Fuel announce 2017-18 schedule

The Indy Fuel announced the 2017-18 schedule Tuesday afternoon. The 72-game slate is one that features a number of new wrinkles as Indy begins its fourth ECHL season.

For the first time in team history, the Fuel will open the season on the road – Oct. 13 and 14 in Wichita. Also for the first time, the team will play its home opener on a Saturday night, as the Fuel host the Tulsa Oilers at 7:35 p.m. Oct. 21. Tulsa will be the fourth different Opening Night opponent for the Fuel, following Fort Wayne, Toledo and Cincinnati. The Fuel will finish the year playing five of their last six at home, including a three-game weekend April 6-8, with the season finale against Kalamazoo at 3:05 p.m. April 8.

Other highlights include a 10-game homestand in November and December. The Fuel will play nearly half of their home schedule – 17 of the 36 home games – in those two months. Twenty-five of the 36 home games will be on Friday and Saturday nights, with 10 Friday and 15 Saturday games scheduled. The Fuel also have four Tuesday, one Wednesday, three Thursday and three Sunday home games. On Feb. 20, the Fuel will play their first-ever morning game, a school-day game against the Cincinnati Cyclones at 10:30 a.m.

The Fuel will also host the ECHL’s All-Star Game on Jan. 15.

Eleven different teams will visit the Indiana Farmers Coliseum, and the Fuel will face 13 teams overall. Again, the schedule is heavily-weighted toward facing division opponents. The Fuel will play the Quad City Mallards 11 times, Kalamazoo Wings and Cincinnati Cyclones 10 times each, and the Fort Wayne Komets and Toledo Walleye nine times each. Toledo, Fort Wayne and Cincinnati will all make six visits to the Coliseum. Quad City will visit five times. Kalamazoo will make three trips to Indy. Kansas City, Tulsa, Utah and Wheeling will visit the Fuel twice. Indy will also host Allen and Wichita once. The most-visited team will be Kalamazoo, as the Fuel will make seven trips to Wings Stadium. They will make four trips to I-74 rival Cincinnati and three each to Fort Wayne, Kansas City, Toledo and Wheeling.

All home games will be played at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

2017-18 Indy Fuel schedule
Friday, Oct. 13: at Wichita, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 14: at Wichita, 8:05 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21: TULSA, 7:35 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 25: at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 27: at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 28: at Florida, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 3: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 4: WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 5: TOLEDO, 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 9: QUAD CITY, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 11: QUAD CITY, 7:35 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 14; TOLEDO, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 17: KALAMAZOO, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 18: TULSA, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 24: FORT WAYNE, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 25: KANSAS CITY, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 1: QUAD CITY, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: at Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 8: WHEELING, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9: WICHITA, 7:35 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: at Wheeling, 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 14: QUAD CITY, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 15: at Fort Wayne, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16: FORT WAYNE, 7:35 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 20: KALAMAZOO, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23: CINCINNATI, 7:35 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 27: at Toledo, 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 28: at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 30: CINCINNATI, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 31: at Wheeling, 6:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5: FORT WAYNE, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 6: at Fort Wayne, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 13: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
(Monday, Jan. 15: ECHL All-Star Game at Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Friday, Jan. 19: ALLEN, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 20: CINCINNATI, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 21: at Kalamazoo, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 23: FORT WAYNE, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 26: at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27: at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2: at Wheeling, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3: TOLEDO, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10: at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 11: at Kalamazoo, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14: at Fort Wayne, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 16: at Kansas City, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: at Kansas City, 8:05 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 18: at Tulsa, 5:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 20: CINCINNATI, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Feb. 22: QUAD CITY, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 23: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: at Quad City, 8:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: TOLEDO, 7:05 p.m.
Friday, March 2: at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: UTAH, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: UTAH, 3:05 p.m.
Friday, March 9: CINCINNATI, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 10: at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 11: at Toledo, 5:15 p.m.
Friday, March 16: at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: TOLEDO, 7:35 p.m.
Tuesday, March 20: at Cincinnati, 7:35 p.m.
Friday, March 23: FORT WAYNE, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 24: at Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 25: at Brampton, 2 p.m.
Friday, March 30: KANSAS CITY, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: FORT WAYNE, 7:35 p.m.
Tuesday, April 3: at Kansas City, 8:05 p.m.
Friday, April 6: CINCINNATI, 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: TOLEDO, 7:35 p.m.
Sunday, April 8: KALAMAZOO, 3:05 p.m.

