SEASON REFLECTIONS: JEFF TAYLOR

Q: Overall how do you feel the season went?

A: I thought the season was going really well. We had the Newfoundland trip and took three out of four there. It was a long, long trip, but I feel that it was really good bonding for us. We had a couple tough games before the season ended, but I really think we had a good team going into playoffs.

Q: What was your favorite moment during this season?

A: My favorite moment of the season was the second game in Newfoundland. We lost the first one 5-1 and we really came together during that second game. It was such a huge, huge emotional win for us. It was pretty nice in the locker room. Everyone was pretty happy.

Q: What was your favorite promotional night?

A: The throwback jerseys! Those things were nice! I was a big, big fan of the orange.

Q: Which of your teammates were you most impressed with?

A: Probably Dillan Fox. Just knowing his story and then seeing him play. I thought he had an unbelievable year. He is really underrated. It is hard to imagine that he wasn’t really a full time ECHL player until this year. It’s not even just the numbers he put up, it’s the eye test. He looks really good out there. One of the first games that my fiancé saw, she asked me if he was one of the guys on an entry level deal. He’s just such a good player! He was a diamond in the rough.

Q: Is there anything that you want to say to the fanbase?

A: I was at two of the fan events and we have some of the most passionate, die-hard fans that I ever come across in my career so far! They’re knowledgeable, they know what they’re talking about. They had the Portland Pirates here not long ago, so clearly, they’re hockey fans. I thought they were great. Very passionate and knowledgeable! I couldn’t ask for much more!

MARINERS “READ WITH ME” PROGRAM IS BACK

PORTLAND, ME – April 2, 2020 – The Mariners have officially re-launched their summer reading program “Read with ME,” giving students enrolled in grades K-8 an early chance to get started on earning Mariners prizes by reaching reading goals. Last summer, over 500 students participated in the inaugural campaign, which was launched in May 2019.

The “Read with ME” program is hours based, allowing students to earn prizes based on the amount of reading hours accumulated. The minimum prize for 500 minutes of reading earns a student a Mariners pencil, bookmark and a ticket voucher for a 2020-21 regular season game. Kids who reach 1,000 minutes of reading receive a Mariners sticker and additional voucher, plus the previous prizes. For students who accumulate the maximum prize level of 1,500 minutes will receive a Mariners travel toothbrush and a total of three ticket vouchers on top of the previously listed prizes.

“School is so important at a younger age and when you get older to put you in a good spot in life,” said Riley Armstrong, Mariners Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. “And no better time than to start now! Kids – give your parents a break and let’s read a book.”

Fans can sign up their kids at MarinersOfMaine.com, through this page and download the “Read with ME” tracking form, which parents must fill out. Completed forms must be uploaded on the same webpage no later than August 31st, 2020. Prizes will then be available for pickup at the Mariners front office starting September 18th. Fans who chose a prize in lieu of tickets due to distance are eligible to have their prizes mailed.

The Mariners believe reading is the foundation to success and hope to help youth in Maine cultivate a life-long love of reading. The “Read with ME” program focuses on volume based reading with the hope of helping students with reading proficiency and comprehension. Reading is also a great habit to develop during COVID-19 social distancing.

SEASON REFLECTIONS: SCOTT SAVAGE

Q: Overall how do you feel the season went?

A: This year was kind of an interesting year for me personally. I don’t think that I had the success that I wanted to with Maine, as far as production goes. As far as a team perspective, I think it was a good year overall. We certainly were on our way to getting that playoff spot and clinching it. We started off kind of slow again this year, but it was good to see us turn things around and kind of heat up a little bit. We were fighting between that third and fourth spot for half of the year so that was very promising for our group.

Q: What was your favorite moment during this season?

A: I would say a couple of our overtime wins at home were always fun. We had a couple of those. I remember when we beat Worcester in overtime and we have a big rivalry with them, so getting that win over them in overtime in front of our fans was a cool moment.

Q: What was your favorite promotional night?
A: I didn’t get to participate in it, but the ‘Miracle’ Game was very cool. I think that’s going to be the

 consensus from most of the guys. Those jerseys were awesome! They’re probably my favorite custom jerseys that I have seen the team wear.

Q: Which of your teammates were you most impressed with?

