ECHL: Rapid City Rush 2024-25 Schedule Preview

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The Rapid City Rush schedule for the 2024-25 season has officially been released. There are quite a few familiar teams, but there are a couple new teams the Rush will see this season.

October

The Rapid City Rush will start their season on the road with a two game series against the Tulsa Oilers on October 19 and 20. The Rush will then come home to finish October with their home opener series against the Utah Grizzlies on October 25 and 26.

November

The Rush will start in November at home against the Wichita Thunder on November 1, 2, and 3. They will then finish their eight game home stand with a three game series against the Kansas City Mavericks in November 6, 7, and 8. The Rush will then start a five game series against the Idaho Steelheads. They will play the first three games at Idaho on November 13, 15, and 16 before heading back home to play the Steelheads on November 22 and 23. The Rush will end November at home against the Allen Americans on November 27, 29, and 30.

December

The Rush will get a week off before hitting the road to head to South Carolina to face off against the South Carolina Stingrays on December 6, 7, and 8. This is not the first time Rapid City will play against South Carolina, but it is the first time the two teams will play against each other in South Carolina. The last time Rapid City played against the Stingrays was in the 2016-17 season, when Rapid City won the series 2-1 in Rapid City on February 25-27, 2017. The Rush will then continue the season with a series at home against the Wichita Thunder on December 12, 13, and 14. The Rush will finish the pre-Christmas break half of the season on the road against the Idaho Steelheads on December 18, 20, and 21. The Rush will come back from their Christmas Break on the road on December 27 and 28 against the Utah Grizzlies. The Rush will finish 2024 on December 31 at home against the Tulsa Oilers.

January

The Rush will start 2025, finishing off their three game series at home against the Tulsa Oilers on January 3 and 4 before welcoming a new team to town. The Rush will finish off their home stand on January 10, 11, and 12 by welcoming the Tahoe Knight Monsters to the Black Hills for the first time in the Knight Monsters inaugural season. Rapid City will enter the All-Star Break after a series on the road against the Kansas City Mavericks on January 17 and 18. The All-Star Break will be January 21-23. They will come back from the All-Star Break back at home to start a five game series against the Allen Americans on January 24 and 25. Rapid City will finish off January and start the second half of the five game series against the Allen Americans in Allen on January 29 and 30.

February

The Rush will start February on the road to play the final game of the five game series against the Allen Americans in February 1. They will then continue their road trip in Idaho to play a three game series on February 5, 7, and 8. After playing in Maine last season, Rapid City will welcome the Maine Mariners to South Dakota for the first time for a three game series on February 14, 15, and 16. They will then head back on the road to play against the Utah Grizzlies on February 21, 22, and 23. The Rush will end February at home by playing in the first two games of a three game series against the Idaho Steelheads in February 26 and 28.

March

The Rush will start March at home on March 1 to finish up their three game series against the Idaho Steelheads. Rapid City will then hit the road to take on the Tahoe Knight Monsters for the first time in Tahoe on March 6, 8, and 9. The Rush will then come back home for a six game home stand starting against the Iowa Heartlanders on March 13, 14, and 15. They will finish off the home stand on March 21, 22, and 23 against the Wichita Thunder. Rapid City will finish March on the road against the Tulsa Oilers on March 27, 29, and 30.

April

Rapid City will start April and finish the road part of the 2024-25 season at Kansas City to take on the Mavericks on April 4, 5, and 6. Rapid city will then wrap up the 2024-25 season at home against the Utah Grizzlies on April 9, 11, and 12.

2024-25 Schedule Numbers and Thoughts

Similar to the 2023-24 season, Rapid City will face off against the Idaho Steelheads the most, seeing them a total of 14 times throughout the season, including a five game series against them. Rapid City will also have a five game series against the Allen Americans, with both five game series being three on the road and two at home. Rapid City Will face off against the Utah Grizzlies ten times and the Wichita Thunder nine times. They will play against the Tulsa Oilers, Kansas City Mavericks, and Allen Americans eight times and will see the Tahoe Knight Monsters six times. Rapid City will see the South Carolina Stingrays, Maine Mariners, and Iowa Heartlanders three times each.

Rapid City will start the season with only four games in October before playing in their busiest month with 14 games in November. They will play 12 games in December, 11 in January, 12 in February, 13 in March and will end their season with six games in April.

It is a little disappointing that the Rush will have to play the Steelheads 14 times again as it would be nice to see more out of conference opponents like the Bloomington Bison. But it is understandable as Idaho is the closest team to the Rush.

Overall, this season’s schedule looks to be a lot of fun with all the familiar teams the Rush will play, the teams they haven’t played in a while, and the new teams that they have yet to play.

Felicity Harding

Hello! I'm Felicity and I mainly cover the Rapid City Rush in the ECHL here at Inside the Rink. You can find me on Instagram and X/Twitter at @fharding05

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