MARINERS ACQUIRE FORWARD GREG CHASE FROM ALLEN

PORTLAND, MAINE – December 14, 2018 – The Mariners made a forward swap on Friday, dealing Riley Bourbonnais to the Allen Americans in exchange for Greg Chase. Chase is the nephew of famed NHL enforcer and current broadcaster Kelly Chase and a 2013 draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers.

Chase is 23 years old and was born in Sherwood Park, Alberta. He played juniors with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, putting up a career high 85 points in 70 games during the 2013-14 season. He began his pro career later that season, suiting up in five games for the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, and scoring one goal. He returned to the Hitmen to start 2014-15, but was traded to the Victoria Royals, where he would finish his junior career, putting up 44 points in 46 games. Since the 2015-16 season, Chase has played in the AHL for Oklahoma City, Bakersfield, and most recently Springfield (the former Portland Pirates). His ECHL journey includes stops in Norfolk and Wichita prior to Allen.

Between Wichita and Allen this season, Chase has scored two goals with seven assists in 23 combined games. His best pro season game in 15-16 when he scored 18 goals and added 19 assists for Norfolk in 43 games. He saw AHL time in Bakersfield that season as well.

Riley Bourbonnais heads to Allen in the deal. The 25-year-old forward from Rochester, NY signed in Maine over the summer after a big season playing under Riley Armstrong last season in Wheeling. Recently recovered from a lower-body injury, Bourbonnais scored four goals with four assists in fourteen games this season. Allen will be his third ECHL team.

The Mariners are home tonight, hosting Adirondack at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS SWEPT IN ST. JOHN’S

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – December 12, 2018 – The Mariners allowed pair of goals eleven seconds apart early in the opening period and could never recover on Wednesday night at Mile One Center in St. John’s, Newfoundland as they fell for the second straight night to the Growlers by a score of 5-2. Riley Bourbonnais and Michael McNicholas found the back of the net in the losing effort

For the first time in seven games, the Mariners allowed the first goal and it came from former NHL defenseman Adam Pardy at 3:50 of the opening period. On the ensuing shift, Marcus Power rushed in and beat Brandon Halverson to quickly double the Growlers lead. It remained 2-0 until 5:19 of the second when Riley Bourbonnais slid a backhand inside the post defended by Mario Culina to cut the deficit to one.

A penalty to Michael McNicholas carried over into the third and Zach O’Brien converted in the final seconds of the power play, getting the puck back from his blocked pass, and finishing from a sharp angle. At 8:37, McNicholas got it back, finishing a rebound off a Derek Pratt shot, but the Mariners would get no closer. Stefan LeBlanc added insurance at 16:10 and Scott Pooley buried an empty netter 48 seconds after.

The Mariners outshot Newfoundland, 33-30 – the first time they’ve outshot their opponent since November 17th at Brampton. Halverson lost for just the third time in his last 11 starts. Culina improved to 4-0-0 in limited action, allowing exactly two goals in all four starts.

Maine returns home Friday to host Adirondack at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

ALEX KILE RETURNED ON LOAN FROM HARTFORD

PORTLAND, ME – December 12, 2018 – Forward Alex Kile will once again join the Mariners roster as he has been returned on loan from the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, the team announced on Wednesday. Kile appeared in two games for Hartford, scoring one goal. It was his second AHL stint this season, and the third of his career.

Kile, a 24-year-old forward from Troy, Michigan, became the first player to sign a contract with the Mariners when he inked a deal in late June. After scoring seven goals in his first 10 games, Kile was loaned to the Utica Comets on November 10th, and played in six games without registering a point. He was returned from Utica on November 27th and scored a goal in his first game back the following night. Two games later, he scored twice in a 5-2 win in Manchester. With three goals and three assists in the five games following his return from Utica, he was loaned to the Wolf Pack on December 6th. On December 8th, Kile scored the last of Hartford’s three goals in a 6-3 loss at Hershey. It was his third career AHL goal, the previous two coming with the Rochester Americans in the 2016-17 season.

