By Ken Peacock
Here we are in the second week of the AHL season. While the NHL and NHLPA go back and forth bickering and not producing results, our Norfolk Admirals concentrate on playing hockey. Tonight we will see the Connecticut Whale venture onto the ice at Scope. This will also see the return of former Admirals Brandon Segal and Mike Vernace. Segal is the first player from the Calder Cup championship squad to return to Norfolk and will get to see the banner hanging from the rafters of Scope.
The Whale come into town with a 0-2 record. Connecticut opened up the season at home last Friday night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Sound Tigers scored six straight and beat the Whale 6-4. Sunday the Whale took on the St. John’s IceCaps. Once again they jumped out to an early lead, but the IceCaps came back for a 3-2 win. Connecticut is lead by Kris Newbury with 3 goals in 2 games, while rookie Kyle Jean has 2 goals.
This is the only time we will see the Whale in Norfolk unless the playoffs dictate otherwise. Connecticut is getting their longest bus trip out of the early. The last time the Admirals and the Whale saw each other was in the playoffs last year. The Whale lost to the Admirals in the six game Eastern Conference Semifinals. Connecticut was 0-3-0-1 in the regular season. Two of those losses were at Scope.
The Action starts tonight at Scope at 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. There are plenty of tickets available so get yours today.
Find out more about the opposition here at The Connecticut Whale Official Website.