Hockey: The Spokane Chiefs can all but wrap up a top-three seed in the Western Conference of the upcoming Western Hockey League playoffs with a win over the Tri-City Americans tonight at the Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Chiefs (43-17-4-2) have 92 points and lead the Americans (40-22-2-2) by eight points. After tonight’s game both teams will only have five games remaining.
The B.C. Division champion automatically receives the second seed in the first round.
Spokane, which has won five straight and nine of its last 10, is one point behind U.S. Division-leading Portland in the battle for the first and third seeds in the West. The two teams meet in the regular-season finale on March 20 in Portland. Should the Chiefs win out, they’ll earn the top seed.
This will be the 11th meeting of the year between Spokane and Tri-City and the Chiefs have won the last four. They’ll meet for the final time in Kennewick on March 19.
Four Chiefs have scored at least 20 goals with five others within two of that mark. The franchise record for 20-goal scorers is eight in 1996.
Tyler Johnson leads the way with 48, which is tied for the league lead. Johnson is also second in the league scoring race with 106 points.
Levko Koper has 32 goals, followed by Brenden Kichton (23) – just the fourth defenseman to crack 20 for the Chiefs – Steven Kuhn (20), Dominik Uher (19), Anthony Bardaro (19), Blake Gal (19), defenseman Jared Cowen (18) and Matt Marantz (18).
NIC women play Ga. Perimeter
Women’s basketball: North Idaho will play Georgia Perimeter College in the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in Salina, Kan., on Wednesday at 10 a.m. PDT.
The Cardinals (28-3) are seeded fifth and Georgia (28-5) is 12th.
Walker quits at Lewis-Clark
Men’s basketball: Lewis-Clark State College head coach Tim Walker has resigned, athletic director Gary Picone announced.
Walker took over the program from George Pfeifer in May 2005 after serving as an assistant at LCSC for four previous seasons.
He had a 44-40 conference record, 102-74 overall.