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In brief: Chiefs face Hitmen tonight

Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs took advantage of a week off to notch a 3-1 victory over Everett last Saturday.

Even though the Chiefs ended a 0-for-24 skid on the power play with two goals in eight opportunities, coach Don Nachbaur said there is room for improvement with the defending Western Hockey League champion Calgary Hitmen visiting the Arena tonight.

“Our team structure is decent,” he said. “We still have to improve our skill level, making passes, accepting passes, quick looks, quick releases, shooting. It’s just maturing as hockey players. Right now we have some raw guys and they get better every time we step out on the ice for practice and games.”

The Hitmen are on their U.S. Division swing with a 4-5 record after falling 3-1 to Tri-City on Tuesday in Kennewick. The Chiefs (3-5-0-0, 6 points) won 3-2 in Calgary last year and before that won two of the three annual games, with all three decided in overtime.

Dave Trimmer

NIC ushers in wrestling season

Wrestling: The North Idaho College wrestling team will hold its Red-Gray intrasquad match tonight at Mead High School, beginning at 6:30. Admission is $2.

NIC is the official host of the NJCAA tournament this year. It will be held Feb. 25-26 in Spokane.

On Saturday, Mead also will be the site of a clinic put on by Oregon State University. Among the featured clinicians are former area standouts Kevin Roberts (University) and Travis Pascoe (Gonzaga Prep). Both are OSU assistant coaches and former NCAA All-Americans, Roberts at Oregon and Pascoe at Nebraska. The clinic begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. Cost is $30.

OSU also will do a clinic on Sunday at Coeur d’Alene High School beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. Cost is $30.

Also on Saturday, Timberlake High in Spirit Lake will host the University of Great Falls (Mont.) team, which placed third last year in the NAIA tournament. UGF will hold its intrasquad matches beginning at 4. A handful of former area wrestlers are at UGF. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with activity cards.

Mead will host another wrestling event on Nov. 6 when Boise State University takes on NIC in a dual at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 and all proceeds go to the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association scholarship fund.