Spokane needed to play well this week against its U.S. Division foes.
So far, the Chiefs have come through. Wednesday night they defeated Seattle 2-1, the second night in a row they stopped the Thunderbirds.
The win moved Spokane a point ahead of Tri-City and into second in the U.S. Division. It is also now seven points ahead of Seattle, which is in fourth. On Friday the Chiefs travel to face first-place Everett (7:30 p.m.; 790-AM), which routed the Americans 5-0 in Everett.