A: I think Alex Kile had a really good year. He produced for us over the course of the season consistently. Josh Couturier stepped into a big role quickly in the second half of the season after battling injuries throughout the first half. Terrence Wallin was an unstoppable force this year and an excellent leader.

Q: Is there anything that you want to say to the fanbase?

A: I’d obviously like to thank them for their continued support. Playing at home is a key part of our year. We knew we play half of our games at home so having them behind us helps up try to take as many home wins as we can. Even though this season didn’t end the way that we envisioned it, I think a lot of guys that are coming back are really excited about next year and finally getting into the playoffs for the first time as the [ECHL] Maine Mariners and going on a run.

MAINE TEAMS JOIN ON FOOD FUNDRAISER

PORTLAND, ME – March 30, 2020 – Maine Mariners Hockey, Portland Sea Dogs Baseball and Maine Red Claws Basketball teams are joining forces with Evergreen Credit Union to help Mainers in need of food. The “Fans for Food” campaign benefits Maine’s Good Shepherd Food Bank and associated local food pantries.

Good Shepherd Food Bank’s President Kristen Miale states the help is needed and appreciated.

“On a normal day, we provide more than 68,000 meals. With the COVID-19 public health crisis, those numbers will climb and resources to fight hunger will be stretched,” said Miale. “Mainers need our support now and will continue to need our help as we emerge from this crisis.”

Working together, campaign organizers encourage their fans and followers to donate on-line through a website managed by Good Shepherd.

The campaign link is https://www.gsfb.org/donate/vfd/4604

In these uncertain times, Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations, believes, “we don’t want our neighbors in the community wondering where their next meal is coming from. We are thankful to Evergreen and Good Shepherd Food Bank for creating this virtual food drive. Help those in need, be kind and stay safe.”

Dajuan Eubanks, Maine Red Claws President, added, “It is the least we can do to help our community and our fans who have supported us.”

All three local teams have seen their seasons either cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 virus, so they share in the economic stress shared by so many businesses and families.

Sea Dogs President Geoff Iacuessa stated, “The Portland Sea Dogs are happy to support such an important cause during this challenging time we all face.”

Jason Lindstrom, CEO of campaign co-sponsor Evergreen Credit Union, believes Fans for Food demonstrates the value of businesses working together for the common good. “We are always looking to work with our community partners to better our community and this food drive is so needed at this time.” He concluded, “We knew our partners would jump at the chance to work with us and provide help to our neighbors in need.”

MARINERS WEEKLY: 2019-20 SEASON RECAP

Mar. 24, 2020 – Regardless of the hockey team one played, worked, or rooted for in 2019-20, it will be a season they’ll never forget. An abrupt end to the ECHL season cut down the Maine Mariners schedule to 62 games, and took away what looked to be the first postseason appearance in franchise history. While we’ll never know how the 2019-20 season would have turned out in the end, the second season of Mariners hockey brought many exciting moments to the Cross Insurance Arena and the great hockey fans of Maine. Here are some significant moments that marked the shortened, but memory-filled season that was.

October 11th, 2019 vs. ADK: The Mariners open the season at home against the Adirondack Thunder, just as they did in their inaugural campaign. Unfortunately, history repeats itself and the Mariners suffer a 5-2 loss. Taylor Cammarata scores both Maine goals, attempting to bring them back from a 3-0 deficit late.

October 19th, 2019 @ REA: The Mariners get their first win of the season, spoiling the Reading Royals home opener. Tom McCollum(who would ironically become a Royal later in the season), makes 44 saves, and the Mariners put up 5 goals in a 5-3 victory. This would turn out to be their lone win in Reading for the season.

November 9th, 2019 vs. ADK: In front of the largest crowd of the season (4,588) on Military Appreciation Night, Jake Elmer nets the first of four Mariners hat tricks, leading the Mariners to a 5-1 win over Adirondack.

November 11th, 2019 vs. REA: With Gritty in the building, the Mariners defeat the Reading Royals, 4-3 in overtime. Alex Kile scores the game-winning goal just 23 seconds into the extra period, his first goal of the season. Kile would prove to be a clutch OT player for the Mariners all season long.

November 15th, 2019 vs. BRM: The Mariners honor NHL refereeing great, Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductee, and South Portland resident Wes McCauley, as they defeat the Brampton Beast, 6-3 despite letting a 3-0 lead slip away quickly late in the 2nd period. The win is the Mariners’ fourth in a row.

