The Sioux City Musketeers have released their 2014-15 schedule.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The United States Hockey League announced the game schedule for the 2014-15 USHL regular season. An all-time high of 17 USHL Member Clubs will each play a 60-game schedule that begins on Friday, September 26th, 2014 and concludes on Saturday, April 11th, 2015.
The Sioux City Musketeers will visit Omaha in their first game on Friday, September 26th. The following Friday, October 3rd, the Muskies go to Lincoln.
The home opener will be Saturday, October 4th against Sioux Falls at the Tyson Events Center. The Muskies also will be home for their traditional New Year's Eve battle with Omaha. The USHL's regular season ends on April 10th of next year in Sioux Falls.
For the 2014-15 USHL season, the 17 teams are split into two conferences – Eastern and Western. The League’s newest clubs – Madison Capitols and Bloomington Thunder – make their debut this fall and both will compete in the Eastern Conference.
The schedule features matchups that promote geographic rivalries and inter-conference competition while also effectively managing team travel demands. Over 94% of the 510 regular games will be played on weekend or holiday dates, continuing the USHL’s commitment to the educational pursuits of its student-athletes and minimizing missed classroom time. The scheduling effort helps players balance on and off-ice demands, in addition to providing fan-friendly opportunities to watch USHL games.
“The scheduling process presents numerous challenges each season, but thanks to the significant efforts and collaboration by USHL team senior management and League office personnel, we believe the 2014-15 schedule meets the business goals of the Member Clubs while also keeping focus on what best serves the players and fans,” said Joe Macdonell, USHL Vice President of Business Operations.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams in each conference based on points in the standings will qualify for the Clark Cup Playoffs. All three rounds in the postseason will again follow a best-of-five games format.
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