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Thunder Renews Rivalry with Colorado This Weekend

Monday, February 1st
Thunder Renews Rivalry with Colorado This Weekend

Wichita, KS (October 29th) - Wichita and Colorado haven't played each other in four seasons. Beginning tomorrow, that all changes as the Eagles will head to the Air Capital for a weekend set against the Thunder starting at 7:05 p.m.

The two teams had some heated battles back in 2003, meeting in the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The Thunder upset Colorado during the 2004 Central Hockey League Playoffs, winning their quarterfinal series three-games-to-one. Colorado came in as the number one seed while the Thunder were in the number four slot. In the 2004 playoffs, Wichita fell to the Eagles in six games.

Head Coach Kevin McClelland is no stranger to Colorado, having coached in Loveland for two seasons. From 2008-10, McClelland went 87-30-11 in 128 games as the bench boss for the Eagles. He was hired by Wichita in 2010-11 after leaving Colorado.

Overall, Wichita is 20-29-4 against Colorado and 14-11-2 at home in the series. The Thunder went 3-0-0 at home in 2010-11 before the Eagles went to the ECHL. The two teams will face each other a total of six times with three in each city.

Friday is Pink at the Rink, presented by RA Ruud and Son and Machinist Union Local Lodge 839. Saturday afternoon is the Halloween Extravaganza. Starting 1:05 p.m., bring the kids out for a costume contest and trick-or-treating before the game.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 855-755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com.

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 season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com.

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About the ECHL

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.