RONNING AND KILE EACH SCORE A PAIR AS MARINERS DROWN OUT THUNDER

GLENS FALLS, NY – January 15, 2020 – For the second night in a row, the Mariners potted two third period power play goals, as they earned a big 4-1 road win over the Adirondack Thunder at the Cool Insuring Arena on Wednesday night. Ty Ronning and Alex Kile scored two goals each, while Francois Brassard made 28 saves to help the Mariners climb over Adirondack in the North Division playoff race.

Fireworks came early when Robbie Payne delivered a check to head of Dillan Fox at 7:38, prompting a fight between Payne and Brian Hart. The Mariners couldn’t convert on the five minute power play, as Francois Brassard came up big with a save on Adirondack’s Matt Salhany on a shorthanded breakaway. In the final minute of the period, Brian Hart came up with a turnover just inside the Mariners blue line and busted away on a 2-on-1 with Ty Ronning. Ronning finished Hart’s feed across the slot for his sixth goal of the season, giving the Mariners the lead at the end of one.

The Mariners took several penalties in the second period, eventually allowing Adirondack to tie it at 9:51 when Charlie Curti finished a cross ice feed from Colby Sissons on the power play. Shortly after, Mikael Robidoux hit Blake Thompson in the corner to the left of the Adirondack net and was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct, but the Mariners penalty kill came up big to keep the game tied, heading to the third.

At 5:59 of the third, Thunder defenseman Kelly Summers was called for high-sticking, and the Mariners quickly cashed on the power play. Terrence Wallin won the faceoff back to Zach Tolkinen, who fed Ryan Culkin – and then Alex Kile, who ripped a sizzling shot over McAdam to give Maine a 2-1 lead. After a Colby Sissons slashing minor at 13:36, the Mariners man advantage unit struck again for insurance, as Culkin found Ronning just below the hash marks for a quick snap shot past McAdam’s glove, and his second goal of the game. Kile later joined the two goal club with an empty net goal at 17:57. Ted Hart and Michael McNicholas also had assists in third period for the Mariners.

In net, Francois Brassard made 28 saves to earn his third win of the season, while McAdam turned aside 14 in the loss. The win was Maine’s fourth victorious trip in a row to Glens Falls, but their first ever in regulation time. The Mariners jumped over Adirondack in the North Division standings to reclaim the fourth and final playoff spot. The Mariners now have five more wins than the Thunder and still four games in hand.

The Mariners are off to Brampton, Ontario, where they’ll play three this weekend against the Brampton Beast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They’ll return home on Friday, January 24th for Star Wars night, against Worcester once again. It’s a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Star Wars characters from local fan groups will be on hand, and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a Mariners t-shirt courtesy of Unifirst. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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 USE POWER PLAY TO RALLY PAST RAILERS

PORTLAND, ME – January 14, 2020 – Back-to-back power play goal by Morgan Adams-Moisan and Terrence Wallin in the third period, led the Mariners to a 3-2 come from behind win over the Worcester Railers on Tuesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Mariners snapped a five game losing skid with the win, pulling back to within one point of fourth place in the North Division, and giving themselves a chance to jump back over Adirondack tomorrow night.

The first highlight of the game came at the 7:55 mark of the opening period when Morgan Adams-Moisan and Yanick Turcotte engaged in a long and spirited fight that started at center ice and transitioned all the way down into the Railers zone before the officials finally intervened. Worcester took a 1-0 lead two minutes later on an Arnaud Durandeau deflection of a Justin Murray shot from the left wall. Each team fired 17 first period shots, but Durandeau’s goal was the only one.

The Mariners continued to pepper Railers goaltender Evan Buitenhuis with quality shots through the second period, and finally broke through to tie it up at 16:47, when Ted Hart followed up Michael McNicholas’ shot out of Buitenhuis’ glove with the rebound power play goal to make it 1-1. The Railers responded on the ensuing shift, as Drew Callin capitalized on a turnover in front of the Mariners net and beat Connor LaCouvee for an unassisted goal. At 18:55 of the period, Mariners forward Mikael Robidoux threw an explosive hit on Callin between the benches and was jumped by Kyle Thomas – who received a major penalty and game misconduct. Worcester led 2-1 at the end of two.

