MARINERS WIN SHOT BATTLE BUT FALL TO MANCHESTER

PORTLAND, ME – March 24, 2019 – The Mariners fell behind by a large margin early and couldn’t recover, falling 6-2 on home ice Sunday afternoon to the Manchester Monarchs. The loss snapped a seven game home point streak for Maine and dropped them from 3rd to 4th place in the North Division.

Manchester ambushed the Mariners in the opening frame, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Tony Cameranesi and Pavel Jenys scored 41 seconds apart at 8:27 and 9:08. Cameranesi ripped home a power play wrist shot from the right wing circle to open the scoring and Jenys beat Mariners netminder Chris Nell with a stick side shot off the rush. At 14:05, defenseman Stepan Falkovsky extended the lead to three, following his own shot after two pad saves by Nell. Late in the period with 1:20 to go, Brycen Martin beat Monarchs netminder Charles Williams with a shot from the point, helped by a Wade Murphy screen. Team assist leaders Taylor Cammarata and Michael McNicholas set it up on the power play. First period shots totaled 16-9 for Manchester, which led 3-1 through 20 minutes.

The Mariners let two power play chances slip away in the first half of the second period and shortly after the second one ended, Drake Rymsha extended the Monarchs lead to 4-1, putting a rebound between Nell’s pads. The Mariners pelted Williams with sixteen shots in the frame, but were stuck on one goal.

The Mariners were given another power play chance early in the third and again fell victim to a Monarchs goal soon after it ended. Jack Nevins, fresh out of the penalty box, slid his own rebound around Nell’s pad to make it 5-1 at 3:36. Jenys added his second goal of the game at 10:43 to put the goal well out of reach. Dillan Fox scored on a nice set up from rookie Nick Master, who was playing in his first professional game, at 11:13 to bring the Mariners back to within four. Williams was exceptional in the third, making 15 saves, and 39 in total to earn the win.

Nell stopped 27/33 in the loss. Manchester leapfrogs the Mariners into third place with the win, and is just two points behind Adirondack for second place. The Mariners remain in a playoff spot, but now by just one point over Brampton. They hold a game in hand on Manchester.

Next weekend features three games in three days – at Reading on Friday, at Adirondack on Saturday, and home against the Thunder Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM. A screening of D2: The Mighty Ducks will immediately follow the game on the video board, free for all fans who purchase tickets to the game. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MARINERS SIGN UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE DEFENSEMAN BOYD

PORTLAND, ME – March 23, 2019 – The Maine Mariners added to their blue line on Saturday, signing defenseman Richie Boyd to a SPC (standard player contract), out of the University of New Hampshire.

A 6’3, 209-pound D-man from Fort Myers, FL, Boyd brings a sizeable and gritty presence to the Mariners blue line. Boyd ranked third on the Wildcats in shot blocks (33), this past season – his senior year. He also led the team with a +4 rating. With one goal and seven assists in 34 games, this past season was Boyd’s offensive year of his four. He received the team’s “Most Improved Player” award in 2017-18.

Prior to UNH, Boyd played at Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA), where he was more of a point-producing defenseman. Boyd registered 40 points in 32 games in 2013-14 – ten goals and 20 assists. He was a First Team All-New England selection.

In addition to Boyd, the Mariners defense currently consists of Zach Tolkinen, Blake Kessel, Brycen Martin, Derek Pratt, Garrett Cecere, Johnny Coughlin, Jon Jutzi, and Josh Couturier, but Couturier and Jutzi have each been out with injuries since March 9th. The Mariners have a pair of sets of three games in three days over the next two weekends.

The Mariners are off tonight, hosting Manchester tomorrow afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena for Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

ADAMS-MOISAN EARNS ANOTHER CALL UP

PORTLAND, ME – March 23, 2019 – The Laval Rocket of the AHL recalled forward Morgan Adams-Moisan from the Mariners on Saturday. The big man was recently returned to Maine after an extended look with Laval in which he scored his first AHL goal. It’s his third recall of the season.

The 22-year-old La Tuque, QC native has had an impressive rookie season in Maine, ranking third on the team with 15 goals and 9th in points, with 21. After going his first 14 games without a goal, Adams-Moisan’s first pro tally on November 28th – a shorthanded goal vs. Reading, sparked a run of 13 goals in 17 games. He earned his first call up on December 11th, but got into just one game before being returned to Maine on Christmas Eve. He picked up right where he left off with the Mariners, scoring 8 goals in 10 games upon his return.

