MASTER’S HAT TRICK LEADS MARINERS OVER ADMIRALS

NORFOLK, VA – October 30, 2022 – Nick Master’s second career hat trick helped the Mariners fight through adversity and claim a 5-3 win on Sunday afternoon at the Norfolk Scope Arena against the Norfolk Admirals. It was Maine’s second straight win over Norfolk to improve to 4-2-0 on the season.

After scuffling on the power play Friday and Saturday, the Mariners used the man advantage to strike twice in the opening period. Just seconds into their first opportunity, Nick Master came out from below the goal line and stuffed one through Norfolk goaltender Cale Morris, giving Maine the first goal for the fourth game in a row. Assists went to Pat Shea and Mathew Santos. The Admirals responded at 13:32 when defenseman Eric Williams was able to beat Brandon Bussi short side after a flurry of scoring chances. The Maine power play capitalized again just over two minutes later when Keltie Jeri-Leon fed a back door pass to Cam Askew for a tap in and Askew’s second goal of the season.

The score remained 2-1 through 40 minutes despite 15 Maine shots in the second period. A bizarre play early in the 3rd tied the game, when Mariners defenseman Jacob Wilson attempted to slide a puck under Bussi for a whistle, but ended up scoring on his own goal. The goal was credited to Aidan Brown. Master then scored back-to-back goals at 6:07 and 10:45 to put the Mariners back in control of the game. Mitch Fossier flipped a pass to Master for a backhand finish to break the 2-2 tie, then it was Mathew Santos who settled into the zone, turned, and found Master to complete the hat trick and put Maine up by two. Mariners captain Connor Doherty dropped the gloves with Norfolk blue liner Carson Musser in a spirited fight, immediately leading to Joe Widmar’s goal to cut the lead back to one at 14:56. Nick Jermain’s empty net goal with 17 seconds remaining finally sealed the game.

With 23 saves, Brandon Bussi picked up his third win of the season. The Mariners registered a season high 38 shots on goal, with Morris stopping 33 of 37. Master’s hat trick is the first of the season for Maine and the second of his career. Last season, he scored three against Worcester on December 10th, 2021 at the Cross Insurance Arena.

The Mariners begin a four game homestand next weekend against the Newfoundland Growlers, starting Friday night. Game time is 7:15 PM and it’s “Jersey Friday,” featuring a youth jersey giveaway to the first 500 kids. It’s also the first 1-2-3 Friday of the season: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. Saturday, November 5th is “TikTok Night,” presented by Chick-Fil-A at 6 PM. It also features a postgame full team autograph session.

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 HANG SIX ON ADMIRALS IN BOUNCE BACK WIN

NORFOLK, VA – October 29, 2022 – The Mariners scored three goals in the first period and three in the second on their way to a 6-1 blowout of the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Six different players found the net in the Mariners biggest offensive performance of the early season. Keltie Jeri-Leon and Mitch Fossier led the charge with two points each.

It didn’t take long for the Mariners to open the scoring as Keltie Jeri-Leon struck at the 2:00 mark of the first period. After Thomas Vomacka kicked out Josh McKechney’s initial shot, Jeri-Leon pounced on the rebound from the right circle to give Maine the early lead. Norfolk answered quickly when Tag Bertuzzi finished a cross crease feed from Aidan Brown at 3:19 to tie it up. Nick Master restored the Maine lead with a wrist shot from the left wing at 8:36, and the Mariners never looked back. Reid Stefanson added his first goal of the season late in the period thanks to more hard work from Jeri-Leon.

Nick Jermain scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season to open proceedings in the second period at 2:11, with Cam Askew setting him up on an impressive toe drag pass in the slot. The Admirals then made a goalie swap, replacing Vomacka with Cale Morris, who allowed two more. Defenseman Gabriel Chicoine blasted one home from the point at 8:44, helped by Fossier’s screen, and Pat Shea netted an unassisted tally at 13:55 to bring the score to 6-1. The Mariners outshot the Admirals 14-3 in the middle frame.