At 11:44 of the third, Worcester’s Ben Thomson was assessed a hooking penalty, and the Mariners power play converted again to tie the game. Morgan Adams-Moisan got position in front of Buitenhuis and redirected Zach Tolkinen’s offering from the point for his third goal of the season. Upset for what he felt was a missed penalty call before the call, Railers head coach David Cunniff was called for an abusive language bench minor, putting the Mariners right back on the power play. Alex Kile and Ryan Culkin then set up Terrence Wallin alone to the right of Buitenhuis, to give Maine its first lead – the goals coming 55 seconds apart. The Mariners killed off a late Adams-Moisan roughing penalty on their way to holding on for the 3-2 win.

The 45 shots on goal tied a franchise high for the Mariners and represented their highest total in the game this season. LaCouvee made 36 saves to earn his 11th win. Buitenhuis was fantastic in the loss, turning aside 42 shots.

The Mariners will travel to Glens Falls, NY to take on the Adirondack Thunder tomorrow night at 7 PM, with the chance to leapfrog the Thunder for fourth place in the North Division. They’ll then play a 3-in-3 for the second weekend in a row, with games in Brampton, Ontario on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They’ll return home on Friday, January 24th for Star Wars night, against Worcester once again. It’s a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Star Wars characters from local fan groups will be on hand, and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a Mariners t-shirt courtesy of Unifirst. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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 ACQUIRE BLEACKLEY FROM IDAHO IN THREE TEAM DEAL

PORTLAND, ME – January 14, 2020 – As part of a three team trade, the Mariners have acquired forward Conner Bleackley from the Idaho Steelheads. Forward Taylor Cammarata has been dealt to the Orlando Solar Bears in the deal. Bleackley has been twice drafted, and has played over 130 games in the AHL.

A 23-year-old from High River, Alberta, Canada, Bleackley played parts of five seasons for the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels from 2012-2016. He was a captain for his final three, and led the team in scoring during the 2013-14 campaign, scoring 29 goals with 39 assists in 71 games. The following summer, he was drafted 23rd overall by the Colorado Avalanche. Bleackley was eventually traded to Arizona, but remained in the WHL, and re-entered the draft where he was selected by the St. Louis Blues in 2016, round five.

The 6’0, 195 point forward spent the last three seasons in the Blues organization, initially with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2016-17 and part of 2017-18, and then mostly with the San Antonio Rampage last season, where he put up 16 points in 57 games. In 132 career AHL games, Bleackley has 11 goals and 22 assists, including two goals and three assists in ten games on loan to the Texas Stars this season.

Bleackley signed with Idaho just before the season began, and has posted four goals and nine assists in 18 games for the Steelheads. He’s also seen ECHL time with the Missouri Mavericks in 2016-17 and Tulsa Oilers in 2017-18. He’s just under a point per game in his ECHL career with 68 points in 72 games.

Taylor Cammarata will join his fourth ECHL team, moving to the Orlando Solar Bears in the deal. The 24-year-old forward had 16 goals and 28 assists in 44 games as a Mariner in the second half of last season and the first half of 2019-20. The final piece of the trade sees forward Colby McAuley go from the Solar Bears to Idaho.

The Mariners are finishing a four game home stand tonight against the Worcester Railers at 7 PM. They will then embark on a four game road trip through January 24th with stops at Adirondack and Brampton. They’ll return home on Friday, January 24th for Star Wars night, against Worcester once again. It’s a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Star Wars characters from local fan groups will be on hand, and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a Mariners t-shirt courtesy of Unifirst. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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.

WOLF PACK ASSIGN JEFF TAYLOR TO MAINE

HARTFORD, January 14, 2020:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has loaned defenseman Jeff Taylor to its ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners.

A third-year pro out of Union College who was signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack July 12, 2019, Taylor has skated in eight games with the Wolf Pack this season, notching three assists, four penalty minutes and a +4.  Prior to being recalled from the Mariners October 28, Taylor was scoreless, with eight shots on goal, in six games with Maine.