Adams-Moisan was recalled a second time on February 11th and scored his first career AHL goal on February 16th in a win at Binghamton.

A first year pro, Adams-Moisan signed with Laval after a breakout final year of junior hockey in the QMJHL with Drummondville. The 6’2, 215-pound forward has also been one of the Mariners’ leading enforcers this season, topping the team in penalty minutes (98).

The Mariners are off tonight, hosting Manchester tomorrow afternoon at the Cross Insurance Arena for Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

GREG CHASE CAPS TWO GOAL GAME WITH OT WINNER IN WORCESTER

WORCESTER, MA – March 22, 2019 – In what was their final regular season trip to Worcester in 2018-19, the Mariners topped the Railers 2-1 in OT, coming from behind in the third yet again Friday night at the DCU Center. Greg Chase scored both Mariners goals including the overtime winner, the sixth OT or shootout win by the Mariners over the Railers this season.

To open the scoring at 3:43 of the first, Railers defenseman Tyler Mueller led a 2-on-1 and wristed home his 2nd goal of the season past the glove of Chris Nell. After a sluggish start, the Mariners got going in the first, but trailed 1-0, with a 12-9 shot disadvantage after one.

The second period was a little tighter, and neither team found the net. The period was highlighted by a pair of fights, each by Yanick Turcotte on the Railers side, as he dropped the gloves with Ryan Ferrill and later Derek Pratt. Second period shot totals were 8-6 in favor of the Mariners.

Just over eight minutes into the third, the Mariners finally got even. Blake Kessel fed a pass across the top of the zone to his defense partner, Johnny Coughlin at the left-wing circle. Coughlin gathered in the pass and took a shot that Chase redirected inside the post past Mitch Gillam to make it 1-1. The goal went under video review and was upheld. Coughlin’s assist was the first point of his professional career. Gillam and Nell, who each played strong games, kept things even through the third.

Although Worcester controlled the puck for most of OT, Chase ended the game at the 3:00 mark, when he batted his own rebound out of midair and behind Gillam. Dwyer Tschantz received the lone assist, springing Chase on a two-on-one up the right wing. Chase attemped to pass to Brycen Martin, and batted the blocked feed out of the air and in. Chase’s goals were his team-leading 21st and 22nd of the season. Chris Nell made 30 saves on 31 shots to earn his 14th win of the season. Gillam stopped 28 of 30 in the loss.

The Mariners gained two points on idle Manchester (now ahead by three) and Adirondack (behind by three). They are also now three up on Worcester, which moves into a fourth place tie with Manchester by gaining a point.

The Mariners next will host Manchester at 3:00 PM on Sunday. It’s Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MARINERS ADD UMASS LOWELL FORWARD MASTER

PORTLAND, ME – March 21, 2019 – The Mariners added a forward to the roster on Thursday, signing 24-year-old forward Nick Master to a SPC. Master just finished up a four year college career at UMass-Lowell

Master was born in Broomall, PA and played three years in the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers program, where he was a teammate of Mariners forward Dwyer Tschantz. Master played two seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders and Tri-City Storm. With the Storm in 2013-14, Master finished second on the team with 23 goals and third in scoring with 42 points in 56 games. He then averaged a point per game in a seven game playoff run.

In his freshman season at UMass-Lowell, Master posted 24 points in 39 games, tying him for 10th among all Hockey East rookie scorers. He was named team Rookie of the Year. In his sophomore season (2016-16), the River Hawks captured the Hockey East Title. Master remained a steady fixture in the River Hawks lineup throughout his college career, but his freshman season remained his best, statistically. This season, he put up 16 points (6 goals, 10 assists) in 37 games, with the team holding a 9-0-3 record when he registered a point. Last weekend, Lowell’s season ended at the hands of Boston University in three games of the Hockey East Quarterfinals. Master had a goal and an assist in the series.

The Mariners will visit Worcester tomorrow at 7:05 before hosting Manchester at 3:00 PM on Sunday. They currently hold a one point advantage over the Monarchs for third place in the North Division, and two over Worcester. Sunday is Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MARINERS SIGN GOALTENDER FRANCOIS BRASSARD

PORTLAND, ME – March 20, 2019 – The Mariners have signed goaltender Francois Brassard to a SPC, the team announced on Wednesday. Brassard is a 2012 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators and recently finished up his collegiate career at Carleton University (USports).

