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Tracking Spokane’s Western Hockey League team. The Chiefs won the Memorial Cup in 2008.

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Chiefs host Portland and Kootenay this weekend

The Spokane Chiefs return home this weekend to play the Portland Winterhawks and Kootenay Ice on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. You can read a quick advance that is running in tomorrow's section here. Last Sunday's game between Spokane and Portland at the Arena resulted in a few, well, altercations. I would expect Friday's game to be very intense.

The Chiefs trail fourth-place Vancouver by one point in the Western Conference standings.

Not to be a tease, but I thought I'd let readers know that I'm working on a piece on Chiefs goalie Mac Engel that will run next week. When it's done, you all will be the first to know.

Chiefs beat Everett

 

The Spokane Chiefs have made beating the top teams in the Western Hockey League look easy in January. They’ve struggled against the teams stuck in the basement. That changed - at least on Wednesday night - as the Chiefs beat the cellar-dwelling Everett Silvertips 4-2.

Spokane has won 9 of its last 11 games and brings a four-game winning streak home as they face Portland on Friday night at the Arena.

Chiefs blast Winterhawks

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The Spokane Chiefs wrapped up a solid weekend of hockey tonight at the Arena. After scoring on their first shift of the game, the Chiefs went on to a 6-1 win over the Portland Winterhawks. That's three wins in a row now for Spokane, which trails both teams it beat this weekend in the standings.

Sorry for the late post, I had some internet issues back at the Arena tonight. I'm home now and am happy to share the link to tonight's game story and photo album. Also, here's a link to the game sheet.

Chiefs take down Winterhawks

In the opening act of three straight home games against the Portland Winterhawks, the Spokane Chiefs proved that desperate hockey goes a long way - especially this time of year.

Below you'll find the unedited story I filed for tomorrow's section. There will be more later.

Chiefs beat Tri-City on the road

Beating the top team in the Western Hockey League on home ice is one thing. Doing it on the road is another.

Less than a week after beating the Tri-City Americans at the Arena, the Spokane Chiefs scored the encore they were looking for on Friday night as goalie Mac Engel made a season-high 37 saves and Colin Valcourt, Brenden Kichton and Dominik Uher made third-period goals to lead Spokane to a 3-1 victory at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

Chiefs take on Tri-City tonight

Before a frustrating 3-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Spokane Arena on Monday put out the Spokane Chiefs' fire, they ingnited the ice last Saturday to defeat the top team in the Western Hockey League - the Tri-City Americans. New Chiefs' forward Dylan Walchuk - who I profiled in a feature that ran in Thurday's section - had the game-winning goal in the 5-3 win. 

The Chiefs and Americans meet again for the seventh time of the season tonight (Tri-City leads the series 4-2) at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, so unfortuntately for Chiefs fans there won't be any home-ice action tonight. However, you can catch the live broadcast of the 7 p.m. game on Root Sports or listen to Mike Boyle's call on 1510 KGA. 

Hauptman leaves Chiefs

Spokane Chiefs forward Jarid Hauptman has left the team and returned home to Morinville, Alberta, the Chiefs announced Tuesday.

Keep reading for more details.

Chiefs have serious case of the Monday’s in loss to Seattle

There’s really nothing gentle about hockey – and that includes honest feedback when a lackluster performance is turned in.

Two days after scoring an impressive victory over the Western Hockey League’s top team, the Spokane Chiefs went scoreless on six power-play opportunities and gave up a shorthanded goal late in the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of 4,243 fans on Monday afternoon at the Arena.

Read on for the rest of my unedited game story…

Follow-up from Chiefs’ big win on Saturday

After watching the Spokane Chiefs grind out a gutsy win Saturday night against the Tri-City Americans, I woke up this morning for my usual Sunday morning read of the Sports section. When I get to my story, I can't help but focus on anything I've missed. 

In case you missed it, here's Saturday's game story from the 5-3 win over the Canadian Hockey League's top-ranked team and Spokane's biggest rival.

Below you'll find extras from the game and other Chiefs notes leading into tomorrow's 2 p.m. game against the Seattle Thunderbirds at the Arena. This will be the first time Spokane has hosted Seattle this season and the second time the U.S. Division teams have played each other. Spokane beat the Thunderbirds in Seattle on Jan. 7.

Nachbaur picks up 500th win in Chiefs’ victory.

The Spokane Chiefs extended their win streak to four games tonight (funny - that's when I took over covering the team). Just kidding. But no joking matter - Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur picked up his 500th win with Spokane's 6-1 win over Everett. Here's the unedited game story.

Nachbaur one away from 500 club

The Spokane Chiefs were quiet on trade deadline day in the Western Hockey League. Quiet in the traditional sense, that is. They did make some noise though. My Chiefs notebook, which will appear in tomorrow's paper, is below.

And, hey, make a girl happy. Follow me on Twitter (@jbrown_srsports). Yes, that would make me happy. Sigh.

Also, how great is the photo I dug up in our archives for this post? As they would say in hockey, that one's a beauty.

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.

$40k bond for man w/ 125 jail bookings

A repeat offender who has been booked into the Spokane County Jail 125 times remains there on $40,000 bond after appearing in court today.

Kristopher Kenneth Roybal, 34, already faces felony methamphetamine and stolen car charges for cases filed in May and October. He was out of jail on bond when a police officer who knew his licenses was suspended spotted him driving near the Spokane Arena and knew his license was suspended.

Officers found a ring of shaved keys on him after he was arrested, as well as a large purse and vehicle radio that they suspected was stolen. Police say the items were stolen from cars parked outside the Spokane Arena for a Chiefs hockey game.

A search of Roybal's 1994 red Cadillac Seville, which is registered to his mother, revealed bolt cutters, shaved keys, suspected marijuana and methamphetamine and other stolen property, according to the warrant.

Roybal has 14 adult felony convictions and three as a juvenile, all involving drugs, forgery or stolen property. His first felony conviction occurred in 1995, but police say his criminal history spans 21 years. He's been a Crime Stoppers fugitive twice since 2008.

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).

Long box below.

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.

Long box below. 

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.

Long box below.

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.