MARINERS USE BIG FIRST PERIOD TO TAKE DOWN ROYALS

PORTLAND, ME – October 31, 2021 – The Mariners used a trio of first period goals to skate to a 4-1 win over the Reading Royals on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. Cam Askew, Pascal Laberge, and Lewis Zerter-Gossage all had multiple points, while Jeremy Brodeur improved to 2-0 on the young season.

The Mariners got the early jump, thanks to a mistake by Reading goaltender Pat Nagle. Nagle got crossed up with his defenseman behind the Royals net and couldn’t recover, as Askew came up the puck and whipped it into an empty net at 5:12 of the opening period. Midway through the frame at the 11:35 mark, the Mariners went to the power play and doubled their lead quickly, when Nick Master deflected home Brycen Martin’s point shot. The power play converted again at 18:43, as Pascal Laberge spotted Justin Brazeau to the left of Nagle for a tap in on the door step. The Mariners enjoyed a 3-0 lead at the end of one period.

Reading scored the only goal of the middle frame, when Charlie Gerard capitalized on a Martin giveaway midway through. Jeremy Brodeur preserved the two-goal lead with timely saves through the end of 40 minutes. It remained 3-1 until late in the third, when the Mariners put the game away at 17:15. Askew and Zerter-Gossage worked below the goal line and left a rebound off the toe of Nagle for Andrew Romano to clean up and bury for the first goal of his professional career.

Brodeur made 29 saves on 30 shots and now has both Mariners victories, as their record moved to 2-2-0. The Royals suffered their first regular loss, falling to 2-1-1. Nagle made 35 stops in the losing effort.

The Mariners have only one game next weekend, home for their first ever meeting with the Florida Everblades on Friday, November 5th at 7:15 PM. The Mariners are partnering with the Dempsey Center and celebrating “Movember,” raising awareness for men’s health. Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS FALL TO TROIS-RIVIERES IN LOW SCORING CONTEST

PORTLAND, ME – October 29, 2021 – It was a defense and goaltending battle on Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena in the first ever meeting between the Maine Mariners and the Trois-Rivieres Lions. After 40 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Lions got a pair of goals in the third period to claim their first victory in franchise history, 2-0.

In net, the game pitted South Portland’s Jon Gillies for the Mariners and Philipe Desrosiers for the Lions. With help from strong defense, both netminders were perfect through the first two periods – Gillies stopping 24 shots and Desrosies making 18 saves. The Mariners appeared to score in the final minute of the first, when Lewis Zerter-Gossage cleaned up a rebound from a Justin Brazeau shot but a quick whistle by the referee thwarted the Mariners potential lead.

At 2:19 of the third period, Justin Ducharme skated in on a breakaway and was stopped by Gillies, but Olivier Archambault followed the shot and cashed in for his first goal of the season. It remained 1-0 until the 13:58 mark of the third when the Lions created a 2-on-1 off a neutral zone turnover and Alexis D’aoust buried a pass from Cameron Hillis to double the Trois-Rivieres lead. A late Lions penalty gave the Mariners a 6-on-4 advantage, but Maine could not break through against Desrosiers, who finished a 34 save shutout. Gillies made 23 saves in the losing effort.

Trois-Rivieres improved to 1-3-0 with their first franchise victory. The Mariners dropped their second straight game, falling to 1-2-0.

The Mariners are home again on Sunday for a Halloween afternoon contest against the Reading Royals at 3:00 PM, the “Sunday Scaries.” Fans can win prizes by dressing in costume. Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

PROVIDENCE ASSIGNS TWO DEFENSEMEN TO MARINERS, INCLUDING UMAINE ALUM

PORTLAND, ME – October 28, 2021 – The Mariners will get a major boost to their blue line this weekend, as defensemen J.D. Greenway and Andrew Peski have been assigned from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins. Greenway becomes the third University of Maine alumnus to join the Mariners this season.

Greenway, 23, was a third round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Coming out of the storied Shattuck St. Mary’s prep hockey school, he spent two seasons with the U.S. National Team Development program before initially enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in 2016. After two years with the Badgers, Greenway returned to junior hockey and the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. He then took his game to Orono and spent the final two years of his collegiate career with the University of Maine Black Bears, where current Mariners Head Coach Ben Guite was the associate head coach.

Greenway is 6’5, 212 lbs. and was born in Canton, NY. He’s the younger brother of Minnesota Wild forward Jordan Greenway, who was drafted a year before J.D. In August, the Providence Bruins signed J.D. to a two-year contract. He is yet to appear in a regular season professional game.

Peski, 24, is from Orleans, ON, but also comes out of the NCAA ranks, playing seasons at the University of North Dakota. Prior to college, Peski played juniors in both the Central Canada Hockey League and the United State Hockey League. In 2015-16, he had a big season for the CCHL’s Brockville Braves, putting up 42 points in 57 games. He was also an alternate captain. He played the following season in the USHL and won a Clark Cup championship with the Tri City Storm.

After his four years at North Dakota, Peski signed with Providence and played six games for the Bruins in 2020-21. He also saw 23 games in the ECHL for the Jacksonville Icemen, in which his scored two goals and added three assists.

The additions of Greenway and Peski give the Mariners four AHL contracted players on their roster, joining forward Justin Brazeau and goaltender Jeremy Brodeur.

The Mariners, proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins, begin a five game homestand on Friday, welcoming in the Trois-Rivieres Lions for the first time at 7:15 PM. Bruins TV broadcaster Jack Edwards will make an appearance and it’s a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 popcorn, $2 hot dogs, and $3 draft beer through the start of the 2nd period. The Mariners are also home on Sunday for a Halloween afternoon contest against the Reading Royals at 3:00 PM, the “Scary Sundays.” Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS ADD FORMER NHL GOALTENDER JON GILLIES

PORTLAND, ME – October 27, 2021 – The Mariners have signed goaltender Jon Gillies to a contract, the team announced on Wednesday. A New Hampshire native with Maine roots and a former draft pick of the Calgary Flames, Gillies has spent the last three seasons in the American Hockey League.

The Flames chose Gillies in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after he played two seasons for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League. Gillies led all USHL goaltenders in games played in 2011-12, with 53. He posted a 2.77 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage, which was 5th in the league.

Gillies, who is from Concord, NH (but grew up in South Portland, ME), then attended Providence College where he led the Friars to the 2015 National Championship, their first in program history. That season he was named the NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player and the Hockey East Goaltender of the Year. His 2.01 GAA was also the second-best single season mark in program history. He finished his career at Providence with a record of 60-34-13, a 2.08 GAA, and a .931 SV%.

For the 2015-16 season, Gillies joined the Flames AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. He found more success there with a 2.31 GAA and a .920 SV% in seven games. He was Stockton’s number one goaltender in 2016-17, but also made his NHL debut on April 6th, 2017 and made 27 saves to defeat the Los Angeles Kings. In 2017-18, Gillies played in 11 games for Calgary, going 3-5-1 with a 2.88 GAA and a .896 SV%. He also played in 39 more games for Stockton.

After re-signing with the Flames, Gillies spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons as Stockton’s starting goaltender. He then signed a two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues in October 2020. He was assigned to the AHL’s Utica Comets and appeared in five games, posting a record of 3-1-2.

Gillies will join Jeremy Brodeur and Zach Bouthillier, who each started a game last weekend, in the Mariners goaltending ranks.

The Mariners, proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins, begin a five game homestand on Friday, welcoming in the expansion franchise, the Trois-Rivieres Lions for the first time at 7:15 PM. Bruins TV broadcaster Jack Edwards will make an appearance and it’s a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 popcorn, $2 hot dogs, and $3 draft beer through the start of the 2nd period. The Mariners are also home on Sunday for a Halloween afternoon contest against the Reading Royals at 3:00 PM, the “Scary Sundays.” Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS FIRE 45 SHOTS BUT FALL IN WORCESTER

WORCESTER, MA – October 23, 2021 – It took until 6:56 of the third period for the Mariners to face a deficit in the early season, but Nic Pierog’s rebound goal made the difference in a 4-3 Worcester Railers victory on Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester.

The first three goals all occurred in the final five minutes of the opening period. Mariners rookie forward Keltie Jeri-Leon found a streaking Mathew Santos at 15:41 of the opening frame to give Maine the 1-0 lead. It was Jeri-Leon’s first professional point. Worcester quickly got even when Nolan Vesey put a shot over a sprawling Zach Bouthillier, making his Mariners debut. Just as he did on Friday, Pascal Laberge scored in the final minute of the first, this time ripping a wrister home on a 2-on-1 at 19:45, giving Maine the 2-1 lead after one.

Worcester instantly got even again when Felix Bibeau beat Bouthillier’s glove on a Railers 2-on-1 just 23 seconds into the second period. At 10:46, Maine claimed its third lead on an impressive individual effort by forward Nick Master, splitting through the Railers defense and cashing in his own rebound. The Railers again tied the game, however, Vesey tipping home a Zach Malatesta shot off the rush at 14:59. The Mariners peppered Railers rookie goaltender Colten Ellis with 20 second period shots.

The turning point of the game came early in the third when Vesey was assessed a double minor penalty for roughing but the Mariners failed to get their power play set up. As Jacob Hayhurst escaped the box, serving for Vesey, he dashed down and ripped a shot off Bouthillier’s glove, which Pierog cleaned up for the game-winner. The Mariners mounted an attempt to get even with a late 6-on-4 chance, but Ellis made a spectacular save on Lewis Zerter-Gossage in the final minute.

Ellis made 42 saves to win his professional debut while Bouthillier made 26 saves in his.

The Mariners begin a five game homestand on Friday, welcoming in the Trois-Rivieres Lions for the first time at 7:15 PM. Boston Bruins TV broadcaster Jack Edwards will make an appearance and the Mariners will recognize hospitality industry workers. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 popcorn, $2 hot dogs, and $3 draft beer through the start of the 2nd period. The Mariners are also home on Sunday for a Halloween afternoon contest against the Reading Royals at 3:00 PM, the “Scary Sundays.” Tickets can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

TRALMAKS HAT TRICK HIGHLIGHTS MARINERS OPENING NIGHT WIN

PORTLAND, ME – October 22, 2021 – Eduards Tralmaks spent four seasons endearing himself to fans in Northern Maine. It took him just one game to win over the hearts of Mariners fans. In Maine’s 6-3 opening night victory over the Worcester Railers on Friday at the Cross Insurance Arena, Tralmaks registered a hat trick, including the game-winning goal. Not to be outdone, goaltender Jeremy Brodeur made 51 saves to shut down a 54-shot Railer attack.

A crowd of over 4,500 turned out for the first Mariners regular season game in 591 days, as the Mariners sported black and gold throwback jerseys to commemorate the new Boston Bruins affiliation. After a scoreless first half of the opening period, Tralmaks broke the double zeroes as he drove the net to bury a pass to the short side post from Cam Askew at 13:50. Brodeur’s perfect period was broken at 16:18 when Railers defenseman Nick Albano beat him with a point shot on a 4-on-3 Worcester power play, tying the score. In the final minute of the first, Pascal Laberge put Maine back ahead when he cleaned up a loose puck fed by Justin Brazeau from the right of Worcester goaltender Justin Kapelmaster. The Railers outshot Maine 26-11 in the opening frame.

In a much more even second period, the Mariners extended their lead with a power play goal from Lewis Zerter-Gossage at 14:49 of the middle frame. The Mariners gained control off an offensive zone faceoff and immediately moved the puck from circle to circle, Nick Master setting up Zerter-Gossage’s wrister. Maine led 3-1 at the end of two.

The Railers quickly got back in the game with a pair of 4-on-4 goals in the first 1:16 of the third period. Jacob Hayhurst beat Brodeur’s glove with a nifty crossover move just 51 seconds into the frame, which sparked Mike Cornell’s follow up of Anthony Repaci’s net drive just 25 seconds later to make it 3-3. The Mariners were able to regain the lead at 7:34 when Zerter-Gossage found Tralmaks to Kapelmaster’s right on a 2-on-1 around the Worcester net. Tralmaks then completed the hat trick five minutes later, camped on the door step, deflecting home a Brazeau power play shot. Mathew Santos added a goal at 17:50 to complete the 6-3 win.

Brodeur made 51 saves in his Mariners debut to earn the win, while Kapelmaster made 28 shots on 34 Maine shots. New Mariners head coach Ben Guite earned his first professional victory in his first game. Guite was a coach at the University of Maine for the past eight seasons.

The Mariners will visit Worcester on Saturday for a 7:35 PM faceoff at the DCU Center to finish the weekend.

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MARINERS ‘COMMUNITY COLLECTION’ PROGRAM RETURNS

PORTLAND, ME – October 21, 2021 – The Maine Mariners “Community Collection” program will return for the 2021-22 season. Originally launched in 2019-20, the Community Collection program allows the Mariners to use each home game as an opportunity to collect items for those in need in the Portland community and beyond.

The Mariners will collect items for four different charities this season: Good Shepherd Food Bank, Marine Toys for Tots, the Holden Police Department, and Preble Street. Each Community Collection segment will rotate over the course of the season based on the following schedule:

-October/November home games: Non-perishable food items (Good Shepherd Food Bank)
-December/January home games: Toys and stuffed animals (Toys For Tots & Holden Police Department)
-February/March/April home games: New toiletries/personal hygiene items (Preble Street)

“The Maine Mariners are not only an entertaining night out, but we also pride ourselves on being a vehicle for the community to help those in need,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “The collections of food, toys and toiletries this season will not only bring a little happiness to their lives, but also much-needed food and supplies.”

All four organizations will also be involved with specific game nights throughout the season: A Thanksgiving food drive (presented by News Center Maine) with Good Shepherd Food Bank on November 14th, Teddy Bear Toss with Toys For Tots and Holden Police Department on December 4th, and Underwear Toss with Preble Street on January 30th.

Fans can drop items at all Mariners home games, based on the above seasonal schedule, in the Trusted Choice Box Office area of the Cross Insurance Arena. There will be a table with collection boxes set up just outside the security gates. For every five food items, three toys or stuffed animals, or three toiletry items donated, fans can receive a ticket voucher to a Wednesday Mariners game by visiting the promotions port inside the gates after making their donation.

Due to an overwhelming showing of generosity by Mariners fans, the 2019-20 Community Collection program was a great success. Over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected for the South Portland Food Cupboard in the fall of 2019, followed by over 2,000 pairs of underwear and nearly 600 pairs of socks for Preble Street that winter. Over 150 books were also donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine in the spring of 2020.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

JUSTIN BRAZEAU ASSIGNED TO MAINE, COMPLETING SEASON OPENING ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – October 21, 2021 – Forward Justin Brazeau was assigned to the Mariners on Wednesday from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins. A former 100-point scorer in the Ontario Hockey League, Mariners fans may remember Brazeau from his time with the Newfoundland Growlers in 2019-20.

Brazeau, 23, hails from New Liskeard, ON and weights in at 6’6, 225 pounds. A star in the OHL, he played four seasons for the North Bay Batallion, where he increased his point total exponentially each year. In the 2018-19 season, he finished second in the league with 113 points in 68 games, including a league-best 61 goals. That season, he was also captain of the Batallion.

Brazeau also put up a 75-point campaign for North Bay the season prior.

Turning pro in 2019-20, Brazeau signed a two-year deal with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies. He played just one game for the Marlies and spent the remainder of the season with their ECHL affiliates and Mariners division rival, the Newfoundland Growlers. Brazeau led the Growlers with 27 goals, and was second on the team in points, with 55 in 57 games. He was named to the ECHL All-Rookie team.

Last season, Brazeau appears in 21 games for the Marlies, scoring four goals and adding one assist. In late August, he signed with Providence.

The Mariners season opening roster is now complete, consisting of 14 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders. Click here to view the roster.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on October 22nd, with the home opener against the Worcester Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS SPLIT PRESEASON SERIES WITH WORCESTER

WORCESTER, MA – October 16, 2021 – The Maine Mariners and Worcester Railers split a pair of preseason contests this weekend, with the visiting team claiming both victories. The Railers claimed a 5-3 victory on Friday night at The Colisee in Lewiston, ME, while the Mariners rebounded for a 3-1 victory at the Worcester Ice Center on Saturday night.

On Friday, the Worcester offense was led Ross Olsson, Nolan Vesey, and Drew Callin, who each had two points. Olsson led the way with two goals, including the game-winner at 10:28 of the third period, breaking a 3-3 tie. Brent Beaudoin sealed the victory with an empty net goal. The Mariners got a single goal in each period from newcomer forwards Devon Paliani, Brendan Robbins (a University of Maine alumnus), and Mathew Santos. They battled back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game on Santos’ goal early in the third. Defenseman Brycen Martin contributed a pair of assists in his return to the Mariners, after playing on the inaugural roster of 2018-19.

Callum Booth played the entire game in goal for the Mariners and made 30 saves on 34 shots. Booth is one of two Maine netminders under contract with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. The Railers split the net between Justin Kapelmaster and Corbin Kaczperski. Kapelmaster stopped 16 of 17, allowing only the Paliani goal, while Kaczperski went 19/21 to finish the game.

In the rematch on Saturday in Worcester, it was the University of Maine alumni stealing the show for the Mariners. Trailing 1-0 in the 2nd period, Robbins deflected home a shot from defenseman Marc-Olivier Duquette to tie the game. Less than three minutes later, Eduards Tralmaks, just assigned from Providence camp, put the Mariners ahead with a wrister between the circles. Defenseman Jason Horvath picked up assists on both goals. The Mariners locked it down in the third period and Santos added an empty net goal in the game’s final seconds. Both Zach Bouthillier (16/17) and Sean Bonar (17/17) put up strong performances in goal, splitting the game for the Mariners. Drew Callin scored the only goal for the Railers against Bouthillier in the first period.

The Mariners and Railers will meet again next weekend to open the regular season: Friday in Portland at 7:15 PM and Saturday in Worcester at 7:35 PM.

The Mariners are now proud affiliates of the Boston Bruins and begin their 2021-22 season, presented by Hannaford To Go on Friday, October 22nd, with the home opener against the Railers, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game mini plans, and 10-ticket flex plans are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.