Portland Winter Hawks At Spokane Chiefs
Faceoff: Tonight at 7 in the Arena.
Records: Spokane (5-2-0), Portland (6-2-0).Tickets: Available in all price ranges at $12, $10, $8, $6. Order by phone at 328-0450 or 1-800-325-7328.
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, 7 assists), C/RW John Cirjak (5, 4), D Hugh Hamilton (0, 2), RW Marian Cisar (4, 3), LW Greg Leeb (2, 7), GK Marc Magliarditi (2.32 goals against), LW Joe Cardarelli 1, 3), D Adam Magarrell (0, 1).
Portland:C Todd Robinson (3 goals, 13 assists), D Andrew Ference (5, 3), C/RW Matt Davidson (4, 2), C Andrej Podkonicky (2, 4), D Joey Tetarenko (1, 2), D Kevin Haupt (0, 4), RW Bobby Russell (7, 6), LW Brenden Morrow (5, 6).
At a glance: On a five-game win streak that includes a victory over the Chiefs here last week, the Hawks are part of the upper crust of the WHL West. With the most experienced defense in the West, newly acquired veteran GK Chris Wickenheiser from Red Deer and a red-hot Robinson-Morrow-Russell line, the Hawks are legit. Still trying to get untracked offensively, the Chiefs are due for a scoring explosion. There are too many veteran snipers for Spokane to be stuck on three goals a game.