MARINERS WEEKLY: MARINERS HIT ROAD FOR FOUR

Oct. 14, 2019 – The Mariners will play seven straight home games starting October 25th, but before the home cooking begins, they are greeted by a four game road trip that will get them into the full swing of the 2019-20 season. A disappointing start to the campaign last Friday night has the Mariners off to an 0-1-0-0 start, as they now set their sights on making an improvement on their road record from a season ago.

 

The week that was
Friday, Oct. 11th – ADK: 5, MNE: 2

The Mariners played a flat first 40 minutes, falling into an early 1-0 deficit before a minute had ticked off the clock. Still, it remained a one goal game until well into period two when Shane Conacher and Felix Girard widened the Adirondack lead to three. Taylor Cammarata got a pair in quick order late in the 3rd, but it fell into the category of “too little, too late.” The Thunder added an insurance goal followed by an empty netter to bring it to a 5-2 final, downing the Mariners on their home ice to open the season for the second consecutive year. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

Transactions (oldest to most recent)
D Brandon Crawley assigned to Maine from AHL Hartford
F Brett Supinski traded to Idaho for future considerations
D Jeff Taylor assigned to Maine from AHL Hartford

 

This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Fri, Oct. 18 @ Worcester Railers – 7:05 PM (AWAY)
Sat, Oct. 19 @ Reading Royals – 7:00 PM (AWAY)
Sun, Oct. 20 @ Reading Royals – 4:00 PM (AWAY)

The Mariners had Worcester’s number last season, going 10-4-0 against their New England rivals. The two teams will meet Friday at the DCU Center in the first of 18 matchups on 2019-20, not including a 4-1 Railers preseason victory on October 5th in Exeter, New Hampshire. The Railers are off to a 1-0-0-0 start after defeating Adirondack on Saturday night, 5-1. The Reading Royals are in Newfoundland, where they took three of four points last weekend, and will finish their series with the Growlers on Tuesday night. Saturday will mark their home opener. All games will be broadcast for free on the Mariners Radio Network (MarinersOfMaine.com/listen), with pregame coverage beginning 15 minutes prior to opening faceoff. Streaming TV broadcasts are available through ECHL.tv, with the “away” button carrying the Mariners broadcast.

 

Other Events:
Thurs, Oct. 17 – Mariners Coach’s Show featuring head coach/assistant GM Riley Armstrong & forward Taylor Cammarata – Three Dollar Deweys (241 Commercial St. in Portland)

 

Looking ahead:
The Mariners are back home for a two game series on October 25th and 26th against the Newfoundland Growlers. Former AHL Mariners broadcaster and current Boston Bruins TV host Dale Arnold will make on appearance on October 25th for “New England Sports Night.” October 26th is a Halloween themed game, “Monsters and Mariners.” All Saturday and Sunday home games this season feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, food/drink vouchers, and four Mariners can koozies, starting as low as $80. November is a busy month at the Cross Insurance Arena – featuring eight home games – six on Friday and Saturday. The full promotional schedule is here.

 

Community Collection:

The Mariners and the Cross Insurance Arena are collecting non-perishable food donations to benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard throughout the months of October and November. Fans who donate five items will receive a ticket to a Mariners weekday game. (must donate items at a Mariners game)

DEFENSEMAN JEFF TAYLOR ASSIGNED TO MAINE FROM HARTFORD

Photo credit: wbspenguins.com

PORTLAND, ME – October 14, 2019 – A Mariners defensive core already filled with experience, added even more on Monday, as the Hartford Wolf Pack announced the assignment of defenseman Jeff Taylor to Maine. Taylor was a 2014 draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins and has been a professional since 2017.