November 26th, 2019 vs. WOR: After losing two of three in Norfolk, the Mariners return home before Thanksgiving to win a wild one in overtime, 5-4 in their first home meeting of the season with the Worcester Railers. Ryan Gropp scores two goals while Kile gets his second overtime winner in the span of 15 days. This turns out to be the final game for Railers head coach Jamie Russell, who is relieved of his duties the following day.

December 6th, 2019 @ ADK: Jake Elmer registers his second hat trick against Adirondack in less than a month, capping it with the overtime winner to rescue the Mariners, who had blown a 4-1 lead. It was only Maine’s second ever win at the Cool Insuring Arena, but would turn out to be the start of a remarkable Mariners run in Glens Falls.

December 7th, 2019 vs. ADK: Elmer continues his dominance of the Thunder, scoring the Teddy Bear Toss goal early, and adding his fifth goal of the weekend to later tie the game at 4 in the third period. Ty Ronning’s shorthanded goal is the game-winner and Elmer goes on to win ECHL Player of the Week honors.

December 10th, 2019 vs. ADK: Francois Brassard makes his season debut and gets the win as Dillan Fox tips home a Brandon Crawley pass in the final minute of overtime to give the Mariners a 3-2 win and a three game sweep of Adirondack.

December 21st, 2019 @ ADK: The Mariners finish off back-to-back pre-Christmas 4-3 shootout wins in Adirondack when Taylor Cammarata scores in the fifth round to end it. Each game featured the Thunder tying it up late, but the Mariners getting the shootout bonus point. Maine goes into holiday break in sole possession of the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division and a season high four games above .500.

January 3rd, 2020 vs. JAX: The Mariners and the Jacksonville IceMen meet for the first time ever, and Maine rallies from down 3-2 late in the 2nd to get a 5-3 win. Terrence Wallin’s first career hat trick leads the way as he scores one in each period, including the game winner in the third.

January 14th, 2020 vs. WOR: The Mariners snap a five game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Worcester at home. Rookie forward Mikael Robidoux enters the scene, stirring up physical play and drawing the Railers into penalties, ultimately allowing the Mariners to score back-to-back power play goals late in the 3rd to flip the score in their favor.

January 24th, 2020 vs. WOR: Returning from the All-Star break after playing right games in ten days, the Mariners explode for a franchise best eight goals – three by Ty Ronning. They score three goals in  a 58 second span in the 2nd period to pull away. Adam Huska makes his Mariners debut in between the pipes, and makes 43 saves.

January 29th, 2020 @ ADK: The Mariners win yet again in Glens Falls 3-0, as Connor LaCouvee picks up his third shutout in a span of 10 starts and his second in a row. Their win two nights later makes it six consecutive road victories over Adirondack. The streak goes to seven with another win in mid-February.

February 1st, 2020 vs. ADK: In a partnership with Agren and Make-A-Wish Maine, the Mariners wear jerseys designed by 11-year-old “Wish Kid” Ellie LaBree, and take down the Thunder, 3-2 in OT. Michael McNicholas scores the golden goal, which improves the franchise’s all-time “extra time” record to 20-3-2 (W-OTL-SOL).

February 7th, 2020 vs. WOR: LaCouvee makes 45 stops to lead the Mariners to a season high five wins in a row, squeezing out a 2-1 victory over Worcester. The streak ends the following night, with a 3-2 OT loss to Brampton, but the point streak gets to six.

February 11th, 2020 vs. BRM: The Mariners salvage the last of a three game home set with the Brampton Beast when Alex Kile gets his third OT winner of the season with less than a minute remaining. This would turn out to be the final win on home ice for the Mariners in 2019-20.

February 14th, 2020 @ NFL: The Mariners are in the wrong side of some ECHL history when the Newfoundland Growlers win their 19th consecutive home game, 5-1. The Mariners fall to 0-5-0-0 all-time at Mile One Centre, but the best is yet to come.

February 15th, 2020 @ NFL: Morgan Adams-Moisan scores a late power play goal to break a 1-1 tie and end the Growlers’ streak before it can reach 20. Francois Brassard gets his first of consecutive wins in between the pipes as the Mariners go on to take three in a row in St. John’s, becoming the first team to ever do so against the Growlers.

