVEE REGISTERS FIRST PRO SHUTOUT AS MARINERS BLANK RAILERS

WORCESTER, MA – December 28, 2019 – Connor LaCouvee stopped all 21 shots that came his way, while the Mariners had just enough offense on Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester to defeat the Railers on the road, 2-0. LaCouvee, who won his sixth straight start, picked up his first professional shutout.

In a first period statistically identical to last night’s game against Reading, the Mariners outshot Worcester 10-6, but the teams skated to a scoreless tie.

It remained 0-0 until the final seconds of the middle frame. At 19:48, the Mariners got the first goal of the game when Ted Hart’s net drive left a puck right behind Railers goaltender Evan Buitenhuis for a tap in by Terrence Wallin – Wallin’s team-leading 13th goal. Alex Kile picked up a secondary assist, giving he and Wallin each an eight game road point streak.

The Mariners played strong defensively in front of LaCouvee all night, holding the Railers to single digit shot totals in all three periods. The 21 shots allowed was a season low. Morgan Adams-Moisan was called for high sticking with just over two and a half minutes left in the game, eventually leading to a 6-on-4 Railers advantage when they pulled Buitenhuis. Shortly after Adams-Moisan’s penalty expired, he gained possession of the puck and fired a shot wide of the empty net from the right wing, but the puck caromed off the end boards to Kile who finished it off.

Buitenhuis made 25 saves in the losing effort, as the Railers failed to win their third straight for what would have been the first time this season. The Mariners have now won five of six on the road in addition to eight of ten overall in the month of December. With Reading’s loss to Adirondack, the Mariners pulled back within three points of the Royals for third place in the North, as well as four behind idle Brampton.

The Mariners spend New Year’s Eve in Reading, taking on the Royals at 4 PM on Tuesday. They return to play five of their first six games of 2020 at the Cross Insurance Arena. Friday, January 3rd against the Jacksonville Ice Men is a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Bath Savings night, with puck dropping at 7:15 PM. Saturday, January 4th is “Hockey Day in Maine” featuring a doubleheader that begins with the University of Maine men’s hockey team hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon. The Mariners and Jacksonville follow with a game at 6 PM. Hockey Day in Maine packages are available at MarinersOfMaine.com which include discounted tickets to both games plus special Hockey Day in Maine collectibles. It’s also “Witchcraft and Wizardry Night.”

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458.

DILLAN FOX LOANED TO HARTFORD

HARTFORD, CT – December 28, 2019:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Dillan Fox to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

The 28-year-old Fox, who is in his fourth year of pro hockey out of SUNY-Plattsburgh (SUNYAC), has skated in 26 games this year for the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists for 24 points.  That is good for a tie for tops on the Mariner club in goals, and the 5-11, 187-pound native of Hummelstown, PA stands second among Maine skaters in points.  He also leads the team in plus/minus, with a +6, and has registered ten penalty minutes.

Last season, Fox had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points, along with 14 penalty minutes, in 37 games with the Mariners, finishing third on the team in goals.  That was after starting the season with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) and notching seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, plus 14 penalty minutes, in 24 games.

In 73 career ECHL games with the Mariners and Reading Royals, Fox has totaled 29 goals and 24 assists for 53 points, along with 30 penalty minutes.  In 110 SPHL contests with the Rail Yard Dawgs and the Mississippi RiverKings, he amassed 46 goals and 41 assists for 87 points, plus 48 PIM.

Prior to turning pro, Fox spend four seasons at SUNY-Plattsburgh, scoring 30 goals and adding 46 assists for 76 points, while serving 32 minutes in penalties, in 96 career games.

The Mariners finish 2019 on the road tonight in Worcester at 7:05 and on New Year’s Eve at Reading at 4 PM. They return to play five of their first six games of 2020 at the Cross Insurance Arena. Friday, January 3rd against the Jacksonville Ice Men is a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Bath Savings night, with puck dropping at 7:15 PM. Saturday, January 4th is “Hockey Day in Maine” featuring a doubleheader that begins with the University of Maine men’s hockey team hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon. The Mariners and Jacksonville follow with a game at 6 PM. Hockey Day in Maine packages are available at MarinersOfMaine.com which include discounted tickets to both games plus special Hockey Day in Maine collectibles. It’s also “Witchcraft and Wizardry Night.” Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS KEPT OFF BOARD IN HOME LOSS TO READING

PORTLAND, ME – December 27, 2019 – Felix Sandstrom posted his second shutout of the season, stopping all 23 Mariners shots on Friday night in a 5-0 Reading Royals victory at the Cross Insurance Arena. Offensively, Brayden Low led the way with three assists, and Luke Stork and Thomas Ebbing had a goal and an assist each. The Mariners fell for just the second time in December.

