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The Spokane Chiefs took care of business Friday night, avoiding the need to win on the road Saturday and Sunday during the final two games of the Western Hockey League's regular season. Spokane's 6-0 win over visiting Tri-City clinched the No. 4 seed for the playoffs, and home-ice advantage over the Americans when postseason begins next week. Read story See picture story
Carter Proft scored twice and Eric Williams made 20 saves for his fourth shutout of the season Friday night as the Spokane Chiefs clinched the No. 4 seed to Western Hockey League's Western Conference playoffs with a 6-0 win over the Tri-City Americans at the Arena. Alessio Bertaggia added one goal and one assist, and Reid Gow, Brenden Kichton and Todd Fiddler had two assists apiece as Spokane made a statement before it begins a best-of-seven series with Tri-City next Friday at home. Spokane will have home-ice advantage over the fifth-seeded Americans. Story to come
Carter Proft, named earlier in the night as the Chiefs' Players Player of the Year, scored twice in the second period Friday to increase Spokane's lead to 3-0 over the Tri-City Americans. Proft registered his first multigoal game of the season. He has 11 goals for the season, but five have come in the last eight games. The Chiefs are 20 minutes away from clinching the conference's No. 4 seed to the playoffs.
Alessio Bertaggia's 29th goal of the season, on a power play at 12:44, has given the Spokane Chiefs a 1-0 lead over the Tri-City Americans after one period in the Chiefs' final home game of the regular season. Beraggia's goal came 12 seconds after Spokane's Eric Williams made a save on a shorthanded breakaway.
The Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans already know one another well, but starting tonight the Western Hockey League archrivals will be nearly inseparable for the next couple of weeks. The Chiefs and Americans will play one another six times in the next 14 days — tonight and Saturday in regular-season games, and four times between next Friday and March 28 in a first-round playoff series. More Chiefs-Ams games will follow if the best-of-seven series isn't wrapped up by March 28. Spokane leads the season series 5-3-2. Game time is 25 minutes away, but the Chiefs, playing their final regular-season game at the Arena, will hand out team awards before the puck is dropped.
Spokane's Tyler Johnson, who had a brilliant four-year career with the Spokane Chiefs, made his NHL debut Thursday night for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 2-0 loss to the New York Islanders. Johnson was on the ice for more than 11 minutes and said the night's highlight may have been taking in the scene during warmups. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs defeated Prince George 6-4 on Tuesday night despite a third-period outburst by the Cougars that put Spokane back on its heels. Spokane now leads Tri-City by two points in the chase for fourth place and home-ice advantage in the playoffs. Read story See photo gallery
S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs win against Prince George. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
The Spokane Chiefs built a 5-0 lead and defeated the Prince George Cougars 6-4 in Western Hockey League play at the Arena on Tuesday night. Spokane improved to 86 points and took over fourth place alone in the Western Conference with Tri-City's loss to Seattle. There are three games left in the regular season, including Tri-City at Spokane on Friday and Spokane at Tri-City on Saturday. Fourth place brings home-ice advantage when the Chiefs and Tri-City open their first-round playoff next week. Story to come.
Mitch Holmberg scored his 38th goal, which ranks second on the team, and Brenden Kichton picked up his team-high 59th assist as the Spokane Chiefs scored once in the second period to increase their lead over the Prince George Cougars to 4-0 at the Arena on Tuesday night. Spokane is keeping its eye on the Tri-City Americans, who trail Seattle 4-2 after two periods. Spokane and Tri-City are tied for fourth place in the WHL's Western Conference with 84 points apiece.
Todd Fiddler scored his team-best 42nd goal, Markson Bechtold scored his first career goal, and Adam Helewka had one goal and one assist Tuesday night as the Spokane Chiefs burst to a 3-0 lead over the Prince George Cougars after one period in WHL play at the Arena. Spokane has outshot PG 26-6.
The Spokane Chiefs' regular season is down to four games in six days, including tonight's game at the Arena against Prince George. The Chiefs already know that they'll play the Tri-City Americans to open the Western Hockey League playoffs next week, but they are attempting to take the No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage away from the Ams. Both teams enter tonight with 84 points. Tri-City is playing at Seattle. The Ams will travel to Spokane on Friday night and host the Chiefs on Saturday night. Spokane is 2-1 against Prince George this season but hasn't played the Cougars since late October. The Cougars still have a big goal in mind: They are four points behind idle Everett for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Game time is 20 minutes away.
S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' win over Everett at the Spokane Arena. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Chiefs' game against the Seattle Thunderbirds. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
The Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans are in a race for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, which brings home-ice advantage during the first round of the playoffs. Tri-City leads Spokane by one point, but the Americans lost to Prince George on Tuesday in their bid to boost the edge to three points. T-C has six games left in the regular season while Spokane has seven. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs will almost assuredly meet the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. Now comes the battle for fourth place and home-ice advantage. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs' win at Victoria on Friday night, coupled with Tri-City losing, allowed Spokane to leap past Tri-City into fourth place in the Western Hockey League Western Conference. Spokane plays at Victoria again Saturday night. Read story
The Spokane Chiefs defeated host Everett 4-1 on Wednesday night to close within one point of the Tri-City Americans for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Spokane's gap on fifth-place Victoria grew to seven points, so it's looking more and more as if the Chiefs and the Americans will meet in the first round of the WHL playoffs. If so, finishing in fourth place means claiming home-ice advantage. Spokane and Tri-City meet two more times during the regular season, March 15 in Spokane and March 16 in Kennewick. Read story
The Tri-City Americans defeated the high-powered Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday night to give them an extra cushion on fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. The Americans, with 77 points, lead the fifth-place Spokane Chiefs by three points. Both teams have 10 games left in the regular season. Fourth place brings home-ice advantage in the WHL playoffs against the No. 5 team. Read more
Spokane Chiefs backup goaltender Garret Hughson completed a successful weekend by shutting out the Kamloops Blazers 2-0 at the Arena on Saturday night. Read story