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The WHL came down hard on the Portland Winterhawks today for violations of league policy regarding player benefits. Read the story here.
It was a night for charity and the Spokane Chiefs were most obliging. After producing a record number of stuff toys on Teddy Bear toss night, the Chiefs coughed up a 3-0 lead to the Prince George Cougars and lost 4-3 in a shootout.
stars: 3, Bourke, PG; 2, Fram, Spo; 1, Carlson, PG.
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Rookie defenseman Linden Springer’s first goal of the season early in the third period lift the Prince George Cougars to a 5-4 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night.
Now the Chiefs head out for a six-game road trip, five against the Central Division, and they're 0-7 on the road.
Stars: 3, Blake Gal. 2, Jesse Forsberg (PG). 1, Charles Inglis (PG).
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Anthony Bardaro’s goal with less than eight minutes to play kept the Spokane Chiefs perfect against the Western Hockey League’s East Division.
Stars: 3, Kichton (g, a) 2, Lowry, SC (g,a). 1, Uher (g, 2a).
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Tim Bozan’s goal a minute into the third period was the difference as the Kamloops Blazers ground out a 2-1 victory over the Spokane Chiefs in a Western Hockey League game Friday night.
The Blazers (14-6-0-0, 28 points) clamped down on the Chiefs (9-5-1-2, 21) after the home team scored less than 5 minutes into the game.
Stars: 3, Valcourt; 2, Cheveldave; 1, Bozon
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Didn't get a chance to use my own computer last night to get this story earlier, but here's a story on the Spokane Chiefs Jarid Hauptman to get you in the mood for the game at the Arena tonight.
So Spokane Chiefs fans, would you like to work up a little outrage at the Western Hockey League?
Everett's Lucas Grayson, who received a 5-minute boarding major with 4 minutes left in the Spokane Chiefs' 8-1 pounding of the Silvertips, was given a four-game suspension today. (Took long enough, don't you think.)
Grayson road Dominik Uher into the boards as Uher was scoring the seventh goal. Uher was hurt, no question, and the way he was helped off the ice it appeared he had the famed lower body injury, no weight on his right leg. Turned out he has a famed upper body injury. He may have been out cold. Of course, we can't pin point that, that might mean a concussion and some neanderthal may try to hit him in the head when he comes back. Uher is listed as out for 2 weeks.
Does the crime fit the punishment?
Tell me. In the season opener at Tri-City, Uher gets a major and game misconduct for putting a guy into the wall. The American player barely misses a shift and Uher gets a three game suspension. When the Chiefs went back to Tri-City about 10 days ago, Blake Gal sent an American into the wall, and it looked rather innocent. That player didn't miss a shift, Gal got three games.
BTW, Friday's game in Portland, Gal's last game in street clothes, will be on KJRB, 790AM radio, instead of its usual spot.
The Spokane Chiefs were in control from the beginning but didn't put the game away until they got a break, which opened the door to an 8-1 win over the Everett Silvertips.
The break, a miscue by the Silvertips' goalie, gave the Chiefs a 3-1 lead entering the third period, when they scored five goals.
Three young players scored their first goals for Spokane.
Stars, 3, Jarid Hauptman (first career goal); 2, Marek Kalus (set up Hauptman); 1, Mike Aviani (2 goals, assist, centering this young line).
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For your hockey reading please a couple of stories about former Spokane Chiefs.
The WHL has an alumni spotlight on Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon.
TheCarolina Hurricanes talk to Drayson Bowman after the winger is called up from the minors.
The Chiefs have reassigned 17-year old rookie Cody Nelson, who only played in three games.
Another story about Chiefs' rookie Liam Stewart.
Here's a video of the hit that got Blake Gal suspended … and 3 games are too many because the player getting hit made a wrong move and, fortunately, was not hurt. The responsibility goes both ways, as Spokane coach Don Nachbaur says.
The Spokane Chiefs and Gonzaga women's basketball team are No. 1.
The Chiefs are No. 1 in a Yahoo poll of junior hockey teams worth checking; as usual, the Bulldogs are favored to win the West Coast Conference again … but it's only the fourth straight time they're favored but they're going for their eighth-straight title.
For the Zags, Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon, all-WCC as juniors, were voted to the preseason all-league team.
For the Chiefs, not surprisingly, Blake Gal was given a three-game suspension for a boarding major and game misconduct against Tri-Cities on Saturday. He'll miss the Chiefs home games on Saturday and Sunday and the first of back-to-back games at Portland the following weekend.
Another quick hockey update.
The Spokane Chiefs dropped a 3-1 decision at Tri-City on Saturday. The Tri-City Herald had this report. They have a week to prepare to face the Americans at the Arena on Saturday. The loss ended their seven-game winning streak but they'll take an eight-game home winning streak into the rematch. Unfortunately I'll miss that game because I'll be covering state cross country in Pasco (too bad the games weren't reversed, then I would be down there.)
