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Stampede announce 1st round playoff schedule

04/01/2014, 9:30am CDT
By Jim Olander

Herd will face Waterloo or Omaha next weekend

Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede will open the 2014 Clark Cup Playoffs next weekend at either Waterloo or Omaha. Regardless of who the Stampede face in the first round, they will host Game 3 at the Sioux Falls Arena on Thursday, April 17th and, if necessary, Game 4 on Friday, April 18th. Game times are set for 7:05 PM each night and individual tickets for Game 3 will go on sale this Wednesday, April 2nd at 10 AM at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster location. Tickets for Game 4 will be made available if the game becomes necessary.

The Stampede enter this weekend with a 34-17-7 record and two points behind Sioux City for third place in the Western Conference with two regular season games remaining. Should the Stampede and Sioux City finish with the same number of points, Sioux Falls would be awarded the #3 seed based on their season series record against the Musketeers (4-2-2).

“No matter who we play, it’s going to be an exciting series and we are pleased to have the chance to play at home,” stated Stampede CEO/President Tom Garrity. “We are very proud to have led the league in attendance all season and hope to see that continue into postseason play. Our fan support has been amazing and the team is playing its best hockey at the right time of the year which should provide Stampede Country with plenty of entertainment at the Arena.”

The top four teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs. The two winners from the first round will square off in the Western Conference Finals with that winner advancing to face the Eastern Conference champion in the Clark Cup Finals. All three rounds of the playoffs are best-of-five series.

Below are the first round playoff schedules based on opponent:

STAMPEDE VS WATERLOO

GAME 1: Friday, April 11th @Young Arena 7:05 PM

GAME 2: Saturday, April 12th @Young Arena 7:05 PM

GAME 3: Thursday, April 17th @SF Arena 7:05 PM

*GAME 4: Friday, April 18th @SF Arena 7:05 PM

*GAME 5: Tuesday, April  22nd @Young Arena 7:05 PM

STAMPEDE VS OMAHA

GAME 1: Saturday, April 12th @Ralston Arena 7:05 PM

GAME 2: Sunday, April 13th @Ralston Arena 5:05 PM

GAME 3: Thursday, April 17th @SF Arena 7:05 PM

GAME 4: Friday, April 18th @SF Arena 7:05 PM

GAME 5: TBD @Ralston Arena

Sioux Falls closes out the regular season with a road game at Lincoln on Friday before returning home on Saturday to host Omaha. Saturday’s game is the final regular season game to ever be played at the Sioux Falls Arena and is also Sioux Falls Ford “Take My Jersey Night.” Fans can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to take home a game worn jersey right after the game. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Make-A-Wish South Dakota. Tickets are available at the Sioux Falls Arena Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information call 336-6060. 

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