By opponent
Allen (1/0)
H-1/19
Brampton (0/1) A-3/25
Cincinnati (6/4) H-12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/20, 3/9, 4/6; A-1/26, 3/2, 3/16, 3/20
Florida (0/3) A-10/25, 10/27, 10/28
Fort Wayne (6/3) H-11/24, 12/16, 1/5, 1/23, 3/23, 3/31; A-12/15, 1/6, 2/14
Kalamazoo (3/7) H-11/17, 12/20, 4/8; A-12/28, 1/21, 1/27, 2/10, 2/11, 3/10, 3/24
Kansas City (2/3) H-11/25, 3/30; A-2/16, 2/17, 4/3
Quad City (5/6) H-11/9, 11/11, 12/1, 12/14, 2/22; A-11/3, 1/12, 1/13, 2/9, 2/23, 2/24
Toledo (6/3) H-11/5, 11/14, 2/3, 2/27, 3/17, 4/7; A 12/2, 12/27, 3/11
Tulsa (2/1) H-10/21, 11/18; A-2/18
Utah (2/0) H-3/3, 3/4
Wheeling (2/3) H-11/4, 12/8; A 12/12, 12/31, 2/2
Wichita (1/2) H 12/9; A-10/13, 10/14
Do not play: Adirondack, Atlanta, Colorado, Greenville, Idaho, Jacksonville, Manchester, Norfolk, Orlando, Rapid City, Reading, South Carolina, Worcester

By month
October (6): 1H/5A
November (10): 9H/1A
December (14): 8H/6A
January (10): 4H/6A
February (14): 4H/10A
March (14): 7H/7A
April (4): 3H/1A

By day of the week

Tuesday (7: 4H/3A): H-11/14, 1/23, 2/20, 2/27 A-12/12, 3/20, 4/3
Wednesday (4: 1H/3A): H-12/20, A-10/25, 12/27, 2/14
Thursday (4: 3H/1A): H-11/9, 12/14, 2/22, A-12/28
Friday (22: 10H/12A): H-11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 1/5, 1/19, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, A-10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 12/15, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16
Saturday (26: 15H/11A): H-10/21, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/20, 2/3, 3/3, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7, A-10/14, 10/28, 12/2, 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/10, 3/24
Sunday (9: 3H/6A): H-11/5, 3/4, 4/8, A-12/31, 1/21, 2/11, 2/18, 3/11, 3/25

Longest homestands
10: Nov. 4-Dec. 1
3: Dec. 16-23
3: April 6-8

Longest roadtrips
7: Feb. 9-16
4: Oct. 25-Nov. 3

Three-in-threes (10 instances)
Nov. 3-5: at QC, WHL, TOL (F-Su)
Dec. 14-16: QC, at FW, FW (Th-Sa)
Jan. 19-21: ALN, CIN, at KAL (F-Su)
Feb. 9-11: at QC, at KAL, at KAL (F-Su)
Feb. 16-18: at KC, at KC, at TUL (F-Su)
Feb. 22-24: QC, at QC, at QC (Th-Sa)
March 2-4: at CIN, UTA, UTA (F-Su)
March 9-11: CIN, at KAL, at TOL (F-Su)
March 23-25: FW, at KAL, at BRM (F-Su)
April 6-8: CIN, TOL, KAL (F-Su)

Back-to-back vs. same team (10 instances, including 2 3-games)

Oct. 13-14: Wichita (A/A)
Oct. 25-28: Florida (A/A/A, 1 off-day)
Nov. 9-11: Quad City (H/H, 1 off-day)
Dec. 15-16: Fort Wayne (A/H)
Jan. 5-6: Fort Wayne (H/A)
Jan. 12-13: Quad City (A/A)
Feb. 10-11: Kalamazoo (A/A)
Feb. 16-17: Kansas City (A/A)
Feb. 22-24: Quad City (H/A/A)
March 3-4: Utah (H/H)

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