RONNING’S SHORTHANDED GOAL GIVES MARINERS WEEKEND SWEEP OF THUNDER

PORTLAND, ME – December 7, 2019 – Ty Ronning’s shorthanded goal at 11:40 of the third period broke a 4-4 tie and ultimately gave the Mariners a 5-4 win over the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. It was the second such final score of the weekend, after a 5-4 Mariners OT win on Friday night in Glens Falls. Jake Elmer continued his dominance of Adirondack with two goals, including the anticipated “Teddy Bear Toss” goal early in the game.

It didn’t take long for the Mariners to find the Teddy Bear Toss goal, and the goal scorer came as no surprise. Jake Elmer, who had a hat trick capped by the overtime winner on Friday night in Glens Falls, took a pass from Ted Hart in the slot and beat Eamon McAdam to send the stuffed animals flying. Over 1,500 stuffed animals were collected to benefit local fire departments.

Adirondack rallied for three goals between 12:14 and 15:05 of the first period to take a 3-1 lead. Defenseman Colby Sissons ripped a shot off the post from outside the left wing circle at 12:14 to the tie game. Thirty-six seconds later, James Henry redirected a center point drive from Gabriel Verpaelst to put Adirondack ahead. At 15:05, a puck that rolled off the end boards was misplayed by Mariners goaltender Connor LaCouvee allowing defenseman Tommy Parran to fly in and poke it home for a 3-1 Thunder lead. Before the period ended, Ryan Gropp displayed a great individual effort to bring the deficit back to one, as his zone-entry wrister beat McAdam’s stick side.

At 6:11 of the second, the Mariners pulled even when Ryan Ferrill caught McAdam by surprise and cashed a rebound created by an Alex Kile blocked shot. The Thunder regained their lead at 14:36 when they converted on the power play. Casey Pierro-Zabotel was on the doorstep to tap home a shot from Charlie Curti to make it 4-3. Of Adirondack’s nine power play goals to that point on the season, six had come against Maine. The Thunder skated into the third with the one goal lead.

Elmer struck again at 6:04 of the third to tie the game at four. At the end of his shift, Michael McNicholas was able to nudge a puck ahead in the neutral zone and spring Elmer alone on McAdam, who tried to poke check the puck away but left the high glove side open. Of Elmer’s ten goals on the season, nine have come against Adirondack.

“I just seem to have a lucky streak against them,” said Elmer. “Hopefully it will carry on to another team and through the whole group.”

It was also Elmer’s fifth goal of the weekend. He’s now tied for the team lead with Terrence Wallin.

“I think once you get on a roll you can kind of get comfortable with how you’re playing and kind of just get a streak going,” Elmer  said. “I’m just trying to carry out with that, try to keep things the same and try not to get in my head.”

The Mariners killed off three crucial penalties in the third with Adirondack up 4-3 and then the game tied at four.

“I felt the penalty kill did well. We were in the box pretty much the whole night,” said Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager Riley Armstrong. “We altered a couple things, made a couple of adjustments and I thought we nailed it down pretty good. [LaCouvee] answered the bell in the third period, making some big saves for us which changed the momentum of the game and kind of put it in our favor. I think the guys really came together in the third.”

During the third of the three penalty kills in the third, Terrence Wallin gained the Adirondack zone with the puck and crossed to the middle, eventually leaving it behind for Ty Ronning near the right wing circle. Ronning powered a wrist shot over McAdam’s glove for a 5-4 Mariners lead, and Maine’s first shorthanded goal of the season. It held up as the game-winner. Ronning was just reassigned from AHL Hartford by the New York Rangers last night.

“You come back you know you’re going to be playing a lot,” said Ronning “I just wanted to go play my game. “I knew I had a lot to prove and I just wanted to play my game. We got the outcome we wanted and it was all around a fun game to play.”

In between the pipes, LaCouvee made 38 saves on 42 Adirondack shots to earn his fifth win. McAdam stopped 19 of 24 to suffer the loss. The Mariners (10-9-0-1) pulled to within four points of Adirondack for fourth place in the North Division, with still four games in hand.

The Mariners and Thunder will play again at the Cross Insurance Arena on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Santa Claus will be on the concourse taking photos at no cost. It’s the last chance to catch the Mariners on home ice before Christmas. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Four tiers of holiday packs are also available at MarinersOfMaine.com.

TY RONNING REASSIGNED TO MAINE

PORTLAND, ME – December 7, 2019 – After playing hero in last season’s Teddy Bear Toss game, forward Ty Ronning makes his return to the Mariners just in time to have a chance for an encore performance. Ronning was reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Mariners on Saturday.

