After a way too long off-season, Norfolk Admirals hockey is back! In a sort of Trader Joe’s “it’s good but the packaging is just for this brand” way. Our beloved AHL team finally takes to home ice for the first time in months, with a deep overhaul.
ROSTERWATCH has been discussed at length, with my speculation about the vets that would move up and down between the Ads and Ducks. A few more names to sort after tomorrow’s pre-season finale in Anaheim against San Jose. What this means is that the Ads will most likely be without a few key contributors in their preseason scrap against the Checkers. Ducks color man Dan Wood (who is on Twitter @duckscolorman) has Devo, Hampus, and Holland needing to play great games against the Sharks. Hampus has been playing well this preseason, so that’s a coin flip that’s gonna land on it’s side in my head. Peter Holland, who’s been battling for that last center spot, has been hampered by an injury lately. He might make it down to Norfolk to adjust to game speed.
What really matter is the Admirals’ home game, which is the book-end of a home-and-home with the Checkers. This early afternoon, the Ads played the Checkers in a game at Extreme Ice which is just, ya know, Chilled Ponds or any other recreational ice rink. The broadcast coverage was…non-existent.
I can’t tell you much about the game other than the Ads lost 4-2 with Freddie Andersen giving up 3 goals (one was an empty netter), and D-man Alex Grant got two goals. Grant, you’ll recall, came over in the Harry Zolnierczyk trade. I guess some ECHL guys got time, because they’re also auditioning. In this age, the fact that no stats were kept or recorded well is baffling and kind of frustrating. Tomorrow we’ll all be at the game! Tickets $10 if you haven’t purchased them already.
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A little bit extra to note for you. If you’d like to go to an Admirals game at an extremely reasonable price for the first few home series, a great deal has arrived! You can go to Groupon and get Gold level seats for just $12! I highly recommend picking some up.