Kile leads the Mariners with 10 goals and three power play tallies. He’s tied for second on the team with 15 points.

The Mariners wrap up their series in Newfoundland with a 5:30 PM ET faceoff tonight against the Growlers. Coverage on the Maine Mariners broadcast network will begin at 5:15 PM. Maine returns home Friday to host Adirondack at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS LET LEAD SLIP AWAY IN NEWFOUNDLAND

PORTLAND, ME – December 11, 2018 – The Mariners were playing a solid road game through the first period and the start of the second, but things quickly unraveled in the middle frame and Maine fell 6-3 to the Growlers on Tuesday night at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Sean Day and Justin Breton had helped the Mariners build a 2-0 lead, but the Growlers got five in the second period to take control of the game.

Day would score the only goal of the first period with an impressive drive to the net after collecting a pass from Luke Stork. AT 17:02, Stork worked the puck from the Mariners side of the neutral zone to Day, who cut in on a backhand and quickly slipped the puck back to his forehand for a top shelf shot over Growler goalie Michael Garteig.

Breton doubled the lead at 3:15 of the second when he flew down the center lane and cleaned up a Ryan Culkin point shot. Breton extended his goal streak to three games. At 5:41, the tide began to turn when Griffen Molino got behind the Maine defense and slipped a shot between the pads of Connor LaCouvee. Under three minutes later, Darien Plouffe tied the game, and Scott Pooley’s long blue line offering got through LaCouvee just 34 seconds after Plouffe’s goal to give Newfoundland its first lead. The Mariners tied the game up at 10:25 of the second when defenseman John Furgele joined a rush and finished a Michael McNicholas setup for his second professional goal. It looked as if the Mariners were gaining momentum back, but Matt Bradley finished a two-on-one at 15:07 to put the Growlers back ahead. With 27.8 seconds remaining, Marcus Power jammed a puck under LaCouvee’s pads that came under controversy, as the referee didn’t appear to have a look at the puck crossing the line. After conferencing with the goal judge, the goal stood, and the Growlers took a 5-3 lead into the second intermission.

The Mariners replaced LaCouvee with Brandon Halverson to begin the third period, but were outshot 10-7 in the period and never seriously threatened to get on the board again. Giorgio Estephan got his 13th goal of the season at 15:13 to put a cherry on top for the Growlers.

LaCouvee stopped 22 of 27 shots, Halverson stopped 9 of 10, and Garteig got his league leading 13th win by making 18 of 21. The Mariners will go for the split of their trip to St. John’s on Wednesday night at 5:30 PM ET. Coverage on the Maine Mariners broadcast network will begin at 5:15 PM. Maine returns home Friday to host Adirondack at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MORGAN ADAMS-MOISAN RECALLED TO AHL LAVAL

PORTLAND, ME – December 10, 2018 – The Laval Rocket of the AHL have recalled forward Morgan Adams-Moisan. The rookie winger has been on a hot stretch for the Mariners, scoring his first five professional goals in a span of seven games. Although Adams-Moisan is under contract with Laval, he has yet to appear in an AHL game.

Last night’s empty-net goal for Adams-Moisan put an exclamation mark on a remarkable seven game run. It began on November 28th when his first professional goal came shorthanded in a 4-1 win over the Reading Royals. He’d score three more before the weekend was over, picking up a goal (and a fight) against Worcester two days later, and then notching his first career multi-goal performance on December 1st in Manchester, a 5-2 Maine win. Adams-Moisan has also been one of the Mariners main enforcers, with three fights on the season.

The 21-year-old from La Tuque, QC signed with Laval in April after a standout final season of Juniors with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL. Adams-Moisan posted 61 points (32 goals, 29 assists) in 68 games in 2017-18. He was assigned to the Mariners on October 10th and has suited up in all but one of their games.

