MARINERS FALL TO GROWLERS IN TIGHT-CHECKING GAME

ST. JOHN’S, NL – February 3, 2023 – Zach O’Brien broke a 1-1 tie in the third period and had a hand on all three Newfoundland goals, as the Growlers skated away with a 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Friday night at Mary Brown’s Centre. It was the first of three between the two hottest teams in the ECHL, with the Mariners and Growlers having each won nine of their last ten games entering play.

Newfoundland’s Derian Plouffe was called for a double-minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct at 13:20 of the first, giving the Mariners a four-minute power play. They used almost the entire four minutes, but Reid Stefanson banged home a rebound at 17:18 for the only goal of the first period, with Gabriel Chicoine and Alex Kile collecting assists.

A Mariners penalty at the end of the first carried over into the second, and the Growlers used their power play to find the equalizer. Zach O’Brien, in his first game since January 14th, moved quickly from backhand to forehand at the goal line to beat the glove of Michael DiPietro and tie the game just 22 seconds into the middle frame. A tight-checking game remained tied 1-1 through 40 minutes.

Just 2:34 into the third, O’Brien netted his second goal of the night when right off a faceoff win, his wrister glanced off a Mariners defender and in. The Mariners killed two penalties late to stay in the game, but Jack Badini’s empty netted with 34 seconds to go sealed the game. O’Brien assisting, registered his league-leading 59th point of the season.

DiPietro continued his nice run in a losing effort, stopping 26 of 28, his ninth straight start allowing two or fewer goals. Dryden McKay stopped 24 of 25 in the Growlers net to win his fifth start in a row. The Mariners seven game road win streak came to an end.

The Mariners (24-13-1-1) continue the weekend in Newfoundland with games tomorrow at 5:30 PM ET and Sunday at 12:30 PM. Coverage can be found on the Mariners Broadcast Network via FloHockey and Mixlr, with pregame coverage beginning 15 minutes prior to puck drop.  The next home game is Friday, February 10th and is Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. Game time is 7:15 PM against the Trois-Rivieres Lions, and will feature Mossy Oak specialty jerseys. It’s also a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts until the start of the 2nd period. More information on upcoming promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

 

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS ACQUIRE TWO FORWARDS, COMPLETING TRADES

PORTLAND, ME – January 31, 2023 – The Maine Mariners completed a pair of future considerations trades on Tuesday, acquiring forwards Zach Pochiro from the Allen Americans and Chase Zieky from the Wheeling Nailers. In an additional roster move, defenseman Nate Kallen has left the team to sign in Slovakia.

Pochiro, 28, is an ECHL veteran of nine seasons, playing 315 career games in the league since the end of the 2013-14 campaign. He’s played for Kalamazoo, the Alaska Aces, Quad City Mallards, Norfolk, Fort Wayne, and Allen. Along the way, Pochiro has also seen time in the American Hockey League with the Chicago Wolves and Bakersfield Condors. A St. Louis native, he was drafted in 2013 by his hometown Blues, in the fourth round, 112th overall. This season, Pochiro has 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) in 36 games with Allen. The completed trade was originally the one that sent the rights to forward Pascal Laberge to the Kansas City Mavericks in October. In that deal, the Mariners acquired the rights to forward Bailey Conger and a future consideration (defenseman Dalton Gally), both of whom were swapped to Allen in December.

Chase Zieky joins the Mariners from the Wheeling Nailers to complete the Josh McKechney trade from November 10th, 2022.  It will be his third ECHL team this season, after starting the year with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. A 26-year-old forward from Avon, CT, Zieky made his professional debut last season for the Idaho Steelheads. He was later traded to Greenville where he finished the season, played in a playoff game, and re-signed for 2022-23. Between the Steelheads and Swamp Rabbits last season, he totaled 21 points (15 goals, 6 assists) in 44 games. On January 21st, Zieky was dealt from Greenville to Wheeling, and currently has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in 23 games between the two teams this season. Zieky played Division I college hockey at both Providence and RPI.