An energetic opening period failed to posit a goal, as Sandstrom and Francois Brassard stopped everything that came their way. The Mariners won the first period shot battle 10-6.

The Royals grabbed a 3-0 lead with a quick burst of offense in the middle stages of the second period. It all started at 7:23 when Trevor Yates went to the net and was able to free up his stick to lift a shot over the shoulder of Brassard. At 10:05, former Mariner Luke Stork dropped a pass to Thomas Ebbing off a rush and Ebbing blasted a one-timer home past Brassard’s stick side to double the lead. Alex Kile missed the net on a glorious set up by Terrence Wallin shortly after Ebbing’s goal, and defenseman Jeremy Beaudry would make it 3-0 at 12:08.

Exactly three minutes into the third, Stork drove down the slot and put home a rebound produced by Ebbing to make it a 4-0 Reading advantage. Defenseman Rob Michael one-timed home a loose puck at 14:07 to stretch the lead to 5-0.

Brassard stopped 25 of 30, suffering his first loss of the season.

The Mariners finish 2019 on the road in Worcester tomorrow night and New Year’s Eve at Reading. They return to play five of their first six games of 2020 at the Cross Insurance Arena. Friday, January 3rd against the Jacksonville Ice Men is a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also Bath Savings night, with puck dropping at 7:15 PM. Saturday, January 4th is “Hockey Day in Maine” featuring a doubleheader that begins with the University of Maine men’s hockey team hosting the University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon. The Mariners and Jacksonville follow with a game at 6 PM. Hockey Day in Maine packages are available at MarinersOfMaine.com which include discounted tickets to both games plus special Hockey Day in Maine collectibles. It’s also “Witchcraft and Wizardry Night.”

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Four tiers of holiday packs for all gift-giving budgets are also available at MarinersOfMaine.com/shop

MARINERS STAY HOT, RUN THE TABLE ON THUNDER IN DECEMBER

PORTLAND, ME – December 26, 2019 – Twelve different skaters got on the scoresheet in a 5-1 Mariners win over the Adirondack Thunder on Thursday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. With the win, the Mariners went six-for-six in their meetings with Adirondack in the month of December, and won their seventh out of eight games in the month overall.

“I think it was the work that was put in when we weren’t even on the ice,” said Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Riley Armstrong about the team’s December sweep of their division rivals. “Breaking down video, making sure the guys were prepared and when the guys are prepared and they’re all buying into the system, I think it carries over onto the ice. I think that’s what kind of separated us during these games.”

The Mariners played a strong opening period and took a 1-0 lead at 7:35 when Ryan Dmowski finished a pretty passing play, facilitated by Ty Ronning and Ryan Culkin. The Mariners pelted Thunder goaltender Eamon McAdam with 14 first period shots and had several chances to extend their lead, but took the 1-0 advantage into the locker room.

Dmowski struck again at 2:27 of the second period, when Jake Elmer fed a him a saucer pass from the right wing, springing Dmowski in alone to beat McAdam to his stick side at the near post. The score remained 2-0 until 10:44 of the middle frame when defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin beat McAdam’s glove with a shot into the upper to corner to stretch the lead to three. Just over a minute later, Adirondack’s Mike Szmatula beat Connor LaCouvee with a slap shot in the slot to bring Adirondack back within two. Not long after, however, Greg Chase brought the lead back to three when he followed his own shot into the low slot and lifted a second chance over McAdam making it 4-1, which was the score at the end of two.

Dmowski attributed his first career multi-goal game to “really, really good passing from my linemates.”

“I just came into the game today with a positive attitude and I didn’t let anything phase me and I shot the puck and had confidence,” he said.

Adirondack got 15 shots on LaCouvee in the third, but he and the Mariners defense preserved the three goal lead before Dillan Fox hit the empty net from beyond the red line at 17:37 to make it 5-1.