The Mariners are finishing a four game home stand tonight against the Worcester Railers at 7 PM. They will then embark on a four game road trip through January 24th with stops at Adirondack and Brampton. They’ll return home on Friday, January 24th for Star Wars night, against Worcester once again. It’s a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Star Wars characters from the 501st New England Garrison will be on hand, and the first 2,000 fans in attendance will get a Mariners t-shirt courtesy of Unifirst. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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 ALLOW SEASON LOW 20 SHOTS IN LOSS TO NEWFOUNDLAND

PORTLAND, ME – January 12, 2020 – Newfoundland scored two goals in the first four minutes of the second period and that was all the offense for the night for either team in a 2-0 Mariners loss to the Growlers on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Mariners dropped their fifth game in a row while Newfoundland won its ninth straight.

After a scoreless first period, Newfoundland converted on a power play just over a minute into the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Brady Ferguson beat Connor LaCouvee’s stick side shoulder with a shot from the edge of the right faceoff circle at 1:04. Fegurson added another point at the 3:20 mark, setting up Marcus Power on a breakaway. Power slid the puck on his backhand under LaCouvee’s pad to double the Growler lead. The Mariners had a shot advantage of 24-17 through two periods despite the 2-0 deficit.

Growlers netminder Parker Gahagen kept momentum on the Growlers side with big saves throughout the game. His best was on a Morgan Adams-Moisan breakaway in the second period, but he also made several stops on deflected point shots, 34 offerings in total. It turned out to be Gahagen’s first professional shutout, not counting one for SPHL’s Evansville Thunderbolts earlier this season.

The Growlers have a franchise long nine game winning streak as they extend their lead for the top spot in the North Division. The Mariners remain three points behind Adirondack for fourth place, with five games in hand.

The Mariners have one home game left on the current home stand, Tuesday night against the Worcester Railers at 7 PM. They will then embark on a four game road trip through January 24th. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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.

THUNDER DEFEAT MARINERS FOR FIRST TIME IN SEVEN MEETINGS

PORTLAND, ME – January 11, 2020 – Robbie Payne’s 19th point of the season against the Mariners turned out to be the game-winning goal on Saturday night in a 4-2 Adirondack Thunder victory over Maine at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Mariners let leads of 1-0 and 2-1 slip, and were shut down by Thunder netminder Eamon McAdam through the final 40 minutes of play. For Adirondack, it was their first win in seven tries in the 18-game head-to-head season series.

The first period saw four goals in total, the Mariners scoring first for the second night in a row. Will Pelletier deflected Ryan Culkin’s point shot off the post, off McAdam and over the goal line at 4:15 to get the scoring started. Morgan Adams-Moisan picked up a secondary assist on the goal. For Culkin, it was his 100th ECHL point.

At 7:23, Brandon Crawley turned the puck over inside the Mariners blue line and Ara Nazarian beat Francois Brassard’s blocker to tie the game. It was only tied for 16 seconds, however, as Dillan Fox responded with a wrister over McAdam’s glove at 7:39 to put Maine right back ahead. The Thunder tied it up again at 16:09 when Colby Sisson’s blue line drive was deflected home by Casey Pierro-Zabotel.

Neither team scored in the second period, as goaltenders and penalty killers stood tall. The Mariners killed two penalties, plus the majority of a 5-on-3 resulting from infractions at the end of the first. Adirondack also executed two successful kids. Brassard shut down Charlie Curti on a breakaway at the tail end of the period to keep the game tied into the third.

Adirondack was the better team for most of the third, registering the first 10 shots of the period, and they broke the tie at 5:23 when Robbie Payne beat Brassard on a rebound, set up by Jake Linhart and James Henry. The Mariners had a great chance late late in the third when Adirondack took three consecutive penalties. Linart and Alex Tonge took back-to-back delay of game penalties followed by a tripping call to James Phelan to set up a 6-on-3 advantage after the Mariners pulled Brassard. The Thunder won a key faceoff with under a minute to go and defenseman Kelly Summers shot the puck off the glass, rolling into the empty net to seal a 4-2 Thunder win.

