Spokane Chiefs At Tri-City Americans
Faceoff: Tonight at 7 in Tri-Cities Coliseum.
Records: Spokane (4-2-0), Tri-City (0-5-1).
Tickets: Available in all price ranges at $11.50 for adults, $9.50 students and seniors, $8.50 12 and under. Order by phone at (509) 735-0500.
Radio: KGA-AM (1510) 6:05 p.m. Hockey Tonight with Craig West. Chiefs coach Mike Babcock 6:20 (approximate).
Key players: Spokane: C Trent Whitfield (2 goals, 6 assists), D Hugh Hamilton (0, 2), RW John Cirjak (4, 4), LW Yegor Mikhailov (4, 1), C Derek Schutz (3, 1) RW Jay Bertsch (0, 0), LW Greg Leeb (2, 5), D Adam Magarrell (0, 1), GK Aren Miller (1.63 goals-against).
Tri-City: GK Brian Boucher (3.37 goals-against, .902 saves percentage), C Brent Ascroft (1 goal, 6 assists), Zenith Komarniski (0, 3), RW Craig Stahl (3, 0), LW Shawn Gervais (1, 3).
At a glance:Goal-starved Ams improved Wednesday with the addition of 19-year-old Czech center Petr Sachl, their first pick in the Import Player Draft. With journeymen Matt Sharuga from Prince Albert and Mark Smith from Saskatoon, T-C picked up three new forwards this week. Sachl, a fifth-round pick of the New York Islanders, should boost T-C’s paltry 1.81 goals-per-game average. Chiefs’ Hamilton and Jared Smyth are back from head injuries.