Taylor, 25 years old, is from Clifton Park, NY, where he played two years of high school hockey with Albany Academy. In his first year of juniors in 2012-13, his Dubuque Fighting Saints won the USHL’s Clark Cup, Taylor putting in a solid year with 27 points in 57 games on the blue line – and five more in 11 postseason contests. After just one season in the USHL, it was on to Union College, where he was once again a National Champion the following season. Union defeated Taylor Cammarata and the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a 7-4 final in the National Championship game. Jeff Taylor registered an assist on Union’s first goal. He finished his freshman campaign with 16 points in 41 games, seeing the number rise to 31 points in 34 games the following year. In 149 career college games, Taylor put up 92 points (18 goals, 74 assists). He was an alternate captain his senior year.

The Penguins selected Taylor in the 7th round, 203rd overall in the 2014 draft, and he began his pro career with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the end of the 2016-17 season. He remained in the Penguins system through last season, playing between Wilkes-Barre and the Pens’ ECHL affiliate, Wheeling Nailers. In 29 career ECHL games, Taylor has 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists). This past August, Taylor signed an AHL deal with Hartford.

The Mariners blue line now consists of five defenseman with AHL experience: Taylor, Brandon Crawley, Jonathan Racine, Scott Savage, and Zach Tolkinen.

The Mariners begin a four game road trip Friday in Worcester, which continues in Reading and Adirondack through Wednesday, October 23rd. They’ll return home to begin a seven game home stand with the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday, October 25th at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Current Boston sports personality and former AHL Mariners broadcaster, Dale Arnold will be making an appearance and signing autographs as part of “New England Sports Night.” For more information and to purchase tickets, go to CLICK HERE, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

MARINERS COMEBACK ATTEMPT FALLS SHORT IN HOME OPENER

GAME STATS

PORTLAND, ME – October 11, 2019 – True to their comeback spirit from last season, the Maine Mariners attempted to erase a three goal deficit late in the third period, but ultimately fell short in their rally, dropping a 5-2 opening night decision to the Adirondack Thunder. Taylor Cammarata scored both Maine goals. Felix Girard and Robbie Payne each had three points for the victorious Thunder.

Just 47 seconds into the game, Adirondack got things started when Antoine Waked passed the puck to Charlie Curti who took a shot that was saved by Mariners netminder and former NHL first round pick, Tom McCollum, but Ara Nazarian was there to collect the rebound and put Adirondack on the board. McCollum made ten saves on eleven shots faced in the first period, and Nazarian’s goal was the only one on the board.

The Mariners were unable to capitalize on an early second period power play and shortly after, found themselves shorthanded. Adirondack was able to pot a power play goal when Colby Sissons slid the puck over to Robbie Payne who took a hard shot off McCollum’s pads that bounced right out to Shane Conacher, sitting right in the slot leading to him burying the puck at the 15:27 mark of the period. At the 9:03 mark of the second, Maine received a bench penalty for too many men on the ice and it only took 11 seconds for Adirondack’s powerplay to take care of business once again, when Robbie Payne punched to puck out front to Antoine Waked who tossed it on net. Felix Girard crashed the net hard and hammered away until it popped in past McCollum.

With 8:13 left in the third, Adirondack’s Tommy Parran was penalized for holding and that’s when Maine showed life when Taylor Cammarata buried a power play goal that came from Michael McNicholas and Jonathan Racine with 7:42 left on the clock. Seconds after the goal was scored, a scrum ensued involving Maine’s Morgan Adams-Moisan, who fought Robbie Payne helping bring the crowd alive. The Mariners continued their momentum with Cammarata scoring his second goal of the night less than two minutes later. Terrence Wallin drove the net, popping the puck into the air and Cammarata was able to bat it home, confirmed after video review. Zach Tolkinen received a secondary assist on the play.

Adirondack grabbed momentum back when Girard potted his second of the night with only 3:37 left on clock making it a 4-2 game. Maine pulled McCollum to add a sixth skater but Payne scored an empty net goal for his third point of the evening, making it a 5-2 final.

The final shot totals favored Adirondack, 43 to 33. McCollum made 38 stops, while Adirondack’s Eamon McAdam stopped 31 for the win.

