PEORIA, Il. (WFXR) — The dream season for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs hockey team resumes Thursday night against the Peoria Rivermen in Game one of the best of five SPHL President’s Cup Finals. The Rail Yard Dawgs run could be connected to one thing….winning on the road. They have clinched their first two series with wins on the road. To win this series…..Roanoke will have once again become road dawgs.

“I think the big thing for us is to carry that same mentality and the attitude and the same process at home that you have to have the same mindset going into the away games. This whole week bring in Peoria for an extra number of days is something we have talked about. it opens up some time to over think somethings. Because you are in the hotel you are waiting on meals. You don’t have the freedom of your vehicle in your hometown to do what every you want to do in between games. The big thing we talk about is not to over complicate things and try to fill your time with doing something,” said Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner.

With the finals now being a best of five series for many of the Roanoke players it will be a new experience for them. “It is going to be a battle. The three game series can go really quick like it did in Huntsville. I think having a five game series can benefit us as far as being able to hopefully to finish at home and over thinking it is something we have to be very careful of,” said Rail Yard Dawgs defenseman Travis Armstrong.

The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are 3 wins away from winning their first ever league title, they love the special journey they have been on to get to this point. “When you spend some time in the ECHL and come back and you know comeback we are excited to be back and to see what we are doing here. To see the energy of the group and the way they are treated in Roanoke. For the guys to comeback and say that we have the energy I think down the stretch it kinda boosted our whole group,” said Bremner. “Just the support of all of the fans and the recognition and all of the hard work we have put into this from the start. When this team has arrived in Roanoke, it has been the best experience of my professional career,” said Armstrong.

Here’s the schedule of the best of 5 series, Games one and two will be in Peoria with game one Thursday night at 8:15 EST and Game two Friday night at 8:15pm. The series shifts to Roanoke for Game three and Game four if needed. Game three will be Monday at 7:05pm with Game four is needed Tuesday at 7:05pm.
If Game five is needed, will be back in Peoria with the game to be played Thursday, May 5th at 8:15pm.