February 26th, 2020 @ REA: The Royals crush the Mariners, 8-0, the largest margin of defeat in franchise history. The Mariners play the game with just four defenseman due to injuries and a last moment illness to captain Zach Tolkinen.

February 28th, 2020 @ WHE: The franchise’s first trip to Wheeling marks a homecoming for Mariners Head Coach Riley Armstrong, who was an assistant for the Nailers from 2016-18. Terrence Wallin scores a pair – including the beneficiary of a Nailers “own goal,” and Greg Chase scores the game-winner in the 3rd. This becomes Maine’s final victory of the season.

March 10th, 2020 vs. NOR: The fateful final game of the season, unbeknownst to anyone. The Mariners battle back from a pair of one goal deficits but Norfolk’s J.C. Campagna scores on a breakaway with 2:05 left to hand the Mariners a 3-2 loss. The final goal of the Mariners’ season belongs to Cumberland native, Ted Hart.

The Mariners final record will read 32-26-3-1. They went 16-15-2-0 on home ice and 16-11-1-1 on the road (they had only 15 road wins in all of 2018-19). When the season halted, the Mariners were 11 points ahead of Adirondack for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division, and three points behind Brampton for third place. They had seven games remaining with Worcester, two with Adirondack, and one with Reading.

 

2019-20 Records:

Overall: 32-26-3-1
Home: 16-15-2-0
Road: 16-11-1-1
vs. ADK: 12-4-0-0
vs. WOR: 7-2-1-1
vs. NFL: 5-6-0-0
vs. BRM: 3-2-2-0
vs. REA: 2-6-0-0

 

The Mariners used 42 different players this season: 23 forwards, 15 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders.

2019-20 Team Leaders:
Points: Alex Kile (51)
Goals: Terrence Wallin/Dillan Fox (23)
Assists: Alex Kile (35)
Games Played: Michael McNicholas (60)
PIM:
Mikael Robidoux (80)
PPG: Terrence Wallin/Dillan Fox (5)
SHG: Michael McNicholas (2)
GWG: Terrence Wallin (7)
Wins: Connor LaCouvee (20)
GAA: Connor LaCouvee (2.75)
SV%: Connor LaCouvee (.915)

 

Notable League Ranks (indiv):
Terrence Wallin – T-2nd, game-winning goals (7)
Alex Kile – T-2nd, longest road point streak (12 games, 11/22/19-1/7/20)
Connor LaCouvee – 4th, saves (1060), 4th, shootout SV% (.833), 13th, GAA (2.75)
Ryan Culkin – 16th, points by defenseman (33)

 

Notable League Ranks (team):

Team, shorthanded goals against – T-3rd (4)
Team, penalty kill – 6th (83.7%)
Team, road penalty kill – 6th (85.5%)

ELMER AND BLEACKLEY JOIN WOLF PACK

HARTFORD, March 11, 2020:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the parent New York Ranges have reassigned forward Jake Elmer to the Wolf Pack from its ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners, and that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Conner Bleackley to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Elmer has skated in two games with the Wolf Pack on the season, going scoreless with one minor penalty.  The rookie out of the Western Hockey League, who was signed as a free agent by the Rangers March 15, 2019, has registered 12 goals and 11 assists for 23 points in 36 games with Maine, while serving 43 minutes in penalties.  He ranks fourth on the Mariner team in goals.

Bleackley, a fourth-year pro out of the Western Hockey League, has seen action in ten AHL games this year with the Texas Stars, notching three goals and two assists for five points, along with six penalty minutes and a +1.  In 15 ECHL games with Maine, the 6-0, 199-pound High River, Alberta native has five goals and five assists for ten points, plus 14 PIM, after having registered four goals and nine assists for 13 points, along with four PIM, in 18 games with the Idaho Steelheads.

Bleackley, 24, spent last year with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL, skating in 57 games and chipping in five goals and 11 assists for 16 points and posting 35 penalty minutes.  He was a first-round pick (23rd overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in 2014 and then re-entered the draft two years later, and was selected in the fifth round (144th overall) in 2016 by St. Louis.

Prior to turning pro, Bleackley played 259 games over five seasons with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, amassing career totals of 80 goals and 103 assists for 183 points, plus 180 penalty minutes.

