The second season begins this week for the teams of the USPHL. After a 44-game regular season eight teams in the Midwest-West will begin their road to the national championship to be played in Boston.
Just three points separated the Rum River Mallards (26-17-1-0) and Minnesota Blue Ox (26-14-4-0) who will meet in the first round in a best-of three series. As the four-seed the Blue Ox earned the right to host the series, scheduled for Friday 7:45 PM, Saturday 7:00 PM and Monday 3:00 PM (if necessary). All game will be played at the Coon Rapids Ice Center.
— Rum River Mallards (@RRMallards) February 25, 2020
The two teams met five times during the regular season with Rum River winning three times.
Both teams enter the playoffs red-hot. The Mallards won six of their final seven games, including victories over the division winner Hudson Havoc and second place Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings. Blue Ox are just as confident, riding a 10-game win streak.