The Mariners embark on a four game road trip beginning Friday in Worcester. They’ll return home to begin a seven game homestand with the Newfoundland Growlers on Friday, October 25th at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Current Boston sports personality and former AHL Mariners broadcaster, Dale Arnold will be making an appearance and signing autographs as part of “New England Sports Night.” For more information and to purchase tickets, go to MarinersOfMaine.com, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

MARINERS TRADE SUPINSKI TO IDAHO

PORTLAND, ME – October 9th, 2019 – The Mariners have traded forward Brett Supinski to the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for future considerations, the team announced Wednesday. Supinski is a rookie forward out of Union College, whom the Mariners signed to an SPC over the summer.

Supinski is a 6’0, 175-pound forward from Collegeville, PA. He finished up his NCAA career last season with Union College (Schenectady, NY), where he averaged 27 points over four seasons. The Mariners signed Supinski in late July, and he skated in the team’s lone preseason game this past Saturday against the Worcester Railers at the Rinks At Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire.

The Steelheads now owe a future consideration to the Mariners.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off this Friday, October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Tickets to opening night and all 36 home games are available at MarinersOfMaine.com. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans, flex packs and group tickets are also available. For more information, go to MarinersOfMaine.com, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

MARINERS CAPTAINS NAMED FOR 2019-20 SEASON

Defenseman Zach Tolkinen returns for his second season as Mariners captain

PORTLAND, ME – October 9th, 2019 – The Mariners announced their 2019-20 captains during an open practice session on Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. Returning defenseman Zach Tolkinen reclaims the captaincy, while defenseman Scott Savage and forward Terrence Wallin will once again serve as alternates. Joining them will be defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason.

Tolkinen, a 29-year-old defenseman from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, was named the team’s inaugural captain last October, after signing as a free agent in the summer of 2018. Following Riley Armstrong from Wheeling to Maine, Tolkinen posted his best offensive season since his rookie campaign, putting up 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 47 games. His success on the ice and in the locker room led to a pair of AHL stints with the Mariners affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. After over 300 games played at the ECHL level, Tolkinen finally got the chance to make his AHL debut, suiting up in nine games for the Wolf Pack, and ultimately re-signing with Hartford in the offseason. He was assigned to Maine following Wolf Pack training camp.

Savage, 24 years old, is a defenseman from San Clemente, California, who was also a Mariners alternate captain to start 2018-19. After playing 23 games with Maine, Savage was loaned to the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals in December of 2018, where he stayed until suffering a season-ending injury in February. Savage had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 23 games with Maine and two assists in 19 games with Milwaukee. Savage re-signed with the Admirals in April, but the Mariners maintained his ECHL rights by issuing him a qualifying offer, and he was assigned to Maine after Admirals camp.

Terrence Wallin also keeps his role as alternate captain after re-signing with the Mariners in June. Wallin saw significant AHL time in 2018-19, playing 23 games for Hartford, where he registered one assist. In 41 games with Maine, Wallin scored 11 goals and added 19 assists. The 27-year-old is a native of Yardley, Pennsylvania but makes his home in Kennebunk, Maine. Wallin has been in the ECHL since 2015-16, when he debuted with the Adirondack Thunder.

Defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, 23, came over to Maine in the offseason as a free agent, after two season in the ECHL with Wichita. Crevier-Morin is a native of Chateauguay, Quebec, playing for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL before turning pro in 2017-18. In 56 games for Wichita last season, Crevier-Morin scored one goal and added eight assists.

ECHL “season opening rosters” will be rolled out over the next day, with 21 players permitted on active rosters for the first 30 days of the season, plus two reserve spots and an unlimited amount of injured reserve spots.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off this Friday, October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Tickets to opening night and all 36 home games are available HERE. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans, flex packs and group tickets are also available. For more information, CLICK HERE, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

CRAWLEY REASSIGNED TO MAINE

PORTLAND, ME – October 8th, 2019 – Defenseman Brandon Crawley was reassigned to the Mariners from the Hartford Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Crawley is a 2017 fourth round draft pick of the Rangers and has spent the previous two full seasons with the Wolf Pack.

