Rush Release 2019-20 Full Schedule
(RAPID CITY, SD) - The Rapid City Rush, in conjunction with the ECHL, announced the team's full schedule for the 2019-20 ECHL season today.
The home schedule was already released in May. The team's promotional schedule, outlining theme nights and specialty jerseys, is expected to be announced in July.
Notes and numbers about the 2019-20 full schedule:
The Rush begin the season on the road for five games, with the first three to be played in three nights in three different cities, opening against Allen, then traveling to Wichita, and concluding in Tulsa before squaring off against the Oilers in Oklahoma the next weekend.
The Rush will begin the defense of their home ice for a 12th season on home-opening weekend, which is slated for Friday, October 25th, and Saturday, October 26th against the Utah Grizzlies.
November sees the Rush play a season-high 15 games, with 9 coming on the road (also a season-high).
December features the most home games this season at 8, with six coming during a home stand between December 4th and December 14th in which they'll welcome the Wheeling Nailers to the Black Hills for the first matchups ever in team history. Prior to the Christmas holiday, the Rush will visit the Allen Americans for a two-game set. The team ends December, and 2019 for that matter, against the Wichita Thunder on December 27th and 28th before starting 2020 away from home to celebrate the New Year.
Starting off 2020, the Rush will play a "three-in-three" against the Utah Grizzlies, which marks their first visit to Utah in the campaign. The Rush have six home games in January, including a three-game series from January 8th-11th in which they'll square off against the Cincinnati Cyclones for the first time at home in team history. Prior to the All-Star Break, there is another "three-in-three" that features the Indy Fuel (first matchup since 2017), and concludes against Cincinnati. The road matchup against the Cyclones marks the third season in the last four in which the Rush travel to play the Cyclones.
Announced earlier this offseason, the Rush will host their Third Annual "School Day Game" on February 12th against the Allen Americans at 10:35 a.m.
The longest home stand for the Rush spans February 28th-March 15th, featuring 8 games against all divisional rivals (Tulsa, Utah, and Idaho). That home stand is countered immediately by the longest road trip of the season that spans March 19th-28th, with the first three games coming in three nights in three cities (Allen, Tulsa, Kansas City), and concludes in Utah.
Of the 36 home games this year, 26 are on Fridays and Saturdays (both at 13). The remaining 10 home games are split between Wednesday nights (7), and Sunday afternoons (3). On the road, the Rush play on Monday and Tuesday once, Wednesday three times, Friday 11 times, Saturday 13 times, and Sunday 6 times.
There are eight "three-in-three" series this season for the Rush to play in, one more than in the last two seasons combined.
For the fourth time in the last five seasons, the team will finish their season at home, and in back-to-back years will do so against the Kansas City Mavericks.
Of the 72 game schedule, 63 games are played against Mountain Division opponents, the most divisional games in a single season since the team first joined the ECHL in the 2014-15 season (70). Below is a breakdown of how often the Rush will play their opposition this season in their 72 game slate:
Utah Grizzlies: 13 games (6 home/7 away)
Idaho Steelheads: 13 games (6 home/7 away)
Tulsa Oilers: 12 games (6 home/6 away)
Wichita Thunder: 10 games (6 home/4 away)
Allen Americans: 9 games (3 home/6 away)
Kansas City Mavericks: 6 games (3 home/3 away)
Cincinnati Cyclones*: 5 games (3 home/2 away)
Wheeling Nailers*: 3 games (All home)
Indy Fuel*: 1 game (Away)
*-indicates non-Mountain Division opponent
Below is the 2019-20 Rapid City Rush full schedule (HOME GAMES ARE IN ITALICS):
All times listed are Mountain. Schedule is subject to change.
OCTOBER (7 Games - 2 Home/5 Away)
Friday, October 11th @ Allen Americans (FIRST GAME OF SEASON) - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, October 12th @ Wichita Thunder - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, October 13th @ Tulsa Oilers - 3:05 p.m.
Saturday, October 19th @ Tulsa Oilers - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, October 20th @ Tulsa Oilers - 3:05 p.m.