TED HART BREAKS GOAL DROUGHT BUT MARINERS FALL TO NORFOLK

PORTLAND, ME – March 10, 2020 – J.C. Campagna’s breakaway goal at 17:55 of the third period broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Norfolk Admirals a 3-2 win over the Maine Mariners on Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Admirals took the season series from the Mariners, 3-1, handing Maine its fifth straight home loss.

After a scoreless first period, Norfolk’s Alex Rodriguez quickly got the scoring started in the 2nd when he capitalized on a turnover by Mariners defenseman Austin McEneny for a shorthanded goal just 17 seconds into the middle frame. At 3:02, the Mariners responded with a nifty wraparound goal by Conner Bleackley, assisted by line mates Dillan Fox and Michael McNicholas. Norfolk had the answer three minutes later, however, as Alex Tonge put one beyond the pad of Maine netminder Adam Huska from the right circle making it 2-1 Admirals. After a tripping penalty to Norfolk’s Andrew Durham, the Mariners converted on a power play at 15:19 to tie the game again. Scott Savage’s shot from the blue line was deflected by Brian Hart and after hitting the pad of Admiral goalie Jake Theut, caromed to Ted Hart in the slot, who broke a 16 game goal-less drought to make it 2-2. The Mariners registered a season-high 21 shots on goal in the 2nd period.

It remained 2-2 until just over two minutes left in regulation, when J.C. Campagna was able to split between McEneny and Jeff Taylor and deke Huska to give the Admirals their third lead of the game. The goal was reviewed and upheld, and held up as the game winner.

Norfolk snapped a seven game losing streak with the win while the Mariners have now dropped four in a row and six of seven. Despite the loss, the Mariners magic number to clinch a playoff spot decreased, thanks to Worcester’s road win at Adirondack.

The Mariners play a home-and-home this weekend with the Worcester Railers – Friday at Worcester at 7:05 and Saturday at 6 PM at the Cross Insurance Arena. It’s “Beacon’s Birthday Bash,” and the first 1,000 kids in attendance 12 and under will receive a Mariners travel toothbrush. 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games also feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance.

STURTZ RECALLED TO LAVAL

PORTLAND, ME – March 9, 2020 – Forward Andrew Sturtz was recalled to the AHL’s Laval Rocket by the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. Sturtz appeared in seven games for the Mariners after being assigned on February 21st.

A 25-year-old from Buffalo, NY, Sturtz signed a pro deal with the Ottawa Senators out of Penn State University in late March of 2018. He spent parts of the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators – appearing in a total of 35 games, scoring four goals and adding seven assists.

On January 3rd, Sturtz was traded from Ottawa to the Montreal Canadiens and assigned to Laval. On February 21st, he was reassigned to Maine. For the Mariners, Sturtz has played in seven games, scoring one goal, and adding three assists. He has played an additional four ECHL games this season for the Brampton Beast, with one goal and one assist. He has yet to make his Laval Rocket debut.

The Mariners are home on Tuesday at 7 PM to take on the Norfolk Admirals in the final non-divisional game of the year. This weekend, they have a home-and-home with the Railers – Friday at Worcester and Saturday at 6 PM at the Cross Insurance Arena. It’s “Beacon’s Birthday Bash,” and the first 1,000 kids in attendance 12 and under will receive a Mariners travel toothbrush. 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. All Saturday and Sunday home games also feature the Family Four Pack – four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies, starting at $80, and must be purchased in advance.

MARINERS WEEKLY: RIGHTING THE SHIP

Mar. 9, 2020 – Double up the nautical puns for Tuesday’s meeting between the Mariners and Norfolk Admirals, as Maine looks to shake off some recent struggles, both overall, and at home. After playing three straight home games against top four teams in the Eastern Conference, the Mariners let a 2-0 lead slip away on Sunday afternoon against the Worcester Railers and fell in overtime. Despite the slump, the Mariners gained a key point in the playoff race, dropping their “Magic Number” down to ten points to clinch their first ever playoff berth. For more information on how the Magic Number is calculated, check out some “Magic Number 101.” Three games are on the schedule this week. The Admirals are in town tomorrow and then a home and home with the Railers over the weekend. Eleven games remain in the regular season.