A native of Glen Rock, New Jersey, Crawley played for the OHL’s London Knights in juniors and was a point-producing defensemen, averaging over 20 points per season in his three year span there from 2014-17. During the 2015-16 season, London captured both the OHL’s Championship and the CHL’s Memorial Cup. The Rangers selected Crawley 123rd overall in 2017.

In his rookie season of 2017-18, Crawley appeared in 64 games for the Wolf Pack and had two goals and three assists. He increased his production to 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 50 games for Hartford last season. Crawley is 22 years old is 6’1, 205 lbs.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off this Friday, October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Tickets to opening night and all 36 home games are available at MarinersOfMaine.com. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans, flex packs and group tickets are also available. For more information, go to MarinersOfMaine.com, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

MARINERS WEEKLY: SEASON BEGINS FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOME

Oct. 8, 2019 – Season two of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off this Friday night, October 11th, as the Mariners welcome in the Adirondack Thunder to the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. The season opener marks a rematch of the inaugural Mariners game last October, which resulted in a 6-3 Adirondack victory. The Mariners and Thunder will get well acquainted in 2019-20, with 18 head to head matchups on the schedule. Friday marks one of just three October home games for Maine, and the only game of opening weekend.

 

The week that was
Saturday, Oct. 5th – WOR: 4, MNE: 1 (preseason)

The Mariners and Worcester Railers faced off in a preseason tune-up on Saturday night at the Rinks At Exeter in Exeter, New Hampshire. Both lineups consisted largely of players “on the bubble” to make their respective teams. The Railers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening period and pulled away with three goals in the 2nd. Forward Dawson Leedahl (New York Rangers), scored Maine’s lone goal in the third period. Ryan Ferrill also fought Worcester’s Ross Olsson. FULL GAME RECAP

Photo credit: Kristin Basnett (The Sin Bin)

 

Transactions (oldest to most recent)
Released from tryout: G Daniel Spencer
Released from SPC: D Felix Cloutier, F Ted Hart, D Pierre Ouellette, D Dallas Rossiter, D Rich Boyd, F Dwyer Tschantz

F Morgan Adams-Moisan assigned to Maine from the Laval Rocket

 

This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Fri, Oct. 11 vs. Adirondack Thunder – 7:15 PM (HOME) – SEASON OPENER

Doors will open at 6:15 PM on Friday (6:00 for season ticket holders). All fans will receive a magnet schedule, courtesy of Portland North Dental. Mariners Vice President of Operations Daniel Briere will drop the ceremonial puck alongside the winner of a fan contest. It’s the first “1-2-3 Friday” of the season: $1 Aquafina Waters, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the second period. The Mariners “Community Collection” program will also begin. Non-perishable food donations will be accepted in the Promotions Port at all October home games. Fans who bring five items will receive a ticket to a future weekday game. Donations will benefit the South Portland Food Cupboard. The game will be broadcast live on ECHL.tv and the Mariners Radio Network, powered by Mixlr, coverage beginning at 7 PM.

 

Other Events:
Tues, Oct. 8 – Open Practice, Player Intros, & Captains Revealed – 5:30 PM – Cross Insurance Arena (FREE TO PUBLIC)*
*followed by an autograph session for full season ticket holders only
Thurs, Oct. 10 – Mariners Coach’s Show featuring Danny Briere & Mariners players – Three Dollar Deweys (241 Commercial St. in Portland)

 

Looking ahead:
The Mariners embark on a four game road trip starting October 18th, that will take them to Worcester, Reading, and Adirondack. They’re back home for a two game series on October 25th and 26th against the Newfoundland Growlers. Former AHL Mariners broadcaster and current Boston Bruins TV host Dale Arnold will make on appearance on October 25th for “New England Sports Night.” October 26th is a Halloween themed game, “Monsters and Mariners.” All Saturday and Sunday home games this season feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, food/drink vouchers, and four Mariners can koozies, starting as low as $80.

