Ever since the Allen Americans became part of the ECHL everyone has talked about the 2015-2016 schedule when the seven former CHL teams would be fully integrated into the ECHL. The ECHL announced earlier this year they would move to a six division alignment for next season. Allen will be in the four team Central Division along with Missouri, Tulsa and Wichita. The next step happened yesterday with the release of the schedule for next season. Kudos to the ECHL for the early release which makes for better planning for all involved. Here is the complete schedule for the Allen Americans.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
5 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 7:05 pm CDT Quad City at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
16 Sat, Oct 17, 2015 7:05 pm CDT Tulsa at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
26 Sun, Oct 18, 2015 4:05 pm CDT Allen at Tulsa 4:05 pm CDT
29 Wed, Oct 21, 2015 7:05 pm MDT Allen at Colorado 7:05 pm MDT
32 Fri, Oct 23, 2015 7:05 pm MDT Allen at Utah 7:05 pm MDT
44 Sat, Oct 24, 2015 7:05 pm MDT Allen at Utah 7:05 pm MDT
82 Sat, Oct 31, 2015 7:05 pm CDT Missouri at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
91 Tue, Nov 3, 2015 7:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CST
102 Fri, Nov 6, 2015 7:05 pm MST Allen at Rapid City 7:05 pm MST
115 Sat, Nov 7, 2015 7:05 pm MST Allen at Rapid City 7:05 pm MST
131 Tue, Nov 10, 2015 7:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 7:05 pm CST
145 Fri, Nov 13, 2015 7:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CST
157 Sat, Nov 14, 2015 7:05 pm CST Colorado at Allen 7:05 pm CST
167 Sun, Nov 15, 2015 4:05 pm EST Colorado at Allen 4:05 pm EST
174 Tue, Nov 17, 2015 7:05 pm CST Allen at Missouri 7:05 pm CST
186 Fri, Nov 20, 2015 7:05 pm CST Allen at Wichita 7:05 pm CST
200 Sat, Nov 21, 2015 7:05 pm CST Tulsa at Allen 7:05 pm CST
209 Sun, Nov 22, 2015 4:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 4:05 pm CST
227 Fri, Nov 27, 2015 7:05 pm MST Allen at Utah 7:05 pm MST
237 Sat, Nov 28, 2015 7:05 pm MST Allen at Utah 7:05 pm MST
270 Fri, Dec 4, 2015 7:05 pm CST Rapid City at Allen 7:05 pm CST
280 Sat, Dec 5, 2015 7:05 pm CST Utah at Allen 7:05 pm CST
298 Wed, Dec 9, 2015 7:05 pm CST Idaho at Allen 7:05 pm CST
331 Sun, Dec 13, 2015 4:05 pm CST Idaho at Allen 4:05 pm CST
339 Wed, Dec 16, 2015 7:05 pm MST Allen at Colorado 7:05 pm MST
347 Fri, Dec 18, 2015 7:10 pm MST Allen at Idaho 7:10 pm MST
359 Sat, Dec 19, 2015 7:10 pm MST Allen at Idaho 7:10 pm MST
377 Mon, Dec 21, 2015 7:05 pm CST Tulsa at Allen 7:05 pm CST
382 Sat, Dec 26, 2015 7:05 pm CST Missouri at Allen 7:05 pm CST
392 Sun, Dec 27, 2015 5:05 pm CST Allen at Wichita 5:05 pm CST
408 Wed, Dec 30, 2015 7:05 pm CST Allen at Wichita 7:05 pm CST
425 Fri, Jan 1, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Missouri 7:05 pm CST
431 Sat, Jan 2, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Quad City 7:05 pm CST
457 Fri, Jan 8, 2016 7:05 pm CST Colorado at Allen 7:05 pm CST