A native of Gatineau, QC, the same hometown as Daniel Briere, Brassard started his junior hockey in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. He was a workhorse for the Remparts, playing 58 and 54 games respectively over his last two seasons there (2012-13 and 13-14). He split his final season of juniors between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and his hometown Gatineau Olympiques. In that season, he pulled off a remarkable feat: scoring two empty net goals, one with each team.

The 6’1, 172 pound netminder had a brief professional stint in 2015-16 with the Peoria Riverman in the SPHL. In five games there, he had a 2.33 GAA and a .903 SV%. Brassard decided to play college hockey at Carleton University (Ottawa) for three seasons, finishing the 2018-19 regular season with a 14-6-0 record in 22 games. He posted a 2.33 GAA and a .918 SV%. He also posted a 2.51 GAA in eight playoff games. Brassard has been a consistent playoff performer, appearing in the postseason in seven of his ten seasons of Midget, Junior, Collegiate and Professional hockey.

Brassard joins Chris Nell on the Mariners current goaltending depth chart. Domenic Graham was released on Tuesday.

The Mariners will visit Worcester on Friday at 7:05 before hosting Manchester at 3:00 PM on Sunday. It’s Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets to can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MELANSON RECALLED TO HARTFORD

PORTLAND, ME – March 20, 2019 – Forward Drew Melanson was recalled to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Tuesday afternoon. It’s his third call up of the season. Melanson was reassigned to Maine last week and was a big part of Sunday afternoon’s memorable shootout victory over Newfoundland.

The Paramus, NJ native played nine games for Hartford last season after turning pro, but started this season in Maine. He was initially recalled on December 21st for what was a three game assignment. He was recalled again on February 14th, and got into six games, recording his first AHL goal on Friday, March 8th in a 3-2 Hartford win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Last Monday he was reassigned to the Mariners. This past Sunday afternoon, Melanson registered two goals to help Maine earn a 5-4 shootout win against the first place Newfoundland Growlers.

Melanson played his college hockey at RPI and Boston University. He signed with the Wolf Pack last March.

The Mariners also announced the release of defenseman Sean Campbell and goaltender Domenic Graham on Tuesday.

The Mariners will visit Worcester on Friday at 7:05 before hosting Manchester at 3:00 PM on Sunday. It’s Country Night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways will be held during the game including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. Tickets to can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

GREG CHASE RETURNED TO MARINERS

PORTLAND, ME – March 18, 2019 – Forward Greg Chase was returned from loan to AHL Hartford on Monday. Chase was summoned by the Wolf Pack on March 11th, and played in three games, without registering a point. Chase was on an offensive tear with the Mariners when he was loaned, having just captured CCM ECHL player of the month for February.

Nephew of former NHL enforcer Kelly Chase, Greg is a native of Sherwood Park, Alberta and was drafted in 2013 by his hometown Edmonton Oilers (7th round). With now at least 100 games played at both the AHL and ECHL level, Chase brought his veteran presence to Maine in mid-December when he was acquired in a trade with the Allen Americans. In 34 games with the Mariners, Chase has 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists). He’s first on the team with 20 goals and third in points, with 43. In his torrid month of February, Chase had 18 points in 13 games, including seven multi-point contests.

Previously, Chase has played in the AHL for Oklahoma City (2013-15), Bakersfield (2015-17) and Springfield (2017-18). He’s also made ECHL stops in Norfolk (2015-16) and Wichita (2016-17 and the start of this season) in addition to Allen. Chase has 27 points in 100 career AHL games and 97 points in 117 lifetime ECHL contests.

To make room for Chase on the roster, the Mariners released forward Ryan Siiro.

The Mariners will visit Worcester on Friday at 7:05 before playing another home Sunday against Manchester at 3:00 PM on March 24th. It’s country night presented by 99.9 The Wolf. The first 500 fans will get a bandanna and concert giveaways Tickets to can be purchased HERE or by calling the Trusted Choice Box Office at 207-775-3458.