The Chiefs could be without Blake Gal, who could be facing a suspension after getting a boarding major and game misconduct late in the first period after he scored the tying goal. On television it looked like the hit wasn't as bad as it appeared and the TC player made a mistake the way he went into the corner. A game misconduct should be enough of a penalty but the league isn't working that way these days. As they attempt to clean up danagerous hits, they put all the responsiblity on the offending player and none in trying to educate players that taking a hit and protecting yourself is part of the deal.
Tanner MacMaster, the Chiefs first-round pick in the Bantam Draft, scored the first goal and added two assists as Alberta cruised to the gold medal in the Western Canada U-16 Challenge Cup. MacMaster finished the tournament with 2 goals and 5 assists to tie for second in scoring.
A couple of hockey items I missed because I spent the previous two days taking a class.
* Spokane Chiefs defenseman Brenden Kichton was named to the WHL team for one game of the Subway Serires with Russia next month.
* Liam Stewart made the WHL Plays of the Week for his first career goal.
* Kenton Miller was traded again. That makes it two trades each for the two 20-year olds the Chiefs couldn't keep this season (the other is Matt Marantz). Going from Calgary to Moose Jaw is a step up in the standings for Miller, though not nearly as big as Marantz getting out of Lethbridge.
* Chiefs' prospect MacMaster has a pair of assists in Canada's U16 propsect tournament.
*There was a story of the Chiefs' doing charity work.
The streaking Chiefs are in Tri-City on Saturday night, riding a seven-game winning streak. However, all those games were at the Arena, the Chiefs have yet to win on the road. They return home a week from Saturday with an eight-game home winning streak.
The Spokane Chiefs scored early and often, rolling to a 6-1 win over the Victoria Royals in a Western Hockey League game Wednesday night, completing a perfect seven game homestand.
However, it was the first time since that first game the Chiefs scored first and didn’t have to come from behind in the second period or later, including three-straight third-period wins.
This time Mitch Holmberg, with his fourth goal, and Marek Kalus, his third, scored 34 seconds apart before the game was four minutes old. Later in the period Dominik Uher got his fifth and Connor Chartier his first 40 seconds apart to close out the first period to make it 4-1.
That all but assured the Chiefs of an 8-0 start at home this season, the second-best such streak in team history. Spokane started 10-0 at home a decade ago.
3 stars: 3, Brenden Kichton (2 assists). 2, Mike Aviani (2 assists). 1, Marek Kalus (2 goals)
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Spokane fell behind for the fifth straight game but this time it didn’t take a last minute rally for the Chiefs to run their winning streak to six. The Chiefs, after allowing Everett the first two goals, stormed back to defeat the Silvertips 3-2, for the seventh-straight home win to start the Western Hockey League season. Ten years ago Spokane won its first 10 games. For the second-straight game and third time in the last five, Dominik Uher scored the game winner. Steven Kuhn and rookie Liam Stewart also scored for the Chiefs.
Stars: 3, Lotz, 2, Stewart, 1, Kuhn
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For the third straight game the Spokane Chiefs entered the third period trailing and came up with a win. Friday night they scored three goals in the third period - the second straight game they've done that - to defeat the Saskatoon Blades 5-3.
Consider it a Czech-mate, with Czech Republic imports Marek Kalus and Dominik Uher providing the tying and winning goals.
Stars: 3, Connor Cox, Sas, 3 assists; 2, Mike Aviani, 2 assists; 1, Kalus.
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About ready to drop the puck at the Arena with the Saskatoon Blades, one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Division, taking on the Spokane Chiefs.
The scratches are Hambling, King, Wedman and Nelson for the Chiefs. Mac Engel is in goal.
Jared Spurgeon's hometown newspaper, The Edmonton Sun, visits with the former Spokane Chief, who went from free agent to the National Hockey League in less than a season.
Former Chiefs prospect Josh McEwan is now involved in fighting poverty in Cambodia. Here's what he wrote on his Facebook page: Getting down to crunch time, a couple days until we leave!! But for anyone that doesn't know… I will be biking 144km across Cambodia to break the cycle of poverty for Cambodian children. I will be voluntarily suffering both physically and emotionally for the ones who are suffering involuntarily. If you feel compassion towards this situation please do your part and take action by donating to the children. Something as little as $5 can buy a box of screws for the safe homes and a donation as much as $1000 will save a child's life. On behalf of the hundreds of deserving children, THANKS!!… Just click the link below for more info… http://teammcewan.com/break-th
Found a story about the Norfolk Admirals linemate of former Chief Tyler Johnson, who is succeeding despite diabetes.
A visit with Liam Stewart (son of Rod) and his mother Rachel Hunter reveals nothing more than a passionate hockey player and a dedicated hockey mom. First impression:, good kid with a chance to make an impact during his career with the Spokane Chiefs and a supportive mom with a lovely accent. No. 11 for the Chiefs is bound and determined to make his own name.
Sunday was a busy day in the Western Hockey League, off the ice.
There were a number of trades, none involving the Spokane Chiefs, though there were rumors over the weekend they were in the hunt for the Lethbridge goalie that went to Brandon.
