PORTLAND, ME – November 14, 2018 – Shawn St-Amant registered three goals and assist as the Mariners posted a season high six goals on Wednesday night to defeat the Orlando Solar Bears, 6-3 at the Cross Insurance Arena. The win was Maine’s fourth in a row, moving them to 6-5-0-1 on the season and into a tie for fourth place in the North Division.
After coming up empty on two early power play chances, Dwyer Tschantz scored the opening goal of the game at 7:06 of the first, when he went to the net and backhanded his own rebound past former University of Maine goaltender Martin Oullette. It took Orlando just 1:32 to tie it on Stefan Fournier’s finish of an impressive Chris Leblanc pass from the left wing corner. At 12:21 of the first, Dawson Leedahl put the Mariners back in front when his two-on-one wrist shot tipped off Oullette’s glove and into the net. St-Amant got insurance when Leedahl set him up at 18:08 for a quick backhand move in front. Terrence Wallin racked up two assists in the period, in which the Mariners’ three goals was a first period season high.
Orlando cut the deficit back to one early in period two and Mathieu Foget slipped a puck between Brandon Halverson’s legs. The Mariners power play converted at 14:25 – St-Amant tipping in Drew Melanson’s wrister from the left wing circle to bring the lead back to 4-2. Vincent Dunn’s goal at 6:59 of the third once again brought the lead back to one but St-Amant had the answer again, with another power play tally at 9:08 of the closing frame. The hat trick marked the first in Mariners history. Down a man with just over two minutes to go, Brycen Martin’s long empty net goal gave the Mariners their 6-3 win.
St-Amant, Leedahl, Wallin, and Martin all finished with multi-point games. Ryan Ferrill, Derek Pratt, Drew Melanson, Sean Day, and Scott Savage all registered assists. Brandon Halverson turned aside 28 of 31 for his third win in a row while Oullette went 36/41.