The San Diego Gulls are nearly the halfway mark of their maiden season and, by all accounts, the American Hockey League club has surpassed all expectations. The AHL serves as the top-tier affiliate of the National Hockey League and local fans have flocked to the Gulls’ new nest to watch top young prospects on their way up to the NHL as well as players with extensive NHL credentials working their way back to pro hockey’s “big show.” The San Diego Gulls are nearly the halfway mark of their maiden season and, by all accounts, the American Hockey League club has surpassed all expectations. The AHL serves as the top-tier affiliate of the National Hockey League and local fans have flocked to the Gulls’ new nest to watch top young prospects on their way up to the NHL as well as players with extensive NHL credentials working their way back to pro hockey’s “big show.” Besides being a hit at the turnstiles (the Gulls have the second-best attendance average of 8,621 in the 30-team league), the team – the top affiliate of the NHL Anaheim Ducks — has also proven to be a hit on the ice with a record of 17-12-0-1 heading into this weekend’s set of games at the Valley View Casino Center. The l...