The third period was marked by penalties as two separate incidents at 6:11 and 11:46 sent several players to the box, but no further scoring occurred. The Mariners finished 5 for 5 on the penalty kill in the game, going 0 for 4 on the power play. In goal, Francois Brassard picked up his first win of the season, stopping 15 of 16 Admirals shots. The Mariners improved to 3-2-0 on the early season, as Norfolk fell to 1-4-0.

The Mariners and Admirals wrap up the weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 3:05 PM. Coverage on the Mariners Broadcast Network begins at 2:50 via FloHockey, the Mixlr App, and MarinersOfMaine.com/listen. A four game homestand begins on Friday, November 4th against the Newfoundland Growlers. Game time is 7:15 PM and it’s “Jersey Friday,” featuring a youth jersey giveaway to the first 500 kids. It’s also the first 1-2-3 Friday of the season: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. Saturday, November 5th is “TikTok Night,” presented by Chick-Fil-A at 6 PM. It also features a postgame full team autograph session.

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 DROP FIRST OF THREE IN NORFOLK

NORFOLK, VA – October 28, 2022 – Back-to-back goals late in the 2nd period by the Norfolk Admirals boosted them to a 3-1 win over the Maine Mariners on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope. It was Norfolk’s first victory of the season after an 0-3 start. The Mariners got their lone goal from former University of Maine Black Bear Tim Doherty.

Neither team found the net in the opening frame despite a respectable amount of shots for both sides – Norfolk holding an 8-7 edge. At 6:11 of the second, the Mariners struck first. Nick Jermain rifled a pass from the right wing corner out to Tim Doherty at the left dot, who wristed his first goal as a Mariner past Norfolk netminder Cale Morris. The 1-0 lead held up until the late stages of the frame, when Norfolk struck twice in 51 seconds to flip the script. At 16:56, Aiden Brown finished a backdoor pass from Elijah Villio to tie it up, quickly followed by Tag Bertuzzi’s deflection goal to give Norfolk the lead at 17:47. It was the first professional goal for the son of NHL star Todd Bertuzzi. Norfolk led 2-1 after two.

The Mariners spent most of the third period in the offensive zone and had several chances to tie the game including two power plays, but Morris stood tall, and Eric Cooley sealed the game with an empty netter at 19:53. The Maine power play finished 0 for 5. Bussi made 21 stops in the defeat, his first loss of the season. The Mariners fell to 2-2-0.

The Mariners continue their series in Norfolk tomorrow at 6:05 PM and Sunday at 3:05. A four game homestand begins on Friday, November 4th against the Newfoundland Growlers. Game time is 7:15 PM and it’s “Jersey Friday,” featuring a youth jersey giveaway to the first 500 kids. It’s also the first 1-2-3 Friday of the season: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period. Saturday, November 5th is “TikTok Night,” presented by Chick-Fil-A at 6 PM. It also features a postgame full team autograph session.

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.

BUSSI, JERMAIN HELP MARINERS TAME LIONS

PORTLAND, ME – October 23, 2022 – Brandon Bussi made 38 saves while Nick Jermain scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 Maine Mariners victory over the Trois-Rivieres Lions on Sunday afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Mariners bookended the opening weekend of the season with victories over the Lions, taking two out of three.

After a sluggish start, the Mariners were able to get the game’s first goal midway through the opening period. At 10:01, Fedor Gordeev’s shot from the left circle was tipped home by Cam Askew, giving the Mariners the first goal for the first time this season. Brandon Bussi came up big between the pipes, stopping all 15 Lions shots in the first.

Askew was involved again on the second Mariners goal, sending Nick Jermain in on a breakaway at 7:33 of the middle frame. Jermain made a nifty backhand move, and put it off the cross bar and behind netminder Philippe Desrosiers to double the Maine lead. Bussi remained strong, stopping the first 30 Trois-Rivieres shots. With under one second left in the period, Cam Hillis finally broke through, wristing a shot through Bussi to pull the Lions back within one.

As the third period moved along, the score remained 2-1 until late in the frame. With the Mariners on the power play, a nice tic-tac-toe play from Mathew Santos to Nick Master to Patrick Shea gave Maine insurance at 17:30. Jermain would hit an empty net to make it 4-1 just 27 seconds later. After the Lions responded with a goal from Anthony Beauregard at 18:51, Gordeev joined the empty net club with his first goal of the season at 19:35, bringing an end to the scoring. Askew, Jermain, Gordeev, and Andrew Peski all registered multi-point games.

After stopping 37 shots on Friday, Bussi turned aside 38 this afternoon to improve his record to 2-0-0. Desrosiers made 26 stops in the loss as the Lions fell to 1-1-1-0.

The Mariners are on the road next weekend, with three games in Norfolk, Virginia against the Admirals starting Friday, October 28th. A four game homestand begins on Friday, November 4th against the Newfoundland Growlers. Game time is 7:15 PM and it’s “Jersey Friday,” featuring a youth jersey giveaway to the first 500 kids. It’s also the first 1-2-3 Friday of the season: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light Drafts through the start of the second period.

Individual game tickets can be purchased online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. 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.

LIONS SPOIL PARTY IN MARINERS HISTORIC HOME OPENER

PORTLAND, ME – October 22, 2022 – A franchise record 5,386 fans witnessed the Maine Mariners 3-2 Home Opener loss to the Trois-Rivieres Lions on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. Mathew Santos and Cam Askew scored in the losing effort as Maine and Trois-Rivieres split the first two games of the weekend.

The Lions notched a pair of special teams goals to jump to a 2-0 lead in the first. At 9:02 during 4-on-4, William Leblanc scored his second goal of the weekend, finding a way to beat the glove of Francois Brassard despite being tripped up on the play. The Lions then used the power play to double their lead five minutes later when Colin Bilek ripped one off the cross bar and in for the first goal of his career. Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic made 12 first period saves in his professional debut.

Vrbetic remained stingy until late in the middle frame. Mathew Santos, who had numerous scoring chances in the first 40 minutes of the game, finally solved Vrbetic, after Nick Master spotted him right on top of the crease. Master picked up his third assist and fourth point of the weekend, while Mitch Fossier also collected a helper.

Bilek added his second goal of the game for insurance at 5:30 of the third period when he tipped a loose puck under a scrambling Brassard. The Mariners power play answered at 9:47 with Cam Askew scoring his first goal of the season. Moments later, Askew fought Lions captain Cedric Montminy to cap off a wild sequence of penalties. Ultimately, the Mariners got a late power play when Fossier drew a hooking call, but they could not find the equalizer.

Vrbetic made 32 saves for the win in his debut while Brassard turned aside 22. The Mariners previous record crowd was 5,291 in the franchise’s first home game on October 13th, 2018.

The Mariners and Lions wrap up Opening Weekend on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM in Portland. The game features Scooby Doo specialty jerseys and a postgame open skate. The jerseys will be auctioned off through the Handbid app. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game plans, and 10-ticket flex packs are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS CLAIM OPENING NIGHT IN OVERTIME

TROIS-RIVIERES, QC – October 21, 2022 – Nick Jermain scored at 2:40 of overtime to give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Trois-Rivieres Lions in the 2022-23 season opener on Friday night at Colisee Videotron. It was the first of three straight games between the Mariners and Lions this weekend, with the final two in Portland Saturday and Sunday.

Despite an 11-3 edge for the Lions in shots in the opening period, it was a 1-1 game after 20 minutes. At the 7:11 mark, Trois-Rivieres forward Cam Hillis opened the scoring with a wrister from the high slot that glanced off the leg of Mariners forward Pat Shea and between the pads of netminder Brandon Bussi. After killing a Nick Master goalie interference penalty, the Mariners were awarded their first power play and immediately cashed in. Shea won the faceoff and Master fed defenseman Grant Gabriele at the blue line, who wristed home his first professional goal to tie it up.

The Lions jumped back ahead at 6:36 of the middle frame when defenseman Olivier Galipeau picked a loose puck off the skate of Mariners d-man Nate Kallen and beat an unsuspecting Bussi. After several key saves by Bussi to keep it a one-goal deficit, the Mariners power play converted late again to tie it back up. With under a second to play in the period, Mathew Santos was able to sneak a shot just inside the post. The goal was reviewed and upheld, sending the game into the third period tied.

