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Schedule Set for 2014-15 Campaign

The North American Hockey League released the 2014-15 schedule last Friday, giving teams and fans their first look at the season ahead. Here are a few things you need to know about the Wildcats’ schedule for the 2014-15 campaign.

 

Opening against Odessa
For the second season in a row, the Wildcats will open the year by hosting the Jackalopes at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in a pre-Showcase tune up. Last year, the ‘Cats claimed a season-opening sweep against Odessa, posting 4-0 and 6-2 victories on Sept. 13 and 14, respectively. This year, the Jacks and Wildcats will square off for one contest when they meet on Saturday, Sept. 13, which also marks the first time since the 2005-06 season Wichita Falls will begin the year on a Saturday.

 

Familiar Foe
hough the teams are already heated adversaries, the rivalry between the Wildcats and Amarillo Bulls is likely to intensify this season. Wichita Falls will lock horns with the Bulls 12 times during the 2014-15 season, including four-consecutive meetings between the two teams from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6. The 12 head-to-head tilts represent the most regular-season meetings between the two teams since Amarillo came into the league prior to the 2010-11 season. Last year, the Wildcats posted a 3-4-1 record in eight regular-season meetings with the Bulls.

 

Welcome Wenatchee
The Wildcats will have a new division foe this season, as the Wenatchee Wild join the rough-and-tumble South Division for 2014-15. Wichita Falls will travel to Wenatchee for a pair of contests Dec. 19 and 20, before the Wild return the trip with a visit to the KYC on March 6 and 7. The Wild played in the Midwest Division during the 2013-14 season.

 

On the Road Again
After tying a franchise record for most road wins (19) in a single season during the 2013-14, the Wildcats will look to duplicate that success in a forthcoming campaign that features two road-heavy spells. After hosting the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on Nov. 21 and 22, the red-and-black will embark on a 10-game road swing that will see them cover almost 7,000 miles with trips to Odessa, Rio Grande Valley, Wenatchee, Topeka and Amarillo. Additionally, the Wildcats will close the season by playing 12 of their last 15 contests away from the KYC.

 

Hectic Holidays
While other teams are thinking of tree lights and wrapping paper this holiday season, the Wildcats will be focused on lighting the lamp and wrap-around chances. Wichita Falls will skate in six contests against division foes in 11 days from Dec. 27 to Jan. 6, including two tilts with the Topeka Roadrunners and four games against Amarillo. Expanding further, the Wildcats will play 10 games in a 23-day span from Dec. 19 to Jan. 10, beginning with a two-game set against the Wenatchee Wild and concluding with a pair of home contests against Topeka.

 

FULL SCHEDULE (Home games in Bold)

Date                                    Away                                   Home

Sat. Sep. 13, 2014            Odessa Jackalopes          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Wed. Sep. 17, 2014          NAHL Showcase –            Blaine, MN

Thu. Sep. 18, 2014            NAHL Showcase –             Blaine, MN

Fri. Sep. 19, 2014              NAHL Showcase –             Blaine, MN

Sat. Sep. 20, 2014             NAHL Showcase –             Blaine, MN

Fri. Sep. 26, 2014             Topeka RoadRunners     at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Sep. 27, 2014            Topeka RoadRunners     at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Oct. 3, 2014                Lone Star Brahmas          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Oct. 4, 2014               Lone Star Brahmas          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Oct. 10, 2014              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Sat. Oct. 11, 2014            Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Oct. 17, 2014              Odessa Jackalopes          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Oct. 31, 2014              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Corpus Christi IceRays

Sat. Nov. 1, 2014              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Corpus Christi IceRays

Fri. Nov. 7, 2014               Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Nov. 8, 2014             Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Nov. 14, 2014             Corpus Christi IceRays    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Nov. 15, 2014           Corpus Christi IceRays    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Tue. Nov. 18, 2014           Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Odessa Jackalopes

Fri. Nov. 21, 2014             RGV Killer Bees at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Nov. 22, 2014           RGV Killer Bees at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Nov. 28, 2014             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Odessa Jackalopes

Sat. Nov. 29, 2014            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Odessa Jackalopes

Fri. Dec. 12, 2014             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Sat. Dec. 13, 2014            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Fri. Dec. 19, 2014             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Wenatchee Wild

Sat. Dec. 20, 2014            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Wenatchee Wild

Sat. Dec. 27, 2014            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Topeka RoadRunners

Sun. Dec. 28, 2014           Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Topeka RoadRunners

Wed. Dec. 31, 2014         Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Fri. Jan. 2, 2015                Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Sat. Jan. 3, 2015               Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Tue. Jan. 6, 2015              Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Jan. 9, 2015               Topeka RoadRunners     at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Jan. 10, 2015             Topeka RoadRunners     at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Jan. 16, 2015              RGV Killer Bees           at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Jan. 17, 2015             RGV Killer Bees           at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Thu. Jan. 22, 2015           Corpus Christi IceRays    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Jan. 23, 2015              Corpus Christi IceRays    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Jan. 30, 2015              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Lone Star Brahmas

Sat. Jan. 31, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Lone Star Brahmas

Wed. Feb. 4, 2015            Lone Star Brahmas          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Feb. 13, 2015              Odessa Jackalopes          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Feb. 14, 2015            Odessa Jackalopes          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Wed. Feb. 18, 2015         Lone Star Brahmas          at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Feb. 20, 2015              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Sat. Feb. 21, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Sun. Feb. 22, 2015            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Amarillo Bulls

Fri. Feb. 27, 2015              Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Topeka RoadRunners

Sat. Feb. 28, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Topeka RoadRunners

Tue. Mar. 3, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Odessa Jackalopes

Fri. Mar. 6, 2015               Wenatchee Wild              at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Sat. Mar. 7, 2015             Wenatchee Wild              at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Wed. Mar. 11, 2015        Amarillo Bulls                    at Wichita Falls Wildcats

Fri. Mar. 13, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Lone Star Brahmas

Sat. Mar. 14, 2015            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Lone Star Brahmas

Thu. Mar. 19, 2015           Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Fri. Mar. 20, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Fri. Mar. 27, 2015             Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Corpus Christi IceRays

Sat. Mar. 28, 2015            Wichita Falls Wildcats     at Corpus Christi IceRays