480 Sun, Jan 10, 2016 4:05 pm CST Colorado at Allen 4:05 pm CST
508 Sat, Jan 16, 2016 7:05 pm CST Cincinnati at Allen 7:05 pm CST
518 Sun, Jan 17, 2016 4:05 pm CST Cincinnati at Allen 4:05 pm CST
526 Mon, Jan 18, 2016 1:05 pm CST Cincinnati at Allen 1:05 pm CST
532 Fri, Jan 22, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Wichita 7:05 pm CST
558 Sun, Jan 24, 2016 7:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 7:05 pm CST
566 Tue, Jan 26, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CST
575 Fri, Jan 29, 2016 7:05 pm CST Tulsa at Allen 7:05 pm CST
589 Sat, Jan 30, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CST
601 Sun, Jan 31, 2016 4:05 pm CST Tulsa at Allen 4:05 pm CST
615 Fri, Feb 5, 2016 7:05 pm CST Utah at Allen 7:05 pm CST
627 Sat, Feb 6, 2016 7:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 7:05 pm CST
642 Wed, Feb 10, 2016 7:15 pm AKST Allen at Alaska 7:15 pm AKST
647 Fri, Feb 12, 2016 7:15 pm AKST Allen at Alaska 7:15 pm AKST
660 Sat, Feb 13, 2016 7:15 pm AKST Allen at Alaska 7:15 pm AKST
695 Fri, Feb 19, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Missouri 7:05 pm CST
708 Sat, Feb 20, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CST
721 Sun, Feb 21, 2016 4:05 pm CST Allen at Tulsa 4:05 pm CST
738 Fri, Feb 26, 2016 7:05 pm CST Allen at Wichita 7:05 pm CST
750 Sat, Feb 27, 2016 7:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 7:05 pm CST
761 Sun, Feb 28, 2016 4:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 4:05 pm CST
787 Sat, Mar 5, 2016 7:05 pm MST Allen at Colorado 7:05 pm MST
799 Sun, Mar 6, 2016 4:05 pm MST Allen at Rapid City 4:05 pm MST
810 Wed, Mar 9, 2016 7:05 pm CST Missouri at Allen 7:05 pm CST
832 Sat, Mar 12, 2016 7:05 pm CST Wichita at Allen 7:05 pm CST
840 Sun, Mar 13, 2016 4:05 pm CDT Wichita at Allen 4:05 pm CDT
853 Wed, Mar 16, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Missouri at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
862 Fri, Mar 18, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Alaska at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
874 Sat, Mar 19, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Allen at Tulsa 7:05 pm CDT
885 Sun, Mar 20, 2016 4:05 pm CDT Tulsa at Allen 4:05 pm CDT
895 Wed, Mar 23, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Allen at Wichita 7:05 pm CDT
919 Sat, Mar 26, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Missouri at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
928 Sun, Mar 27, 2016 4:05 pm CDT Missouri at Allen 4:05 pm CDT
942 Fri, Apr 1, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Allen at Missouri 7:05 pm CDT
955 Sat, Apr 2, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Allen at Missouri 7:05 pm CDT
975 Wed, Apr 6, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Evansville at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
985 Fri, Apr 8, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Evansville at Allen 7:05 pm CDT
999 Sat, Apr 9, 2016 7:05 pm CDT Evansville at Allen 7:05 pm CDT

