USHL Takes the Ice for Preseason
Friday September 7, 2012
All 16 USHL Member Clubs to play exhibition games
With the opening night of the 2012-13 USHL regular season just three weeks away, USHL teams have begun training camps and continue their preparations for another year with preseason games.
The Dubuque Fighting Saints and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders start off the USHL preseason with a home and home series this weekend. The Saints host the RoughRiders at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque on Friday, September 7th beginning at 7:30. Less than 24 hours later, the same two clubs will faceoff at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
It will be a “Sioux” theme on Tuesday as the Sioux City Musketeers and Sioux Falls Stampede play an exhibition game in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Indiana Ice will host Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Steel and Muskegon Lumberjacks in a round robin of preseason matchups September 13-15.
The USHL heads north with four teams vying for the Clyde Iron Cup, September 14-15 in Duluth, Minnesota. After earning the preseason championship last year, the Green Bay Gamblers return to defend their title they won in a two-game series with the Sioux City Musketeers, who are also returning to Duluth. The Lincoln Stars and Tri-City Storm are joining to expand this year’s exhibition tournament to four teams.
USHL preseason action culminates with the 2012 USHL Fall Classic, hosted by the Sioux City Musketeers at the Tyson Events Center and IBP Ice Center in Sioux City, Iowa. All 16 USHL Member Clubs will play three preseason games each from September 19-22 in front of hundreds of NHL and NCAA scouts. All games at the 2012 USHL Fall Classic can be viewed online via the USHL’s broadcast partner FASTHockey.
2012 USHL Preseason Schedule
9/7/12 - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders @ Dubuque Fighting Saints, 7:30 PM
9/8/12 – Dubuque Fighting Saints @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 7:05 PM
9/11/12 – Sioux Falls Stampede @ Sioux City Musketeers, 7:00 PM (All Seasons Center – Sioux Center, Iowa)
9/13/12 – Chicago Steel @ Indiana Ice, 7:00 PM (Pan Am Plaza – Indianapolis, Indiana)
9/14/12 – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders @ Waterloo Black Hawks, 7:00 PM
9/14/12 – Sioux Falls Stampede @ Fargo Force, 7:35 PM
9/14/12 – Chicago Steel @ Muskegon Lumberjacks, 7:00 PM (Pan Am Plaza – Indianapolis, Indiana)
9/14/12 – Des Moines Buccaneers @ Omaha Lancers, 7:05 PM (Motto McClean Arena – Omaha, Nebraska)
9/14/12 – Tri-City Storm @ Lincoln Stars, 3:00 PM (Duluth Heritage Sports Center – Duluth, Minnesota)
9/14/12 – Sioux City Musketeers @ Green Bay Gamblers, 8:00 PM (Duluth Heritage Sports Center – Duluth, Minnesota)
9/15/12 – Sioux City or Green Bay vs. Tri-City or Lincoln, 11:00 AM (Duluth Heritage Sports Center – Duluth, Minnesota)
9/15/12 – Sioux City or Green Bay vs. Tri-City or Lincoln, 2:00 PM (Duluth Heritage Sports Center – Duluth, Minnesota)
9/15/12 – Waterloo Black Hawks @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, 7:05 PM
9/15/12 – Omaha Lancers @ Des Moines Buccaneers, 7:05 PM
9/15/12 – Muskegon Lumberjacks @ Indiana Ice, 7:00 PM (Pan Am Plaza – Indianapolis, Indiana)
9/15/12 – Youngstown Phantoms @ Team USA (U18), 7:00 PM (St. Mary’s Athletic Complex – Orchard Lake, Michigan)
9/16/12 – Youngstown Phantoms @ Team USA (U17), 3:30 PM
*all times reflect local start time
*not all USHL preseason game stats will be available online
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrated its 10th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2011-12. With 28 picks during the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and over 280 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
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