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Chiefs lose big at Tri-City

The Spokane Chiefs fell hard at Tri-City Saturday night, 8-3, giving them two loses, one in overtime, in their big three-games-in-three-nights - all on the road - against U.S. Division rivals. And it only gets tougher this evening with a visit to play Western Hockey League-leading Portland. The Tri-City Herald story is here with the long box below. Spokane coach Don Nachbaur called it an off-night, the Chiefs’ first in a month.

Chiefs fall in Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs lost at Seattle Friday night. Despite controlling the game offensively the Chiefs picked up just one goal and lost in a shootout after goalie James Reid was brilliant in overtime. (I couldn’t find a story in the Seattle times but the long box is below.) There is also a story by Greg Meachem in the Red Deer Advocate on Chiefs’ backup goalie Mac Engle. The Chiefs are at Tri-City tonight.

Cowen captain for Team WHL

Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen was named Team WHL captain for Wednesday’s game against a touring Russian team in Kamloops, British Columbia, while the Chiefs add a player to the roster.

Chiefs, Reid blank Americans

The Spokane Chiefs shut down their Tri-City 5-0, with James Reid making 20 saves for the shutout Saturday night. Reid got third star with defenseman Jared Cowen getting No. 1 and Kenton Miller the No. 1 star. Story here, long box on extended entry.

Chiefs pull out win

The Spokane Chiefs didn’t have the same intensity they had one their successful Eastern Division swing but they beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-3 Friday night. Don Nachbaur wasn’t exactly pleased with his Western Hockey League team but he wasn’t surprised  - and he was definitely glad to get the two points, thanks to goalie James Reid and a couple goals from Tyler Johnson. The story is here.

Chiefs home with 3-3 record

My apologies hockey fans. I thought Saturday night after cross country writing, I would have more information on the Spokane Chiefs’ 3-1 win at Swift Current. That information never came. Still nothing on Sunday when I checked from home. Then I realized that maybe, just maybe, there wasn’t a daily newspaper covering the Broncos so any it would take a while to get anything. So what we have is the Chiefs’  rewrite and an internet story.

Brandon trips Chiefs in OT

The Spokane Chiefs fall 3-2 in overtime at Brandon. The long box is below and a careful look at it shows a little heartbreak for the vistors, especially on the winning goal. Rob Henderson’s story tells the tale.

Chiefs visit Brandon

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Chiefs game on tonight from Brandon will be heard on AM KJRB 790. 

Rob Henderson of The Brandon Sun has a short advance the Spokane Chiefs’ visit to the Wheat Kings tonight. It’s posted below.

Gregg Drinnan had the particulars from the Chiefs’ 11-1 victory at Regina on Saturday:  first time the Chiefs had scored 11 goals in a road game since Jan. 16, 1999, when they beat the Medicine Hat Tigers, 11-2. The last time Spokane scored 11 times at home? That would be Feb. 14, 2009, in an 11-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings… . It was the seventh time in franchise history that the Chiefs scored in double digits in one game. The record for most goals in one game is 16, set Jan. 30, 1988 in a 16-7 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. The team record for most goals in a road game is 12, set March 22, 1986, in a 12-9 victory over the Victoria Cougars. Levko Koper had six points, including two goals. The last Chiefs player to enjoy a six-point game? F Ned Lukacevic had three goals and three assists in a 7-4 victory over the visiting Portland Winterhawks on Dec. 15, 2004… . Anthony Bardaro, who had 11 points in 63 games last season, is enjoying a six-game point streak. He has all four of his goals and seven of his nine assists over his last six games.

Cory Wolfe of The Saskatoon Star-Phoenix has the reaction on the Blades’ third jersey.

Chiefs fall in Prince Albert

The Spokane Chiefs dropped a 5-2 decision in Prince Alberta Thursday night. Here is John MacNeil’s story in the Prince Alberta Daily Herald. The long box is below. Spokane is 2-2 on the road trip and has lost defenseman Grant Leedahl to an injury for the duration of the six-game trip, which is Brandon on Friday and Swift Current on Saturday.

Everett coach Craig Hartsburg had open heart surgery on Wednesday.

Chiefs trip Blades 3-2

The Spokane Chiefs are 2-1 on their six game swing east after beating the Saskatoon Blades 3-2 - all three goals scored by defensemen. The complete box is posted below and with the story written by Cory Wolfe of the Star-Phoenix.

‘Roadkill’ describes Chiefs’ big win

The Regina Leader Post doesn’t have the stories posted from the Chiefs’ 11-1 drubbing of the Regina Pats but reporter Greg Harder shared his stories with us - one on the game, the other on Tyler Johnson’s return to Saskatchewan, a golden memory fo him. They’re on the extended entry.

Chiefs lose in Moose Jaw

The Spokane Chiefs lost on the road and it sounds like they were lucky it was only 3-2. We have the story from Moose Jaw below.

Chiefs win big over PG

The Spokane Chiefs are hitting the road with a little jump in their step, whipping Prince George 7-3. The complete box is below. Here is the story.

Chiefs regroup to face PG

In their last outing the Spokane Chiefs lost 4-2 to Red Deer and it wasn’t their best effort. Coach Don Nachbaur let them know but that doesn’t mean all is lost. We’ll find out tonight if they learned anything when they face the Prince George Cougars to end a six-game homestand. It’s the last home game for two-plus weeks. We’ll report every goal via Tweet (SRtrim) and have the story on the blog afterwards.


Chiefs deal Cratsenberg

The Spokane Chiefs have traded seldom used forward T.C. Cratsenberg to Chilliwack for a conditional eight-round pick in the 2012 Bantam Draft.

