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By Rob Riches, Sports Talk Philly contributor 

Just a day after their home opener was revealed, the Phantoms on Tuesday announced the schedule for the remaining 75 games of their season.

The Phantoms kick off the 2017-18 campaign at home against Hershey on Oct. 7, in a rematch of last year's Calder Cup Playoffs first round. They'll immediately head to Connecticut the next day for a matchup with the Hartford Wolf Pack. 

They'll face the new Binghamton Devils on Oct. 21, and get their first look at the American League's newest franchises within the same week. They head to Belleville, Ontario on Nov. 15 to take on the relocated Senators franchise, and continue to Laval, Quebec on Nov. 17 for a date with the Rocket (formerly the St. John's IceCaps). 

Additionally, the Phantoms will get an outdoor game this year. They'll take on the Bears at Hersheypark Stadium on Jan. 20, as part of the Bears' 80th season. Plans for that game had previously been announced by the league in February, and it will be the second outdoor game in Phantoms franchise history, with their first also coming against the Bears at Citizens Bank Park in 2012.

The Phantoms will wrap up the 2017-18 regular season with a pair of home games on April 13 and 14, against Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, respectively. Should they claim their second consecutive playoff berth, that will start the week of April 16. 

In all, the Phantoms will play 38 games on PPL Center ice, and of those 38 games, 32 will be played on weekend evenings. 

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