Thunder Announce Full Schedule for 2015-16 Season

Monday, April 27 2015 4:23 PM

Wichita, KS (April 27th) – The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, announced this afternoon their full schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. Entering their second year as a member of the ECHL, the Thunder will play 36 home games at INTRUST Bank Arena and 36 games on the road.

Wichita will begin the 2015-16 campaign on Friday, October 16th on the road at the BOK Center against the Tulsa Oilers. The Thunder will play their home opener the following night against the Quad City Mallards.
The Thunder will host divisional opponents 20 of the 36 games played in the Air Capital, which will consist of the Allen Americans, Missouri Mavericks and Tulsa Oilers. Several teams will make their first-ever appearance to the Sunflower State, which includes the Alaska Aces, Cincinnati Cyclones, Idaho Steelheads, Indy Fuel, South Carolina Stingrays and Utah Grizzlies. The Thunder will welcome back the Colorado Eagles for the first time since March 1st, 2011 when the two teams were both members of the Central Hockey League.

The earliest test for the Thunder will be a stretch of seven games in nine days at the beginning of November. Wichita will play a three-in-three with two road games (at Quad City, November 6th, at Missouri, November 7th) and a Sunday matinee against the Mavericks on November 8th. The Thunder will then play four games in five nights, beginning in Allen on November 10th. Wichita will have two seven-game stints away from home, which are the longest trips of the season. From December 5th to December 19th, Wichita will play in four different cities before returning home on Sunday, December 20th to host Cincinnati. At the end of February, Wichita will be away from the 27th to March 13th.

Wichita will visit four new opponents this season. The Thunder will rekindle their rivalry with the Colorado Eagles with three road contests at the beginning of December. In the middle of January, Wichita will make its first-ever trip to Utah to face the Grizzlies for three-straight. The Thunder will return to Indy for the first time since the 2003-04 season when they were a member of the Central Hockey League and known as the Indianapolis Ice. Wichita will also play at Evansville for the first time since the 2011-12 season. The Rapid City Rush will not make a trip to Wichita, however, the Thunder will play in the Black Hills three times this season.

In terms of the most games against an opponent, Wichita will play the Missouri Mavericks 15 times followed by 13 games a-piece against Tulsa and Allen. 57 of the 72 game schedule will take place on a Friday (19), Saturday (25) or a Sunday (13). Wichita hosts the Colorado Eagles on Halloween and will play at home against Indy on Thanksgiving Eve. The Thunder will be on the road at Missouri on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row. Wichita will spend Valentine’s Day at Tulsa to round out the Thunder’s games on holidays next season.

A full breakdown of the Thunder’s 2015-16 schedule is listed below:

Date                                             Opponent

Friday, Oct. 16th                        at Tulsa Oilers
Saturday, Oct. 17th                 Quad City Mallards
Friday, Oct. 23rd                      Missouri Mavericks
Saturday, Oct. 24th                   at Missouri Mavericks
Sunday, Oct. 25th                     at Quad City Mallards
Friday, Oct. 30th                      Colorado Eagles
Saturday, Oct. 31st                 Colorado Eagles

Friday, Nov. 6th                         at Quad City Mallards
Saturday, Nov. 7th                    at Missouri Mavericks
Sunday, Nov. 8th                     Missouri Mavericks
Tuesday, Nov. 10th                  at Allen Americans
Wednesday, Nov. 11th           Tulsa Oilers
Friday, Nov. 13th                     Missouri Mavericks
Saturday, Nov. 14th                Missouri Mavericks
Friday, Nov. 20th                     Allen Americans
Saturday, Nov. 21st                Missouri Mavericks
Wednesday, Nov. 25th           Indy Fuel
Friday, Nov. 27th                       at Tulsa Oilers
Saturday, Nov. 28th                Tulsa Oilers

