Thunder Announce Home Schedule for 2015-16 Season

Wednesday, April 22 2015 5:01 PM

Wichita, KS (April 22nd) – The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, announced this afternoon their home 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. The league is expected to announce a full schedule release next week.

Wichita will begin its home portion of the 2015-16 campaign on Saturday, October 17th 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. Wichita will host Colorado three times, including Halloween night (Saturday, October 31st).

The Thunder will play eight home games in November, which is the busiest month of the home slate. Indy will make its first-ever trip on Thanksgiving Eve (November 25th). Wichita will host the Tulsa Oilers the day after Christmas and follow that up with a Sunday meeting against Allen.

In terms of the most home games against an opponent, Wichita will host the Missouri Mavericks eight times followed by six games a-piece against Tulsa and Allen. 26 of the 36 home games will take place on a Friday (10), Saturday (10) or a Sunday (6). The Thunder’s final regular season home contest will be on Friday, April 8th against Tulsa.

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

Date                                      Opponent

Saturday, Oct. 17th            Quad City Mallards
Friday, Oct. 23rd                 Missouri Mavericks
Friday, Oct. 30th                 Colorado Eagles
Saturday, Oct. 31st            Colorado Eagles

Sunday, Nov. 8th               Missouri Mavericks
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
Saturday, Nov. 28th          Tulsa Oilers

Sunday, Dec. 20th             Cincinnati Cyclones
Saturday, Dec. 26th           Tulsa Oilers
Sunday, Dec. 27th             Allen Americans
Wednesday, Dec. 30th     Allen Americans

Friday, Jan. 8th                  Tulsa Oilers
Friday, Jan. 22nd              Allen Americans
Wednesday, Jan. 27th     Evansville IceMen
Sunday, Jan. 31st             Missouri Mavericks

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

Tuesday, March 15th        Alaska Aces
Wednesday, March 16th  Alaska Aces
Saturday, March 19th       Missouri Mavericks
Sunday, March 20th         Missouri Mavericks
Wed, March 23rd              Allen Americans
Saturday, March 26th      Quad City Mallards
Tuesday, March 29th       Quad City Mallards

Wednesday, April 6th      Tulsa Oilers
Friday, April 8th                Tulsa Oilers


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


Season tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay! Call the Wichita Thunder office and visit with a season ticket rep today to learn more. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the off-season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com.

About the ECHL

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