A capsule look at this weekend’s USHL games:


When: 7:05 p.m. tonight at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena

Radio: KIYX-FM 106.1

Livestream: HockeyTV.com

Season series: Cedar Rapids has won five of the first seven meetings in the nine-game series. Dubuque has an overtime loss and a shootout loss in the series.

Outlook: The 11-point difference between Cedar Rapids and Dubuque in the standings can be traced to their head-to-head series in February. The RoughRiders won four times, while the Saints managed just one victory and a shootout loss. Expect some of the bad blood from those five games to carry over to tonight and the series finale April 5 at Dubuque. Cedar Rapids has already clinched a playoff berth and could finish as high as second. Dubuque’s magic number for clinching a playoff berth has been reduced to three — meaning any combination of the Saints earning three points and Central Illinois not earning three points clinches a spot. Dubuque has the USHL’s longest active playoff streak at eight years.


When: 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Mystique Community Ice Arena

Radio: KIYX-FM 106.1

Livestream: HockeyTV.com

Season series: Des Moines has won both meetings heading into Saturday’s series finale.

Outlook: Both teams entered this weekend on two-game losing streaks. Des Moines sits in fourth place in the USHL’s Western Conference and has a magic number of five to clinch a playoff berth. The Buccaneers open the weekend tonight with a home game against last-place Lincoln.

Red Out: The Saints will host “Red Out for Women” during tonight’s game. Fans are encouraged to wear red in support of women’s heart health, and the 50/50 draw will benefit the American Heart Association. The evening is sponsored by Unity Point Health/Finley Hospital.


When: 3:05 p.m. Sunday at Mystique Community Ice Arena

Radio: KIYX-FM 106.1

Livestream: HockeyTV.com

Season series: The teams have met only twice heading into Sunday’s series finale. Each team has a victory and a bonus point for losing in overtime or shootout.

Outlook: As of today, this is a huge matchup. But, by Sunday, it could be irrelevant if the Saints reach their magic number as early as Saturday night. Central Illinois has tonight off but hosts Eastern Conference-leading Muskegon on Saturday. The Flying Aces have already announced that they will not play in the USHL next season.

Kids Eat Free: Members of the Bernie & Earny Kids Club will eat for free at the game Sunday. The club is for children ages 12-and-under. The team will also have its final Skate with the Saints after the game.

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