LaCouvee made 33 stops for his 8th win. McAdam made 31 saves. It was just the fourth time this season that the Mariners outshot their opponent.

“I think the guys did such a great job boxing out in front,” said LaCouvee. “I saw a lot of easy shots. A lot of shots from the wings, contested shots. All our d-men and forwards did a good job limiting scoring chances.”

The Mariners are a season high five games over .500 at 15-10-0-1, winning seven of their last eight games, and now pulling ahead of Adirondack in the standings with 31 points. They’re only three behind the Reading Royals for third place, who are in town tomorrow night.

The puck drops at 7:15 PM on Friday and it’s STEM Night – focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including a robotics presentation at intermission. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also the last chance to get the “Skate and Scarf” package, where fans can get a ticket to the game, a Mariners scarf, and a pre-game skate with Beacon the Puffin plus a snack buffet. Only 100 packages are available.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS MOVE INTO PLAYOFF SPOT WITH SECOND STRAIGHT SHOOTOUT WIN

GLENS FALLS, NY – December 21, 2019 – For the second night in a row, the Maine Mariners topped the Adirondack Thunder 4-3 in a shootout at the Cool Insuring Arena. Taylor Cammarata’s goal in the fifth round sealed the win, putting the Mariners into fourth place in the North Division for the first time since late October. The Mariners also won their sixth straight overtime or shootout game, giving them a remarkable 19-2-2 all-time record beyond regulation.

Adirondack scored the only two goals of the opening period to jump out to the early lead. At 6:27, Casey Pierro-Zabotel took a drop pass from James Henry and blasted a one-timer off the rush past Mariners netminder Francois Brassard. At 11:36, the Thunder capitalized on a Mariners turnover and Matt Salhany set up Mike Szmatula for a shot between Brassard’s pads.

The Mariners began their comeback at the 4:46 mark of the second period when Zach Tolkinen’s long shot beat Joe Murdaca through a Taylor Cammarata screen. Morgan Adams-Moisan and Cammarata assisted. Six minutes later, Dillan Fox tied the game, driving and wide and laying a shot past the stick side of Murdaca. Sean Day and Adams-Moisan set up the game-tying goal.

Entering the third tied at three, the Mariners got an early power play chance and converted to take their first lead. Alex Kile slid a pass from the right circle to the back door on the other side and Terrence Wallin on a second effort slid it over the line for a 3-2 Mariners advantage. Day picked up his second assist as Wallin extended his point streak to eight games. Adirondack, just like Friday night, would tie the game late, with the extra attacker. Pierro-Zabotel had two chances to knock a loose puck past Brassard’s pad, and finished the second to force overtime.

A wild 3-on-3 session saw both teams get a power play, but the goaltenders and penalty killers held strong, forcing the teams to their second consecutive shootout. The first Mariners shooter, Michael McNicholas beat Murdaca with a deke, but Pierro-Zabotel immediately responded to tie it up. After two rounds of no goals, Alex Tonge’s crossbar hit was followed by Cammarata’s stick-side wrister to end the game.

The Mariners are 6-0-1 in overtime/shootout this season, winning their last six consecutive. Brassard made 38 saves to earn his second win while Murdaca turned aside 28. The Mariners and Thunder now each have 29 points in a tie for fourth place, but the Mariners carry the tiebreaker with point percentage, heading into the holiday break.

The Mariners return home after the holiday for games on December 26th and 27th to host Adirondack and the Reading Royals. Thursday, December 26th is a 7 PM faceoff and is Nickelodeon Takeover Night featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Specialty Jerseys. The puck drops at 7:15 PM on Friday, December 27th and is STEM Night – focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. Both games also feature the “Skate and Scarf” package, where fans can get a ticket to the game, a Mariners scarf, and a pre-game skate with Beacon the Puffin plus a snack buffet. Only 100 packages are available for each game.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Four tiers of holiday packs for all gift-giving budgets are also available at MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

MARINERS SPOIL ADIRONDACK RALLY WITH SHOOTOUT WIN

GLENS FALLS, NY – December 20, 2019 – Adirondack rallied back twice in the third period, but the Mariners prevailed in five rounds of a shootout to top the Thunder 4-3 on Friday night at the Cool Insuring Arena. The win put the Mariners one point behind Adirondack for the fourth and final North Division playoff spot heading into the final game before holiday break.

