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Win gives Chiefs best record in WHL

Despite playing just two of their first seven at home, the Spokane Chiefs (6-1-0-0) have the best winning percentage (.857) in the Western Hockey League following Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Kelowna at the Arena.  Read story

The second-best winning percentage in the 22-team WHL belongs to Kelowna, Medicine Hat and Swift Current, all at .786.

The Chiefs (4-1) and Seattle (4-2) are the only WHL teams with more than three road wins. Spokane also plays its next three games on the road.

"We haven’t had any easy games," Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur said. "We’re getting all the best teams early. It’s going to make us bear down and clamp down on what we do."

"As indicated by the record, (Kelowna) hadn’t lost in regulation coming in to tonight. We were fortunate to be the first team to knock them off, but we have to play them another three times," Chiefs goalie Eric Williams said.

Everett (12) is the only team to allow fewer goals than Spokane (15). The Chiefs have played one more game than Everett.

"As a defensive corps, we want to be steady and make good first passes and get the puck out," Chiefs defender Jason Fram said. "When they do get shots, we try to 'donk' as many as we can and make (Williams') night easy.

Until the Rockets scored on a power play late in the first period, Williams had gone 133 minutes and 48 seconds without allowing a goal.

"Our team’s playing well in front of me," Williams said. "I was able to make a couple of good saves early and the team battled back, got up early and didn’t let up."

Kelowna backup goalie Jackson Whistle dropped to 1-1, with 25 saves on 30 shots before being pulled late in the third period. Jordon Cooke is 4-0-0-1 in goal for Kelowna.

"I wouldn’t call (Whistle) the backup," Nachbaur said. "I think they have two No. 1’s there."

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