WALLIN’S PAIR HELP MARINERS EDGE NAILERS

WHEELING, WV – February 28, 2020 – Greg Chase broke a 2-2 tie at the 13:08 mark of the third period to give the Mariners their first, last and only lead of the night as they defeated the Wheeling Nailers 3-2 on Friday night at WesBanco Arena. Terrence Wallin scored the other two Mariners goals, while Connor LaCouvee earned his 20th win. The Mariners extended their lead to four points over Brampton for 2nd place in the North Division playoff race.

At the end of a scoreless first period, Terrence Wallin was called for tripping, giving the Nailers a power play to start the 2nd. Jan Drogz snuck down backdoor and finished a pass from Barry Almedia at 1:58 of the period to break the scoreless tie. The Mariners remained in a goal drought until the 14:01 mark when the Nailers did them a favor. Defenseman Aaron Titcomb, attempting to wrap the puck around behind his own net, inadvertently shot it past Nailers goaltender Alex D’Orio to tie the game at one. Terrence Wallin, the closest Mariner to the puck, was credited with the goal. The Nailers jumped back ahead at 16:13, when Brandon Hawkins took a pass from Nick Saracino and beat LaCouvee’s glove to make it 2-1. Before the period ended, Wallin struck again, sweeping a puck around D’Orio with one hand on his stick after a Greg Chase shot his the Nailers goalie in the chest. The game headed into the third tied at two.

The Mariners caught a break when Nailers defenseman Matt Abt broke his stick on a point shot, producing a 2-on-1 in the other direction, with Connor Bleackley and Greg Chase entering the zone. Bleackley fed Chase, who one-timed the go-ahead goal past D’Orio to give Maine a 3-2 lead. The Mariners had a chance to add on when Titcomb and Abt took back-to-back penalties, awarding the Mariners a long two-man advantage. Despite failing to score, the 3-2 lead was enough for Connor LaCouvee, who with the help of several key shot blocks in the third, locked down the one-goal win.

The Mariners “magic number” to clinch a playoff spot fell to 19 – the combination of points accumulated by the Mariners and failed to gain by Adirondack. Additionally, the Mariners padded their third place cushion to four points over Brampton, which lost to Worcester.

The Mariners are back home on Sunday to start a four game home stand, hosting the ECHL-leading South Carolina Stingrays at 3 PM. The ECHL championship trophy, the Kelly Cup will be in the building, and the Mariners will award the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award on the one-year anniversary of his tragic passing in the line of duty. Fans are also invited to skate with the Mariners after the 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day

MARINERS THROW IT BACK TO THE 80s on MARCH 6TH

PORTLAND, ME – February 27, 2020 – The Mariners will host their second annual “Throwback Night,” on Friday, March 6th when they host the Reading Royals at the Cross Insurance Arena at 7:15 PM. Also, “80s Night,” the Mariners will wear the jerseys of the original Maine Mariners AHL franchises (1977-1992), welcome back alumni players, and pay homage to the 1980s as a whole.

Throwback Night is sponsored by Partners Bank, and is the start of “Throwback Weekend,” which also features “I Love the 90s” on Sunday, March 8th. Over the summer, the Mariners held a fan poll with the choice between the orange and white Flyers color scheme (1977-87) and the white and gold of the Boston Bruins (1987-92). From 1983-87, the Mariners were actually an affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, but kept the orange and black. By a narrow margin of 53-47%, the Flyers color scheme was victorious. Starting March 2nd, fans can bid on the jerseys using the Handbid App. The auction will end at the start of the 3rd period on March 6th.

Several Mariners alumni are scheduled to appear as well including Wayne Schaab (78-83), Dan Lucas (78-81), Gary McAdam (83-85), and Terry Murray (77-81). Alumni members will drop the ceremonial puck and sign autographs during the first intermission.

“It’s always good to see the ‘old’ guys,” said McAdam, who was also at last season’s Throwback Night. “I don’t think most of the current players were even born when we played. It’s awesome that Portland has professional hockey again. It’s a good hockey town with a great following and Portland deserves to have a team, regardless of what level.”

The original Mariners were an AHL franchise brought to Portland by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977. With a 43-28-9 inaugural season, the Mariners became the first team to capture the Calder Cup in their inaugural season, and repeated as champs in season two. After being sold to the Devils for the 1983-84 campaign, the Mariners captured their third and final Cup. They appeared in the Calder Cup finals in five of their first seven seasons. In 1987, the second Mariners AHL franchise came to Portland under the Boston Bruins, and played for five seasons before re-locating to Providence, Rhode Island in 1992.