Friday, October 25th vs Utah Grizzlies (HOME OPENER) - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, October 26th vs Utah Grizzlies - 7:05 p.m.
NOVEMBER (15 Games - 6 Home/9 Away)
Friday, November 1st @ Allen Americans - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 2nd @ Allen Americans - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, November 3rd @ Tulsa Oilers - 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, November 6th vs Idaho Steelheads - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, November 8th vs Idaho Steelheads - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 9th vs Idaho Steelheads - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, November 13th @ Wichita Thunder - 6:05 p.m.
Friday, November 15th @ Tulsa Oilers - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 16th @ Kansas City Mavericks - 6:05 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20th vs Tulsa Oilers - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, November 22nd vs Tulsa Oilers - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, November 23rd vs Tulsa Oilers - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27th @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
Friday, November 29th @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, November 30th @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
DECEMBER (10 Games - 8 Home/2 Away)
Wednesday, December 4th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, December 6th vs Utah Grizzlies - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, December 7th vs Utah Grizzlies - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11th vs Wheeling Nailers - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, December 13th vs Wheeling Nailers - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, December 14th vs Wheeling Nailers - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, December 20th @ Allen Americans - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, December 21st @ Allen Americans - 6:05 p.m.
December 23rd-25th Holiday Break
Friday, December 27th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, December 28th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
JANUARY (13 Games - 6 Home/7 Away)
Friday, January 3rd @ Utah Grizzlies - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, January 4th @ Utah Grizzlies - 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, January 5th @ Utah Grizzlies - 1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, Januray 8th vs Cincinnati Cyclones - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, January 10th vs Cincinnati Cyclones - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, January 11th vs Cincinnati Cyclones - 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, January 15th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, January 17th @ Indy Fuel - 5:35 p.m.
Saturday, January 18th @ Cincinnati Cyclones - 5:35 p.m.
Sunday, January 19th @ Cincinnati Cyclones -1:00 p.m.
JANUARY 21st-23rd All Star Break
Friday, January 24th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, January 25th vs Wichita Thunder - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, January 31st @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
FEBRUARY (12 Games - 5 Home/7 Away)
Saturday, February 1st @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, February 8th @ Wichita Thunder - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday, February 9th @ Wichita Thunder - 3:05 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12th vs Allen Americans - 10:35 a.m. (SCHOOL DAY GAME)
Friday, February 14th vs Allen Americans - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 15th vs Allen Americans - 7:05 p.m.
Monday, February 17th @ Utah Grizzlies - 1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19th @ Utah Grizzlies - 7:10 p.m.
Friday, February 21st @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, February 22nd @ Idaho Steelheads - 7:10 p.m.
Friday, February 28th vs Tulsa Oilers - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 29th vs Tulsa Oilers - 7:05 p.m.
MARCH (12 Games - 6 Home/6 Away)
Sunday, March 1st vs Tulsa Oilers - 4:05 p.m.
Friday, March 6th vs Utah Grizzlies - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 7th vs Utah Grizzlies - 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 13th vs Idaho Steelheads - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 14th vs Idaho Steelheads - 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 15th vs Idaho Steelheads - 4:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 19th @ Allen Americans - 6:05 p.m.
Friday, March 20th @ Tulsa Oilers - 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 21st @ Kansas City Mavericks - 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24th @ Kansas City Mavericks - 6:05 p.m.
Friday, March 27th @ Utah Grizzlies - 7:10 p.m.
Saturday, March 28th @ Utah Grizzlies - 7:10 p.m. (FINAL ROAD GAME)
APRIL (3 Games - 3 Home/0 Away)
Friday, April 3rd vs Kansas City Mavericks - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, April 4th vs Kansas City Mavericks - 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, April 5th vs Kansas City Mavericks - 4:05 p.m. (FINAL HOME GAME/FINAL REGULAR SEASON GAME)
Season Tickets for all 36 home games are on sale now! Call the Rush office at 716-7825 to secure your seats today, or attend our "Select-A-Seat" event this Saturday, June 15th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena.
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