A 22 year old from Burnaby, BC, Ty is the son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning. Selected by the Rangers in round seven of the 2016 NHL draft, Ronning joined the organization after playing for the WHL’s Vancouver Giants. He made his pro debut for Hartford in the 2016-17 season, playing 12 games, scoring two goals, and adding two assists. He returned to Vancouver for his final season of juniors in 2017-18 and put up 84 points in 70 games.

Ronning begin 2018-19 in Hartford but was assigned to the Mariners in late November. In 25 games for Maine, Ronning had 12 goals and 10 assists, including a five point performance in his Mariners debut on November 24th, 2018, which still stands as the franchise record for points in a single game. He began this season with the Mariners, and had five points (three goals, two assists) before his recall on October 24th. In nine games for Hartford, Ronning didn’t register a point, while taking four minutes of penalties.

Ronning’s arrival gives the Mariners six players on NHL contracts (Ronning, Jake Elmer, Ryan Gropp, Dawson Leedahl, Sean Day, Brandon Crawley)

The Mariners host the Adirondack Thunder tonight for Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. It’s a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena and fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of 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.

ELMER’S SECOND HAT TRICK BEATS ADIRONDACK IN OVERTIME

GLENS FALLS, NY – December 6, 2019 – Jake Elmer has scored eight goals this season – seven against the Adirondack Thunder. His overtime winner exactly halfway through the extra session on Friday night at the Cool Insuring Arena sealed his second hat trick against the Thunder in less than a month and clinched the Mariners a 5-4 win to start a three game series between Maine and Adirondack.

The opening period was even across the board, with neither team finding the net, each team taking five shots, and each being assessed one penalty. The scoring started to come fast and furious early in the 2nd when Sean Day carried the puck down low and Alex Kile fed Jake Elmer for a backdoor tap in and 1-0 Mariners lead just 45 seconds in. After the Mariners came up empty on a power play, they doubled their lead at 5:33, when Terrence Wallin’s attempted pass deflected off Adirondack defenseman Charlie Curti and past netminder Evan Cormier. At 6:20, they stretched it to 3-0 as Ted Hart followed a Dwyer Tschantz blocked shot and scored his fourth goal of the season. Adirondack’s Jake Linhart got the Thunder on the board at 8:30 when his long point shot beat Connor LaCouvee’s stick side. Just 27 seconds later, Elmer got his second goal of the game when his attempted pass from below the goal line ricocheted off Curti again and over Cormier to make it 4-1. The gap was closed back to two at 16:10 as the Thunder followed up a missed 2-on-1 and a puck deflected off Alex Carrier and over an outstretched LaCouvee, just landing over the goal line. The Mariners took the 4-2 lead into the third.

About six minutes into the third, the Mariners were assessed a minor penalty for two many men on the ice, which led to a Robbie Payne power play goal to close the gap to one. It remained 4-3 until the 15:43 mark, when Payne deflected in Nikita Popugaev’s drive past LaCouvee to even the score. The Mariners were outshot 13-4 in the third, as each team earned a point by forcing OT.

Elmer netted the hat trick goal and simultaneous game-winner at 3:30 of OT when he circled out from below the goal line, working his way between the circles and beating Cormier with a wrister. Michael McNicholas and Brandon Crawley assisted on the game winner. LaCouvee made 27 stops to earn his 4th win while Cormier turned aside 13. It was only Maine’s second all-time win in Glens Falls in their seventh trip.

Elmer also netted a hat trick against Adirondack on November 9th at the Cross Insurance Arena, a 5-1 Mariners win less than a month ago.

The series between the Mariners and Thunder switches to Portland tomorrow night for Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. It’s a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena and fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of 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.

MARINERS DONATE OVER 1500 POUNDS TO SOUTH PORTLAND FOOD CUPBOARD

PORTLAND, ME – December 6, 2019 – Over 1500 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected for the South Portland Food Cupboard in the months of October and November through the Maine Mariners and Cross Insurance Arena inaugural “Community Collection” program. The final batch of donations was delivered by Mariners players and staff this past Wednesday night.

“Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for the Mariners recent support of the South Portland Food Cupboard,” said Dwayne Hopkins, Executive Director for the South Portland Food Cupboard. “We are thankful for the eight players along with Natalie [Tobey] and Amber [Armstrong], who came to help with food distribution two different Wednesday evenings. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

The final weight total came out to 1,518 pounds of non-perishable food items. A large portion was donated by a group from the Quality Inn & Suites of South Portland, which brought 900 pounds in a pickup truck during the Mariners game on November 11th. The Mariners accepted donations at all 11 home games in the months of October and November, offering a complimentary weekday ticket voucher in exchange for five donated items. Donations were also accepted at all other Cross Insurance Arena events.

