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Rough Hitmen descend on Spokane

The Calgary Hitmen brought their rugged style of play to Kennewick on Tuesday night, piling up 31 penalty minutes while dispatching the Tri-City Americans 6-2. Calgary put Tri-City on the power play eight times. Both Americans goals came with a man advantage. Now Calgary will come to Spokane on Wednesday night for its lone matchup of the Western Hockey League season against the Spokane Chiefs. Read story

Crooks carries Royals past Chiefs

Jamie Crooks scored twice to guide the Victoria Royals to a 5-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena on Sunday night. The Chiefs and Royals began the night tied for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Victoria won its fifth consecutive game. The season series is 1-1 with games coming March 1 and 2 in Victoria, British Columbia. Read story See photo gallery

Victoria Royals beat Spokane Chiefs 5-3

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

Victoria stops Chiefs, takes over fourth alone

Jamie Crooks scored twice Sunday night to guide the Victoria Royals to a 5-3 win over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena. The Royals' win put them alone in fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference, two points ahead of  the Chiefs. Story to come.

Chiefs trail Victoria 4-1 after two periods

Jamie Crooks' 27th and 28th goals of the season have helped stake the Victoria Royals to a 4-1 lead over the Spokane Chiefs after two periods at the Arena. Crooks has tied Brandon Magee for the team lead in goals. Victoria has outshot Spokane 18-9. Spokane's season low for shots in a game is 15.

Royals lead Chiefs 2-1 after one period

Goals by Jamie Crooks and Jack Walker have given the Victoria Royals a 2-1 lead over the Spokane Chiefs at the Arena. Victoria, leading 2-0, was on a 4-minute power play when Spokane's Dylan Walchuk tallied a shorthanded goal for his 15th score of the season.

Chiefs, Royals will snap tie

The Spokane Chiefs and Victoria Royals are tied for fourth place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference with 66 points apiece. The teams will meet in 15 minutes at the Arena to break that tie. This is the second of four meetings between the Chiefs and Royals this season. Spokane defeated Victoria 5-3 at the Arena on Oct. 5. The final two games will be March 1 and 2 in Victoria, British Columbia. The Royals have won four consecutive games and are 19-7-1-3 since Nov. 23. The Chiefs are 10-14-1-0 since Dec.7.

Whittingham steps up to ignite Chiefs

Riley Whittingham had his first two-goal night as a member of the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday during a 5-2 win over the Tri-City Americans at the Arena. The Chiefs led 2-0 after two periods, both goals courtesy of Whittingham. The night started with the Chiefs in sixth place in Western Hockey League Western Conference standings and Tri-City in fifth. Spokane moved up to tie Victoria for fourth and sent the Americans into sixth. Read story

Chiefs vault Americans in standings

Riley Whittingham had his first two-goal night as a Chief as Spokane defeated Tri-City 5-2 at the Arena on Saturday night to pass the Americans in Western Hockey League Western Conference standings. Connor Chartier, Adam Helewka and Mike Aviani also scored for Spokane, which moved from sixth place to a tie for fourth with Victoria, which plays at the Arena on Sunday. Story to come.

Whittingham strikes again

Riley Whittingham followed up his first-period goal with another in the second period Saturday at the Arena, giving the Spokane Chiefs a 2-0 lead over Tri-City in Western Hockey League play. Whittingham has just five goals on the season, but three in the last three games. Spokane has outshot the Americans 28-17, including 16-8 in the second period.

Whittingham’s goal gives Chiefs lead

Riley Whittingham's goal on a 5-on-3 power play at 17 minutes, 56 seconds gave the Spokane Chiefs a 1-0 lead over the Tri-City Americans after one period in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Whittingham's goal was his fourth of the season and second in three games. Shots favor Spokane 12-9.

One win could bring big jump

The way the Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans and Victoria Royals are bunched together in Western Conference standings, there's going to be a lot of shifting going on duriing the final 18 games of the regular season. Spokane (64 points) is in sixth place, one point behind Tri-City (65), which is at the Arena tonight for the ninth game in the season series between the big rivals. Fourth-place Victoria (66) is idle tonight, so the Chiefs could leap from sixth to a tie for fourth with a victory tonight. Fourth place could be Spokane's alone by also defeating Victoria at the Arena on Sunday. Tonight's game will start in 20 minutes.

Portland ends Kelowna’s 23-game home streak

The most anticipated weekend of the Western Hockey League season began Friday night with the Portland Winterhawks defeating Kelowna 5-3 to end the Rockets' 23-game home winning streak. The teams will meet again in Kelowna on Saturday. Kelowna was coming off a 5-0 loss at Spokane on Wednesday. Read story

Loss drops Chiefs into sixth place

The struggling Spokane Chiefs slipped into sixth place among Western Conference teams Friday after their 4-1 loss at Kootenay was followed by Victoria's 5-3 win at Tri-City. Victoria moved into fourth place with 66 points, one ahead of Tri-City and two ahead of Spokane. Tri-City is at Spokane on Saturday, followed by Victoria coming to the Arena on Sunday. Read story

Chiefs pick up 1000th win in commanding fashion

The Spokane Chiefs earned the 1,000th win in franchise history in a memorable way on Wednesday, taking control from start to finish while shutting out the Western Hockey League's hottest team. Read story

Chiefs shut out fourth-ranked Rockets

Eric Williams made 33 saves and five players scored as the Spokane Chiefs snapped a season-high four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 5-0 win over the Kelowna Rockets in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Williams became the second goalie to blank the Canadian Hockey League's fourth-ranked Rockets this season and the first since Sept. 28. The Rockets had won 23 of their last 26 games. Story to come.

Chiefs pour it on Kelowna

Todd Fiddler and Brenden Kichton scored second-period goals and Eric Williams made 14 more saves as the Spokane Chiefs took a 5-0 lead over the Kelowna Rockets on Wednesday in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. Williams has 24 saves as he attempts to become the first goalie to blank Kelowna since Sept. 28. Fiddler and Mike Aviani have one goal and two assists apiece; Kichton and Mitch Holmberg have one goal and one assist apiece.

Chiefs jump ahead of Rockets 3-0

Riley Whittingham, Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani scored as the Spokane Chiefs jumped ahead of the Kelowna Rockets 3-0 after one period in Western Hockey League play at the Arena. The Chiefs have lost a season-high four consecutive games and eight of their last 11 games while Kelowna has won 23 of 26.

Red-hot Rockets land in Spokane

The Spokane Chiefs are 30 minutes away from their first home game since Jan. 26. Their challenge will be difficult because the Kelowna Rockets have won 23 of their last 26 games. Kelowna has just one regulation loss since Dec. 5. Kelowna has also won 23 consecutive home games since a 6-4 setback to the Chiefs on Oct. 10. Spokane has dropped eight of its last 11 games. Spokane and Kelowna are meeting for the final time during the regular season. The Rockets, No. 4 in the Canadian Hockey League rankings, lead the season series 2-1.

Victoria ties Chiefs for fifth place

The Victoria Royals continued their improvement in the Western Hockey League by defeating Seattle on Tuesday and tying the Spokane Chiefs for fifth place in Western Conference rankings (by points). Spokane had been solidly in fourth place for several weeks, but Tri-City recently passed Spokane and Victoria is threatening to send the Chiefs to sixth place. The conference's sixth-place team would open the playoffs at No. 3, presumably Kamloops. No. 5 would open at No. 4. Read story