 

The week that was

Fri, Mar. 6th – REA: 2, MNE: 1

There was a playoff atmosphere in the Cross Insurance Arena as the Mariners wore throwback jerseys and took on a Reading Royals team that they could face in the postseason. The Royals held a 1-0 lead through two before Pascal Laberge gave them insurance in the third. Michael McNicholas gave the Mariners life with a late goal, but former Mariner goalie Tom McCollum was fantastic, and made a clutch save on Conner Bleackley in the game’s closing seconds to seal the Reading victory.  FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Sun, Mar. 8th – WOR: 3, MNE: 2/OT

The Mariners scored twice in the first period as Matt Nuttle got his first goal in a Maine uniform and Dillan Fox added a pretty power play goal in the final minute. Trailing 2-1 in the third, Worcester’s Tyler Poulsen tied the game on a breakaway, and forced OT. Both teams had to kill a penalty in overtime, but Railers forward Drew Callin ended the game during 3 on 3 at the 4:27 mark. It was only Worcester’s second ever win at the Cross Insurance Arena, in 13 trips. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

 

Transactions (oldest to most recent)
MAR 5 – FERRIS STATE DEFENSEMAN KALLEN SIGNS IN MAINE
MAR 5 – MARINERS ACQUIRE DEFENSEMAN MCENENY AT DEADLINE

 

This week’s schedule (all times Eastern)
Tues, Mar. 10 vs. Norfolk Admirals – 7:00 PM (HOME) – PRESENTED BY CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS
Fri, Mar. 13 @ Worcester Railers – 7:05 PM (AWAY)
Sat, Mar. 14 vs. Worcester Railers – 6:00 PM (HOME) – BEACON’S BIRTHDAY BASH

Tuesday is the final non-divisional game of the season as the Mariners take on Norfolk for the fourth time. The teams played a three game series in Virginia in November, with the Admirals winning two of three. Then, it’s a home-and-home over the weekend with Worcester. The Mariners and Railers still have seven meetings (of the Mariners’ final 11 games). Worcester’s next loss (or Maine’s next win/point gained), will officially eliminate them from playoff contention.

On Saturday, the Mariners celebrate Beacon’s second birthday with “Beacon’s Birthday Bash,” a celebration that will include several local mascots on hand. The first 1,000 kids in attendance ages 12 and under will get a Mariners travel toothbrush. Family Four Packs are available when purchased in advance: four tickets, four food and drink vouchers, and four Mariners beverage koozies starting at $80. After Saturday, the final Family Four Pack game of the regular season is Sunday, March 29th.

Doors open one hour prior to all Mariners home games, one hour and fifteen minutes for season ticket holders.

 

Playoff Picture:

The Mariners “Magic Number” is calculated by the combination of points gained and points “not gained” by the first non-playoff team (Adirondack). For example, each Mariners win reduces the number by two, and each overtime or shootout loss reduces it by one. Conversely, each Adirondack regular loss reduces the number by two, and each Adirondack overtime or shootout loss reduces it by one. The top four teams in the division make the playoffs, with the top two getting “home ice advantage” in the first round. More info on how the Magic Number works, can be found in THIS VIDEO.

 

Looking ahead:
The Mariners final two home games are against Worcester on Friday, March 27th, and Sunday, March 29th. The 27th is Country Night, presented by 99.9 The Wolf, and includes ticket giveaways to upcoming country concerts. March 29th is Fan Appreciation Night presented by Redbank Village. The full promotional schedule can be found here.

 

Community Collection:

The Mariners and the Cross Insurance Arena are collecting books for the remainder of the regular season for Ronald McDonald Charities of Maine. Fans who donate three or more books will receive a ticket to a Mariners weekday game. Both children’s and adult’s book donations are welcomed. Items MUST be donated at the Promotions Port to the right of the main security gates. While donations will be accepted at the Mariners office and other Cross Insurance Arena events, fans are not eligible to receive tickets unless the items are donated at a Mariners game.

 

Mariners Coach’s Show

The Mariners Coach’s Show airs this Thursday, March 12th from 6-7 PM, hosted by Mariners broadcaster Michael Keeley, broadcasting live at Three Dollar Deweys at 241 Commercial Street in Portland and airs online at MarinersOfMaine.com/listen. A Mariners coach and player will each join the show and meet with fans. Four tickets to an upcoming Mariners game will also be given away at Three Dollar Deweys at the end of the show.