Early in the third, the Mariners took their first lead, when former University of Maine captain Mitch Fossier found Nick Master at the side of the net for a quick shot that leaked through Lions goaltender Philippe Derosiers just 1:08 in. It remained 3-2 in favor of the Mariners until William Leblanc’s game-tying goal at 9:11.

On the game-winner in the extra session, defenseman Fedor Gordeev freed the puck up for Cam Askew, who drove down the right wing, faked a shot, and slid it to Jermain at the left circle who beat a sprawling Desrosiers. Bussi stopped 37 to earn his the victory, while Desrosiers turned aside 19 of 23. Terrence Wallin picked up his first victory in his ECHL head coaching debut.

The series between the Mariners and Lions shifts to Portland for the remainder of the weekend. Saturday night’s Home Opener at the Cross Insurance Arena begins at 6 PM with only limited tickets available. Sunday’s game, featuring Scooby Doo specialty jerseys and a postgame open skate, begins at 3 PM. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game plans, and 10-ticket flex packs are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS RENEW COMMUNITY COLLECTION INITIATIVE

PORTLAND, ME – October 19, 2022 – The Mariners are once again giving back to the community all season long, with the return of the “Community Collection” program, presented by Jordan’s Furniture. At each game day throughout the 2022-23 season, fans can donate items to a variety of charitable causes, with the chance to earn tickets to a future game.

For all home games in the months of October and November, the Mariners will be collecting non-perishable food items for South Portland Food Cupboard. Fans who bring five or more items will receive a ticket voucher to a Mariners Wednesday home game.

“We are so excited to once again be working with the Maine Mariners as much needed food is collected,” said Dwayne Hopkins, Executive Director for South Portland Food Cupboard. “Together, we are feeding neighbors in need. Partnerships like this show us once again that none of us can do everything but all of us working together can do anything.”

For December and January, the Mariners have partnered again with the Marine Toys for Tots and Holden Police Department to collect toys and stuffed animals. They will also again be the beneficiaries for the Teddy Bear Toss on December 4th. Donations of three or more toys are eligible for a Wednesday ticket voucher.

The Holden Police Department is excited to again partner with the Maine Mariners’ “Teddy Bear Toss,” said Holden Police Chief Chris Greeley. “Stuffed animals obtained last year were incorporated into our ‘25 Days of Kindness’ project, which benefited countless children, families and organizations in Penobscot County and beyond! Holden police officers are looking forward to another great charitable (and #CatchTheCurrent) season!”

The final Community Collection partnership this season will be with “Through These Doors,” Cumberland County’s domestic violence resource. They are requesting personal hygiene items in the months of February, March, and April. Fans can receive a Wednesday ticket voucher by donating three or more items.

“Through These Doors is honored to be included in Maine Mariners Community Collections this year,” said Executive Director Rebecca Hobbs. “The Mariners’ plan for the season of collections is generous and thoughtful in its approach to including a variety of nonprofits in our area. At TTD, we support survivors of domestic abuse who often leave their home with very little in their possession, and when people leave our shelter they are often starting over with nothing as well. These donations will be appreciated and used by many people as they try to build a life free of abuse and violence. Thanks to our generous community and to Maine Mariners for their support!”

At one featured game in each “segment” of the season, Jordan’s Furniture will give away a “four pack” of ropes course passes to the first five people who bring a donation. The three games are “Thanksgiving Eve” on November 23rd, “Teddy Bear Toss” on December 4th, and “Underwear/Sports Bra Toss” on February 19th. Preble Street will be the beneficiary of the underwear and sports bra donations.

The Community Collection box will be located outside the security gates, just inside the Spring Street entrance to the Ware-Butler box office. If they meet the donation minimum, fans can pick up their ticket vouchers at the Promotions Port, located on the backside of the Ware-Butler box office inside the gates.

