MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Storm are set to begin their fourth season in the SPHL, and fans are now able to begin planning road trips as the season schedule was released on Wednesday.
The Storm once again start the season against their closest rivals, the Peoria Rivermen, who now are the defending Presidents Cup Champions.
The Rivermen were also the last team the Storm faced in the 2021-22 play-offs, losing in game three of the Presidents Cup Semifinals in Peoria.
The two teams will face off a total of 14 times, evenly splitting time between the Peoria Civic Center and the TaxSlayer Center. Opening weekend for the Storm is also opening weekend for the Rivermen, as they will have a home and home series on Friday October 21 and Saturday October 22 in Moline and Peoria respectively.
The Storm will face their other in-state rival, the Vermilion County Bobcats, 13 times, having one more game at home than in Danville. The first meeting between those two teams will be on October 28th, followed by another game in eastern Illinois the following night.
The longest home stand for the Storm will be five games from Sunday October 30th to Friday November 11th. The Storm will have a very quick turnaround for that Sunday game, as they will be in Vermilion County the night before. The Storm’s longest stretch on the road will also be five games, from Friday March 10 to Friday March 24th, when the Storm will start in Peoria for two games before traveling to Knoxville to face the Knoxville Ice Bears for two games before returning to Peoria for another game and then returning to the TaxSlayer Center.
The Storm will finish the regular season at home, with two games against the Huntsville Havoc on April 7th and 8th, the only time the two teams will meet during the season. The Storm face the Birmingham Bulls only two times as well, though Storm fans won’t get the chance to see the Bulls as the pair of games will occur in Alabama. The Storm will play host to eight of the ten other teams in the league, as the Macon Mayhem will similarly not face off against the Storm in Illinois; the Mayhem and Storm will not see each other in the regular season.
For the home schedule, the Storm will have 12 games on a Friday, nine Saturday night games, three Sunday games, and four Thursday games. Sunday games will once again be at 2:10 p.m., with the Friday and Saturday games being at their regular time of 7:10 p.m.. The four Thursday night games, which will be played against Vermilion County and Peoria, will have a start time of 6:10 p.m. The Thursday night games, while sure to be interesting match-ups, are likely to be poorly attended barring a special theme to draw in fans, due to it being a weekday and not the usual weekend game. In the past, the Storm hosted Pucks and Paws Day for every Sunday game, and while they had lower attendance on those days, none were as low as on Halloween Sunday when less than one thousand fans were seated at the TaxSlayer Center. As the Storm have yet to announce any theme nights for the upcoming season.
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