SEA­SON OPENER

The Mariners open their sea­son Fri­day.

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Months af­ter their trip to the league fi­nal and the com­ple­tion of their most suc­cess­ful sea­son in years, the Yar­mouth Jr. A Mariners will be start­ing their hunt for the play­offs all over again when the puck drops on a new sea­son this Fri­day in Yar­mouth.

Fans will be in­tro­duced to the 2018- 2019 ros­ter fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of the Mariners train­ing camp – although the ros­ter will still be a work in progress up un­til the Jan­uary MHL trade dead­line.

Dur­ing train­ing camp the Mariners took four of five ex­hi­bi­tion games against the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks and the Val- ley Wild­cats. Their one loss was a road game against the Jacks.

Head coach Lau­rie Bar­ron says there is a lot of ex­cite­ment now that the reg­u­lar MHL sea­son is of­fi­cially get­ting un­der- way.

“Ex­hi­bi­tion is what it is but the first night of the sea­son, the first sea­son game of the year, is al­ways ex­cit­ing,” he said. “This week­end is a tough two games with Camp­bell­ton (Fri­day night) who has a very good team and Sum­mer­side ( Satur­day night) who may be pos­si­bly be the best team in the other di­vi­sion. We’ll need to be ready to go.”

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Mariners de­fence­man Noah McMullin keeps con­trol of the puck de­spite be­ing tan­gled up by two op­pos­ing South Shore Lum­ber­jacks play­ers dur­ing ex­hi­bi­tion play at the Mariners Cen­tre last week. The Yar­mouth Mariners won this game 5-4.

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Shel­burne County’s Chris Gore­ham rounds the boards with an op­pos­ing South Shore player dur­ing pre-sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion play.

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Yar­mouth’s Matt Bar­ron tal­lied eight points in three ex­hi­bi­tion games prior to the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son. He had two goals and six as­sists dur­ing those games.

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Ben Charles of Yar­mouth, a 2018 ter­ri­to­rial pick for the Mariners, was on the ice for ex­hi­bi­tion games with the team be­fore be­ing re­as­sign­ment af­ter the Sept. 5 ex­hi­bi­tion game back to his South Shore Mus­tangs ma­jor mid­get team.

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