“It is essential for us to help the community around us,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations. “As a person and a business, we must practice empathy and remember that there are people looking for a meal every day. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but hopefully our food collection helps remind people that there are neighbors in need all year long.”

The Community Collection program transitions to new packages of socks and underwear for the months of December and January – proceeds benefitting Preble Street Teen Services. The Mariners have four home games in December (the 7th, 10th, 26th, and 27th) and seven in January (the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th). Other Cross Insurance Arena events include Disney on Ice (Dec. 19-22), the Maine Motorsports Xtreme Ice Racing Championships (Jan. 18), and Portland on Tap (Jan. 25). Donations will be accepted at all events but Mariners weekday vouchers will only be offered at Mariners games.

An additional charity-based event, the second annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, is this Saturday, December 7th as the Mariners host the Adirondack Thunder for a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of game. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets by calling 833-GO-MAINE. Individual tickets can be purchased HERE, at the Trusted Choice Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458.

SEAN DAY REASSIGNED TO MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – December 4, 2019 – The Mariners got news of a major re-enforcement on Thursday, as defenseman Sean Day was reassigned by the New York Rangers to Maine from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Day played 19 games for the Mariners in 2018-19, registering 15 points from the blue line.

Day was a third round draft pick of the Rangers in 2016, going 81st overall. As a 15 year old, he became the fourth ever player to earn Hockey Canada’s “Exceptional Status,” making him eligible for OHL Priority Selection. He played for three OHL organizations: the Mississauga Steelheads, Windsor Spitfires, and Kingston Frontenacs. Day, who is now 21, was born in Leuven, Belgium but grew up in Rochester, Michigan, playing AAA hockey for the Little Caesar’s, Honeybaked, and Compuware programs.

Day split his first pro season between Hartford and Maine in 2018-19. He began the season with the Wolf Pack and was assigned to the Mariners in early November 2018. With Maine, Day scored four goals and added 11 assists in 19 games. On December 27th, Day was recalled to Hartford, where he’d spend the remainder of the season. With the Wolf Pack, he registered three goals and 11 assists in 46 total games.

In 16 games for Hartford this season, Day has one goal and three assists.

The Mariners have a home-and-home this weekend with the Adirondack Thunder, starting Friday in Glens Falls, NY. The second annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, is Saturday, December 7th as the Mariners host Adirondack for a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of 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

MARINERS RAISE $3870 FOR MEN’S HEALTH IN “MOVEMBER”

PORTLAND, ME – December 4, 2019 – All throughout the month of November, Maine Mariners players grew out their facial hair to raise funds and awareness for men’s health through the annual worldwide “Movember” campaign. Eight players raised a total of $3870, with forward and alternate captain Terrence Wallin leading the pack at $851 raised.

Movember stands for “Tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention,” according to their official website, Movember.com. The initiative began in Australia in 2003 with a small group of men and his grown into a worldwide fundraiser that has shown to be particularly popular with hockey teams.

Eight Mariners players participated this year, with Wallin narrowly edging out Dillan Fox for the top fundraising mark on the team. Wallin has been participating since his freshman season at UMass-Lowell (2011-12).

“I look forward to it every year because it comes during a giving time of the year,” he said. “It’s so awesome that a simple thing such as growing a moustache turned into a group of us raising almost $4,000 to a great cause! December 1st is always a sad day when our moustaches come off!”

Fox raised $825, just $26 shy of Wallin’s leading total. Defenseman Josh Couturier and forward Michael McNicholas each raised $500. Goaltenders Francois Brassard and Tom McCollum raised $200 each, as did defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, and forward Morgan Adams-Moisan raised $175.

Players primarily used their social media followings to campaign for donations, but the Mariners also had jars assigned to each player to accept donations on the concourse at the final two home games of November this past weekend. All in all, the Mariners topped their 2018-19 total of $3,508 by more than $300.

The second annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, is this Saturday, December 7th as the Mariners host the Adirondack Thunder for a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of 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

MARINERS TO COLLECT SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR IN WINTER MONTHS

PORTLAND, ME – December 3, 2019 – For the months of December and January, the Maine Mariners and Cross Insurance Arena “Community Collection” program will shift to underwear and sock donations to benefit Preble Street Teen Services. Fans can once again earn a Mariners weekday tickets by bringing five items to any home game.

