Americans Release 2013-2014 Schedule

The Great Falls Americans Junior A hockey team starts practice soon for the coming season and Wednesday the squad’s 2013-14 schedule was announced.

The Americans of second-year head coach Jeff Heimel, who begin their third season in the American West Hockey League open the season at home against the Bozeman Ice Dogs on Friday, Sept. 20. It will be the first of four straight home games to open the season.

The Americans’ first road contest will be on Oct. 10 against the Bozeman Ice Dogs in Bozeman.

The Americans will also attend the AWHL Player’s Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 16-19 at the Fiesta Rancho Ice Rink. The focus of the showcase is to promote and expose all players to many fans and scouts as possible. All seven teams will play one game per day.

The AWHL this season consists of five Montana teams, including the Billings Bulls, Bozeman Ice Dogs, Helena Bighorns, and Glacier Nationals. Two teams from Wyoming, the Gillette Wild and the Yellowstone Quake of Cody, are also in the league.

The Glacier Nationals are beginning their first season in the AWHL after moving over from the Northern Pacific Hockey League, while the Missoula Maulers moved to the Western States Hockey League.

The Americans open their training camp on Tuesday.

2013-14 Americans schedule

Date …Opponent Time

Fri. Sept. 20 …vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Sept. 27 …vs. Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 4 …vs. Gillette Wild, 7:30 p.m

Sat. Oct. 5 …vs. Gillette Wild, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 10 …at Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 12 …vs. Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Oct. 18 …vs. Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 19 …vs. Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Oct. 20 …at Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Fri, Oct. 25 …at Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Oct. 26 …vs. Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 1 …at Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 2 …vs. Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Nov. 6 …at Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 9 …vs. Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 15 …vs. Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 16 …vs. Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 22 …vs. Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 23 …at Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 24 …at Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Nov. 29 …vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 30 …at Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 6 …at Gillette Wild, 7 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 7 …at Gillette Wild, 7 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 12 …at Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m

Sat. Dec. 14 …at Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 16-19 …at AWHL Player’s Showcase, Las Vegas

Tues. Dec. 31 …at Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Jan 3 …at Gillette Wild, 7 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 4 …at Gillette Wild, 7 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 10 …at Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 11 …vs. Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Jan. 15 …at Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 17 …vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 23 …vs. Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 24 …vs. Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 30 …vs. Gillette Wild, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Jan. 31 …vs. Gillette Wild, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 1 …at Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 7 …at Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 8 …at Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 14 …at Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 15 …at Yellowstone Quake, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 21 …vs. Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 22 …at Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Sun. Mar. 2 …vs. Billings Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Wed. Mar. 5… at Helena Bighorns, 7:30 p.m.

Fri. Mar. 7 …vs. Bozeman Ice Dogs, 7:30 p.m.

Sat. Mar. 8 …vs. Glacier Nationals, 7:30 p.m.