Wednesday, April 1, 2009

First Round Playoff Schedule Announced

First Round Playoff Schedule: Sioux Falls vs. Lincoln

Game 1: Friday, April 10th @ Lincoln 7:05 PM
Game 2: Saturday, April 11th @ Lincoln 7:05 PM
Game 3: Tuesday, April 14th @ Sioux Falls 7:05 PM
*Game 4: Friday, April 17th @ Sioux Falls 7:05 PM
*Game 5: Saturday, April 18th @ Lincoln 7:05 PM
*if necessary

Some interesting quotes from Stampede Chief Crybaby CEO Gary Weckwerth in regards to the scheduling of these games:

“The planning of the playoffs this year has been a challenge at best,” said Stampede CEO Gary Weckwerth. “While we respect the Lincoln Stars for earning the top seed in the West Division, we are disappointed in them and the league in not supporting a different format to help more fans get to our home playoff game and assisting us in maximizing the only Friday we have open at the Arena.”

“The USHL suggests that teams use the 2-2-1 format, but we asked Lincoln to consider a home and home series over the five games, starting in Lincoln for Game #1 midweek, then Game #2 in Sioux Falls on Friday the 10th,” said Weckwerth. “Lincoln refused to budge on that request, we asked the league to intervene, which they did. The commissioner ruled with the 2-2-1 format, we appealed that decision to the league's executive committee and they came back agreeing with Lincoln.”

Every year it seems as if the Stars, and other teams, bend over backwards to work around their schedule. So now when things go the way they should, this guy whines? Cry me a river.

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