Although it had been speculated, the AHL's Portland Pirates officially announced the addition of an exhibition game against the Varsity Reds to their schedule in a press release yesterday. The game is slated to be played on Thursday, October 1st at the OA Sports Center in Saco, Maine. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM and admission is free.
This is the 3rd time in 4 years, and 4th time overall, the V-Reds and Pirates will play. While UNB has more than held their own against Portland in their previous match-ups, they have never emerged victorious, losing 4-2 in 2009, 2-1 in a shootout in 2012, and 4-0 in 2013.
The Pirates are entering their first season as the top affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers.