The way the Western Hockey League Western Conference playoffs worked out, the Spokane Chiefs ended up on the road for five consecutive postseason games. The Chiefs, who haven't played at the Arena since March 23, are back home tonight for a game that's crucial if they expect to keep advancing in the playoffs. The Chiefs trail the Portland Winterhawks 2-0 in their best-of-seven semifinal, but the next two games will be in front of a less-hostile crowd than Spokane encountered Friday and Saturday nights in Portland. Game 4 is Wednesday. Game time is 15 minutes away.
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