The Mariners are on the road this weekend, visiting the division-leading Newfoundland Growlers on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  The next home game is Friday, February 10th and is Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. Game time is 7:15 PM against the Trois-Rivieres Lions and the Mariners will wear Mossy Oak specialty jerseys. More information on upcoming promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS POWER THROUGH ADMIRALS, CAPPING STELLAR MONTH

PORTLAND, ME – January 29, 2023 – On the back of three power play goals, the Mariners defeated the Norfolk Admirals for the second straight day, and took two of three in a weekend series, with a 5-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. Alex-Olivier Voyer scored a pair of goals, while Alex Kile, Pat Shea, and Mathew Santos all registered multi-point games.

With just under five minutes played in the open period, Santos laid a big hit on Norfolk’s Danny Katic just in front of the Admirals bench, prompting DJ King to take a five minute major penalty and game misconduct, and giving Maine a five minute power play. A Norfolk high-sticking penalty followed, giving the Mariners a lengthy 5-on-3, and Alex Kile ripped home his 10th goal of the season from between the circles to open the scoring. A Mathieu Roy unsportsmanlike conduct continued the two-man advantage. Alex-Olivier Voyer finished a pass from Pat Shea at 8:38 making it back-to-back 5-on-3 goals. Mitch Fossier chipped in an even strength goal at 15:50, following a net drive by Tyler Hinam. Roy would get Norfolk on the board before the period ended, sneaking a shot into the corner of the net off a pass from the behind the net by Griffin Lunn.

The Mariners stretched their lead with a pair of goals in the middle frame. The power play capitalized again at 4:32 of the 2nd when Keltie Jeri-Leon made a quick move in front to deke Michael Bullion, his 6th goal (of eight total) against Norfolk this season. At 16:45, Voyer netted his second of the day, cleaning up a post shot from Alex Kile that landed at his feet. The Mariners led 5-1 after 40 minutes.

The only goal of the 3rd period was a power play goal off the stick of Norfolk defenseman Billy Constantinou at 11:36. The Admirals outshot the Mariners 14-3 in the third, but got no closer than 5-2. Francois Brassard earned his 9th win of the season with 31 stops.

With the victory, the Mariners finished January 9-1-1, winning 9 of their last 10, and pulling within two points of the Reading Royals for 2nd place in the North Division.

The Mariners (24-12-1-1) are on the road next weekend, visiting the division-leading Newfoundland Growlers on February 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  The next home game is Friday, February 10th and is Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. Game time is 7:15 PM against the Trois-Rivieres Lions. More information on upcoming promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS BOUNCE BACK, SINK ADMIRALS

PORTLAND, ME – January 28, 2023 – After being shutout by the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night, the Mariners responded with a 6-2 win on Saturday, scoring four goals in the second period to seize momentum. Alex Kile led the offense with three points, while Michael DiPietro won his eighth consecutive start.

The only goal of the opening frame came at 8:42 when defenseman Nate Kallen drove to the doorstep of the crease and tipped home a feed from Pat Shea, giving the Mariners their first goal of the weekend.

Norfolk quickly tied the game within the first minute of the second, when Stepan Timofeyev beat Michael DiPietro with a wrister in the slot. From there, the Mariners scored four unanswered goals to open a 5-1 lead. Alex-Olivier Voyer restored the Mariners advantage at 4:30, wristing one home from the high slot after Jacob Wilson got a puck on net from the left wall. A wild sequence took place a little under two minutes later, with Michael DiPietro making a sprawling save in one end and Pat Shea one-timing home a pass from Keltie Jeri-Leon in the other, putting Maine up two. It remained 3-1 Mariners until late in the frame. Mathew Santos and Grant Gabriele scored back-to-back just 40 seconds apart at 17:05 and 17:45 to open a four goal Mariners lead. Norfolk got one back at 18:40 of the period when Tanner Schachle buried a pass from below the goal line and cut the deficit back to three.

