The Rapid City Rush and Missouri Mavericks will gladly take the extra day of rest after Tuesday’s spring blizzard forced postponement of Game 6 of their Central Hockey League playoff series.
The Mavericks lead the Rush three games to two in the best of seven quarterfinal series. League officials decided Tuesday afternoon to move the schedule back one day with the lingering storm continuing to pummel the region with heavy snow, high winds and arctic temperatures.
Game 6 will be played tonight at 6:35 p.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena, with Game 7, if necessary, set Thursday night, also at 6:35 p.m.
“It’s just an extra day in the playoffs for the boys to rest their bodies. Nothing changes. The focus is still there, and then tomorrow we’re back at it again with the pre-game stuff. Both teams will be well prepared and we’ll be ready for a great Game 6,” Ferras said.
Missouri coach Scott Hillman said his team was relieved to hear of the postponement.
“It gives us an extra day to be ready,” Hillman said. “Hopefully it keeps people safe tonight and we’ll see a full building tomorrow.”
League officials, working with both teams originally announced Tuesday morning that the game would be played, but later decided to postpone when snowfall intensified in the afternoon.
“With the inclement weather in Rapid City and the surrounding areas, postponing (Tuesday’s) game was the correct thing to do,” said Rush general manager Tim Hill in a team news release. “Our top priority is the safety of our loyal fans, civic center and team staff, players, and everybody that is involved. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow us to ensure that today.
“The CHL and Missouri Mavericks organization shared our concern, and with that, we have decided postponing the game is safest for all parties involved."
Hillman said another weather postponement added an extra game to the Mavericks’ late regular season schedule.
“We had 15 games in the last 24 days of the season. It was a real grind, a lot of time on the road. Then you’re the road team in round one (of the playoffs) and we’re on our second trip here, so an extra day is welcomed at this point,” he said.