The Des Moines Buccaneers’ start their season on September 28 but Bucs fans will have to wait until October 6 to see them in action at Buccaneer Arena as their first three games are away at Team USA, Youngstown, and then Lincoln. Three stops that weren’t kind to the Bucs last year as they went 0-7 against these teams on the road.
Much of the Bucs struggles last year came on the road as they posted an 8-21-1 record away from Buccaneer Arena.
The Bucs will be covering a lot of ground early in the season with their three opening road games mileage totaling close to 1700 miles. After the early road swing, Bucs fans will be treated to four straight at home where their numbers were better last season with a 12-12-6 record.
Then starting October 20 and running through November 23, the Bucs have five away games and seven home games. During this span of over a month they will play relatively close to home with their longest road game being at Dubuque so if you love the Bucs and want to travel to see them play this would be the stretch to do it.
November 24 the Bucs hit the road traveling to Kearney, NE to face the Tri-City Storm. Then on the 30ththey start a three day three game stretch, first traveling to Sioux Falls and then returning home for games against Sioux City and Cedar Rapids on December 1stand 2nd. As the usual two week holiday break should be approaching at this point in the season, the Bucs schedule doesn’t slow downup this year. They hit the road fhe or games on the 7thand 8thfacing Green Bay and Chicago and then return home for a two game stand against Youngstown. Just before Christmas the Bucs head to Lincoln on the 21stthen turn around and host Lincoln on the 22nd.
Six days later the Buccaneers will start possibly their most grueling stretch of the season. They start by hosting Cedar Rapids, another team that Des Moines was unable to beat last season, and then go on the road to face Fargo and Sioux Falls on three consecutive days. They will stay on the road in early January facing Indiana on the 4thand 5thand travel to Muskegon for a game on the 6th, the last being their sixth game in 10 days.
After a two game home stand the following weekend Des Moines travels to Youngstown on the 18thand 19thand then finishes off the month at Cedar Rapids on the 25thand then home against Lincoln on the 27th. February sets a regular schedule for the Bucs as they will play on Friday and Saturday of every weekend during the month. A couple of games to note during the month will be the 16thwhen the Bucs travel to Sioux City to face a Musketeers team that they had success against last year. The Bucs also host the defending Clark Cup champions Green Bay Gamblers on the 22nd, a team that Des Moines has beaten at home at least once in each of the last three seasons.
March opens in Omaha, the second time Des Moines will visit the brand new Ralston S&E Complex. The next three straight will be in Des Moines until the Bucs take on the Force in Fargo on March 15thand 16thand then stay on the road to against the Tri-City Storm on the 22nd. Des Moines hosts Sioux City on the 23rdand then visits Omaha the next day for the second time in the month. The last two games of the month will bring Fargo and Tri-City to Des Moines. y play a obreak should be approaching at this point in the season, the Bucs schedule doesn't
The Bucs play games on three straight days five times this season from November 8-10, November 30-December 2, December 28-30, January 4-6, and then again from March 22-24. The team’s longest break during the season is a seven day span from March 30-April 6. April is set to hold the last four games of the regular season. The first three games will take the Bucs to Kearney, Waterloo, and Sioux Falls. Des Moines will finish the season at home on April 13 against Dubuque.