The Western Hockey League Western Conference semifinals are 75 percent set after Portland and Kamloops won Monday night to polish off their opening-round series. The Spokane Chiefs clinched their semifinal berth on Saturday night in Kennewick. The last remaining series to be decided is second-seeded Kelowna against seventh-seeded Seattle. Seattle leads 3-2 heading into Tuesday night's game in Seattle. If Seattle holds on to win the series, Spokane would open the semifinals at Kamloops on Friday. If Kelowna comes back to win the series, Spokane would open the semifinals at Portland on Friday. Read Portland story. Read Kamloops story
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