Last season on January 5th, 2019, a crowd of over 4,700 turned out to see the Mariners defeat the Brampton Beast 3-1, wearing the orange jerseys of the Flyers era.

The Mariners will pay tribute to the 1980s as a whole throughout the night as well with video clips, music, trivia, and the awkward autographed item of the game all inspired by the decade. Additionally, it’s a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the 2nd period.

The Mariners are home for the first four games of March, hosting the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday at 3 PM. The Kelly Cup will be in the building and fans can also skate with the team after the game. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets for 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day.

MARINERS OVERPOWERED BY ROYALS IN READING

READING, PA – February 26, 2020 – The Reading Royals offense overwhelmed the Maine Mariners on Wednesday night at Santander Arena, scoring six goals in the second period and adding two more in the third for an 8-0 victory. Royals forward Max Willman put up five points while former Mariner Tom McCollum registered a 21 save shutout.

The first period was scoreless, with the Mariners enjoying a pair of power play opportunities. Connor LaCouvee was sharp, making ten saves in the frame. Goals came fast and furious for the Royals in the 2nd, as they scored six times in the first 12 minutes. Hayden Hodgson broke the scoreless tie at 1:05, and then assisted on Max Willman’s goal at 4:27 to make it 2-0. Hodgson and Willman each had four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the period. Goals by Garret Cockerill and Thomas Ebbing chased LaCouvee at the 7:24 mark as the Mariners called timeout. Francois Brassard then allowed goals to Corey Mackin (8:50) and Matthew Strome (PPG – 12:00), giving Reading a big lead at the end of two.

Early in the third, Pascal Laberge scored on a breakaway to make it 7-0, beating Brassard’s glove. Former Mariner Lewis Zerter-Gossage scored his first goal as a Royal with exactly one minute remaining to cap the scoring.

McCollum’s shutout was his second of the season and ECHL career while LaCouvee was saddled with the loss, making 13 saves on 17 shots. Brassard went 12 for 16. With Brampton’s morning loss to Toledo, the Mariners retained a two point advantage on third place, as they fall four points behind the second place Royals.

The Mariners head onto Wheeling, WV to take on the Wheeling Nailers Friday at 7:05 PM. They’re back home on Sunday to host the ECHL-leading South Carolina Stingrays at 3 PM. The ECHL championship trophy, the Kelly Cup will be in the building, and the Mariners will award the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award on the one-year anniversary of his tragic passing in the line of duty. Fans are invited to skate with the Mariners after the 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day.

ECHL’S CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY, THE KELLY CUP VISITS PORTLAND SUNDAY

PORTLAND, ME – February 25, 2020 – The “holy grail” of the ECHL, the Kelly Cup, will make an appearance at the Cross Insurance Arena this Sunday, March 1st for the Mariners game against the South Carolina Stingrays at 3 PM. The Kelly Cup is the league’s championship trophy, awarded to the winner of the postseason tournament each year since 1997.

Named after the ECHL’s first commissioner, Patrick J. Kelly, the Kelly Cup took place of the “Riley Cup,” which served as the league’s championship trophy for the first eight seasons. The Mariners divisional rival, the Newfoundland Growlers captured the Kelly Cup in 2018-19. Eighteen different teams have hoisted the ECHL championship trophy. Two teams have won the Kelly Cup three times – one is Sunday’s opponent, the South Carolina Stingrays, and the other is the former Mariners membership, the Alaska Aces.

On Sunday, the Cup will be on display in the Saco & Biddeford Savings Hall of Fame Lounge, located just to the right of the Spring Street entrance to the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans are invited to view the Cup and take photos (one per person, assisted by a Mariners promo team member) from doors open (2:00 PM, 1:45 for season ticket holders) until five minutes remaining in the third period.

“We are excited to welcome the Kelly Cup to Maine,” said Mariners Vice President of Business Operations, Adam Goldberg. “We want our great fans to start thinking playoffs and motivate the team to finish strong. This is the goal every season and it is always an exciting opportunity to get your picture with a championship trophy. It is so much more than a piece of metal.”

Sunday is also “Reading Night,” presented by Northeast Charter & Tour Co., as the Mariners will recognize members of their summer “Read with ME” program. In addition, the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award will be handed out to one of three finalists, on the one year anniversary of the tragic passing of Berwick’s heroic firefighter. Following the game, fans can skate with the Mariners players. Sunday is the only meeting of the season with the Stingrays, who play in the South division, and currently hold the best record in the ECHL.

Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets for Sunday and 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day.