The Mariners are off to St. Johns, Newfoundland this week for games on Tuesday and Wednesday night against the North Division leading Growlers. Both games begin at 5:30 PM ET, with pregame coverage starting at 5:15 PM ET on the Maine Mariners Broadcast Network. Maine returns home on Friday to host the Adirondack Thunder at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS WEEKLY: Four Game Week begins in Newfoundland

Dec. 10, 2018 – The sprint toward Christmas continues for the Maine Mariners with another busy week that includes four more games in a five day span. As the North Division standings tighten by the day, Riley Armstrong’s group continues to play well, winning 10 of its last 14 games after sweeping their home weekend against Adirondack and Worcester. This week begins with a true measuring stick in the form of a trip to Newfoundland and a pair of battles with the division-leading Growlers. After traveling home on Thursday, there’s little rest for the weary with a two more games in New England over the weekend.

The week that was
Wednesday, Dec. 5th – MNE: 2, ADK: 3

Hoping to be energized by the return of alternate captain Terrence Wallin, the Mariners were seeking their first win against Adirondack in the third meeting between the teams, and the first of a home and home. Brycen Martin opened the scoring, but Peter MacArthur ended a Mariners penalty kill streak that had reached 36 in a row to tie it before the period ended. Thunder captain James Henry scored twice early in the 2nd and although Wallin got one back in the third, the Mariners couldn’t get any closer. FULL GAME RECAP

Friday, Dec. 7th – ADK: 4, MNE: 5/SO

Already without Wallin and Alex Kile, who were loaned to AHL Hartford, the Mariners also lost their two top defensemen Zach Tolkinen and Scott Savage to injuries. Nevertheless, they again scored first when Sean Day set up Michael McNicholas for a first period power play goal. Adirondack’s John Edwardh and Maine’s Justin Breton (his first goal as a Mariner) scored ten seconds apart in the second, but Adirondack rallied on goals by Henry and Shane Conacher to take a 3-2 lead. In the final seconds of the period, Ryan Gropp – playing in his home debut, roofed a power play goal to send the game into the third at three. Riley Bourbonnais gave Maine the lead back, but Edwardh came up with the extra attacker goal to force OT. Gropp would get the only goal of the shootout as Brandon Halverson stopped all three Thunder attempts and 47 of 51 shots through 65 minutes before the shootout. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday, Dec. 9th – WOR: 2, MNE: 4

Like the last meeting between the Railers and Mariners in Portland, the game featured a fight within the first half-minute of the game as Alex Adams tangled with Yanick Turcotte. The Mariners took advantage of a four minute power play as Ryan Ferrill netted the only goal of the first period. Brandon Halverson shined in the second period with 15 stops as Gropp and Breton added insurance goals. Worcester charged hard in the third and got a pair of goals from Nick Sorkin, but Halverson shut the door the rest of the way as Morgan-Adams Moisan sealed the game with an empty-netter. FULL GAME RECAP & HIGHLIGHTS

Fun Facts

-Maine has at least a point in 9 of its last 10 home games dating back to 10/21/18
-The Mariners are 5-0-0 when Michael McNicholas scores a goal and 7-1-1 when he registers a point
-Brandon Halverson has a .935 SV% in his last 3 starts, stopping 129 of 138 shots

Transactions
-F Terrence Wallin and F Alex Kile were loaned to AHL Hartford
-F Ryan Gropp was assigned to Maine from AHL Hartford by the New York Rangers
-D Ryan Culkin and D Adam Plant were assigned to Maine from AHL Laval

Coming up (all times Eastern)
Tues, Dec. 11th @ NFL – 5:30 PM (AWAY)
Weds, Dec. 12th @ NFL – 5:30 PM (AWAY)
Fri, Dec. 14th vs. ADK – 7:15 PM (HOME)
Sat, Dec. 15th @ WOR – 7:05 PM (AWAY)

Newfoundland has led the North Division all season, but was recently swept at home by the Reading Royals. The Mariners are eight points behind the Growlers, with three games in hand. Friday night’s home game features another “1-2-3 Friday”: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It is also the final game with a non-perishable food donation drive to benefit Preble Street.