The 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins this Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game plans, and 10-ticket flex packs are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS STORM BACK, STUN RAILERS IN PRESEASON FINALE

AUBURN, ME – October 16, 2022 – Reid Stefanson scored a power play goal at 1:45 of overtime, completing a remarkable comeback for the Maine Mariners, as they rallied from a three goal deficit to defeat the Worcester Railers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Norway Savings Bank Arena. A packed crowd of over 700 turned out to witness the preseason finale.

Trailing 3-0 with less than nine minutes left in regulation, a pair of University of Maine alumni brought the Mariners back in it. Tim Doherty, an offseason acquisition from Wheeling, scored back to back goals at 11:24 and 12:32 of the third period, making it a one goal game. The first tally came off a rebound produced by a Fedor Gordeev point shot, the second was a redirect from Nate Kallen’s blast. At 14:23, Pat Shea’s bad angle shot snuck between the post and Railers netminder Henrik Tikkanen, tying the game up – three goals in a total span of 2:59.

Steve Jandric’s goaltender interference penalty gave the Mariners an overtime power play, and Stefanson, sitting to the left of Tikkanen’ finished a backhand pass from Shea to complete the comeback. Jandric and Collin Adams scored in the opening frame for Worcester while Reece Newkirk added the only goal of the second period to build Worcester’s 3-0 lead.

The Mariners split their netminding duties between Francois Brassard and Josh Boyko. Boyko entered the game with less than six minutes to play in the 2nd period, and stopped all 17 shots he faced to earn the victory. Brassard went 12/15. Tikkanen played the entire game for Worcester, making 35 saves on 39 shots. The Mariners finished the preseason with a perfect 2-0-0 record, while the Railers fell to 0-1-1.

The Mariners head to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec to open the regular season on Friday against the Lions at 7 PM. Pregame coverage will begin at 6:45 on the Mariners Broadcast Network via FloHockey and Mixlr. The Mariners are also holding a watch party at the Cross Insurance Arena, with the game streaming live on the video board and an opportunity to for prospective ticket package holders to view available seats.

The 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and the home schedule begins on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. The Mariners and Lions finish the weekend on Sunday afternoon in Portland at 3 PM Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game plans, and 10-ticket flex packs are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.

MARINERS, BUSSI BLANK RAILERS IN PRESEASON OPENER

WORCESTER, MA – October 15, 2022 – A second period goal by Nick Master and a great performance by the Mariners defense and netminder and Boston Bruins prospect Brandon Bussi powered the Mariners to a 1-0 win over the Worcester Railers in their preseason opener on Saturday night at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.

Worcester outshot Maine 7-5 in a physical but relatively eventless opening period. Each team had a power play, but defense and goaltending were the story of the first frame, which ended scoreless.

The Mariners controlled play in the 2nd period, and grabbed the 1-0 lead midway through. Nick Master drove the net with a backhander that caromed off goaltender Ken Appleby, off a Railers defenseman, and across the goal line. The only assist went to former University of Maine captain Mitch Fossier. Maine pelted 12 shots on Appleby in the 2nd while Mariners goaltender Brandon Bussi faced only two.

Bussi and the Mariners completed the shutout, holding Worcester to just six shots in the third period and eight over the final 40 minutes. Bussi stopped 15 in the game to earn the shutout. Appleby turned aside 24 of 25 Mariners shots. Maine went 0/5 on the power play while Worcester went 0/2.

The Mariners will host the Railers tomorrow afternoon in the preseason finale at Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn, ME. Game time is 5 PM and tickets can be purchased online through the Norway Savings Bank Arena website or at the door for $10. A pregame open skate is available from 3:30-5 PM and is included in the price of admission.

The 2022-23 season is presented by Hannaford To Go, and begins on Friday, October 21st at Trois-Rivieres, followed by the home opener on Saturday, October 22nd also against the Lions at 6 PM. Individual game tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now, online, at the Ware-Butler Box Office inside the Cross Insurance Arena, or by calling 207-775-3458. Full season, half season, 12-game plans, and 10-ticket flex packs are also available. More information on ticket packages is available by calling 833-GO-MAINE, emailing mariners-sales@comcastspectacor.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.