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

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WHL notes: One point could mean a lot

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the race for the East Division title, which could mean a No. 2 playoff seed for the champion and a No. 6 seed for the runner-up. Read story

Chiefs continue remarkable trend

True, the Spokane Chiefs have won 18 consecutive games from the Everett Silvertips at the Arena. But Sunday night's win allowed the Chiefs to add to another positive season-long trend. Read story

Top of Western Conference solidly in place

Following Saturday's busy night in the Western Hockey League, including the Spokane Chiefs' 7-0 whitewash of the Tri-City Americans, it appears as if something drastic would have to occur to shake up the top five seeds in the Western Conference. Read story

Chiefs’ offense needs a boost

The Spokane Chiefs are not scoring goals in general and not scoring power-play goals specifically. Read story

Female reporter free to return to Canada

The woman who allegedly threatened to kill former Spokane Chiefs player Jackson Playfair worked out a deal with prosecutors in a Kennewick courtroom to return to Canada. Read story

WHL postseason chase heats up

The Western Hockey League's regular season is down to the final five weeks. Here's how the postseason shapes up so far: Read story

Rockets in town, still ranked No. 1

Despite losing four of their last eight games (two by shootout, one to the Spokane Chiefs), the Kelowna Rockets are ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 poll for the seventh consecutive week. The Rockets and Chiefs will square off at the Arena in less than three hours. Portland (fourth) and Edmonton (fifth) moved up one spot in the poll, and Victoria (10th) made its debut on the list. Read story

Chiefs return home with tough assignment

The Spokane Chiefs have played just one home game in the last 17 days, but their Western Hockey League schedule becomes much more favorable for the rest of the month. The Chiefs will play eight of their next nine games at the Arena, starting with Wednesday's big game with Kelowna. The Rockets have been the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll for six consecutive weeks, although their position could change when the new poll is released before Wednesday's game. The reason is that Kelowna has lost four of its last eight games, including a Jan. 29 shootout loss to the Chiefs, who are 2-0 against Kelowna this season. Spokane's other upcoming home games are Saturday against Tri-City; Sunday against Everett; Feb. 19 against Prince Albert; Feb. 22 against Kootenay; Feb. 23 against Kamloops; Feb. 28 against Portland; and March 1 against Tri-City. The Chiefs are 6-1-0-1 against Tri-City this season but 0-7 against Portland. Everett has lost 17 consecutive games at the Arena since March 2010. Read story

Chiefs’ offense reappears

The up-and-down Spokane Chiefs bounced back from two consecutive shutouts by matching a season high for goals during a 7-3 road win over the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick. Better yet, seven players had one goal apiece for the Chiefs. Season scoring leaders Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani have struggled lately, but Aviani had a goal and Holmberg added an assist in Spokane's big night. The Chiefs play at Everett on Sunday night and return home Wednesday against Canadian Hockey League No. 1-ranked Kelowna. Spokane is 2-0 against Kelowna this season. Read story

Now Chiefs should cheer for Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs dropped their second consecutive 4-0 game to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night. That makes Spokane 0-5-2-0 against Seattle this year (or 7-0 from the Thunderbirds' point of view, counting two overtime wins). Spokane hasn't defeated Seattle or Portland in seven tries against both, so here's a plan that may work for the Chiefs with postseason in mind. If Seattle could pass Victoria into third place in the Western Conference (the Thunderbirds are currently one point back), and all other places remain the same, Spokane as the fifth seed would open playoffs against No. 4 Victoria. The Chiefs finished 3-1 against Victoria in their regular-season series. That series winner would presumably play top-seeded Kelowna in the second round, but Spokane is 2-0 against the Rockets heading in to Wednesday's home game. The Chiefs could potentially avoid Seattle or Portland until the conference finals. At least, that's one way of looking at the future. There are still five-plus weeks left in the regular season. Read story

Two thorns in the side of Spokane Chiefs

There have been many positives to the Spokane Chiefs' 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, which is down to 19 games following Wednesday night's game at the Arena. The two big negatives have been Spokane's record against Portland (0-7) and Seattle, which is 6-0 against Spokane (with two overtime wins) after Wednesday's 4-0 shutout. The Chiefs are 0-11-2-0 combined against Portland and Seattle, and 31-6-1-2 against the rest of the league. Read story

Kelowna still on top

Despite their Jan. 29 home shootout loss to the Spokane Chiefs, the Kelowna Rockets remained the No. 1 team in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 rankings. Read story

WHL notes: Chiefs, Seattle may collide

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the possible first-round playoff matchup between the Spokane Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle plays at Spokane on Wednesday night and hosts the Chiefs in Kent, Wash., on Friday. Read story

Chiefs’ McIntosh settles in to Spokane

Here's a feature on Spokane Chiefs 18-year-old defenseman Jeremy McIntosh, who was born in Minneapolis but spent most of his years in Calgary, Alberta. Read story

Everett finally solves Spokane

They had come close this season, but the Everett Silvertips had never defeated the Spokane Chiefs. Everett pulled it off Saturday night by scoring during the final minute of overtime for a 5-4 victory over Spokane. Spokane had been 6-0 against the Silvertips, with three wins coming by one goal, including two in OT. Spokane returns home Wednesday. Read story

Chiefs can’t crack Winterhawks

It's become automatic in the last year: If the Spokane Chiefs are playing the Portland Winterhawks, the Chiefs aren't going to exit the building with a win. Friday was more of the same, a 6-0 Portland win in the Rose City that marked the Winterhawks' 15th consecutive win over Spokane. Spokane had won four consecutive games to move within striking distance of third place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Read story

It couldn’t get much sweeter for Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs have had some exciting wins among their 31 victories this Western Hockey League season, but Wednesday's has to rank as the grandest, most thrilling of all. Spokane's odds of winning were astronomical after the Chiefs fell behind 5-2 after two periods. First, the Chiefs were playing on the road for a second consecutive night. Second, they were trailing Kelowna, the top-ranked club in the Canadian Hockey League. Third, they were without No. 2 scorer Mike Aviani, who had been suspended for a checking to the head major penalty and game misconduct Tuesday in Kamloops. Finally, they were turning the net over to backup goalie Garret Hughson. Yet everything went right for Spokane in the third period, creating maybe the No. 1 highlight of the season so far. Read story

WHL suspends Chiefs’ No. 2 scorer Aviani

Mike Aviani, who has 30 goals and 30 assists this season for the Spokane Chiefs, will not play tonight at Kelowna after being suspended the Western Hockey League on Wednesday. Read story

Chiefs ready for No. 1 Rockets

The Spokane Chiefs will play the Kelowna Rockets in a little more than 2 hours at Kelowna. The Canadian Hockey League announced Wednesday that Kelowna is still the No. 1 team in its Top 10 rankings. Portland and Edmonton are the other Western Hockey League teams in the top 10. Edmonton took the place of Calgary after sweeping the Hitmen last weekend to rise to the top of the Eastern Conference. Calgary and Victoria (for the first time) are honorable mention. Read story

Holmberg back on track for Chiefs

The last 2 1/2 weeks have been a challenge for Spokane Chiefs offensive leader Mitch Holmberg. The Western Hockey League's leader in goals scored and assists had been held to one goal (last Friday against Moose Jaw) and one assist (Jan. 11 against Seattle) in his last seven games. Holmberg bounced back Tuesday with two goals during a 6-3 romp at Kamloops. Read story