Advertise Here


Seattle keeps upper hand

It's one thing when the Spokane Chiefs struggle against the Portland Winterhawks. That's old news. Spokane's yearlong drought against the Seattle Thunderbirds is another matter. Read story

At least the Chiefs can say they're getting closer to Seattle each time. After dropping 5-1 (Dec. 1) and 7-3 (Dec. 6) decisions to the Thunderbirds, Spokane played fairly well in a 4-2 loss at Seattle on Dec. 7; came within 2 minutes of a win last Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss at Seattle; and held the Thunderbirds scoreless for more than 64 minutes on Tuesday until Eric Williams couldn't stop Ryan Gropp's shot in overtime.

It just dribbled (in),” Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur said. “Two (games) in a row. It was a long-range shot in Seattle that got by our guy, and again tonight. We had enough quality looks, but we just didn’t get it by their goalie.”

Spokane is done with Seattle for the next three weeks.

Spokane's 0-3-2-0 record against the Thunderbirds is quite a turnaround from last season, when the Chiefs were 7-2-0-0 against Seattle.

“I thought we defended well,” Nachbaur said. “We didn’t give them a lot of quality looks or scoring chances, and I thought we outchanced them. The end result is it’s a bitter pill to swallow, but we have to march on.”

Nachbaur praised the young line of Jacob Cardiff, Blair Oneschuk and Carter Proft.

“They had some chances when the pucks were in front (of the net),” Nachbaur said. “They could have scored a couple of times, but it just didn’t happen.”

The Chiefs have still won eight of their last 11 games.




Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to SportsLink

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.


Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on SportsLink.


Jim Allen Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jim

Jacob Thorpe Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jacob

Jim Meehan Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jim

Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Chris

Josh Wright Josh Wright is a freelance correspondent who covers the University of Idaho football team and men's basketball team.

Recent work by Josh

Vince Grippi is the online producer for SportsLink, a product of The Spokesman-Review.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here