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Chiefs defeat Kelowna 5-3

SR photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' game against Kelowna.  Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.

Chiefs defeat Everett 6-3

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' win over Everett at the Spokane Arena.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

Chiefs vs. Thunderbirds

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' game against the Seattle Thunderbirds.  Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.

WHL suspends Portland coach for remainder of year

The WHL came down hard on the Portland Winterhawks today for violations of league policy regarding player benefits. Read the story here.

A belated introduction / Chiefs beat Everett

This post is few days late and about 100 dollars short (anyone else ever have that feeling once in awhile?). I suppose I could blame it on the fact that I spent my first week back at The Spokesman-Review chiseling off the rust. I've been away from the sportswriting game for almost three years. That's a long time to be away from something you love, but really I'm just thrilled to have the opportunity to be back. I won't make any cliche innuendos about riding the bench, etc. The first week is over - and I'm as ready as ever.

Keep reading for information about the Spokane Chiefs' 5-3 win over the Everett Silvertips last night and a little stroll down Memorial Cup memory lane.

Chiefs stay perfect against East

It didn’t take long to get the message.

Despite being in the middle of a stretch of four games in five nights – four of which are on the road – the Spokane Chiefs looked anything but tired on Friday night when they played their first game at the Arena since mid-December.

Corbin Baldwin and Mitch Holmberg each had a goal and an assist and the Chiefs kept their perfect record against teams from the East Division intact with a 5-2 Western Hockey League victory over the East Division-leading Moose Jaw Warriors.

Chiefs deal Bardaro for goalie

Looking to strengthen their goal tending and to shake up the roster, the Spokane Chiefs made a big move Wednesday morning, trading leading scorer Anthony Bardaro to Prince. To pick up goalie Eric Williams and forward Todd Fiddler (above in October matchup, going against now injured Spokane defenseman Tanner Mort), the Chiefs also sent backup goalie Luke Lee-Knight back to the Raiders, along with the fifth-round Bantam Draft pick they got when they traded Tyler Vanscourt to Prince Albert for Lee-Knight in September.

Chiefs limp into break after 8-6 loss

 With 15 wins and 16 losses, including some not so pretty ones recently, there could be a lot of changes in store when the Spokane Chiefs come back from Christmas break. They hit the break with a 6-2 loss in Everett and Saturday an 8-6 loss at home to Portland.

 3 stars: 3, Jarid Haputman, Spokane (2g, a). 2, Ty Rattie, Portland (g, 2a). 1,Chase De Leo, Portland (2g).

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Chiefs win in overtime

The Spokane Chiefs didn’t exactly erase all the bad taste from a pair of bad home losses but they took a step in the right direction.

Playing the lowly Everett Silvertips (5-21-1-5, 16 points), the Chiefs (15-9-3-2, 35) got a nifty goal from Steven Kuhn with 46 seconds in overtime to pull out a 3-2 win Wednesday night.

3 stars: 1, Kuhn. 2, Simpson. 3, Uher.

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Tidbits from the Spokane Chiefs

Bet you didn't know former Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Spurgeon is the leading scorer among blue-liners for the Minnesota Wild.

On the home front, Brenden Kichton is returned from the Team Canada camp but Dominik Uher will be headed to join the Czech Republic for the World Junior tournament. Also, Corbin Baldwin has lost the mullet.

Unconfirmed but the hot rumor around Spokane Chiefs hockey is that Tanner Mort, who has been scratched from the last five games, including tonight, has requested a trade. Other scratches are Tyler King and Carter Proft.

Chiefs prove to be too charitable

 It was a night for charity and the Spokane Chiefs were most obliging. After producing a record number of stuff toys on Teddy Bear toss night, the Chiefs coughed up a 3-0 lead to the Prince George Cougars and lost 4-3 in a shootout.

stars: 3, Bourke, PG; 2, Fram, Spo; 1, Carlson, PG.

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Another ex-Chief traded again

Four players from last year's Spokane Chiefs roster were moved before this season. Now a third one is headed to his second team as Prince Albert trades D Tyler Vanscourt for two draft pick. Read on, we'll see if we can piece this all together.