Adirondack snapped a four game skid, while the Mariners dropped their fourth in a row, falling three points behind the Thunder for fourth place in the North Division.

The Mariners finish the Winning 3Kend hosting Newfoundland tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM. The promotion is “Kids Run the Show,” where kids who won an online sweepstakes will get the chance help with game presentation including the radio broadcast, in-game hosting, running music, and reading the lineup to the team in the locker room. Family Four packs are available starting at $80, but must be purchased in advance of game day. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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 DROP THIRD STRAIGHT ONE GOAL GAME

PORTLAND, ME – January 10, 2020 – It was a tale of two halves on Friday night between the Mariners and Newfoundland Growlers at the Cross Insurance Arena. A wide open first 30 minutes gave way to a much tighter second portion of the game, and in the end Newfoundland escaped with a 3-2 win. The deciding goal was scored by Justin Brazeau late in the second period, breaking a 2-2 tie.

The Mariners jumped on a fatigued Newfoundland team early, grabbing a 1-0 lead just 1:01 into the game. Ty Ronning and Greg Chase worked off a turnover below the hash marks, before the puck popped out to Dillan Fox, coming down the slot with a backhand past the blocker of Growlers goaltender Parker Gahagen. Newfoundland tied it up late in the frame with a power play goal at 17:23, when Giorgio Estephan’s shot caromed off the skate of Ryan Culkin and behind Connor LaCouvee. Each team hit multiple goal posts in the period, but despite heavy offensive chances on both sides, the score remained 1-1 through one.

Alex Kile gave the Mariners the lead back at 3:16 of the second period when he led a 2-on-1 rush up the left side and dragged into the slot, beating Gahagen’s stick side. Assists went to Terrence Wallin and Connor LaCouvee. As chances continued to come for both teams, Trey Bradley drove the net and beat LaCouvee with a backhand at 11:33 off a nifty feed from linemate Riley Woods. Rookie phenom Justin Brazeau broke the 2-2 tie late, when Woods found him in the slot from below the goal line at 18:31. Shot totals were heavy in the 2nd, favoring Newfoundland 13-12, and the Growlers skated into the third with a 3-2 lead.

The Mariners peppered Gahagen with 13 third period shots, but the Growlers goalie made several key saves including a pair of big performances on penalty kills. In total, Gahagen stopped 31 of 33 Mariners shots to earn his sixth win. LaCouvee stopped 21 in the loss. It’s the first three game losing streak of the season for the Mariners, all by one goal margins. Newfoundland has won seven in a row.

The Mariners continue the home weekend tomorrow, hosting the Adirondack Thunder at 6 PM. The first 2,000 fans will get a Mariners tumbler courtesy of the Holy Donut and it’s also “Beacon’s Buddies” presented by Evergreen Credit Union – with a pet item drive for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Fans who bring two or more items will receive a weekday ticket voucher. The Mariners are home again on Sunday against Newfoundland for “Kids Run the Show,” when kids who won an online sweepstakes will get the chance help with game presentation.

Family Four packs are available for Saturday and Sunday, starting at $80, but must be purchased in advance of game day. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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 SIGN ROBIDOUX, PELLETIER ASSIGNED FROM LAVAL

PORTLAND, ME – January 8, 2020 – The Mariners were involved in a pair of forward transactions on Wednesday, announcing the signing of Mikael Robidoux, and also receiving Will Pelletier on assignment from the AHL’s Laval Rocket.

Robidoux, 20, is a native of La Praire, QC. He’s his fifth season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, spending the last season plus with the Shawinigan Cataractes. In 23 games this season for Shawinigan, he’s got six goals and five assists, along with a team leading 50 penalty minutes. Robidoux spent parts of four seasons with the Quebec Remparts, before being traded to Shawinigan in December of 2018.

