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CHICAGO STEEL 2018-2019 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

By Chicago Steel, 07/13/18, 10:00AM CDT

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Home Opening Weekend slated for October 5 and 6 at Fox Valley Ice Arena

GENEVA, Ill. – The Chicago Steel, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League, announced Friday the team’s schedule for the 2018-2019 regular season, including Home Opening Weekend October 5 and 6. The weekend includes games Friday, Oct. 5 against Cedar Rapids and a matchup with Green Bay on Saturday, Oct. 6.

This season’s schedule has expanded to 62 games with all teams starting the season with two games at the Fall Classic from September 27 to 30 in Cranberry Township, Pa. The Steel will play 30 home games at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva.

Chicago is set to face every team in the league at least twice with the most being seven matchups against Central Illinois.

KEY GAMES:

- First Round Rematch: Chicago and Muskegon will relive last season’s three-game opening round series when the Steel return to L.C. Walker Arena in October. The Steel charged back from a Game One loss to win the series in three games, all of which were played in Muskegon.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Saturday, Oct. 13 (6:15 p.m. | L.C. Walker Arena)
Friday, Oct. 19 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

- CCM World Invite Games: The Steel will play the Green Bay Gamblers and Muskegon Lumberjacks during the CCM World Hockey Invite in Chicago, the world’s largest hockey tournament in one location.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Friday, Nov. 2 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena vs. Green Bay)
Saturday, Nov. 3 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena vs. Muskegon)

- Thanksgiving Weekend: Chicago hosts the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for a Black Friday showdown.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Friday, Nov. 23 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

- “Playoff Revenge”: The Steel look for revenge against Team USA after they eliminated Chicago from the 2017-18 USHL Playoffs.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Saturday, Nov. 17 (7:05 p.m. | USA Hockey Arena)
Saturday, Dec. 29 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

- Holiday Fun: The Steel will host Team USA in the heart of the holiday season.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Saturday, Dec. 29 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

- Battle of Recent Clark Cup Champs: The last two Clark Cup Champions square off for a weekend series at Fox Valley Ice Arena in January.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Saturday, Jan. 26 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)
Sunday, Jan. 27 (3:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

- Fan Appreciation Night: The Steel close out the regular season home schedule against the Central Illinois Flying Aces for the annual Fan Appreciation Night.
DATE (TIME | LOCATION)
Friday, Apr. 12 (7:05 p.m. | Fox Valley Ice Arena)

Fans will see the Steel frequently after Christmas as the team has home games on six-consecutive weekends from December 29 to February 2. The Steel also host eight home games during the month of March, including the team’s longest consecutive streak of home games (5) this season.

Chicago’s longest road trip will be a three-game weekend with Friday and Saturday games at Tri-City (Kearney, Neb.) and a Sunday game at Omaha.

USHL Fall Classic opponents, dates, and times – as well as information on preseason games –  will be announced soon. This year’s playoff format will remain the same as last season, with the top six teams from each Conference making the playoffs. The USHL Playoffs are slated to begin April 15, 2019.

All Steel home games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. with the exception of two Sunday home games, Jan. 27 and March 24, scheduled for 3:05 p.m. puck drop. The Steel are preparing the 2018-2019 promotions schedule to be released in the coming weeks, which will include theme nights, giveaways and more.

Season ticket plans, starting at just 5 games for $45 are on sale now and the Steel are accepting deposits for group tickets. Single-game tickets start at just $10 and on-sale information will be announced soon.

For more information, call 855-51-STEEL or visit ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com.