MARINERS WEEKLY: SCHEDULE SOFTENING

Feb. 24, 2020 – It’s been a major grind for the Mariners through the first two months of 2020. After playing 15 games in January, the Mariners will wind down their 14-game February with two this week – and a third on Sunday to open March. 2020’s third month will provide some relief – with a total of 11 games, seven of which are at home, and nine of which are played in New England (Portland or Worcester). The Mariners sit third in the North Division, ten points up on a playoff spot, in a sandwich between second and fourth place, with a two point buffer in each direction. Sunday afternoon begins a big four game home stand and features an appearance by the Kelly Cup and the honoring of a local hero.

 

The week that was

Tues, Feb. 18th – MNE: 2, NFL: 1

For as good as Francois Brassard was on Saturday, he was even better Tuesday, making 34 saves to help the Mariners take back-to-back games in Newfoundland. Aaron Luchuk, who would be traded the following day, scored the lone first period goal for the Growlers before Greg Chase tied it up in the 2nd period. Terrence Wallin netted his team-leading seventh game-winner midway through the third. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Weds, Feb. 19th – MNE: 5, NFL: 2

Despite giving up the first goal of the game for the third time in four contests at Mile One Centre, the Mariners jumped on Growler goalie Maxsim Zhukov with three in the first from Conner Bleackley, Dillan Fox, and Alex Kile – Kile’s goal coming on a 5-on-3. Newfoundland got the game back to a one-goal margin in the third but Kile score again to restore the two goal lead. Ryan Culkin’s empty netter capped off the third win in a row at Mile One Centre – a first for a visiting opponent in Growlers franchise history. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Sat, Feb 22nd – MNE: 2, ADK: 1

The Mariners continued a stellar run defensively, keeping their opponent to two or fewer goals for the fifth game in a row, as goals from Bleackley and Kile were enough for Connor LaCouvee. The Thunder didn’t score until midway through the third period, when Mike Szmatula banked one off LaCouvee’s back from below the goal line. The Mariners win in Glens Falls was their seventh in a row, and they improved to 12-4-0-0 overall against the Thunder this season. FULL GAME RECAP

Sun, Feb 23rd – NFL: 4, MNE: 1

A visibly fatigued Mariners team just didn’t have it from the get-go in their return to Portland after the five game trip. The Growlers pounced early with a pair of goals before the game was five minutes old and when they took a 3-0 lead through one, the hole was too deep for the Mariners to climb out of. Jeff Taylor scored Maine’s lone goal while Justin Brazeau and Evan Neugold had two points each for a Newfoundland team that snapped a four game losing streak. The Growlers took a very even season series, 6-5. Over 3,000 fans turned out on a Sunday afternoon for “Miracle Night,” as the Mariners wore 1980 Team USA-inspired uniforms and screen the movie after the game. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

Transactions (oldest to most recent)
F LEWIS ZERTER GOSSAGE WAS TRADED FROM THE HARTFORD WOLF PACK TO THE LEHIGH VALLEY PHANTOMS
THE MARINERS ACQUIRED D MATT NUTTLE FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS

 

This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Weds, Feb. 26 @ Reading Royals – 7:00 PM (AWAY)
Fri, Feb. 28 @ Wheeling Nailers – 7:05 PM (AWAY)
Sun, Mar. 1 vs. South Carolina Stingrays – 3:00 PM (HOME) – TICKETS

 The Mariners jump back on the road for a pair of games, Wednesday at Reading and Friday at Wheeling. Wednesday night’s game will be a battle for 2nd place in the North Division, with the Mariners currently trailing the Royals by two points. Friday’s trip to Wheeling is the first ever in Mariners history. The Nailers came to Portland last February and lost to the Mariners, 4-1. All games air on the Mariners Broadcast Network, with pregame coverage beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop. The radio broadcast streams free on MarinersOfMaine.com/listen or the Mixlr App. A video stream is available on a subscription or pay-per-view bases through ECHL.tv in HD, with the “AWAY” audio option carrying the Mariners broadcast.

On Sunday afternoon, Northeast Charter and Tour Co. presents “Reading Night,” as the Mariners will recognize members of their inaugural “Read with ME” summer reading program. The ECHL’s championship trophy, the Kelly Cup will also be in the building for fans to view and take photos with. During the 2nd intermission, the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award will be handed out to one of three finalists, which were named this past week. Captain Barnes tragically passed away in the line of duty exactly one year ago to the day of the game. The Mariners’ opponent is the South Carolina Stingrays, who currently possess the best record in the ECHL. Puck drop is 3 PM, and fans can skate with the team after the 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. For all Saturday and Sunday home games, Family Four Packs are available when purchased in advance. Family four packs include four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners can koozies, starting at $80.

Playoff Picture:

The Mariners “Magic Number” is calculated by the combination of points gained and points “not gained” by the first non-playoff team (Adirondack). For example, each Mariners win reduces the number by two, and each overtime or shootout loss reduces it by one. Conversely, each Adirondack regulation loss reduces the number by two, and each Adirondack overtime or shootout loss reduces it by one. The top four teams in the division make the playoffs, with the top two getting “home ice advantage” in the first round.

 

Looking ahead:
The Mariners remain home for the first four games of March. On March 6th, it’s Throwback Night against the Reading Royals at 7:15 PM presented by Partners Bank, as the Mariners wear original Mariners jerseys with Mariners AHL alumni on hand. Sunday March 8th is “I Love the 90s” against Worcester at 3 PM with a postgame full team autograph session after the game. The full promotional schedule can be found here.

Community Collection:

The Mariners and the Cross Insurance Arena are collecting books for the remainder of the regular season for Ronald McDonald Charities of Maine. Fans who donate three or more books will receive a ticket to a Mariners weekday game. Both children’s and adult’s book donations are welcomed. Items MUST be donated at the Promotions Port to the right of the main security gates. While donations will be accepted at the Mariners office and other Cross Insurance Arena events, fans are not eligible to receive tickets unless the items are donated at a Mariners game

TAYLOR’S GOAL NOT ENOUGH TO SPARK COMEBACK AS GROWLERS TOP MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – February 23, 2020 – The Newfoundland Growlers built a 3-0 first period lead on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena, and cruised to a 4-1 win over the Maine Mariners, as they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice.” The Growlers took the regular season series from the Mariners, winning 6 of the 11 meetings, after the Mariners had won three of four in Newfoundland last week.

The Growlers established a multi-goal lead early, scoring twice in the first 4:08. Justin Brazeau buried a rebound created by a Mark Tremaine shot from the left circle at 2:36. Dylan Vander Esch made it 2-0 soon after, rolling a puck over the right pad of Maine goaltender Francois Brassard. At the 14:44 mark of the first, Growlers defenseman Evan Neugold barely held the puck at the blue line but blasted a shot past Brassard from the center point to make it 3-0.

The Mariners played a much stronger 2nd period and got on the scoreboard at 5:03 when defenseman Jeff Taylor finished some good work below the goal line by Terrence Wallin, Alex Kile, and Morgan Adams-Moisan. The Mariners made a push to close the gap to one but had the win taken out of their sales by a Zach O’Brien highlight reel goal at 16:10, making it 4-1 Growlers and concluding the scoring.

Newfoundland’s Angus Redmond improved to 13-0-0 with a 16 save effort while Brassard made 29 stops in the loss.

The Mariners go back on the road with stops in Reading on Wednesday and their first ever trip to Wheeling, West Virginia on Friday. They’re back home one week from today to host the ECHL-leading South Carolina Stingrays at 3 PM. The ECHL championship trophy, the Kelly Cup will be in the building, and the Mariners will award the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award on the one-year anniversary of his tragic passing in the line of duty.

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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day.

MARINERS COMPLETE 4-1 ROAD TRIP WITH WIN IN ADIRONDACK

GLENS FALLS, NY – February 22, 2020 – Conner Bleackley and Alex Kile scored goals in the first and third periods respectively, while Connor LaCouvee made 42 stops as the Mariners took down the Adirondack Thunder 2-1 on Saturday night at the Cool Insuring Arena. The Mariners won the final four games of their road trip, finishing 4-1-0-0 on their week-and-a-half journey to Newfoundland and Adirondack.

The Mariners registered 19 shots on Thunder netminder Eamon McAdam in the opening period, tying a season high for shots in a period (January 3rd vs. Jacksonville). The game remained scoreless until the 18:27 mark, when Conner Bleackley ripped a shot off Thunder defenseman Charlie Curti and in behind McAdam to give Maine a 1-0 lead. Michael McNicholas, who won the faceoff to Bleackley, received the lone assist. Connor LaCouvee stopped all 12 Adirondack shots that came his way in the first.

LaCouvee stayed sharp in the 2nd, stopping 11 more Adirondack offerings to keep the Thunder scoreless through two. The Mariners were outshot 11-2 in the middle frame.