Saturday, Dec. 5th                    at Missouri Mavericks
Tuesday, Dec. 8th                     at Rapid City Rush
Wednesday, Dec. 9th               at Colorado Eagles
Friday, Dec. 11th                       at Colorado Eagles
Saturday, Dec. 12th                  at Colorado Eagles
Friday, Dec. 18th                       at Tulsa Oilers
Saturday, Dec. 19th                  at Tulsa Oilers
Sunday, Dec. 20th                   Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday, Dec. 26th                Tulsa Oilers
Sunday, Dec. 27th                   Allen Americans
Wednesday, Dec. 30th           Allen Americans
Thursday, Dec. 31st                  at Missouri Mavericks

Saturday, Jan. 2nd                    at Indy Fuel
Sunday, Jan. 3rd                       at Evansville IceMen
Friday, Jan. 8th                         Tulsa Oilers
Saturday, Jan. 9th                     at Tulsa Oilers
Friday, Jan. 15th                        at Utah Grizzlies
Saturday, Jan. 16th                   at Utah Grizzlies
Monday, Jan. 18th                     at Utah Grizzlies
Friday, Jan. 22nd                      Allen Americans
Sunday, Jan. 24th                      at Allen Americans
Wednesday, Jan. 27th             Evansville IceMen
Friday, Jan. 29th                         at Missouri Mavericks
Saturday, Jan. 30th                    at Missouri Mavericks
Sunday, Jan. 31st                     Missouri Mavericks

Friday, Feb. 5th                          Colorado Eagles
Saturday, Feb. 6th                      at Allen Americans
Friday, Feb. 12th                       South Carolina Stingrays
Saturday, Feb. 13th                  South Carolina Stingrays
Sunday, Feb. 14th                      at Tulsa Oilers
Tuesday, Feb. 16th                    Quad City Mallards
Saturday, Feb. 20th                   Idaho Steelheads
Sunday, Feb. 21st                      Idaho Steelheads
Friday, Feb. 26th                        Allen Americans
Saturday, Feb. 27th                    at Allen Americans
Sunday, Feb. 28th                      at Allen Americans

Friday, March 4th                        at Missouri Mavericks
Saturday, March 5th                   at Quad City Mallards
Sunday, March 6th                     at Evansville IceMen
Saturday, March 12th                 at Allen Americans
Sunday, March 13th                   at Allen Americans
Tuesday, March 15th                Alaska Aces
Wednesday, March 16th          Alaska Aces
Saturday, March 19th               Missouri Mavericks
Sunday, March 20th                  Missouri Mavericks
Wednesday, March 23rd          Allen Americans
Saturday, March 26th               Quad City Mallards
Tuesday, March 29th                Quad City Mallards

Friday, April 1st                             at Rapid City Rush
Saturday, April 2nd                      at Rapid City Rush
Wednesday, April 6th                Tulsa Oilers
Friday, April 8th                           Tulsa Oilers
Saturday, April 9th                        at Tulsa Oilers

*Bold – Denotes Home game


Home schedule, Day of the Week:
Monday – 0 games
Tuesday – 3 games
Wednesday – 7 games
Thursday – 0 games
Friday – 10 games
Saturday – 10 games
Sunday – 6 games

Home schedule by opponent:
Alaska Aces – 2 games
Allen Americans – 6 games
Cincinnati Cyclones – 1 game
Colorado Eagles – 3 games
Evansville IceMen – 1 game
Idaho Steelheads – 2 games
Indy Fuel – 1 game
Missouri Mavericks – 8 games
Quad City Mallards – 4 games
South Carolina Stingrays – 2 games
Tulsa Oilers – 6 games

Road schedule, Day of the Week:
Monday – 1 games
Tuesday – 2 games
Wednesday – 1 games
Thursday – 1 games
Friday – 9 games
Saturday – 15 games
Sunday – 7 games

Road schedule by opponent:
Allen Americans – 7 games
Colorado Eagles – 3 games
Evansville IceMen – 2 games
Indy Fuel – 1 game
Missouri Mavericks – 7 games
Quad City Mallards – 3 games
Rapid City – 3 games
Tulsa Oilers – 7 games
Utah Grizzlies – 3 games

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