SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Thunderbirds will open their 2017-18 home-ice schedule against the Hartford Wolf Pack, on Oct. 14 at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center.

According to a news release sent to 22News from the team, the Thunderbirds will pick up where they left off in terms of a home ice advantage after winning 12 of their final 14 games in the 2016-17 season.

The team also won their season series against the Wolf Pack, with a 6-2-1-1 record against Hartford last season.

“We’re excited to be able to host our I-91 rivals from Hartford to open the 2017-18 season,” Thunderbirds Executive Vice President Nathan Costa stated in the news release. “Coming off of last year’s Opening Night sellout, we are excited to replicate a similar atmosphere and take it to the next level for our second season. We are looking forward to announcing season-long promotions and themes in the coming weeks, which are sure to excite all of our fans.”

The full AHL schedule for the upcoming season will also be released on July 11.

Visit the Springfield Thunderbirds website for more information.