Mariners Holiday Packs are still available! There are three options to choose from: Blizzard, Flurry, and Snowflake. The deadline to order for holiday shipping is today. Fans can call the Mariners business office at 833-GO-MAINE to purchase.

MARINERS ADD TWO D-MEN FROM LAVAL

PORTLAND, ME – December 10, 2018 – The Mariners gained two additions to their blue line on Monday, as defensemen Ryan Culkin and Adam Plant were assigned to Maine from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. Culkin returns to the Mariners after 14 games played to start the season while Plant will make his ECHL debut.

Culkin (6’2, 201 lbs), a 24-year-old from Montreal, QC was a mainstay in the Mariners lineup until his recall on November 22nd. In 14 games, Culkin had two goals and seven assists. He scored one of the Mariners’ three goals in their inaugural game against Adirondack on October 13th at the Cross Insurance Arena. With Laval, Culkin dressed in three games, scoring one goal. Culkin is a 2012 fifth round draft pick of the Calgary Flames and has played over 200 professional games between the AHL and ECHL.

Adam Plant (5’10, 170 lbs) is a 2017 National Champion when his University of Denver Pioneers won it all during his Junior year. A native of Penticton, BC, Plant was an alternate captain his senior year, scoring six goals with five assists in 32 games. After graduating last season, Plant signed with Laval in March and appeared in 7 games without a point. In nine games for the Rocket this season, Plant has one assist. The 23-year-old played his Junior hockey for the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL.

The Mariners are off to St. Johns, Newfoundland this week for games on Tuesday and Wednesday night against the North Division leading Growlers. Both games begin at 5:30 PM ET, with pregame coverage starting at 5:15 PM ET on the Maine Mariners Broadcast Network. Maine returns home on Friday to host the Adirondack Thunder at 7:15 PM. It’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. It’s also the final day for non-perishable food donations for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

MARINERS HOLD OFF FURIOUS RAILER RALLY IN THIRD

PORTLAND, ME – December 9, 2018 – The Mariners built a 3-0 lead through 40 minutes on Sunday afternoon over the Worcester Railers and held on for a 4-2 win despite a third period that the was dominated by the visitors. Brandon Halverson continued his strong play, stopping 40 shots and even adding an assist. Maine improved to 8-3-0-1 at the Cross Insurance Arena with their second home victory of the weekend.

Just like the last Maine meeting between the two teams on November 30th, a fight ensued in the opening seconds of the game. Alex Adams took on Yanick Tucotte just 25 seconds in, after Morgan Adams-Moisan had challenged Turcotte ten seconds into the game nine days prior. Alex Vanier was assessed a double-minor penalty for slashing and cross-checking at 9:59 and the Mariners capitalized on the second half of the power play when Ryan Ferrill punched home a rebound from a Michael McNicholas shot in the slot. The Mariners would improve to 7-1-0-1 when McNicholas registers a point. Jason Salvaggio got a secondary helper and the Mariners outshot Worcester 11-9 in the first.

The second period was Halverson’s best as he stopped all 15 Railers shots. At 12:15, Ryan Gropp doubled the lead, backhanding home his second goal of the weekend. Ferrill won an offensive zone faceoff back to Garrett Cecere at the blue line and Cecere’s blast was kicked by Railer netminder Evan Buitenhuis right to Gropp, who finished it off. Moments after a key save by Halverson on Ivan Kosorenkov, Justin Breton snapped a shot through the pads of Buitenhuis to make it 3-0 Maine. Sean Day and Luke Stork provided the assists on Breton’s second goal in as many games.

