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If this was a preview of what’s to come, expect a first-round playoff series that could easily go the distance. The Spokane Chiefs, of course, will be looking for a different result than they got on Wednesday night if that’s the case.
Jackson Houck scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Vancouver goalie Adam Morrison made 32 saves as the Giants picked up a 2-1 Western Hockey League victory over the Chiefs in front of 4,011 fans at the Arena.
The win gave Vancouver (34-21-1-2, 71 points) sole possession of fourth place in the Western Conference standings, though Spokane (31-18-4-3, 69 points) still has two games in hand.
The Spokane Chiefs picked up another two points in the standings on Saturday night after grinding out a 5-4 overtime victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice. My unedited story from the game is below. I'll follow up with some extras from the game tomorrow, so check back.
There’s really nothing gentle about hockey – and that includes honest feedback when a lackluster performance is turned in.
Two days after scoring an impressive victory over the Western Hockey League’s top team, the Spokane Chiefs went scoreless on six power-play opportunities and gave up a shorthanded goal late in the third period in a 3-2 loss to the Seattle Thunderbirds in front of 4,243 fans on Monday afternoon at the Arena.
Read on for the rest of my unedited game story…
The Spokane Chiefs had a pretty impressive hat trick this week – coming from behind to win three Western Hockey League games.
This time they broke through with three third-period goals against Everett to pull out a 3-1 win.
Stars: 3, Everett goalie Kent Simpson with 35 saves. 2, Anthony Bardaro with assists on first two Spokane goals, 1, Captain Darren Kramer, with tying goal, winning assist and Gordie Howe hattrick.
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The Vancouver Giants picked up a new goalie and he was the difference in his debut, a 3-2 shootout win over the visiting Spokane Chiefs. The Vancouver Province also had a play-by-play of Adam Morrison's debut. There is also a slide show of game photos from The Sun, including the photo with Spokane's Steven Kuhn (above). As a lead-up to the game, The Province also chatted with Chiefs captain Darren Kramer about his role as a fighter.
Anthony Bardaro scored three goals, Steven Kuhn had a pair and the Spokane Chiefs went 4-12 on the power play to roll over rival Tri-City 7-2 in
Here is our story.
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Darren Kramer scored two goals, including the game winner 10 minutes into overtime, as the Spokane Chiefs won their opening game of the Western Hockey League playoffs, 3-2 over the Chilliwack Bruins. The Chiefs stay in Chilliwack for Game 2 in the best-of-7 series tonight before returning to the Arena for the next three games, starting Wednesday. Below is the Chilliwack Prospect story.
Hey hockey fans - and fight fans. You know the Spokane Chiefs put 78 shots on goal last night - not counting the two that won the shootout. But you better check out these shots that are on the scoresheeting under penalties.
Darren Kramer, 22, is one of the most popular Spokane Chiefs. He is also their protector. There's also another side to the Western Hockey League leader in fights and penalty minutes.
The team has a big week with U.S. Division and Western Conference leading Portland coming in Wednesday and rival Tri-City, just a point behind the second-place Chiefs, here Saturday. On Friday the Chiefs are at Everett and beginning Sunday play five games in eight days on the road.
Last weekend they lost in Tri-City 5-2, with Tyler Johnson's point streak ending, before rebounding to win 5-1 at Seattle, with Johnson getting three points to sit one-point back in the league scoring race.