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SUNDAY, NOV. 15, 2009

Chiefs blank defending champions

In a tense, tight-checking game against the defending Western Hockey League champion Kelowa, James Reid make rookie Brady Brassart's second goal in as many games standup for a 1-0 lead Sunday night.The Chiefs head out at the end of the week for a five-game road...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 14, 2009

Chiefs dominate Kamloops

Veteran Kyle Beach had his second hat trick and rookie Brady Brassart scored his first Western Hockey League goal as the Spokane Chiefs whipped Kamloops 6-1 Saturday night at the Arena.Click on the link below for the unedited game story I filed for Sunday's paper.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2009

Ex-Chiefs faring well.

Thanks to the first goal for rookie defenseman Landon Oslanski, Lethbridge has won three in a row. ’s first goal of the season was the winner as the Hurricanes edged the Calgary Hitmen, 3-2. . . . Oslanski, 17, and D Mike Reddington, 19, were...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 10, 2009

Everett derails Chiefs 

It was not a good night for the Spokane Chiefs, who were out-played and beaten 5-2 by Everett Tuesday night at the Arena.There is really not much to be said than what is in the unedited game story I filed for Wednesday's paper.

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MONDAY, NOV. 9, 2009

Monday morning hockey update

We don't pretend to be all knowing when it comes to the Western Hockey League, but our goal is to help you know more.So, almost every day we check in with Gregg Drinnan, who has the pulse of the WHL and so much more. (We...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 7, 2009

Chiefs win 4th straight

Solid defense and opportunistic offense gave the Chiefs a 2-1 win Saturday night against a top tier Western Hockey League foe. Spokane defeated the Vancouver Giants 2-1 at the Arena.Below is the unedited game story I filed for Sunday's paper and a few more notes.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Chiefs finding a groove 

The Western Hockey League schedule is picking up and the Spokane Chiefs seem to be picking up momentum.A 5-1 win over Chilliwack Wednesday night gave them three wins in their last four games and the loss was a well played game when the visitors' goalie...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4, 2009

Chiefs win, trade Donaghy

The Spokane Chiefs turned in a solid performance for a 5-1 win over Chilliwack. Afterwards they traded 20-year old forward Dustin Donaghy to Lethbridge for a sixth-round draft pick.Keep reading for my unedited game story for Thursday paper and then check back tomorrow for more...

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Chiefs get road win

Here's an oddity from the Spokane Chiefs' weekend - they beat two of the better teams in the Western Conference of the Western Hockey League on the road but they lose at home.Still, it would have to be considered an outstanding weekend since the Chiefs...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2009

Chiefs strong effort goes for naught

Spokane Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter said his postgame talk to his team on Saturday was short and sweet."The guys played well, outcome wasn’t the way we wanted it," he said after the 2-0 home loss to Portland.The difference was 20-year old goalie Kurtis Mucha, who...

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Chiefs win, set for Portland

No doubt hockey fans know the Chiefs picked up a big road win on Friday against defending Western Hockey League champion Kelowna. However, for your added enjoyment is the story from my friend Doyle Potenteau of the Okanagan. It focuses on Kelowna native Kyle Beach....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

Cowen, Koper to face Russians

Spokane Chiefs Jared Cowen and Levko Koper have been selected to represent the Western Hockey League in the Subway Series against Russia.Each of the three leagues that comprise the Canadian Hockey League plays two games against the Russians. For the WHL its Nov. 25 in...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

Chiefs drop another

The defensive-minded Spokane Chiefs had their worst defensive effort of the season and wasted a hat trick by Kyle Beach in a 5-4 loss to Brandon at the Arena.Keep reading for the unedited game story that I filed for Thursday's paper.

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Chiefs assign goalie, player suspended 

The Spokane Chiefs have reassigned goaltender Chase Martin to the Calgary Canucks of the AJHL. Martin made two appearances, including one start, for the Chiefs this season and is 0-1-0-0 with a 3.61 goals against average. The move leaves the Chiefs with two goaltenders, James...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 24, 2009

Americans sneak away with win

Hockey games are three periods and Spokane Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter saw three different games Saturday night - which ended with a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans."It was a tale of three games," he said. "The first portion we had to kill a...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 2009

Chiefs await Tri-City

Back from R&R with news from Chiefs.(Actually I'm returning to R&R because this vacation was so good I have to do my resting and recuperating upon return).But I digress. We are back to hockey. Keep reading for some notes, most of which should be in...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2009

Feisty Chiefs beat Ice

The Spokane Chiefs haven’t tried doing things the easy way very often this year. This time, however, it didn’t cost them. Spokane gave up the game’s first goal for the seventh time in nine games Saturday night, but the Chiefs responded with three consecutive goals...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2009

Chiefs end skid with 5-2 victory

Spokane put a two-game losing streak to bed with a 5-2 victory over Prince Albert on Friday at the Arena. The Chiefs will go for their first back-to-back wins of the young season tonight when they host Seattle at 7.Below, you can read my unedited...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

A line on the Chiefs

Using the arrival of Kyle Beach as the focal point, we checked in with Spokane Chiefs coach Hardy Sauter about how he put his lines together early in the hockey season. That serves as our notebook lead prior to Friday's Western Hocker League game with...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2009

Chief gets suspended

Spokane Chiefs forward T.C. Cratsenberg, who received a match penalty against Tri-City in Saturday's home opener, has been suspended for one game by the Western Hockey League.Cratsenberg receives the suspension because of the match penalty, which was the result of pulling an opponents helmet off...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 28, 2009

Spokane Chiefs’ Kyle Beach (21) charges up the ice. The Spokesman Review (The Spokesman Review / The Spokesman-Review)

More from Chiefs impressive home opener 

Blame Mother Nature. The follow-up on the Spokane Chiefs home opener, a solid 5-2 win over Western Hockey League rival Tri-City before a good crowd of 9,500, should have been done on Sunday. But a check of the 5-day weather indicated that getting outside for...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2009

Chiefs impressive in home opener

The Spokane Chiefs had it all, or most of it all, in a 5-2 home opening win over the Tri-City Americans. The No. 1 line of Mitch Wahl, Levko Koper and newcomer Kyle Beach produced three goals (and so many chances it was scary) and...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

The Spokane Chiefs, Memorial Cup champions last May, return a solid group of players for the 2008-09 season, including left wing Levko Koper.  (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Hot Koper, Chiefs set for opener

The Spokane Chiefs home opener - and third game of the Western Hockey League season - is Saturday but below we've got our unedited version of the advance story/Levko Koper feature that will run in tomorrow's paper. There is also this Tri-City Herald story on...

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