The opening period was marked by a standout performance by Adirondack rookie netminder Joe Murdaca who stopped all 15 Maine shots in the first period of his ECHL career. Mariners goaltender Connor LaCouvee matched his counterpart, stopping 11 of 11 for Maine.

At 5:58 of the 2nd, Taylor Cammarata stole the puck away in the Mariners zone and sprung Greg Chase on a breakaway. Chase streaked in and ripped a shot over Murdaca’s glove to break the scoreless tie. Teams traded chances through the middle frame but it remained 1-0 until 17:54 when Ryan Culkin’s seeing eye shot found its way through Murdaca to double the Maine lead. Jake Elmer and Alex Kile picked up helpers on Culkin’s fifth of the season. LaCouvee was again perfect in the second, stopping 15 of 15 Thunder shots.

Adirondack finally broke through two minutes into the third when Robbie Payne slid a puck under LaCouvee, who had made a great save on James Henry, but the Mariners couldn’t clear the zone. The Mariners continued to control the play but Matt Salhany got free, drove wide and cut across the crease to beat LaCouvee tie the game at 6:42. Jake Elmer was called for a penalty late in the third, but it was the Mariners that broke the tie. Terrence Wallin, working from below the Adirondack goal line, surprised Murdaca with a short side rising shot, to give Maine a 3-2 lead. Kile picked up his second assist of the game on the Mariners’ third shorthanded goal of the season. With the extra attacker on the ice and just 5.6 seconds left, Alex Tonge’s fake shot and pass found Mike Szmatula on the backdoor to tie the game and force overtime.

A scoreless 3-on-3 session posited Adirondack’s league leading fourth shootout and only Maine’s second. The goalies were perfect through four rounds and Dillan Fox finally found the net, beating Murdaca low to the stick side in round five. LaCouvee stopped Tonge’s backhand to seal the win. LaCouvee made 36 stops to earn his seventh win and fourth in a row. Murdaca was the tough luck loser in his ECHL debut, with 33 saves. Adirondack is now winless in their last eight.

The Mariners face off in Glens Falls against the Thunder again tomorrow night at 7 PM and are back home on December 26th and 27th to host Adirondack and Reading. Thursday, December 26th is a 7 PM faceoff and is Nickelodeon Takeover Night featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Specialty Jerseys. The puck drops at 7:15 PM on Friday, December 27th and is STEM Night – focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. Both games also feature the “Skate and Scarf” package, where fans can get a ticket to the game, a Mariners scarf, and a pre-game skate with Beacon the Puffin plus a snack buffet. Only 100 packages are available for each game.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Four tiers of holiday packs for all gift-giving budgets are also available at MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.

CULKIN RETURNS TO MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – December 19, 2019 – The AHL’s Laval Rocket have reassigned defenseman Ryan Culkin to Maine. Culkin is off to a tremendous start with the Mariners this season, registering 12 points in 14 games.

A 26-year-old defenseman from Montreal, QC, Culkin has been up and down between Laval and Maine over the past two seasons. He signed with the Rocket prior to the 2018-19 season, but played the majority of the year with the Mariners, suiting up in 39 games. Culkin had two goals and 20 assists for Maine, while putting up one goal in 10 AHL games for the Rocket.

Culkin re-signed with Laval in the summer of 2019, and began the season in Maine. Through 14 games, Culkin has four goals and eight assists. He registered four points (one goal, three assists) in a game on November 22nd in Norfolk, and was called up the following day. Culkin played in just one game for the Rocket upon his recall.

The Mariners are in Glens Falls, NY this week for a pair against the Adirondack Thunder and back home immediately following Christmas on December 26th and 27th to host Adirondack and the Reading Royals. Thursday, December 26th is a 7 PM faceoff and is Nickelodeon Takeover Night featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Specialty Jerseys. The puck drops at 7:15 PM on Friday, December 27th and is STEM Night – focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. Both games also feature the “Skate and Scarf” package, where fans can get a ticket to the game, a Mariners scarf, and a pre-game skate with Beacon the Puffin plus a snack buffet. Only 100 packages are available for each game.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Four tiers of holiday packs for all gift-giving budgets are also available at MarinersOfMaine.com/shop.