Vernace’s Take on his Old Team

The member of the organization perhaps most qualified to analyze the Norfolk Admirals is Whale defenseman Mike Vernace.  He played 22 games with Norfolk at the start of this year, before being traded to Florida December 2, and last season was with the Admirals all year, save for the 10 games he played with parent-club Tampa Bay.

When queried today about whether he sees a weakness in the regular-season champion Admirals, Vernace responded, “They’re pretty deep at every position.  They won 29 straight games, there’s not really much you can take from that.  But one thing we can take is that they can lose,  they lost

Mike Vernace (Chris Rutsch)

one game to Manchester (in the first round).  And we’ve got to build on small things and stay upbeat and play hard for a full 60 minutes, or even beyond, if it takes that.”

“A lot of hard work,” was Vernace’s simple answer to what it is going to take to get by Norfolk.  “We’ve got to continue what we did in the first round, play hard, limit chances defensively, and obviously we want to get as many shots as we can.  That’s always the goal for any team, I’m sure that’s their game plan.

“Put pucks on net, go to the net hard, that’s a pretty standard game plan, a lot of the things we did well in the first round.  If we can keep that up for the second round, I think that bodes well for us.”

Meanwhile, for some interesting reading from the other side, here’s a good article by Jim Hodges of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot on AHL Rookie of the Year, MVP and leading goal-scorer Cory Conacher.



One Response to “Vernace’s Take on his Old Team”

  1. chris Says:

    good start but i think ag a team like norfolk we should cut down the penelties. 6 times shorthanded if u keep that up eventually norfolk will score

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