Nothing worked for the Jacks last night, as Mariners goalie John Blue stopped all 33 of the Jacks' shots with ease, needing his veteran defensive crew to bail him out just once to preserve the first shutout of his professional career.
"If you're looking for reasons for why we lost you don't have t look any further than John Blue," said Jacks coach Rob Laird. "He handled the puck well and he cleared everything we threw at him. When you hit a hot goalie and you give him a 3-goal lead, you're going to have problems."
The entire night may have been typified by one faux pas b Jacks defenseman Jim Mathieson.
While coming into his end to pick up a puck for an icing call `` against the Mariners in the second period, Mathieson completely missed it, forcing Jacks goalie Olaf Kolzig to clear the puck and allowing the Mariners to put on more unnecessary pressure.
Midway through the third period, the crowd of 2,343 was so disenchanted with the Jacks' effort, they began the "boring" chant and even cheered when Vic Gervais went flying into the Mariners' net with three minutes remaining in the game.
It would be the only thing to enter that net all evening.
"Our game plan was to dump and chase but he [Blue] took that away because he cleared the puck so well," said Jacks left wing Todd Hlushko. "It made you think twice about dumping it in after he threw it back out a couple of times. It was a little frustrating."
"We did have 35 shots and six power-play chances," said cente Simon Wheeldon. "It's just that once they got the lead they didn't give us anything good."
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on a Chris Winnes goal at 10 minutes, 51 seconds.
Winnes beat Jacks goalie Olaf Kolzig from the left side, shooting a 15-foot wrist shot through heavy traffic in front.
Kolzig was shielded by teammate Reggie Savage, who was attempting to keep Mariners forward Mike Rossetti out of the crease.
The best chance the Jacks had during the first 40 minutes of play came at the 14:00 mark of the first period when John Purves and Simon Wheeldon broke into the Mariners' zone on a two-on-one, but veteran defenseman Jack Capuano managed to get his stick between the pair to break up Purves' pass.
Maine 1 2 0 -- 3
Baltimore 0 0 0 -- 0
First period--1. Maine, Winnes 3 (Smith), 10:51 Penalties--Reynolds, Baltimore (interference), 7:16; Markwart, Maine (boarding), 12:24; Vesey, Maine (holding), 18:16.
Second period--2. Maine, Stevenson 1 (Prajsler, Vesey), pp., 4:49; 3. Maine, Prajsler 2 (Smith, Walsh), pp., 6:56. Penalties -- Martell, Baltimore ( roughing), 3:33; Allain, Maine (roughing), 5:54; Duncanson, Baltimore (roughing) , 5:54; Wheeldon, Baltimore (roughing), 5:54; Smith, Maine (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:29; Markwart, Maine (roughing), 8:29; Bartley, Baltimore (roughing), 8:29; Hughes, Baltimore (cross-checking, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:29; Blue, Maine (delay of game), served by Crawford, 9:01; Savage, Baltimore (charging), 15:11; Prajsler, Maine (double-minor roughing), served by Vesey, 16:05; Hlushko, Baltimore (roughing), 16:05.
Third period--None. Penalties--Hughes, Baltimore (cross-checking), 2:02; Prajsler, Maine (interference), 3:32; Crawford, Maine (roughing), 8:00; Mathieson, Baltimore (roughing), 8:00; Prajsler, Maine (hooking), 10:34; Hughes, Baltimore (10-minute misconduct), 14:15.
Shots on goal--Maine 12-15-8--35; Baltimore 5-14-14--33. Power-play opportunities--Maine 2-for-6; Baltimore 0-for-6. Goalies--Maine, Blue (33 shots, 33 saves); Baltimore, Kolzig (35 shots, 32 saves). A--2,343. Referee--Luke Galvin. Linesmen--Matt Dunna, Randy Wisler.