WICHITA, KS – This afternoon, the Wichita Thunder released their home schedule for the 2017-18 season, their 26th as a minor pro hockey franchise.

The road schedule, including a 22-day road trip in March for the NCAA tournament, will be released at a later date.

The home slate opens up with a pair of games against the Indy Fuel, who will make their only trip to the Air Capital on October 13 & 14. The following weekend, the Rapid City Rush will make the first of three different trips to Wichita this season, with games on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, October 21 & 22.

Rivals Allen, Kansas City, and Tulsa make up 13 of the 32 home games played at INTRUST Bank Arena next season. The Thunder will play Allen six times, Kansas City four times, and Tulsa three times. It is interesting that the Thunder and Mavericks will not play another game in Wichita after December 23. Furthermore, Tulsa, Wichita’s closest opponent, makes just three trips to Wichita the entire season.

The only newcomer to Intrust Bank Arena will be the Kalamazoo Wings, who visit the vault four times during the season. The only Central Division opponent not to come to Wichita next year is the Toledo Walleye.

Wichita will have home games in bunches next season. From November 15 to November 26, the Thunder will have five home games in 11 days. Two more such stretches happen from December 19 to 30 and from February 17 to 27. In a six-day stretch from March 2 through 7, the Thunder will play four games, including a three-in-three.

Here is a complete breakdown of the Thunder home schedule by month:

October – 4
November – 7
December – 7
January – 6
February – 6
March – 5
April – 1

Home schedule based on day of the week:

Monday – 0 games
Tuesday – 4 games
Wednesday – 4 games
Thursday – 0 games
Friday – 9 games
Saturday – 12 games
Sunday – 7 games

Here is the breakdown of the Thunder opponents:

Allen – 6
Colorado – 3
Fort Wayne – 1
Idaho – 2
Indy – 2
Kalamazoo – 4
Kansas City – 4
Quad City – 3
Rapid City – 5
Tulsa – 3
Utah – 3

2 COMMENTS

  1. I know its difficult to put a schedule together with a league with the number of teams as this one, but how in the world does the closest rival to Wichita only come to town 3 times? Further, how does Wichita only go to Tulsa 5 times (if you look at the Oilers home schedule)? One would think the 2 rivals would play 10 or 12 games a season, with 5 or 6 in each city.

    • This appears to be a concerted effort by the league to balance out the schedule a little more. Personally, I don’t like seeing Tulsa, Allen or Missouri for half of the home schedule. It does nothing to move the meter.

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