It's not like the Chiefs shouldn't consider a move, but they're 5-2-0-1. One problem is all five wins are at home, along with the next three games. Winning might had the need to make a move, especially when teams are comfortable at home. However, the Chiefs have shown a disturbing inability to play well early in games. That said, they don't quit battling either. So it's a tough decision for general manager Tim Speltz, but neal or no deal, he's listening to offers.
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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Anthony Bardaro scored with 1:50 left in overtime to lift the Spokane Chiefs to their second straight come-from-behind win over an Eastern Division visitor, a 3-2 Western Hockey League decision of Prince Albert Friday night. Story here.
The Chiefs trailed 2-1 entering the third period two days after beating Brandon 4-3 with a late goal after trailing 3-1 midway through the game.
Stars: 3, Baldwin. 2, Williams. 1, Bardaro.
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The Spokane Chiefs are about 30 minutes away from puck drop with the visiting Prince Albert (how many times will I type Alberta) Raiders and there's a little catching up to do.
Former Chief Tyler Vanscourt is wearing No. 21 for PA but the goalie he was traded for, Luke Lee-Knight, who got his first WHL win Wednesday, is not in goal.
First, D Tanner Mort and F Liam Stewart are back in the lineup after missing four games, out almost two weeks. Getting scratched are a pair of rookies, D Tyler King, F Jarid Hauptman. D Cole Hamblin out with lower body injury - at least we know it's not a concussion. Rookie F Cody Nelson continues to be a scratch.
Former Chief Tyler Johnson has scored in his third straight game but it looks like the Norfolk Admirals are going to lose for the first time in three games. TJ also has an assist, so five points in three games to start his pro career (there were 4 minutes left in this one at last check).
For the second straight home game, the internet at the Arena kicked me off - and didn't let me back on - right at the end of a Spokane Chiefs victory. At least Saturday I got the blog done before I was stifled.
But, better late than never, Steven Kuhn set up Dominik Uher for an easy tap-in with 3:42 to play to give the Chiefs a 4-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in a game they trailed 3-1 at the midway point.
3 stars: 3, Brandon's Stone, 2, Spokane's Kramer, 1, Uher.
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Mitch Holmberg scored his first two goals of the season and Anthony Bardaro added two power play goals to spark the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-1 win over Kelowna at the Arena Saturday night.
However, it was 16-year old defenseman Jason Fram who got the Chiefs going with the first goal and second in two nights.
Cody Chikie scored for the Rockets late in the second period after it was 4-1. The Chiefs out-shot the Rockets 45-12, including 18-3 in the first period, getting the first 15 shots.
3 stars: 3, Fram, 2, Bardaro, 1 Holmberg
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UPDATE, 7 p.m. Tyler Johnson scores again, adds an assist and is the second star again as Norfolk wins again.
The Spokane Chiefs are going to play their second home game of the Western Hockey League season in about an hour, Kelowna Rockets are in the house, but first there is a bunch of news to catch you up on.
First, congratulations to former Chiefs star and Central Valley graduate Tyler Johnson for scoring a goal in his first professional game. He was second star of the game after former Tri-City American Carter Ashton, who had two goals, including the OT game-winner. … Ex-Chief Dustin Tokarski was in goal.
The NHL debut of former Chiefs captain Jared Cowen (OK, he played a late-season game two years ago after he was drafted and picked up a penalty, now he's part of the rebuilding programs) didn't go so well as the Detroit Red Wings clobbered the visiting Ottawa Senators. Despite the score, Cowen was only a minus-1. The Sens play the Toronto Maple Leafs as we speak. (Cowen wears No. 2 when you get a rare chance to see Ottawa on the tube.)
On Friday the Chiefs fell 6-4 at Kamloops, a game that saw them in a big hole before a comeback. It's not really a good sign when Darren Kramer and two young D-men have the goals. However, captain Kramer has four goals in 3 games.
Defenseman Tyler Vanscourt, traded for goalie Luke Lee-Knight last month, had a hat trick for Prince Albert last night.
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.
Western Hockey League referees didn't get their man but league officials did when Marcus Messier of Tri-City was suspended for four games on Tuesday.
The infraction was a double-minor checking-from-behind penalty that injured Spokane's Liam Stewart in the Chiefs' 7-2 romp in their home opener on Satuday night.
Keep reading for thoughts on the matter.
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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Brenden Kichton can score big for a defenseman but there's much more to his game.
It didn't take the Spokane Chiefs long to clear up their over-age situation.
A day after Darren Kramer was returned from Ottawa they traded Matt Marantz to Lethbridge for a fourth-round pick in the next Bantam Draft.
Kramer gave the Chiefs four 20's and Western Hockey League rules only allow a team three. With a deadline early next week to get to three, the Chiefs moved.
"We felt it was good for the Chiefs and Matt Marantz to get this deal done as soon as possible," general manager Tim Speltz said. "Lethbridge is excited to have him join their team. Matt was an important piece to our organization the last two years. We wish him all the best in Lethbridge."
Marantz was one of eight Chiefs with at least 20 goals last season, finishing with 20 goals and 22 assists and was a plus-21 in 68 games. In his first season he had two goals and three assists in 40 games.
The other 20-year olds are forward Steven Kuhn and defenseman Corbin Baldwin.