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There's a definite sense that Game 4 of the Western Hockey League playoffs between the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans could be a tipping point. After tonight's game at Kennewick's Toyota Center the Chiefs will either hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series or the Americans will add to the momentum from their Game 3 victory and tie the series. The teams have just begun warming up on the ice. The weather in the Tri-Cities was anything but winterlike today, with temperatures in the high 60s. Tri-City will again start Luke Lee-Knight in goal after he stopped the Chiefs for 44 consecutive minutes Tuesday night during the second and third periods and overtime. Eric Williams will start in goal for the Chiefs, as he did for the previous three games.
After Game 3 slipped away from them on Tuesday night in Kennewick, the Spokane Chiefs are hoping to get their offense roaring again for Game 4 on Thursday, also at Toyota Center. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs couldn't protect a 4-1 lead Tuesday night during Game 3 of their Western Hockey League playoff series against the Tri-City Americans at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. The Americans tied the game with a 7-minute outburst in the second period, then held Spokane in check during the third period and more than 10 minutes of overtime for a 5-4 win. The Chiefs lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. Games 4 and 5 are Thursday and Saturday nights in Kennewick. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans skated to a scoreless third period Tuesday night and ended regulation tied at 4. The teams will play overtime after a 15-minute break. The Americans will be on the power play for 1:25 when play resumes. Tri-City is attempting to avoid a 0-3 deficit in the WHL first-round series.
Trailing 4-1 midway through the second period, the Tri-City Americans scored three goals in 7 1/2 minutes to tie the Spokane Chiefs at 4 after two periods in Game 3 of the WHL playoffs in Kennewick. Liam Stewart scored during the period for Spokane. The Chiefs are attempting to take a 3-0 lead in the series.
Power plays are a big factor through one period of Tuesday night's Chiefs-Americans WHL playoff game in Kennewick. Spokane has shorthanded goals by Mike Aviani and Blake Gal and a power-play goal by Mitch Holmberg for a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Tri-City has outshot Spokane 16-12 but is 0 for 4 on the power play, including a 5-on-3 chance late in the period.
The pleasant weather in Kennewick conjures up thoughts of baseball, softball and golf, but there's still hockey to be played. The Spokane Chiefs will attempt to take a 3-0 series lead over the Tri-City Americans in the first game of the WHL best-of-seven first-round series at the Toyota Center. Spokane defeated Tri-City Friday and Saturday nights at the Arena. Mitch Holmberg is leading Spokane with four points in the series. He also has 13 goals in his last 14 playoffs games. Game time is 30 minutes away. Americans fans are ready with their cowbells.
The Spokane Chiefs can seize a commanding lead in their Western Hockey League playoff series with Tri-City with a win Tuesday night at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Read story
Blake Gal scored twice, including the winner late in the third period, to ignite the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-4 win over the Tri-City Americans in a Western Hockey League playoff at the Arena on Saturday night. Gal has three goals in the best-of-seven series, which favors the Chiefs 2-0. The next two games are in Kennewick. The fifth game, if necessary, will also be in Kennewick. Read story
Blake Gal scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 3:29 left Saturday night, and the Spokane Chiefs defeated the Tri-City Americans 6-4 at the Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 WHL playoff series. Story to come
Blake Gal and Todd Fiddler scored second-period goals to give the Spokane Chiefs a 4-3 lead over the Tri-City Americans after two periods of Game 2 of their Western Hockey League playoff series. The Chiefs are aiming to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven opening-round series. Spokane has outshot Tri-City 25-8.
The Tri-City Americans lead the Spokane Chiefs 3-2 after one period of Game 2 of their Western Hockey League playoff at the Arena. All of the goals came during a span of 5 minutes, 27 seconds. Spokane has outshot the Americans 15-4.
We interrupt your Gonzaga basketball watching to announce Game 2 of the Western Hockey League playoff series between the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans at the Arena. Spokane won the opener 4-1 on Friday night, thanks to two goals by Mitch Holmberg. The best-of-seven series won't return to Spokane until April 2, and then only if a Game 6 is necessary. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Kennewick. Friday's game officially drew 5,000 fans and tonight's crowd seems affected by Gonzaga's NCAA men's basketball tournament game against Wichita State, which is at halftime. Game time is 20 minutes away.
The Spokane Chiefs began postseason play Friday night at the Arena with a 4-1 win over their biggest rivals, the Tri-City Americans. Mitch Holmberg scored the third and fourth goals for the Chiefs. The best-of-7 series continues Saturday night on Spokane's home ice. Read story See big picture story
Mitch Holmberg scored twice and Eric Williams made 26 saves Friday night as the Spokane Chiefs opened the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans at the Arena. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Saturday at the Arena. Story to come.
S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' home game against the Tri-Cities. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
The Spokane Chiefs still lead the Tri-City Americans 3-1 after a scoreless second period Friday in the opener of a first-round series in the Western Hockey League playoffs at the Arena. The Americans thought they had scored on a power play late in the second period, but officials ruled it wasn't a goal. Shots favor Spokane 25-16.
Blake Gal, Alessio Bertaggia and Mitch Holmberg scored Friday night to give the Spokane Chiefs a 3-1 lead over the Tri-City Americans after one period in a WHL first-round playoff opener at the Arena. Brenden Kichton and Reid Gow both assisted on the second and third goals. Shots favor Spokane 12-9.
Regular-season records are a thing of the past as the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans prepare for the opening game of the Western Hockey League first-round playoff tonight at the Arena. The Chiefs have home ice for the best-of-seven series for finishing five points ahead of the Americans in Western Conference standings. Spokane was 7-3-2-0 against the Americans during the regular season. The teams have met six times in postseason, with Spokane winning four. But the American won last year's second-round series by taking Game 7. Game time is 15 minutes away.
It's becoming old hat for the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans to meet in the postseason. The major rivals will be at it again, starting Friday night at the Arena, in Game 1 of a Western Hockey League first-round series. Read story