GROWLERS HOLD OFF MARINERS AFTER BIG FIRST PERIOD
PORTLAND, ME – November 5, 2022 – Despite a pair of tallies from Connor and Tim Doherty, the Mariners were ambushed by four first period goals and couldn’t rally back against the Newfoundland Growlers on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. The Growlers completed a weekend road sweep in Maine and extended their point streak to eight games to open the season.
The Growlers were led in the first by Zach O’Brien’s three point frame. O’Brien opened the scoring at 4:55 when he finished a 2-on-1 rush that Zach Solow created out of the penalty box. It was O’Brien’s initial net drive that produced a rebound for defenseman Brennan Kapcheck at 14:29 to make it a 2-0 game. Mariners captain Connor Doherty had a quick answer at 15:15 with a one-timer fed from Nick Master below the goal line. The Growlers were relentless, however and less than a minute later, Isaac Johnson buried a rebound off the end boards to restore Newfoundland’s two-goal advantage. With 31 seconds left in the period, Tyler Boland’s power play goal made it 4-1.
The Mariners were much stronger in the middle frame and got a goal closer at 9:41 when Cam Askew sprung Reid Stefanson and Tim Doherty on a 2-on-0 break. Stefanson fed Doherty for his 2nd goal of the season to make it a 4-2 game. The Mariners killed off a late 5-on-3 to stay in the game and ended up outshooting Newfoundland 12-5 in the period.
For the second night in a row, the Mariners struggled on the power play, going 0/7 after an 0/5 on Friday. As a result, they couldn’t get any closer, and Orrin Centazzo’s empty netter at 18:45 sealed the 5-2 final. O’Brien assisted on the goal giving him four points in the game. Maine won the shot battle 33-23 as Dryden McKay turned aside 31 to earn his fourth win.
The Mariners dropped to 4-4-0, and have lost back to back games for the first time in 2022-23.
The Mariners continue their homestand with two games against the Reading Royals next weekend on Friday and Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. Friday’s game is “Military Appreciation Night” presented by Martin’s Point Health Care and begins at 7:15 PM. The Mariners will wear specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off via Handbid and it’s another 1-2-3 Friday: $1 candy, $2 popcorn, and $3 Bud Light drafts through the start of the 2nd 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. 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 email@example.com, or by visiting MarinersOfMaine.com.
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