NORFOLK, VA – January 11, 2023 – Keltie Jeri-Leon and Alex Kile scored two goals apiece as the Mariners blasted the Norfolk Admirals 7-2 on Wednesday night at the Scope Arena. Seven Mariners enjoyed multi-point nights as the team extended its point streak to seven games with their third win in a row.
Mariners forward Alex Kile, who has been hitting a lot of milestones recently, achieved another on the first goal of Wednesday’s game. At 10:49 of the opening frame, Kile got loose in front of the Norfolk net and slid one around the pad of Admirals goalie Tomas Vomacka, taking a pass from Cam Askew. It was Kile’s 100th career point as a Mariner, becoming the first player to hit the century mark. Norfolk’s Mathieu Roy took a double-minor penalty for high-sticking late in the period, and the Mariners cashed in on the back half of the four minute power play. Keltie Jeri-Leon stuffed the puck to the net and just across the goal line at 18:03 to double the Mariners lead. Pat Shea picked up an assist on both first period goals. Maine outshot Norfolk 12-2 in the opening period.
The Mariners poured it on in the 2nd with four more goals. At 7:47, moments after a Mariners power play came to an end, Cam Askew made it 3-0 when he banged home a rebound off the pad of Michael Bullion, who replaced Vomacka after Maine’s second goal. A little over two minutes later, Jeri-Leon potted his second goal of the game, slamming home another rebound off the rush, produced by a Tim Doherty shot. It was 5-0 when Reid Stefanson’s wrister beat Bullion’s stick side at 14:31, and Kile’s toe-drag wrister from the right faceoff circle at 19:42 made it a half-dozen on the board.
Just 32 seconds into the third, the Fossier-Dohety-Jeri-Leon line capitalized again, with Fossier joining the goal parade with his seventh of the season. That would be all for the Mariners scored as Norfolk scored a pair of goals to get on the board against Michael DiPietro. Stephan Timofeyev netted his first ECHL goal on the power play at 2:36 and Danny Katic slid home his 9th of the season at 14:28, bringing the game to its 7-2 final score.
DiPietro improved to 5-1-0 on the season with 19 saves on 21 Admirals shots. Kile, Jeri-Leon, Fossier, Shea, Askew, Tim Doherty, and Nick Master all registered multi-point games.
The Mariners (18-11-1-1) continue their series in Norfolk on Friday night at 7:05 PM and Saturday at 6:05 PM. They also have stops in Reading and Worcester before returning home on Friday, January 27th, to open another three-game series with Norfolk. It begins with “Flannel Friday,” presented by Three Dollar Dewey’s, which is also the sponsor of the entire “3Kend,” with games on the 28th and 29th as well. More information on promotions can be found at MarinersOfMaine.com/promotions.
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