Worcester’s Nick Sorkin finally broke through Halverson at 5:01 of the third, dashing down the slot and scoring his second goal of the season. 1:52 later, he struck again, finishing an impressive setup by Matty Gaudreau from below the goal line. The Railers played almost the entire remainder of the third in the Maine zone, but Halverson held strong and at 18:50, with the Worcester net empty, he kicked a shot to Morgan Adams-Moisan, who launched his fifth goal of the season all the way down into the vacated cage. Worcester pulled their netminder again and elevated their shot total to 42, but Halverson shut the door for his eighth win of the season. In the loss, Buitenhuis stopped 23 of 26.

The Mariners will travel to Canada for a two game set in Newfoundland against the first place Growlers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both games begin at 5:30 ET with coverage beginning at 5:15 on the Mariners Broadcast Network (ECHL.TV and Mixlr). Maine is home on Friday against the Adriondack Thunder at 7:15 PM. It’s a 1-2-3 Friday: $1 hot dogs, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Lights through the start of the 2nd period. It’s also the final day of the non-perishable food drive for Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.

IN BACK AND FORTH AFFAIR, MARINERS TOP THUNDER IN SHOOTOUT

PORTLAND, ME – December 7, 2018 – In a game that saw several lead changes and momentum swings, the Mariners prevailed 5-4 in a shootout over the Adirondack Thunder on Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. Ryan Gropp led the way offensively with a goal and an assist in his Mariners home debut, plus the lone goal of the shootout. Brandon Halverson turned aside 47 of 51 Thunder shots.

The Mariners scored the only goal of the first period when Michael McNicholas cashed in a Sean Day power play feed at 5:55. The Thunder were returning a player to the ice at the end of a 5-on-3 and Day was able to move between the circles and feed McNicholas who lifted a shot over a sprawling Alex Sakellaropoulos. Brandon Halverson stopped all 15 shots he faced in the first.

Adirondack came hard in the second period and tied it quickly when John Edwardh collected a free puck from behind the pads of Halverson at 1:22. Kevin Lough picked up his first of three assists on the night with the shot from the point to produce the goal. Ten seconds later, the Mariners took the lead back off a Ryan Ferrill faceoff win that Justin Breton picked up and sniped past Sakellaropoulos. The Thunder tied it again at 6:11 on a James Henry wrister, leading a two-on-one with Peter MacArthur. Adirondack went to the power play and grabbed their first lead at 8:19 when Shane Conacher rocketed one-timer past Halverson from above the left wing circle. Maine finished the wild second period with its own power play tally with 16 seconds left as McNicholas found Ryan Gropp across the goal mouth for a shot under the cross bar.

At 7:05 of the third, Joe Kalisz came out of the penalty box and chased after his own rebound behind the Adirondack net. Gropp pulled the puck out from below the goal line and found Riley Bourbonnais streaking down the slot to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead. Kalisz registered his first ECHL point with the secondary assist. The 4-3 lead held up until 18:16 when with the extra attacker out for Adirondack, Edwardh struck again for his second of the game and fourth at the Cross Insurance Arena this season (of his six total goals).

Each team had good opportunities through a scoreless three on three overtime and registered four shots apiece. In the shootout, Gropp beat Sakellaropoulos with a stick-side wrister, and no one else would find the back of the net. Halverson stopped Edwardh and Cullen Bradshaw before Peter MacArthur lost the puck in the final attempt for the Thunder, ending the game. The Mariners allowed a season high 51 shots as Halverson earned his 7th win. Sakellaropoulos made 32 saves in the loss. The Mariners win marked their first against Adirondack in franchise history. They’ve also collected points in eight of their last nine home games, dating back to October 21st.

The Mariners are back home Sunday vs. Worcester at 3:00 PM for “Night of Champions” presented by Spectrum Healthcare Partners. Fans are asked to continue bring non-perishable food donations to both games to benefit Preble Street. Tickets can be purchased at MarinersOfMaine.com or by calling 207-775-3458.