Chiefs fall to PG at home

 Rookie defenseman Linden Springer’s first goal of the season early in the third period lift the Prince George Cougars to a 5-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night.

Now the Chiefs head out for a six-game road trip, five against the Central Division, and they're 0-7 on the road. 

Stars: 3, Blake Gal. 2, Jesse Forsberg (PG). 1, Charles Inglis (PG).

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Chiefs perfect against East

  Anthony Bardaro’s goal with less than eight minutes to play kept the Spokane Chiefs perfect against the Western Hockey League’s East Division.

Stars: 3, Kichton (g, a) 2, Lowry, SC (g,a). 1, Uher (g, 2a).

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Chiefs win in shootout

 Mac Engel made seven saves in a shootout and Mike Aviani, the ninth shooter, scored the final goal as the Spokane Chiefs pulled out a 6-5 win over the Regina Pats in a wild Western Hockey League game Saturday night.

The Chiefs had a one-goal lead three times but need a goal by Steven Kuhn with a minute left to get into overtime, where Engel saved the day with a spectacular save, forcing the shootout.

stars: 3, Engel. 2, Kuhn. 1, Weal, Reg, g, 3A.

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Kamloops trips Chiefs 2-1

 Tim Bozan’s goal a minute into the third period was the difference as the Kamloops Blazers ground out a 2-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs in a Western Hockey League game Friday night.

The Blazers (14-6-0-0, 28 points) clamped down on the Chiefs (9-5-1-2, 21) after the home team scored less than 5 minutes into the game.

Stars: 3, Valcourt; 2, Cheveldave; 1, Bozon

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Hauptman change of heart helps Chiefs

Didn't get a chance to use my own computer last night to get this story earlier, but here's a story on the Spokane Chiefs Jarid Hauptman to get you in the mood for the game at the Arena tonight.

Uher to be out 2 weeks, Everett’s Grayson suspended 4 games

So Spokane Chiefs fans, would you like to work up a little outrage at the Western Hockey League?

Everett's Lucas Grayson, who received a 5-minute boarding major with 4 minutes left in the Spokane Chiefs' 8-1 pounding of the Silvertips, was given a four-game suspension today. (Took long enough, don't you think.)

Grayson road Dominik Uher into the boards as Uher was scoring the seventh goal. Uher was hurt, no question, and the way he was helped off the ice it appeared he had the famed lower body injury, no weight on his right leg. Turned out he has a famed upper body injury. He may have been out cold. Of course, we can't pin point that, that might mean a concussion and some neanderthal may try to hit him in the head when he comes back. Uher is listed as out for 2 weeks.

Does the crime fit the punishment?

Tell me. In the season opener at Tri-City, Uher gets a major and game misconduct for putting a guy into the wall. The American player barely misses a shift and Uher gets a three game suspension. When the Chiefs went back to Tri-City about 10 days ago, Blake Gal sent an American into the wall, and it looked rather innocent. That player didn't miss a shift, Gal got three games.

BTW, Friday's game in Portland, Gal's last game in street clothes, will be on KJRB, 790AM radio, instead of its usual spot.

Chiefs crush Everett 8-1

The Spokane Chiefs were in control from the beginning but didn't put the game away until they got a break, which opened the door to an 8-1 win over the Everett Silvertips.

The break, a miscue by the Silvertips' goalie, gave the Chiefs a 3-1 lead entering the third period, when they scored five goals.

Three young players scored their first goals for Spokane.

Stars, 3, Jarid Hauptman (first career goal); 2, Marek Kalus (set up Hauptman); 1, Mike Aviani (2 goals, assist, centering this young line).

Long box below.

Stories on ex-Chiefs Spurgeon & Bowman

For your hockey reading please a couple of stories about former Spokane Chiefs.

The WHL has an alumni spotlight on Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

TheCarolina Hurricanes talk to Drayson Bowman after the winger is called up from the minors.

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