Leading 5-2 in the third, the Mariners added one more for good measure. At 14:20 with the Admirals on the power play, Alex Kile took a puck away from veteran defenseman Ian White and took it to the net, backhanding home a shorthanded goal to bring the game to a 6-2 final. Kile finished the game with a goal and two assists. Shea and Kallen also posted multi-point performances.

DiPietro was stellar, making several high quality saves, and going 32/34 in the game. He improved to 9-1-0 on the season, winning his 8th consecutive start. Cale Morris made 28 saves to suffer the loss after posting a shutout on Friday. Another massive crowd witnessed the Mariners victory, with 4,666 in attendance.

The Mariners (23-12-1-1) and Admirals finish up the Three Dollar Deweys “Threekend” tomorrow afternoon with Wrestling Day at 3 PM. Included in the price of admission is a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty, beginning approximately 30 minutes after the final horn. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS BLANKED BY ADMIRALS TO OPEN THREEKEND

PORTLAND, ME – January 27, 2023 – The Mariners were stifled by Norfolk netminder Cale Morris who stopped all 25 Maine shots in a 3-0 Admirals victory on Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Mariners saw their 11-game point streak and 7-game win streak each come to an end.

The Admirals struck in the first minute to open the scoring. At the :44 mark, a shot from the point by Billy Contantinou hit a leg and caromed to Griffin Lunn, who buried his 5th goal of the season. From there, the Mariners outshot Norfolk 11-5, and had three power play chances, but couldn’t solve Cale Morris and trailed by one after 20 minutes.

In the middle frame, Mariners defenseman Jacob Wilson and Admirals forward Tanner Schachle got into a fight midway through the frame, but goals were tough to come back. Norfolk outshot Maine 12-4 in the second period and remained ahead 1-0 as the game entered the third.

Norfolk netminder Cale Morris made a tremendous glove save on Mitch Fossier during a power play early in the 3rd, symbolizing his dominant performance. After empty net goals by Eric Cooley and Sam Hu with under three minutes left, Morris finished his shutout, stopping all 25 Mariners shots. Francois Brassard stopped 25 of 26 to suffer the tough luck loss.

The Mariners (22-12-1-1) continue the Three Dollar Deweys “Threekend” against Norfolk with Pride Night tomorrow at 6 PM and Wrestling Night on Sunday at 3 PM, featuring a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS DOWN WORCESTER TO WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT

WORCESTER, MA – January 21, 2023 – With one goal in each period, and a solid third period performance from Michael DiPietro, the Maine Mariners defeated the Worcester Railers 3-1 on Saturday night at the DCU Center. It was their seventh win in a row, setting a new franchise best streak.

 Alex Kile got the scoring started late in the opening period, when he picked up a puck that had hit him in a back of the leg, and beat Railer netminder Ken Appleby. Pat Shea had fed Marc-Oliver Duquette for the shot that glanced off Kile, and both players collected assists on what was the only goal of the opening frame.

The Railers got into penalty trouble in the early stages of the 2nd, resulting in a lengthy Mariners 5-on-3. Worcester got through the penalty kill, but moments after the final Railer stepped out of the box, defenseman Nate Kallen followed shots by Nick Master and Mathew Santos and doubled the Maine lead. The Mariners peppered Appleby with 23 second period shots, a season-high for shots in a period.

The Mariners stretched the lead to 3-0 when defenseman Grant Gabriele wired home a wrister from the left circle at 3:20 of the third. A power play goal from Reece Newkirk got the Railers on the board at 10:06, but they would get no closer and the Mariners held on for the 3-1 win. Worcester matched Maine’s second period shot barrage with 23 of their own in the third.