MARINERS WEEKLY: Epic Shootout Highlights Weekend Split

Mar. 18, 2019 – After dropping a tough game in Worcester on Saturday night, the Mariners returned home for a St. Patrick’s Day afternoon affair that they simply needed to win to keep a hold of third place. With Worcester and Manchester breathing down their collective necks and facing off head-to-head at the DCU Center, the Mariners were down two goals entering the third. But as they’ve proven many times before, you can’t count the Mariners out of any game. Even behind multiple times in a marathon shootout. Sunday’s game became an instant classic and dramatically set the stage for the final nine games of the regular season.

 

The week that was

Saturday, Mar. 16th – MNE: 3, WOR: 5

Putting their six game head-to-head win streak vs. Worcester on the line, the Mariners took a 1-0 lead early when Dwyer Tschantz tipped home a loose puck on the doorstep. A 1-1 game in the 2nd, the action opened up with teams furiously trading goals. Worcester took 2-1 and 3-2 leads, each quickly answered by Dillan Fox and Michael McNicholas respectively. Dylan Willick gave Worcester another one-goal lead and that one stood up. Barry Almeida added an empty netter in the game’s final minute. Worcester leapfrogged Manchester into a virtual tie with the Mariners – at 69 points each. FULL GAME RECAP

 

Sunday, Mar. 17th – NFL: 4, MNE: 5/SO

The puck was taking strange bounces in the opening period, as evident by the first two goals – one from Newfoundland’s Brady Ferguson and the answer by Maine’s Drew Melanson. Ferguson would add another goal plus an assist in the period as the Growlers jumped to a 3-1 lead. Dillan Fox briefly made it a one-goal game midway through the 2nd but then committed a turnover allowing Josh Kestner to restore the two goal lead. Melanson and Fox each scored again within a minute of one another near the middle of the third to force OT. In an 18-round shootout that had to be seen to believed, Wade Murphy scored twice to secure the win. FULL GAME RECAP, HIGHLIGHTS, and the FULL SHOOTOUT

 

 

Transactions
-F Morgan Adams-Moisan was reassigned from AHL Laval to Maine
-The Mariners signed D Johnny Coughlin to a SPC
-F Chris Ordoobadi was released

 

Coming up (all times Eastern)
Fri, Mar. 22nd @ Worcester Railers – 7:05 PM (AWAY)
Sun, Mar. 24th vs. Manchester Monarchs – 3:00 PM (HOME) – COUNTRY NIGHT PRESENTED BY 99.9 THE WOLF

Friday will be the Mariners’ final trip to Worcester in the regular season. They are 3-3-0 at the DCU Center. The Railers are currently two points behind Maine for third place and one behind Manchester (who hosts Newfoundland on Wednesday) for fourth. The Monarchs visit Portland for their seventh and final time on Sunday afternoon. As part of Country Night, the first 500 fans through the door will receive a bandanna. 99.9 The Wolf will also be giving away concert tickets to summer shows including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion.

 

Looking ahead:
Next week, the Mariners embark on their last overnight road trip of the regular season, visiting Reading and Adirondack on March 29th and 30th. As they finish a busy 3-in-3 on the 31st against the Thunder at home, the Mariners will screen D2: The Mighty Ducks on the video board after the game. There are four games in the regular season-ending month of April, three at the Cross Insurance Arena. The full promotional schedule can be found HERE.

 

Standings update (top 4 make playoffs):
1. Newfoundland: 84 points, 8 games remaining (magic number: 4 pts)
2. Adirondack, 76 points, 8 games remaining (magic number: 12 pts)
3. Maine, 71 points, 9 games remaining (magic number: 17 pts)
4. Manchester, 70 points, 9 games remaining (magic number: 18 pts)
5. Worcester, 69 points, 9 games remaining
6. Brampton, 66 points, 10 games remaining
7. Reading, 63 points, 8 games remaining

*NOTE: The first tiebreaker is ROW (regulation and overtime wins). The Mariners currently hold that tiebreaker over Brampton, Worcester, and Reading, but lose it to Newfoundland, Adirondack, and Manchester.

 

Fun Facts
-The Mariners lead all ECHL teams in wins when trailing after two periods, with 6
-After the 18 round shootout, the Mariners now lead the league in shootout attempts, with 41, and goals, with 15
-The Mariners have the league’s best shootout win percentage, with a 6-1 record (.786) (only Rapid City has more SO wins, with 7)
-Defenseman Brycen Martin became the first player in franchise history to record a three assist game on Sunday