Originally a sixth-round pick out of Federal Way, Wash., in 2007, Cratsenberg has appeared in just five of the Chiefs’ 10 games this year and only 25 last year. In those games he had just one assist but 55 penalty minutes.

“Considering the dynamics of our current roster T.C. was going to have a tough time getting the ice time that he deserved,” Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz said. “Hopefully he can take advantage of the opportunity in Chilliwack. We wish him the best of luck.”

Chiefs fall to Red Deer

Red Deer doubles up Spokane 4-2 in a testy WHL game at the Arena Saturday night. The complete box is below. Read the story here.

Gal gets three, Chiefs get 8

The Spokane Chiefs peppered a pair of Calgary Hitmen goalies with 53 shots, but it was one of them, a non-shot, that kind of defined this game as the home team wins 8-1. Blake Gal (10) got a hat trick, and was almost embarassed, but, of course, no one turns down a three-goal game. The story is here, the extended box is below.

Hitmen stalking Chiefs

The Spokane Chiefs are about to tackle defending Western Hockey League champion Calgary at the Arena. The Hitmen played at Tri-City on Tuesday, losing 3-1, but Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur came away impressed, saying Calgary was the better team. The complete box is posted  below. We’ll keep you posted on scoring tonight through Twitter, SRtrim.

Central teams visit Chiefs this week

The Spokane Chiefs face some new blood this week with a pair of Central Division teams coming in, starting with defending Western Hockey League champion Calgary Wednesday. For other WHL news and a little more on the Chiefs, click the tab below.

Chiefs show some power in 3-1 win

The Spokane Chiefs get a pair of power play goals and defeat the Everett Silvertips 3-1. The stars were 3, Tyler Johnson (goal, 2 assists); 2, James Reid (18 saves) and 1, Brenden Kichton (assists on both power plays). Complete box below. Here is the story.

News from around the WHL

There is some news around the Western Hockey League today to get fans ready for the Spokane Chiefs’ game against Everett, in its first road game of the season, at the Arena Saturday night. Check the extended for the links.

Chiefs power play lacks power

After a hot start the Spokane Chiefs have gone ice cold. We don’t mean wins and losses, the Western Hockey League team is 2-5 with Everett coming to town on Saturday. No, the Chiefs had seven goals on their first 24 power plays, 0 on the last 24. However, there this is no time to panic, according to coach Don Nachbaur. Here is our story.

Johnson has big impact for Chiefs

Columnist John Blanchette talked to hometown hero Tyler Johnson (above) about how a small player can play a big role for a Western Hockey League team.

Meanwhile, the WHL suspended Brenden Shinnimin of the Tri-City American for 12 games for a checking from behind penalty that injured Josh Nichols of the Saskatoon Blades (check here for the hit).  The Tri-City Herald story and John MacNeil of the Prince Albert Daily Herald tracked down Shinnimin for a story that noted the players had talked. However, Nichols is a little disappointed with the length of the suspension. The Ams were on their Eastern Divisions swing and Shinnimin, from Winnipeg, missed the “home town stop” in Brandon. He returns Nov. 13 - when the Americans play in Spokane.

Prince George adds goalie Chase Martin, 18, to its roster. Martin was a fifth-round pick by Spokane in 2007 bantam draft and played in one game last year.


Chiefs fall

The Spokane Chiefs continue to struggle on the power play, going 0-9, to fall to Portland 2-1 for the second straight night at the Arena. Story is here, complete box below.

Chiefs fall to Portland

First, enjoy Paul Turner’s thoughts on the nicknames of the Western Hockey League teams.

A last minute goal allows Portland to continue its dominance of the Chiefs in Spokane - but you don’t want to remember last year, went the Winterhawks went 4-0 in the regular season and 4-0 in the playoffs. Well, that streak is up to nine now.

The game story is here.  The long box is below with some notes.

FYI, we’re now tweeting,  SRtrim.

Cowen knows what he has to do

Jared Cowen is disappointed he’s not in the NHL, of course, but Spokane Chiefs teammate Tyler Johnson happily gives up the C to have the big blue liner back with the Western Hockey League team. Story here.


Chiefs win is just part of the news

On good thing that happens when the Spokane Chiefs venture to Kamloops for a Western Hockey League game is that in addition to a good game story from WHL guru Gregg Drinnan, there is also bonus coverage. Read about that and much more below.


Chiefs lose in Cowen’s return

Defenseman Jared Cowen met the Spokane Chiefs at Chilliwack on Tuesday, just in time for a 2-1 loss to the Bruins. It was his first Western Hockey League game after being sent down by the Ottawa Senators. The game story from Eric Welsh of The Chilliwack Progress is below.

By the way, Cowen was wearing the C. Does that mean Tyler Johnson’s tenure as captain was just for one game after all that hoopla last week?

Cowen a victim of numbers

Jared Cowen is headed to the coast and a Tuesday night game against Chilliwack. It’s not where he wanted to be, but it’s a definite lesson on the business side of professional sports.

The Spokane Chiefs defenseman was sent back to the Western Hockey League when age and contracts made it difficult for the Ottawa Senators to keep their 2009 first-round draft pick.

From the Ottawa Citizen, after this story about the move, is this story about the unsung veteran that got the final spot on defense. Here’s the take from the Senators’ website.

Chiefs win thriller

The Spokane Chiefs pick up their first win of the Western Hockey League season in dramatic fashion.

Blake Gal scores with a minute left in regular and Mitch Holmberg scores in overtime - the second goal of the game for both - for a 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans.

The story is here. The long box is posted below.