Michael DiPietro made 34 stops to earn his 8th win and seventh in a row. Appleby stopped 42 of 45. The Mariners have points in 11 straight games (10-0-1) and points in all eight in 2023 (7-0-1). They pulled five points ahead of Worcester for third place in the North, remaining three behind the Reading Royals.

The Mariners (22-11-1-1) return home on Friday, January 27th to open a three-game series with the Norfolk Admirals. It begins with “Flannel Friday,” at 7:15 PM presented by Three Dollar Dewey’s, which is also the sponsor of the entire “3Kend.” Pride Night is Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM and Wrestling Night wraps up the weekend on Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM, featuring a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

VOYER, TRALMAKS ASSIGNED TO MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – January 20, 2023 – Forwards Alex-Olivier Voyer and Eduards Tralmaks were reassigned to the Mariners from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Friday. Voyer was a big part of Maine’s success in December, while Tralmaks played two games with the Mariners last season and is a University of Maine alumnus.

Voyer, 23, is in his third season under contract with Providence and has appeared in four games for them this season, with no points. He was first assigned to the Mariners in mid-November, scoring in his first ECHL game of the season on November 11th against the Reading Royals. From the holiday break through the New Year, Voyer caught fire. He was named the “ECHL Player of the Week” for the week of December 26th, scoring a goal in five consecutive games from December 21st to January 1st, including a hat trick against Worcester on December 28th. He was recalled to Providence on January 7th.

Prior to this season, Voyer had played one previous game with the Mariners in 2021-22, as well as 16 games for the Jacksonville Icemen in 2020-21. The Sherbrooke, QC native has also played in 67 career games for Providence since joining the organization in 2020.

Tralmaks, 25 is from Riga, Latvia and attended the University of Maine from 2017-2021, where he played with current Mariners forwards Patrick Shea, Tim Doherty, and Mitch Fossier. He signed with Providence at the end of his collegiate career, appearing in eight games for the P-Bruins at the end of the 2020-21 season, in which he registered four points. Tralmaks began the 2021-22 season in Maine, recording a memorable opening night hat trick in his ECHL debut at the Cross Insurance Arena on October 21st, 2021 against Worcester. He would play in only one other game with the Mariners last season, but totaled seven points (four goals, three assists) in his brief stint. In 51 games for Providence last season, Tralmaks put up 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He skated in three games for them this season before suffering an injury in early November.

The Mariners have a sole game in Worcester this weekend: Saturday at 7:05 PM at DCU Center. They return home on Friday, January 27th to open a three-game series with the Norfolk Admirals. It begins with “Flannel Friday,” at 7:15 PM presented by Three Dollar Dewey’s, which is also the sponsor of the entire “3Kend.” Pride Night is Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM and Wrestling Night wraps up the weekend on Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM, featuring a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

SHEA’S HAT TRICKS PUSHES POINT STREAK TO TEN GAMES

READING, PA – January 16, 2023 – Pat Shea registered his first professional hat trick as the Mariners defeated the Reading Royals 4-2 on Monday afternoon at Santander Arena. A late power play goal by Fedor Gordeev broke a 2-2 tie, getting the Mariners their sixth win in a row, and their tenth straight game with a point. They’re now just one point behind Reading for 2nd place in the North Division.

Shea struck twice in the opening period to give Maine a 2-0 advantage. At 14:05, he finished a zone-entry passing play set up by Alex Kile and Tyler Hinam, with a patient move in the slot to open the scoring. In the final minute of the period, with the Mariners on the power play, Shea circled the net and attempted to center a pass that banked off Royals defenseman Colin Felix and past an unsuspecting Nolan Maier.

The score remained 2-0 deep into the 2nd period. With just under five minutes to play, Alex Butcher cleaned up a shot from the point that bobbled off the glove of Michael DiPietro, making it a 2-1 Maine lead through 40 minutes.