Early in the 3rd, the Mariners cushioned their lead when newly acquired defenseman Matt Nuttle found Alex Kile alone in front of McAdam at 2:55. Kile patiently outwaited McAdam, who was well out of his crease, and ripped it behind him to double the Maine lead to 2-0. Adirondack finally got on the board at 11:09, when Mike Szmatula was able to bank a puck off the back of LaCouvee and in from below the goal line. LaCouvee and the Mariners held off Adirondack’s final push, including the last 1:27 of 6-on-5.

LaCouvee made 42 saves to earn his 19th win while McAdam stopped 26 to suffer the loss. The Mariners win knocked four points off their magic number (21) for clinching a playoff spot, while Adirondack fell 12 points out of postseason contention, as Brampton defeated Reading. Maine is now two points behind Reading for 2nd place, with the Royals holding four games in hand.

The Mariners are back at the Cross Insurance Arena tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM against the Newfoundland Growlers for “Miracle Night,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. The Mariners will be wearing Team USA inspired jerseys, which are currently up for auction on the Handbid App until the start of the 3rd period. There will also be a postgame screening of the Disney movie, Miracle (2004) on the video board. 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance of game day.

FINALISTS REVEALED FOR CAPTAIN JOEL BARNES COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

PORTLAND, ME – February 21, 2020 – The finalists have been revealed for the Captain Joel Barnes Community Service Award, which will be handed out at the Mariners game vs. the South Carolina Stingrays on March 1st: the one year anniversary of Captain Barnes’ tragic passing. The award was created in October by a partnership between the Mariners, Teamsters Local 340 and the Berwick Firefighters Association.

Captain Joel Barnes tragically passed away at the age of 32 on March 1st, 2019 from injuries sustained while saving another firefighters life, fighting a fire in Berwick. A public memorial service was held one week later at the Cross Insurance Arena, with over 7,000 attendees present. Barnes had served with the Berwick Fire Department for two years and was the Training Safety Officer for the Department.

The creation of the award was officially launched at the Mariners game on October 26th, 2019, and nominations were accepted on the Mariners website. Criteria included:

-Being a fire or EMS responder in the state of Maine
-Having at least three years of experience and be either active or recently retired (within the last three years)
-Demonstrating outstanding professionalism and service to their community, and a commitment to promoting life safety education

The finalists are for the award are Kevin Leavitt (Richmond Fire Department), David Petruccelli (Portland Fire Department), and Matthew St. Pierre (Hampden Fire Department).

  

On January 11th, 2020, the “Battle of the Badges,” was held in Barnes’ honor at the Cross Insurance Arena prior to the Mariners game against the Adirondack Thunder, as local firefighters played a hockey tournament to raise money for the Captain Barnes Memorial Fund. Between the all-inclusive ticket fundraiser, 50/50 raffle at the Mariners game, and t-shirt sales, $2,233 were raised.

Appropriately, that the Mariners opponent on March 1st is the South Carolina Stingrays. Captain Barnes worked for three years (2013-2015) for Horry County Fire Rescue in Myrtle Beach, prior to moving back home to Maine.

The puck drops at 3 PM on Sunday March 1st at the Cross Insurance Arena. The award will be presented during the second intermission. Members of the Berwick Fire Department will present the colors and conduct the ceremonial puck drop. A moment of silence will be held in Captain Barnes’ memory.

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. All Saturday and Sunday home games also feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance.

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MARINERS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN NUTTLE FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

PORTLAND, ME – February 20, 2020 – The Mariners made a trade with the South Carolina Stingrays on Thursday, acquiring defenseman Matt Nuttle, completing a future considerations deal from September.

Nuttle, 24, is in his rookie campaign, having appeared in 32 games for the Stingrays this season after an initial stint of two games at the end of 2018-19. He has one goal and six assists with 32 penalty minutes. Nuttle, who is a native of East Aurora, NY, played college hockey at Cornell University from 2015-19, where he was named ECAC “Best Defensive Defenseman” as a senior and was also on the ECAC All-Tournament Team.

Prior to college, Nuttle played juniors in the NAHL with the Wenatchee Wild, and later the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder and Sioux Falls Stampede – where he won a Clark Cup in 2014-15.

This trade completes the September 10th transaction that sent defenseman Jordan Klimek to the Stingrays.

The Mariners have one more stop on their five game road trip – Saturday night in Glens Falls against the Adirondack Thunder at 7 PM. They return to the Cross Insurance Arena on Sunday for “Miracle Night,” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice against Newfoundland at 3 PM. The Mariners will be wearing Team USA inspired jerseys, which are currently up for auction on the Handbid App. There will also be a postgame screening of the Disney movie, Miracle (2004) on the video board. 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance.