MARINERS RALLY BACK FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE VICTORY

PORTLAND, ME – December 31, 2021 – Coming into their New Year’s Eve battle with the Mariners, the Trois-Rivieres Lions had been 7-0-0 this season when leading after two periods. Thanks to third period goals by Alex Kile, Mathew Santos, and Keltie Jeri-Leon, the Mariners came from behind to defeat the Lions, 5-3 and end 2021 on a high note.

The opening period didn’t see a lot of action, with the Lions scoring the only goal at the 2:35 mark. After Jeremy Brodeur kicked out a shot from Simon-Claude Blackburn, Lions forward Alexis D’aoust drove in for a rebound and buried it for the 1-0 Lions lead. Trois-Rivieres outshot Maine 10-4 in the opening frame.

Most of the scoring in the middle frame came in a 35-second span toward the midway point of the period. Lions defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst doubled the Trois-Rivieres lead at 10:06, but just 18 seconds later Nate Kallen got the Mariners on the board as he cleaned up a loose puck in the Lions crease on assists from Pascal Laberge and Mathew Santos. The 2-1 score only lasted 17 seconds however, as Anthony Nellis beat Brodeur’s stick side moments later to put the Lions lead back at two.

Late in the second period, the Mariners struck on the power play as Metis Roelens netted his first professional goal, sitting in the slot and deflecting a pass from Keltie Jeri-Leon from the left-wing circle. The Mariners trailed 3-2 entering the third.

About halfway through the third period, Alex Kile, who had scored four goals in his season debut on Wednesday, found the equalizer. Making a behind-the-back move on the right wall, Kile cut to the net and jammed one through Lions goaltender Tristan Berube to make it 3-3 at 10:07 of the third. With the Mariners feeling the momentum, they took their first lead of the game at 16:49. Defenseman Zach Malatesta, acquired in a trade yesterday, intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, and fed Mathew Santos, who streaked down the slot and beat Berube’s glove to make it 4-3. With Berube in the bench in the final minute, Jeremy Brodeur made an incredible sprawling save on Olivier Hinse to preserve the lead. Moments later, Roelens caused a turnover in the center zone and set up Jeri-Leon for an empty netter to seal the game.

Brodeur made 29 saves to earn his 7th win of the season, while Berube stopped 25 in his professional debut. The Mariners have won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-November and have now won three of their last four overall.

The Mariners (10-11-3-1) are home again tomorrow night, for their first of nine January home games, hosting the Adirondack Thunder at 6:00 PM. The first 500 fans will receive a Mariners scarf. The Ice Level Lounge is also open for individual ticket purchases, including access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS FLIP MARTIN FOR MALATESTA

PORTLAND, ME – December 30, 2021 – The Mariners and Indy Fuel completed a trade on Thursday, swapping defensemen. Blue liner Zach Malatesta is headed to Maine in exchange for Brycen Martin. The Fuel acquired Malatesta from the Worcester Railers, completing a future considerations deal.

Malatesta, a Boston area native, is in his fifth pro season. From 2017-2020, he played for the Atlanta Gladiators, where he became one of the premier offensive defensemen in the ECHL. During the 2019-20 season, Malatesta scored 14 goals, the second highest total for all ECHL defensemen. Prior to the 2020-21 season, he signed with the South Carolina Stingrays, where he would become their top-scoring defenseman as well, posting 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists) in 51 games.

Last season, Malatesta also got his first taste of the American Hockey League, playing in four games for the Hershey Bears. He registered one assist.

The 25-year-old signed with Worcester this past summer. He has appeared in 21 games for the Railers, with two goals and four assists. Both of his goals have come against the Mariners.

Brycen Martin will join his sixth ECHL team. The 25-year-old defenseman was in his second stint with the Mariners after re-signing in the offseason. In 17 games, Martin has no goals and nine assists.

In addition to Malatesta, the Mariners also receive a future consideration from the Fuel.

The Mariners, proud ECHL affiliates of the Boston Bruins, are home this Friday and Saturday night for New Year’s Eve (5:00 PM vs. Trois-Rivieres) and New Year’s Day (6:00 PM vs. Adirondack), offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. Both games are presented by Kit NA Brewing. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

KILE SCORES FOUR IN SEASON DEBUT AS MARINERS WIN WILD ONE

PORTLAND, ME – December 29, 2021 – Alex Kile was already a Mariners legend before suiting up for his first game of 2021-22 on Wednesday afternoon. The third-year Mariners forward was the first player ever signed by Maine’s ECHL franchise, the owner of the first ever game-winning goal in team history, and had three overtime winners on home ice two seasons ago. Kile added to his legacy on Wednesday, scoring four goals in his season debut to lead the Mariners to a 9-7 victory over the Worcester Railers at the Cross Insurance Arena.

Kile wasted little time getting on the board, opening the scoring with a deflection goal at 2:30 of the first period. Mathew Santos sent the puck up the boards to Brycen Martin, who snapped a shot through traffic that Kile got a stick on. The Mariners were unable to double their lead with a power play, despite multiple goal posts, and the Railers tied the game at 10:25. Worcester captain Jordan Smotherman skated in alone on Mariners goaltender Jeremy Brodeur and deked to the backhand to make it 1-1. Just over two minutes later, former Mariner Chris Ordoobadi put the Railers in the lead, when he pounced on a rebound off Brodeur’s glove from a point shot by Karl Boudrias. The Mariners pelted 19 first period shots on Railers goalie Jason Pawloski, but trailed, 2-1.

A combined seven goals were scored in the middle frame. Back-to-back goals by Pascal Laberge and Kile at 4:26 and 6:06 flipped the score back into the Mariners advantage. The Railers then got a pair from defenseman Nick Albano to go up 4-3, the second goal coming on a 5-on-3. On the second of the two penalties, the Mariners found a shorthanded goal to make it 4-4. Rookie forward Metis Roelens in his professional debut, created a 2-on-1 and fed Brendan Robbins, who one-timed it past Pawloski to even the score again. Less than two minutes later, Devon Paliani, who was traded from the Mariners to the Railers this morning, put Worcester back ahead with a wrister past Brodeur at 13:50. But before the period came to end, Kile was heard from again, completing the hat trick at 15:20, thanks to an impressive backhand pass from Laberge out of the right-wing corner. The game was tied 5-5 at the end of two.

Early in the third, Paliani haunted his former team again, scooping up a rebound and putting the Railers up 6-5 just 1:37 into the final regulation frame. Once again, the lead was short-lived, with Mariners defenseman Marc-Olivier Duquette tying it up 4:25, set up again by a falling Roelens. After back-to-back penalty kills and a key save by Brodeur, the Mariners would find their second lead of the game at 12:01 of the third, thanks to Keltie Jeri-Leon. Roelens, out of the Mariners defensive zone, sprung Jeri-Leon, who worked one-on-one against Albano. Fighting his way through, Jeri-Leon beat Pawloski five hole to make it 7-6 Maine. Duquette picked up a crucial insurance goal at 17:25, which would turn out to be the game-winner after Smotherman got one back for Worcester 32 seconds later, with the goaltender pulled, and the Railers on the power play. The game was finally put away when Kile hit the empty net at 18:32.

Brodeur stopped 44 of 51 to earn his sixth win. Alex Kile’s hat trick was the fifth for the Mariners in the 2021-22 season, all on home ice, and four against Worcester. It’s also the second straight home game with a Mariners hat trick after Nick Master accomplished the feat on December 10th. Metis Roelens registered four assists in his professional debut. The Mariners nine-goal output set a new franchise high.

The Mariners (9-11-3-1), are home this Friday and Saturday night for New Year’s Eve (5:00 PM vs. Trois-Rivieres) and New Year’s Day (6:00 PM vs. Adirondack), offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. Both games are presented by Kit NA Brewing. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS ADD SIZEABLE ROOKIE FORWARD ROELENS

PORTLAND, ME – December 27, 2021 – The Mariners have signed rookie forward Metis Roelens to a contract. A 6’4, 205-pound center, Roelens most recently played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Gatineau Olympiques.

Roelens is 21 years old and was born in Roeselare, Belgium. After playing midget hockey in Quebec for the Séminaire St-François Blizzard, he joined Gatineau in 2017-18. In his second QMJHL season, Roelens’ offensive production really took off, as he posted 44 points (18 goals, 26 assists) in 68 games. His 2019-20 season was even better, with 48 points in 56 contests. He stayed on pace in his final junior season – a condensed 2020-21, when he registered 29 points in 31 games for the Olympiques, plus a goal and an assist in four playoff contests.

Metis has a younger brother Milo, an 18-year-old who also plays in the QMJHL for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The Roelens brothers played together for Gatineau for parts of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

The Mariners, proud ECHL affiliates of the Boston Bruins, are home for three games this week, starting Wednesday against the Worcester Railers at 3:00 PM. It’s “Kids Day,” and the first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet, plus a family skate to follow the game. The Mariners are also home on New Year’s Eve (5:00 PM vs. Trois-Rivieres) and New Year’s Day (6:00 PM vs. Adirondack), offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. Both games are presented by Kit NA Brewing. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS WILL NOT PLAY AT WORCESTER DECEMBER 26

PORTLAND, ME – December 22, 2021 – The ECHL announced on Wednesday the following schedule change due to League Health and Safety Protocols.

* The Sunday, December 26 Maine at Worcester game will now be Adirondack at Worcester.

The Mariners (8-11-3-1) next home game is scheduled for Wednesday, December 29th, against the Railers, a 3:00 PM faceoff and “Kids Day.” The first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet and a postgame family skate will follow. The Mariners are also home on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. The New Year’s Eve celebration is presented by Kit NA Brewing, as the Mariners host Trois-Rivieres at 5:00 PM. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

LIONS BURST OUT AFTER MARINERS STRIKE FIRST

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC – December 18, 2021 – The Trois-Rivieres Lions scored five unanswered goals after the Mariners struck first on Saturday afternoon at the Colisee Videotron, and claimed a 5-2 win, taking two of three this week in Trois-Rivieres.

After a scoreless opening period, the Mariners scored a power play goal early in the 2nd to take a 1-0 lead. Jason Horvath ripped a one-timer off a pass from Connor Doherty that was deflected home by Andrew Romano, his 4th goal of the season. The Lions would respond with three unanswered goals in the period. Olivier Archambault scored on a breakaway at 4:21 of the period, Anthony Nellis finished a nifty pass from Peter Abbandonato at 9:11, and Alexis D’Aoust beat Jeremy Brodeur’s glove on a 2-on-1 at 14:08.

Archambault and Abbandonato added goals in the first 3:06 of the third period to stretch the Lions lead and chase Brodeur in favor of Zach Bouthillier. Conner Bleackley scored a power play goal in the final seconds, for his second goal of the weekend.

The Mariners (8-11-3-1) now have a week off for holiday break, returning to play on Saturday, December 26th at Worcester. The next home game is Wednesday, December 29th, also against the Railers, a 3:00 PM faceoff and “Kids Day.” The first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet and a postgame family skate will follow. The Mariners are also home on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. The New Year’s Eve celebration is presented by Kit NA Brewing, as the Mariners host Trois-Rivieres at 5:00 PM. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS TAME LIONS IN SHOOTOUT

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC – December 17, 2021 – The Mariners claimed their first extra time victory of the season on Friday night at the Colisee Videotron in Trois-Rivieres, defeating the Lions 4-3 in a shootout. Cam Askew scored the only goal of the mini-game, while Callum Booth capped a great overall performance by stopping all three Lions shooters.

The Mariners got on the board first, using their power play. Patrick Shea set up in the slot and tipped a pass from Jason Horvath into the top shelf for a 1-0 Maine lead at 1:31 of the opening frame. Former Mariner Shawn St-Amant then scored a pair of goals in the period to give the Lions the edge. First, at 10:20, he finished a feed from Jonathan Joannette to tie it up with a shot from a severe angle. Then, at 12:52, St-Amant scored a power play goal, camped beside Mariners netminder Callum Booth, and deflected a feed from Olivier Archambault. The Mariners took 18 minutes in penalties in the first period, including 12 from defenseman Garrett Clarke, who was assessed a match penalty and a five minute major late in the frame.

Playing in his 17th game of the season, Mariners forward Conner Bleackley got his long-awaited first goal at 5:11 of the 2nd period, sneaking a shot from the goal line between Lions netminder Kevin Poulin and the post, to tie the game at 2. The Mariners reclaimed their lead a little over four minutes later, using the power play again. Horvath fed Mathew Santos for a one-timer that got past Poulin through tangled players in front. Santos’ 6th goal of the season made it 3-2 Maine. Before the period expired, Trois-Rivieres got the equalizer from Jonathan Joannette, swatting home a bouncing puck behind Booth. It was 3-3 after two.

Both teams had ample opportunities in the 3rd period, each with 11 shots, but the game proceeded to overtime. The Mariners had the better chances in the sudden death frame, outshooting the Lions, 6-0. Trois Rivieres’ Anthony Nellis rang a goal post. After seven minutes of scoreless 3-on-3, Cam Askew beat Poulin in the 2nd round of the shootout, while Booth stopped all three Lions shooters, finishing with a save on their leading scorer, Olivier Archambault. Booth made 37 saves in the game to earn his 2nd win of the season. Poulin stopped 36 in the loss. The Mariners snapped a 7-game road losing streak.

The Mariners (8-10-3-1) and Lions finish their series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM and then enjoy a week off for the holiday break, returning to play on Saturday, December 26th at Worcester. The next home game is Wednesday, December 29th, also against the Railers, a 3:00 PM faceoff and “Kids Day.” The first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet and a postgame family skate will follow. The Mariners are also home on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, offering one-time individual ticket purchases in premium seating areas (Poseidon’s Platform on New Year’s Eve and the Ice Level Lounge on New Year’s Day), each which include access to a cash bar and other complimentary food and drink specials. The New Year’s Eve celebration is presented by Kit NA Brewing, as the Mariners host Trois-Rivieres at 5:00 PM. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

MARINERS FALL IN TROIS-RIVIERES TO OPEN WEEK IN QUEBEC

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC – December 15, 2021 – A pair of third period goals lifted the Trois-Rivieres Lions to a 4-2 win over the Maine Mariners on Wednesday night at the Colisee Videotron in Trois-Rivieres. It was the first of three games this week in the first ever trip to Quebec for the Mariners, taking on one of the ECHL’s expansion franchises.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead at 13:57 mark of the opening period, on a goal by Anthony Deluca. After Shawn St-Amant drove the net to get Jeremy Brodeur out of position, defenseman Philippe Bureau-Blais quickly ripped a pass from the left point to Deluca down to the left of a sprawling Brodeur.

In the opening minute of the 2nd period, the Mariners tied it up on Westin Michaud’s first goal as a Mariner. Michaud trailed Nick Master’s zone entry and picked up a loose puck, flipping it past Lions netminder Philippe Desrosiers to make it 1-1. After new Mariner Garrett Clarke dropped the gloves with Trois Riveries’ Danick Malouin, the Lions went back ahead. Nicolas Lariviere broke down the left side and ripped a wrister past the glove of Brodeur at 11:27 of the middle frame, giving Trois-Rivieres a 2-1 lead. Moments later, Maxime St-Cyr was awarded a penalty shot, and Brodeur made a key save, one of 17 in the period. At the 16:43 mark, Maine got even again when Conner Bleackley fed Marc-Olivier Duquette, and Duquette beat Desrosiers with a shot from the top of the right circle.

The Lions broke the 2-2 tie at the 9:31 mark of the third when Cedric Desruisseaux buried a rebound off a broken play, started by a Olivier Galipeau cross ice pass, and off a shot by Maxime St-Cyr of Brodeur’s pad. St-Cyr added insurance at 16:20 when he cleaned up a shot off the post from Deluca.

The Lions outshot the Mariners 42-27 in the game, with Brodeur making 38 saves and Desrosies stopping 25 for his league-leading 11th win.

The Mariners (7-10-3-1) and Lions play two more in Trois-Rivieres this weekend, with the next game set for 7:00 PM on Friday and the series finale at 3:00 PM on Saturday. Mariners road games are broadcast on FloHockey.tv and on the Mariners Radio Network at MarinersofMaine.com/listen. The next home game is Wednesday, December 29th against Worcester, a 3:00 PM faceoff and “Kids Day.” The first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet and a postgame family skate will follow. The Mariners are also home on New Year’s Eve, taking on the Trois-Rivieres Lions at 5:00 PM. For the first time ever, “Poseidon’s Platform” will be open for individual ticket purchases, which will include a champagne toast for and access to a cash bar for all fans 21+. The Ice Level Lounge area will be open on New Year’s Day with a similar deal that includes a food buffet, free soda and water, and access to a cash bar. The Mariners host Adirondack at 6 PM on January 1st. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.

BRICKNELL AND ROMANO LEAD COMEBACK EFFORT, MARINERS FALL A GOAL SHORT

WORCESTER, MA – December 11, 2021 – After a rough opening period, the Mariners battled through the final 40 minutes to give the Worcester Railers all they could handle on Friday night at the DCU Center. Their comeback effort fell a goal short, however as Worcester, led by captain Jordan Smotherman’s hat trick, claimed a 4-2 victory over Maine.

Worcester built up a 3-0 lead in the opening period, thanks to a 20-1 shot advantage. At 8:17, Brent Beaudoin set off the Railers’ Teddy Bear Toss when he finished off a puck that trickled between the pads of Callum Booth off a shot from Reese Newkirk. A pair of goals by Smotherman followed, at 9:30 and 17:38 to open the Worcester lead.

It remained 3-0 until the late stages of the 2nd period, when the Mariners began showing signs of life. A power play goal by Jake Bricknell got the Mariners on the board at 15:32, a wrist shot from the right circle, set up by Westin Michaud and Jason Horvath. Just a minute later, a nifty redirect by Andrew Romano on a shot by Marc-Olivier Duquette suddenly cut the Railers lead to 3-2. It was a one-goal game heading into the third.

The Mariners turned up the pressure in the final minutes of the third period and came close to tying the game, but Smotherman slid one into an empty net at 18:44 to complete his hat trick. Booth left the game midway through the second period with an injury, and Jeremy Brodeur stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief. In the Railers net, Jimmy Poreda made 15 stops to earn his first professional win. The home team has now won all seven games between the Mariners and Railers this season.

The Mariners (7-9-3-1) had their scheduled Sunday game at Adirondack postponed due to ECHL Health & Safety Protocols, so their next action will be on Wednesday, December 15th week in Quebec, Canada against the Trois-Rivieres Lions at 7 PM. It’s the first of three games in Trois-Rivieres leading into the holiday break. All Mariners road games are broadcast on FloHockey.tv and on the Mariners Radio Network at MarinersofMaine.com/listen. The next home game is Wednesday, December 29th against Worcester, a 3:00 PM faceoff and “Kids Day.” The first 500 kids will receive a Mariners silicone bracelet and a postgame family skate will follow. Individual tickets for all games can be purchased online at MarinersOfMaine.com/tickets or by visiting the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena.