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Chiefs solve Thunderbirds

Spokane had lost all seven games against Seattle this season, but the Chiefs took care of that Tuesday night by toppling the Thunderbirds 6-4 during a rough-and-tumble road game. Read story

Chiefs down to last six games

Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Kelowna leaves the Spokane Chiefs with six games on their regular-season schedule: two against Prince George and Tri-City, and one apiece against Seattle and Everett. Spokane is one point ahead of Everett in the chase for the Western Conference's No. 5 seed to the playoffs. Read story

Still No. 1, Rockets ready for Chiefs

The Kelowna Rockets continue to hold down the top spot in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 rankings. The Rockets will meet the Spokane Chiefs in four hours to complete their season series. Spokane is 2-1 against Kelowna this season. Read story

Postseason field takes shape

More teams have qualified for the Western Hockey League playoffs as the regular season winds down to its final 12 days. Read story

Kootenay’s Bozon in critical condition

Kootenay Ice player Tim Bozon is hospitalized in Saskatoon with Neisseria meningitis. Read story

WHL notes: Look out for Silvertips

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the Everett Silvertips' late-season drive to improve their positioning for the upcoming postseason. Everett is now one point behind the Spokane Chiefs for the Western Conference's No. 5 seed. Read story

A nothing kind of weekend for Chiefs

Last weekend the Spokane Chiefs' offense was humming along, scoring 18 goals in three games. This weekend the Chiefs suffered back-to-back shutouts, including Saturday night's 3-0 setback to a Tri-City Americans team that had lost eight consecutive games. The Western Hockey League's regular season is down to seven games for the Chiefs, with two weeks to turn things around. Read story

Finished with Portland … maybe

The Spokane Chiefs are absolutely done with the Portland Winterhawks when it comes to the Western Hockey League's regular season. Whether the Chiefs face Portland again in the playoffs remains to be seen. Read story

Chiefs join six others in clinching

Seven Western Hockey League teams have now clinched postseason berths after the Spokane Chiefs accomplished the feat last weekend. The playoff field, which will ultimately be 16 teams, so far includes Spokane, Kelowna, Portland, Victoria, Seattle, Edmonton and Calgary. Spokane, currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, is attempting to catch No. 4 Seattle and gain home-ice advantage. Here's a look at the playoff chase with less than three weeks left in the regular season. Read story

Portland stays on Kelowna’s heels

There's no change at the top of the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 rankings this week. Kelowna continues to lead the way, followed by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League and Portland, Kelowna's Western Hockey League Western Conference rival. Portland has won 20 consecutive games. Read story

WHL notes: Portland approaches league record

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the Portland Winterhawks' drive toward a league record that has stood for 46 years. Read story

Chiefs fall flat against Raiders

Given their success against Eastern Conference teams this season, and their solid record against the Prince Albert Raiders in recent years, the odds seemed to favor the Spokane Chiefs for Wednesday night's Western Hockey League game at the Arena. The odds were wrong. Read story

WHL playoff situation takes shape

Here's a look at the drive toward the Western Hockey League postseason as the regular season enters the final month. Some teams have already clinched berths and some, such as the Spokane Chiefs, are close to clinching. Read story

Kelowna holds on to No. 1

The Kelowna Rockets (46-8-0-4) still lead the way in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 rankings. The Rockets have held down the top spot since Jan. 2. Portland (43-12-2-3) has moved up to third place following a club-record 17-game winning streak. Read story

WHL notes: One point could mean a lot

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the race for the East Division title, which could mean a No. 2 playoff seed for the champion and a No. 6 seed for the runner-up. Read story

Chiefs continue remarkable trend

True, the Spokane Chiefs have won 18 consecutive games from the Everett Silvertips at the Arena. But Sunday night's win allowed the Chiefs to add to another positive season-long trend. Read story

Top of Western Conference solidly in place

Following Saturday's busy night in the Western Hockey League, including the Spokane Chiefs' 7-0 whitewash of the Tri-City Americans, it appears as if something drastic would have to occur to shake up the top five seeds in the Western Conference. Read story

Chiefs’ offense needs a boost

The Spokane Chiefs are not scoring goals in general and not scoring power-play goals specifically. Read story

Female reporter free to return to Canada

The woman who allegedly threatened to kill former Spokane Chiefs player Jackson Playfair worked out a deal with prosecutors in a Kennewick courtroom to return to Canada. Read story

WHL postseason chase heats up

The Western Hockey League's regular season is down to the final five weeks. Here's how the postseason shapes up so far: Read story

Rockets in town, still ranked No. 1

Despite losing four of their last eight games (two by shootout, one to the Spokane Chiefs), the Kelowna Rockets are ranked No. 1 in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 poll for the seventh consecutive week. The Rockets and Chiefs will square off at the Arena in less than three hours. Portland (fourth) and Edmonton (fifth) moved up one spot in the poll, and Victoria (10th) made its debut on the list. Read story

Chiefs return home with tough assignment

The Spokane Chiefs have played just one home game in the last 17 days, but their Western Hockey League schedule becomes much more favorable for the rest of the month. The Chiefs will play eight of their next nine games at the Arena, starting with Wednesday's big game with Kelowna. The Rockets have been the top-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League Top 10 poll for six consecutive weeks, although their position could change when the new poll is released before Wednesday's game. The reason is that Kelowna has lost four of its last eight games, including a Jan. 29 shootout loss to the Chiefs, who are 2-0 against Kelowna this season. Spokane's other upcoming home games are Saturday against Tri-City; Sunday against Everett; Feb. 19 against Prince Albert; Feb. 22 against Kootenay; Feb. 23 against Kamloops; Feb. 28 against Portland; and March 1 against Tri-City. The Chiefs are 6-1-0-1 against Tri-City this season but 0-7 against Portland. Everett has lost 17 consecutive games at the Arena since March 2010. Read story

Chiefs’ offense reappears

The up-and-down Spokane Chiefs bounced back from two consecutive shutouts by matching a season high for goals during a 7-3 road win over the Tri-City Americans in Kennewick. Better yet, seven players had one goal apiece for the Chiefs. Season scoring leaders Mitch Holmberg and Mike Aviani have struggled lately, but Aviani had a goal and Holmberg added an assist in Spokane's big night. The Chiefs play at Everett on Sunday night and return home Wednesday against Canadian Hockey League No. 1-ranked Kelowna. Spokane is 2-0 against Kelowna this season. Read story

Now Chiefs should cheer for Seattle

The Spokane Chiefs dropped their second consecutive 4-0 game to the Seattle Thunderbirds on Friday night. That makes Spokane 0-5-2-0 against Seattle this year (or 7-0 from the Thunderbirds' point of view, counting two overtime wins). Spokane hasn't defeated Seattle or Portland in seven tries against both, so here's a plan that may work for the Chiefs with postseason in mind. If Seattle could pass Victoria into third place in the Western Conference (the Thunderbirds are currently one point back), and all other places remain the same, Spokane as the fifth seed would open playoffs against No. 4 Victoria. The Chiefs finished 3-1 against Victoria in their regular-season series. That series winner would presumably play top-seeded Kelowna in the second round, but Spokane is 2-0 against the Rockets heading in to Wednesday's home game. The Chiefs could potentially avoid Seattle or Portland until the conference finals. At least, that's one way of looking at the future. There are still five-plus weeks left in the regular season. Read story

Two thorns in the side of Spokane Chiefs

There have been many positives to the Spokane Chiefs' 2013-14 Western Hockey League season, which is down to 19 games following Wednesday night's game at the Arena. The two big negatives have been Spokane's record against Portland (0-7) and Seattle, which is 6-0 against Spokane (with two overtime wins) after Wednesday's 4-0 shutout. The Chiefs are 0-11-2-0 combined against Portland and Seattle, and 31-6-1-2 against the rest of the league. Read story

Kelowna still on top

Despite their Jan. 29 home shootout loss to the Spokane Chiefs, the Kelowna Rockets remained the No. 1 team in the Canadian Hockey League's Top 10 rankings. Read story

WHL notes: Chiefs, Seattle may collide

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with the possible first-round playoff matchup between the Spokane Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle plays at Spokane on Wednesday night and hosts the Chiefs in Kent, Wash., on Friday. Read story

Chiefs’ McIntosh settles in to Spokane

Here's a feature on Spokane Chiefs 18-year-old defenseman Jeremy McIntosh, who was born in Minneapolis but spent most of his years in Calgary, Alberta. Read story

Everett finally solves Spokane

They had come close this season, but the Everett Silvertips had never defeated the Spokane Chiefs. Everett pulled it off Saturday night by scoring during the final minute of overtime for a 5-4 victory over Spokane. Spokane had been 6-0 against the Silvertips, with three wins coming by one goal, including two in OT. Spokane returns home Wednesday. Read story

Chiefs can’t crack Winterhawks

It's become automatic in the last year: If the Spokane Chiefs are playing the Portland Winterhawks, the Chiefs aren't going to exit the building with a win. Friday was more of the same, a 6-0 Portland win in the Rose City that marked the Winterhawks' 15th consecutive win over Spokane. Spokane had won four consecutive games to move within striking distance of third place in the Western Hockey League's Western Conference. Read story