According to their website, the “Preble Street Teen Center is the hub of services for homeless and runaway youth, providing immediate access and an acclaimed service coordination model. As the core component of Preble Street Teen Services, the Teen Center helps to meet immediate needs—providing warmth and safety, nutritious meals, clothing, and crisis intervention—while building a positive relationship with young people who have never been able to trust anyone, enhancing their self-esteem, offering them the opportunity to develop life skills that promote stability and independence.”

“We’re humbled by the support the Maine Mariners are providing to youth at Preble Street,” said Preble Street Community Engagement Director Dan D’Ippolito. “Every donation to Preble Street Teen Services supports young people on their journey to stability, and we know firsthand that a seemingly simple garment can greatly impact the health and dignity of a person experiencing homelessness.”

The Mariners have four home games in December (the 7th, 10th, 26th, and 27th) and seven in January (the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th). Other Cross Insurance Arena events include Disney on Ice (Dec. 19-22), the Maine Motorsports Xtreme Ice Racing Championships (Jan. 18), and Portland on Tap (Jan. 25). Donations will be accepted at all events but Mariners weekday vouchers will only be offered at Mariners games.

In the months of February and March, the Community Collection program will switch to book donations for the Ronald McDonald House. However, the Mariners will continue collecting underwear for Preble Street Teen Services during the February 8th game – which is “Underwear Toss.”

The Mariners received a remarkable response from fans and partners in October and November as they collected non-perishable food donations for the South Portland Food Cupboard. While full totals will be announced in the near future, Quality Inn & Suites of South Portland donated 900 pounds alone at the game on November 11th.

An additional charity-based event, the second annual Teddy Bear Toss presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, is this Saturday, December 7th as the Mariners host the Adirondack Thunder for a 6 PM faceoff at the Cross Insurance Arena. Fans are encouraged to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Maine goal, proceeds to benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs In ME, and family four packs are available for purchase prior to the day of 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.

MARINERS WEEKLY: CALLING ALL TEDDY BEARS

Dec. 2, 2019 – The final month of 2019 will feature just three opponents for the Maine Mariners. The 11 games on the December slate will feature six with the Adirondack Thunder, three with the Worcester Railers, and two with the Reading Royals. The Adirondack matchups will have particularly key standings implications, with the Mariners chasing down the Thunder for the fourth playoff spot in the North – currently five points back with three games in ahnd. It all begins with a home-and-home this weekend as the Mariners kick off the “2nd quarter” of their season. Saturday night brings one of the most anticipated promotions of the year as stuffed animals will fly onto the ice after the first Mariners goal – this season benefitting local fire departments.

 

The week that was
Tuesday, Nov. 26th – WOR: 4, MNE: 5/OT

It was the first of nine visits to the Cross Insurance Arena for the Worcester Railers, and it turned out to be one of the crazier games of the season. Three goals were scored in the first six minutes, and it was a 2-2 game at the end of one. Despite Ryan Gropp breaking the tie less than a minute into the 2nd, Worcester flipped the game with two goals in the period’s final minutes to take a 4-3 lead into the third. Gropp got the equalizer and Alex Kile played hero in overtime for the second time in November.  FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Friday, Nov. 29th – IND: 6, MNE: 0

The inaugural meeting between the Mariners and Indy Fuel took place on Friday at the Cross Insurance Arena. What was a very even game through almost two full periods, turned ugly for the Mariners in rapid fashion. Leading 1-0 late into the 2nd, the Fuel scored a pair late to build a 3-0 lead through two. They continued to pile on with two more early in the 3rd and quickly put the game out of reach. The Fuel ended a seven game losing streak with their win. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday, Nov. 30th – NFL: 5, MNE: 2

The Mariners goal drought reached five period when they found themselves down 2-0 to the Growlers entering the third. Cumberland native Ted Hart provided a spark with his first home ice goal in the third, leading to Jake Elmer’s equalizer just 19 seconds after. The Mariners couldn’t hold the momentum, however – as Brady Ferguson scored his second goal of the game on the power play midway through the period for what turned out to be the game-winner. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

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This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Fri, Dec. 6 vs. Adirondack Thunder – 7:00 PM (AWAY)
Sat, Dec. 7 vs. Adirondack Thunder – 6:00 PM (HOME)Teddy Bear Toss presented by Maine Bureau of Highway Safety

This week’s meetings with Adirondack will be the fifth and sixth of 18 this season, Adirondack having won three of the first four. Both teams are 5-5-0 in their last 10 games and struggling to find consistency. Adirondack was blown out twice at home by Brampton on Friday and Saturday, but rebounded to win in overtime at Brampton on Sunday. Saturday night’s Teddy Bear Toss is presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, with all collected stuffed animals benefiting local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will receive a collectible mini-stick courtesy of Jobs in ME. As with 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. The full promotional schedule is here. More information on the second annual Teddy Bear Toss can be read in the story under “Community News” below.