DALE ARNOLD RETURNS FOR NEW ENGLAND SPORTS NIGHT

PORTLAND, ME – October 7, 2019 – Boston Bruins television host, former Maine Mariners play-by-play announcer, and New England sportscasting legend Dale Arnold will return to the Cross Insurance Arena on Friday, October 25th as part of “New England Sports Night,” as the Mariners host the Newfoundland Growlers at 7:15 PM.

Arnold, who is a native of Brunswick, was the voice of the AHL’s Maine Mariners from 1979-1986, shortly after he graduated from Bowdoin College. He followed the legendary Mike “Doc” Emrick behind the Mariners microphone, and went on to call play-by-play for the New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins. Arnold returned to the arena he used to call home for the first time for a game last April, when making the rounds promoting his new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Boston Bruins Stories from the Boston Bruins Ice, Locker Room, and Press Box.

“During the tour for release of my book last hockey season, one of my very favorite stops was before the Maine Mariners game at the Cross Insurance Arena,” said Arnold. “That team and that arena was such a huge part of my career and where I am today. I can’t wait to come back and visit with Mariner fans again on October 25th.”

Arnold is currently the host of Boston Bruins pre-game, postgame, and intermission shows on NESN, as well as the host of “The Dale and Keefe Show” on WEEI radio in Boston. He’s a three time regional Emmy Award winner, and was the play-by-play announcer for both the Bruins and New Jersey Devils in his career. Arnold has the distinction for being the only person to have broadcast for all four New England major sports teams (Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics, and Patriots). He’s filled in on Red Sox radio as recently as this past summer.

Arnold will sign autographs in the concourse during the first intermission and also have a limited quantity of his book available for purchase. Other features of “New England Sports Night” will include a photo booth with New England sports props, highlights featuring the local major sports teams, and a magnet schedule giveaway presented by Portland North Dental, while supplies last. It’s also a “1-2-3 Friday”, featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the 2nd period.

The second season of Maine Mariners ECHL hockey kicks off this Friday, October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. Tickets to opening night and all 36 home games are available at MarinersOfMaine.com. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans, flex packs and group tickets are also available. For more information, go to MarinersOfMaine.com, call 833-GO-MAINE, or visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.

MARINERS ADD ADAMS-MOISAN TO ROSTER

PORTLAND, ME – October 7th, 2019 – The Mariners have added forward Morgan Adams-Moisan to their training camp roster, as assigned by the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Adams-Moisan was the team’s fourth leading goal scorer in 2018-19, as he became a fan favorite in the Mariners lineup.

As a 21-year-old rookie, Adams-Moisan began the 2018-19 season with the Mariners on assignment from Laval and got off to a slow start in point production, but was team’s primary physical enforcer. After going goalless in his first 14 professional games, Adams-Moisan found the net in a home win against the Reading Royals on November 28th, 2018, and caught fire from there. In a 17-game span between November 28th and a January 13th, Adams-Moisan scored 13 goals, adding three assists, and earning his first AHL recall. In 16 games with Laval, he scored one goal, added one assist, and racked up 26 penalty minutes. His Mariners season stats totaled 15 goals, six assists, and 98 penalty minutes in 42 games.

A native of La Tuque, QC, Adams-Moisan re-signed with the Rocket in June. He joins goaltender Connor LaCouvee as Rocket contracted players on the Mariners training camp roster. The roster currently sits at 26 players (16 forwards, 7 defensemen, and three goaltenders). An updated roster can be viewed here.

The Mariners kick off the regular season on Friday October 11th at home when the Adirondack Thunder visit the Cross Insurance Arena for a 7:15 PM faceoff. It’s the first 1-2-3 Friday of the season: $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. Tickets are available HERE. Full and half season plans along with 12-game mini plans, flex packs and group tickets are also still available. For more information, CLICK HERE, call 833-GO-MAINE visit the Mariners front office at 94 Free St. in Portland.