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Boston Leier and Hunter Shinkaruk scored second-period goals Saturday to give the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League play. Spokane outshot the Tigers 20-7 in the second period and just missed scoring seconds before Leier's goal at 3:39. Spokane went 0 for 2 on the power play during the period to continue a six-game swoon in which the Chiefs are 1 for 27 with an extra man.
Todd Fiddler scored his Western Hockey League-leading 34th goal of the season at 17:15 of the first period Saturday night to give the Spokane Chiefs a 1-0 lead over the Medicine Hat Tigers at the Arena. Mike Aviani assisted on the goal for his 50th point of the season. Shots favor the Tigers 16-14.
The Spokane Chiefs are 25 minutes away from their only matchup of the 2012-13 Western Hockey League season against the Medicine Hat Tigers. Medicine Hat hasn't played at the Arena since Dec. 3, 2010. The Tigers are hovering around .500, but they've won seven of their last 10 games. Their road record (8-15-2-1) has held them back, but they won Friday night at Tri-City. The Tigers feature three of the league's top 13 scorers in Curtis Valk (63 points), Elgin Pearce (59) and Hunter Shinkaruk (58). Pearce played three seasons with the Kootenay Ice.
The Portland Winterhawks, with the best record in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, took advantage of seven power-play chances Friday night to score three times and blank the Spokane Chiefs 3-0 at the Arena. Spokane, after defeating Portland on Monday and Wednesday, came up empty despite seven power-play opportunities, one breakaway and a penalty shot. Read story
Mac Carruth stopped 36 shots and the Portland Winterhawks scored three power-play goals Friday night to blank the Spokane Chiefs 3-0 in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Spokane, shut out for the first time this season, finished 0 for 7 on the power play. Spokane had defeated Portland on Monday at Portland and Wednesday at the Arena. Story to come
The Spokane Chiefs were 0 for 5 on power-play chances during the second period Friday night and still trail the Portland Winterhawks 2-0 in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Spokane is 1 for 23 on the power play in its last five games.
Ty Rattie and Nicolas Petan have scored power-play goals Friday night to give the Portland Winterhawks a 2-0 lead over the Spokane Chiefs after one period at the Arena. Portland has been on the power play five times, Spokane none. Petan's goal, his 32nd of the season, came as Spokane was killing off a 5-on-3 power play. Spokane's Mike Aviani has been whistled for three penalties. Portland has outshot Spokane 19-7.
The Spokane Chiefs are attempting tonight to become the first Western Hockey League team with three wins over the Portland Winterhawks this season. The Chiefs and Winterhawks will drop the puck in 20 minutes at the Arena. Spokane (30-16-2-0) defeated Portland 5-2 on Monday at Portland and 5-4 in a shootout on Wednesday at the Arena. Portland (37-7-1-2) has lost four consecutive games after losing just once during November and December. Portland's Troy Rutkowski will set a franchise record tonight with his 327th game, including 216 straight. Kevin Haupt (1994-99) held the record. Spokane and Portland will meet three more times during the regular season, all at Portland.
Check out Colin Mulvany's photos from Wednesday's Spokane Chiefs win over Portland at the Spokane Arena.
Eric Williams made 41 saves, including eight in overtime, and stopped three shootout attempts Wednesday night as the Spokane Chiefs topped Portland 5-4 in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Spokane also defeated Portland on Monday on the road. Read story
Brenden Kichton's goal in the third round of the shootout gave the Spokane Chiefs a 5-4 win over Portland Wednesday in WHL play at the Arena. Story to come.
The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks are entering a shootout at the Arena. The teams were tied at 4 after regulation and Spokane withstood Portland's shooting barrage in overtime.
Eric Williams stopped all 13 shots he faced in the second period Wednesday night and Adam Helewka scored to give the Spokane Chiefs a 3-1 lead over the Portland Wiinterhawks in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Helewka scored a little more than 5 minutes after he had a goal waved off for high sticking. Portland has won 33 of its last 38 games but has dropped three straight for the first time this season.
Dylan Walchuk scored at 17 minutes, 27 seconds of the first period and assisted on Brenden Kichton's goal at 18:23 Wednesday night to give the Spokane Chiefs a 2-1 lead over the Portland Winterhawks. The shots are 13-12 for Portland, but the Chiefs only had two shots after 12 minutes.
The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks are warming up for tonight's Western Hockey League game at the Arena. The teams met Monday in Portland, a 5-2 Chiefs win, and will also play Friday at the Arena. Portland is on a season-high three-game losing streak but is still 33-4-0-1 since Oct. 9. The Winterhawks have won three of four against Spokane this season. The teams will meet nine times this season. Spokane hits the two-thirds mark of the 72-game schedule tonight.
The Western Hockey League's Prince George Cougars have a new coach. The Spokane Chiefs won two of three games from Prince George in late October. The teams don't meet again until the final week of the regular season, March 12 in Spokane. Read story
Rhett Gardner, the Spokane Chiefs' second-round selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft, has decided to play hockey at the University of North Dakota and not play for the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Chiefs traded Gardner, Marek Kalus and two draft picks to Brandon two weeks ago for 19-year-old forward Alessio Bertaggia. Read more
The Portland Winterhawks, who own the best record in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, will play at Spokane on Wednesday and Friday nights. Portland has experienced a rare dip in the last few days, losing three consecutive games. Read story:
Former Spokane Chiefs goaltender Luke Lee-Knight, now playing for the Tri-City Americans, made 39 saves Saturday night to disappoint a sold-out Arena crowd in a 4-3 Tri-City overtime win in Western Hockey League play. Read story
Malte Stromwall scored 21 seconds into overtime Saturday night to give the Tri-City Americans a 4-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Story to come