Breaking Down The Storm’s 2022-23 schedule

MOLINE, IL – The Quad City Storm is set to begin its fourth season in the SPHL and fans can now start planning road trips as the season schedule was released Wednesday.

The Storm begin the season again against their closest rivals, the Peoria Rivermen, who are now the defending Presidents Cup champions.

The Rivermen were also the last team the Storm faced in the 2021-22 playoffs, losing in Game 3 of the Presidents Cup semifinals in Peoria.

The two teams will face off a total of 14 times, with time split evenly between the Peoria Civic Center and the TaxSlayer Center. Opening weekend for the Storm is also opening weekend for the Rivermen as they host a home game and series on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 in Moline and Peoria, respectively.

The Storm has faced its other state rivals, the Vermilion County Bobcats, 13 times and has one more game at home than in Danville. The first meeting between these two teams will be on October 28, followed by another game in eastern Illinois the following evening.

The longest home stand for the Storm will span five games from Sunday 30th October to Friday 11th November. The Storm will have a very quick turnaround for this Sunday game since 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 through Friday, March 24, when The Storm will start in Peoria for two games before traveling to Knoxville for two games against the Knoxville Play Ice Bears before returning to Peoria one more game and then return to the TaxSlayer Center.

The Storm will finish the regular season at home with two games against Huntsville Havoc on April 7th and 8th, the only time the two teams will meet during the season. The Storm also only meets the Birmingham Bulls twice, although Storm fans won’t get a chance to see the Bulls since the two games are being played in Alabama. The Storm will play host to eight of the ten other teams in the league as the Macon Mayhem will also not face the Storm in Illinois; the Mayhem and Storm will not see each other in the regular season.

For the home game schedule, the Storm has 12 games on a Friday, nine games on Saturday night, three games on Sunday and four games on Thursday. Sunday games will be played again at 2:10 p.m., Friday and Saturday games will be played at regular time at 7:10 p.m. Thursday night’s four games, played against Vermilion County and Peoria, begin at 6:10 p.m. Thursday night’s games will certainly be interesting encounters but are likely to be under-attended apart from a special theme to attract fans as it is a weekday and not the usual weekend game. In the past, the Storm has hosted Pucks and Paws Day for every Sunday game, and while they’ve had fewer attendances on those days, none have been as low as Halloween Sunday, when fewer than a thousand fans sat at the TaxSlayer Center. As the Storm has not yet announced any theme nights for the upcoming season.

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Anna Headley covers the Quad City Storm for Field Pass Hockey. Follow her on Twitter @FPHStorm and interact with her.

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