Reading found the equalizer at 16:27 of the third as former Mariner Devon Paliani reached a loose puck from a point shot and poked it past DiPietro to make it 2-2. On the ensuing shift, the Mariners drew a penalty and capitalized on the power play when Fedor Gordeev camped at the top of the crease and finished a pass from Nick Master below the goal line to make it 3-2 Maine. With the Reading net empty, Shea took a feed from Alex Kile and completed his hat trick with 10 seconds to go. It was the first hat trick of his professional career.

In goal, Michael DiPietro won his sixth consecutive start, with 24 stops. Maier stopped 31 in the loss. The win was Maine’s first at Santander Arena since October 19th, 2019. The six-game win streak ties a franchise best, set twice in the 2018-19 season.

The Mariners (21-11-1-1) will have a brief All-Star Break followed by a sole game in Worcester next Saturday at 7:05 PM. They return home on Friday, January 27th to open a three-game series with the Norfolk Admirals. It begins with “Flannel Friday,” at 7:15 PM presented by Three Dollar Dewey’s, which is also the sponsor of the entire “3Kend.” Pride Night is Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM and Wrestling Night wraps up the weekend on Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM, featuring a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

GORDEEV’S PAIR HELP MARINERS SWEEP NORFOLK

NORFOLK, VA – January 14, 2023 – Saturday was the 100th ECHL game for Mariners defenseman Fedor Gordeev and he celebrated in style with a two-goal game to help the Mariners get a 6-3 win and a road sweep over the Norfolk Admirals. The Mariners improved to 8-0-1 in the calendar year of 2023 and jumped over the Worcester Railers into 3rd place in the North Division.

After a scoreless opening period, there were an abundance of goals in the second. It began early when Mitch Fossier deflected a power play shot from Pat Shea to make it 1-0 Maine at 1:15. The lead was short-lived however, as Norfolk’s Stepan Timofeyev banked a shot in off of Mariners defenseman Connor Doherty for the tying goal just 32 seconds later. Norfolk took its first lead of the series at 5:17 of the period during a delayed Mariners penalty. Brett Ouderkirk one-timed a pass in the slot past Maine netminder Francois Brassard making it 2-1 Admirals.

Gordeev proceeded to score consecutive goals at 6:43 and 17:44 to flip the game back into Maine’s favor. The second goal came on a breakaway during 4-on-4 hockey, when Nate Kallen sprung him in alone on Logan Flodell, debuting for the Admirals. Capping the scoring, the Mariners got another power play goal at 18:20 of the period when Tim Doherty slid home a rebound from an Alex Kile one-timer, giving Maine a 4-2 lead after a wild second period.

Just eight seconds into the third, Nick Master was set up in the slot by Mathew Santos to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead. Timofeyev quickly responded for Norfolk to close the gap back to two at 1:42. The Mariners came up with a key 5-on-3 penalty kill after consecutive penalties to Mitch Fossier and Reid Stefanson, and scored soon after when Gabriel Chicoine ripped a short side shot past Flodell at 8:53, completing the scoring.

Francois Brassard earned his 8th win of the season with 16 stops while Flodell turned aside 26 of 32. Gordeev and Tim Doherty led the Mariners offense with three points each. Coupled with Worcester’s loss to Newfoundland, the Mariners have jumped over the Railers in the standings and into third place in the North Division. They are three points behind the Reading Royals for 2nd, whom they visit on Monday.

The Mariners (20-11-1-1) continue their road trip with a matinee game in Reading on Monday at 1 PM. After a sole game in Worcester next Saturday, they return home on Friday, January 27th, to open another three-game series with Norfolk. It begins with “Flannel Friday,” presented by Three Dollar Dewey’s, which is also the sponsor of the entire “3Kend.” Pride Night is Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM and Wrestling Night wraps up the weekend on Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM, and features a postgame wrestling show with local WWE stars Dirty Dango and Scotty 2 Hotty. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Family Four Packs are available for all Saturday and Sunday games and can be purchased here. Season-long ticket plans are also still available. More information on ticketing options is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.