– The ECHL set a goal to have no more than twelve games (six home six away) against any team in the division and they came close in achieving that goal but didn’t quite make it. Allen plays Tulsa 15 times (6 home 9 away) and Wichita 13 times (7 home 6 away).

– Allen will play eleven different ECHL teams next season. Here is a complete list of the 72 games by team:
15 games – Tulsa (6 home 9 away)
13 games – Wichita (7 home 6 away)
11 games – Missouri (6 home 5 away)
7 games – Colorado (4 home 3 away)
6 games – Utah (2 home 4 away)
4 games – Alaska (1 home 3 away)
4 games – Idaho (2 home 2 away)
4 game – Rapid City (1 home 3 away
3 games – Cincinnati (3 home 0 away)
3 games – Evansville (3 home 0 away)
2 games – Quad City (1 home 1 away)

– Here is a breakdown of all 72 games by day of the week:
Sunday – 15 (10 home, 5 away)
Monday – 2 (2 home, 0 away)
Tuesday –  4 (1 home, 3 away)
Wednesday – 9 (4 home, 5 away)
Thursday – 0
Friday – 19 (7 home, 12 away)
Saturday – 23 (12 home, 11 away)

– Here are the games by month. Allen was successful in getting more road games in October and November during football season.
October – 7 games (3 home 4 away)
November – 13 games (4 home 9 away)
December – 11 games (6 home 5 away)
January – 13 games (8 home 5 away)
February – 11 games (4 home 7 away)
March – 12 games (8 home 4 away)
April- 5 games (3 home 2 away)

– One of the many things the team looks at when the schedule comes out is how many times they have to play three games back to back to back. Three games in three days is stressful especially if there is travel involved. Players are more prone to injuries in these situations. This past season the Americans played three games in three days five times. In 2015-2016 that will happen seven times. Here are back to back to back games for the Allen Americans:

October 16, 17, 18 – Quad City (H), Tulsa (H), Tulsa (A)
November 13, 14, 15 – Tulsa (A), Colorado (H), Colorado (H)
November 20, 21, 22 – Wichita (A), Tulsa (H), Tulsa (A)
January 16, 17, 18 – Cincinnati (H), Cincinnati (H), Cincinnati (H)
January 29, 30, 31 – Tulsa (H), Tulsa (A), Tulsa (H)
February 26, 27, 28 – Wichita (A), Wichita (H), Wichita (H)
March 18, 19, 20 – Alaska (H), Tulsa (A), Tulsa (H)

–  Four games in five days with travel is really brutal but that only happens twice next season.
November 13-17 – Tulsa (A), Colorado (H), Colorado (H), Missouri (A)
March 16-20 – Missouri (H), Alaska (H), Tulsa (A), Tulsa (H)

– Five of the eleven teams on Allen’s schedule next year didn’t make the playoffs this year. Allen will play these five teams 34 times.

– Allen will play only two teams with a winning percentage above .600 during the just completed regular season. Idaho had a winning percentage of .708 and Colorado had a winning percentage of .625. Here is a complete list in winning percentage order with the number of games played in parentheses:
.708 – Colorado (7)
.625 – Idaho (4)
.569 – Utah (6)
.562 – Rapid City (4)
.562 – Quad City (2)
.556 – Tulsa (15)
.535 – Alaska (4)
.507 – Cincinnati (3)
.507 – Wichita (13)
.451 – Missouri (11)
.271 – Evansville (3)

– After opening the season at home against Quad City on October 16th and Tulsa on October 17th the Americans hit the road for eight of ten games between October 18 and November 13. The other tough part of the schedule for Allen will be February 10 through March 6 when Allen plays nine of eleven games on the road.

– The easiest part of the schedule for Allen will be between January 8th and February 6th. During this month they play 10 of 13 games at home and the three road games are one day trips to Tulsa, Tulsa & Wichita.

– From March 9th to the end of the season on April 9th Allen will have 11 of 15 games at home. The Americans finish the season with four straight games against Missouri (2 home 2 away) followed by three home games against Evansville.

– If you have ever wanted to go on a road trip to cheer on the Americans three dates to mark on your calendar are October 18th, November 22nd and February 21st. These games are on a Sunday afternoon in Tulsa. They combine the shortest distance to drive (230 miles) and a 4:05 p.m. puck drop so you can watch the game and still drive back to Allen at a reasonable hour.  If you want to make it an overnight trip pick February 21st as the Americans also play Tulsa on Saturday the 20th at 7:05 p.m. Maybe the Americans can sponsor a bus to one of these games.

– If you have always wanted to visit Alaska you can accompany the team on the first ever visit to play the Alaska Aces with games on February 10th, 12th & 13th.

– Allen plays at home on December 21st and December 26th which makes it nice with no travel right before or after the Christmas break. The Americans will be on the road this year for New Years playing in Wichita on December 30th, Missouri on January 1st and Quad City on January 2nd.

DID YOU KNOW: The Allen Americans will travel 30,000 miles next year to their 36 road games with 22,000 miles being on the bus. The 8,000 mile round trip to Alaska will be by plane.

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