Pelletier, 27 years old, becomes the fourth Laval Rocket contracted player on the roster, joining Connor LaCouvee, Ryan Culkin, and Morgan Adams-Moisan. Pelletier played NCAA DIII college hockey for Norwich University from 2013-17, where he served as an Alternate Captain in both of his upper-class seasons. He twice led Norwich in scoring – first in his sophomore campaign of 2014-15 when he posted 41 points in 23 games and was named ECAC East Player of the Year. In his senior season of 2016-17, Pelletier again led the Cadets with 46 points (18 goals, 28 assists) in 23 games. After the college season ended, he signed an AHL deal with the Rockford IceHogs.

Pelletier got off to a strong start to his AHL career, posting seven points in eight games at the end of 2016-17, and then 29 in 69 regular season games the following year. He saw a dip in production in  2018-19 with just 17 points in 41 games, before signing with Laval this past summer. Pelletier has no points in four games for the Rocket this season.

The Mariners are home for three in a row on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the “Winning 3Kend,” presented by Three Dollar Deweys. The Mariners will the host Newfoundland Growlers on Friday at 7:15 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM, while hosting the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday at 6 PM. Fans will have chances to win prizes throughout the week including a $10,000 game of a chance for a lucky fan each game. Friday’s game is a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Saturday’s game features a Mariners tumbler giveaway to the first 2,000 fans courtesy of the Holy Donut and is also “Beacon’s Buddies” presented by Evergreen Credit Union – with a pet item drive for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Fans who bring two or more items will receive a weekday ticket voucher. Sunday’s game features “Kids Run the Show,” as kids ages 7-12 will help with game presentation.

Family Four packs are available for Saturday and Sunday, starting at $80, but must be purchased in advance of game day. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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.

FOX’S LATE GOAL NOT ENOUGH IN MARINERS LOSS TO READING

READING, PA – January 7, 2020 – Dillan Fox scored with 1:26 remaining in the third and an extra attacker on the ice to pull the Mariners within a goal, but the Reading Royals held on for a 2-1 win on Tuesday morning at Santander Arena. It was the third straight time the Mariners have lost to Reading in the head-to-head series.

After Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin was called for holding at 4:41, the Royals scored a power play goal to grab a 1-0 lead. Matthew Strome located a puck that had dropped down from the air and found Matthew Gaudreau alone in front of Connor LaCouvee, who got beat to his stick side. Reading outshot the Mariners 10-8 in the first for the one-goal lead.

Midway through the second period, Corey Mackin doubled the Reading lead when he gathered a rebound off of LaCouvee’s pad and backhanded the puck around it. Gaudreau got his second point of the game with the primary helper. LaCouvee made 14 saves in the period while the Mariners were held to just five shots.

With Reading leading 2-0 and less than two minutes to go, the Mariners pulled LaCouvee and got on the board at 18:34. Ryan Culkin took a shot from  the center of the blue line and beat Reading’s Kirill Ustimenko through traffic, tipped home by Dillan Fox. Alex Kile picked up the secondary assist, giving him a ten game road point streak. The Mariners called timeout and got LaCouvee back to the bench but couldn’t amount a great scoring chance to tie the game. Final shot totals were 33-23 in favor of Reading.

The Mariners are home for three in a row on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for the “Winning 3Kend,” presented by Three Dollar Deweys. The Mariners will the host Newfoundland Growlers on Friday at 7:15 PM and Sunday at 3:00 PM, while hosting the Adirondack Thunder on Saturday at 6 PM. Fans will have chances to win prizes throughout the week including a $10,000 game of a chance for a lucky fan each game. Friday’s game is a “1-2-3 Friday,” featuring $1 Aquafina water, $2 Pepsi products, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the 2nd period. Saturday’s game features a Mariners tumbler giveaway to the first 2,000 fans courtesy of the Holy Donut and is also “Beacon’s Buddies” presented by Evergreen Credit Union – with a pet item drive for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Fans who bring two or more items will receive a weekday ticket voucher. Sunday’s game features “Kids Run the Show,” as kids ages 7-12 will help with game presentation.

Family Four packs are available for Saturday and Sunday, starting at $80, but must be purchased in advance of game day. Groups of 10 or more can get discounted tickets to all games 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