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Mariners forward Reilly Mayne battles for the puck in a playoff game against Pictou County at Mariners Centre (Photo: Ken Chetwynd)

Mayne scores four as Mariners take 3-0 series lead

By Kevin Northup Mar 22, 2023 | 6:00 AM

An electric win for the Yarmouth Mariners.

They defeated the Pictou County Crushers 5-3 in a back-and-forth contest Tuesday night at Mariners Centre to take a 3-0 lead in their first round series.

Reilly Mayne was the hero with four goals, Keefe Marshall had the game winner mid-way through the third period, Joey Lovullo got the win in goal.

Mayne says he was feeling great.

“I’m not sure if it was luck or a great nap before the game that made the difference, but it was a good night for sure. We had a lot of fun beating them,” says Mayne.

Yarmouth native Jared Pitman had two assists on Mayne’s line and was named second star.

Mayne had lots of praise for Pitman, the NS U18 Major League MVP, who has been called up for the playoffs.

“I gotta say, the kid (Pitman) is 16, and he’s got a great IQ on the ice and quick feet. I enjoy playing with him, and I’m saying that as a veteran player in the playoffs, it’s awesome.”

Yarmouth native Jared Pitman is an AP with the Yarmouth Mariners in the 2023 MHL Playoffs (Photo: Ken Chetwynd)

Before the game, Head Coach and GM Laurie Barron won his second straight MHL Coach of the Year award, and Joey Lovullo and Keegan Warren were named the top goaltending duo in the league.

Game 4 in the series goes tomorrow night in New Glasgow.

Forward Nathan Kelly and defender Tyler Lee missed Game 3 with injury, they are considered day-to-day.


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