PEORIA, Il(WFXR) — Roanoke jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Game 1 of their SPHL President’s Cup Finals against Peoria. But Peoria scored 3 straight goals to get the win 3-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the Best of 5 series Thursday night in Peoria. Game 2 is Friday night in Peoria at 8:15pm EST.

It’s been a long season for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs but they finally punched their ticket – for the first time – to the 2022 SPHL President’s Cup. Over at Club 611 in the Berglund Center fans from all over the area – got the chance to cheer on Dawgs in their matchup on the ice against the Peoria Rivermen.
For many Roanoke fans – this is dream come true – especially after such a roller-coaster ride of a season.

“It is a big deal to see us go to the cup but more than anything being the underdog going to the cup we’re excited no matter what but we want the cup. We’ve got a lot of good talent and they’re just all matching up right now. I mean they’re just clicking when they click together like this nothing is stopping them,” said Rail Yard Dawgs fan Chris Lenaeve.

“It’s exciting because we were down and had a 9 game losing streak in the beginning we had to push our way to where we are today to the finals and just to make it here it’s exciting for me and for everyone that’s a fan of the Dawgs,” said Rail Yard Dawgs fan Logan Clay.

There will be another watch party at Club 611 Friday night.