 

Community News

SECOND ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS IS DECEMBER 7TH

 

Mariners Coach’s Show

The Mariners Coach’s Show will air on Tuesday, December 3rd this week from 6-7 PM, broadcasting live from Three Dollar Deweys in downtown Portland. Video coach Cam Briere and defenseman Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin will join Mariners broadcaster Michael Keeley this week. Four ice row tickets to an upcoming game will be given away. The show will return to its normal Thursday night slot next week (December 12th). The Mariners Coach’s Show streams live via Mixlr at MarinersOfMaine.com/listen.

 

Looking ahead:
The Mariners have a total of four home games in the month of December. They host Adirondack again on Tuesday, December 10th with an appearance by Santa Claus. The Mariners head on the road for four games leading up to the holiday break, and return to the Cross Insurance Arena December 26th (Nickelodeon Takeover Night) and 27th (STEM Day) to host Adirondack and Reading, respectively. The full promotional schedule is here.

 

Holiday Packs:

Early bird pricing on Holiday Packs will last one more day, with Blizzard and Flurry packs still available, starting at $65 when purchased by end of day today (December 2nd). Snowflakes packs are currently sold out. Holiday packs can be purchased through the Mariners online shop here.

 

Community Collection:

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

TED HART NETS FIRST HOME GOAL IN LOSS TO NEWFOUNDLAND

PORTLAND, ME – November 30, 2019 – Ted Hart and Jake Elmer scored 19 seconds apart in the third period to wipe out a 2-0 deficit, but Brady Ferguson’s power play goal at the 8:30 mark of the third swung momentum back to Newfoundland’s side and the Growlers skated away with a 5-2 win over the Mariners on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena.

The first period was about as even as it could get with the two teams even in goals (0), shots (8), and penalty minutes (2). It took until the 3:53 mark of the 2nd for the game’s first goal and it came off the stick of Newfoundland forward Brady Ferguson. Midway through the frame, Connor LaCouvee made a remarkable glove save to help the Mariners kill a penalty. At 15:24, Ferguson found Marcus Power from behind the net and he extended the Growlers lead to 2-0. The Mariners failed to convert on a pivotal 5-on-3 chance as the period came to an end.

Nevertheless, head coach and assistant general manager Riley Armstrong liked the way his team was playing as the game headed to the third. The Mariners already have three wins when trailing after two periods this season.

“I just spoke to them about being a third period team,” he said. “I felt that we were playing good so if we kept being a consistent team and playing the right way eventually things will drop and they did.”

At 6:07 of the third period, Cumberland native Ted Hart scored his first home goal (his third overall), as he buried his second of two chances over a fallen Growlers netminder Angus Redmond. Linemates Terrence Wallin and Ryan Gropp collected assists.

“It was pretty cool,” said Hart. “I had a lot of family and friends here so it was special for them to see that and it felt good especially because we could cut the deficit in half. Hopefully there’s more to come.”

Just 19 seconds later, Dillan Fox chipped a puck over to Jake Elmer on a rush to quickly even the score at two, and bring the Cross Insurance Arena alive. Newfoundland called its timeout, which ended up paying off.

Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin was called for tripping at 7:27, setting up Brady Ferguson’s second tally of the game – in fluke fashion. Ferguson, from the left wing corner, swung the puck on goal, and it caromed off LaCouvee’s skate at the post and just over the goal line. At 14:43, Trey Bradley added insurance for Newfoundland when he finished Dylan Vander Esch’s pass, following a breakaway out of the penalty box in which he was stopped. Vander Esch added an empty net goal at 19:18.

The Mariners finished 0 for 5 on the power play, and 0 for 11 on the weekend. Angus Redmond made 28 stops to improve to 5-0-0. LaCouvee stopped 28 of 32 to suffer the loss.

The Mariners play a home-and-home with the Adirondack Thunder next weekend, and are home Saturday at 6 PM for Teddy Bear Toss, presented by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. All stuffed animals collected when fans throw them on the ice after the first Mariners goal, will benefit local fire departments. The first 2,000 fans through the door will also get a collectible mini-stick, courtesy of Jobs in ME. Groups of 10 or more can call 833-GO-MAINE to get tickets at a discounted price. Individual game tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com, in person at the Trusted Choice Box Office at the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling the box office at 207-775-3458