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Spokane Chiefs exceeded expectations with team balance

With the brass ring just out of reach when the Western Hockey League season ended the Spokane Chiefs were disappointed, but there really wasn’t anything disappointing about their season as …


Chiefs’ Nachbaur, Johnson honored with WHL awards

Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur completed a triple play and Tyler Johnson was recognized as a class act when the Western Hockey League handed out its major awards in Calgary, …


Chiefs, Cowen glad he’s still here

Whatever tonight brings for the Spokane Chiefs – one more game to play or none at all – it’s good to remember that hockey in May seemed the least likely …


Portland takes 3-2 edge on Chiefs in WHL series

PORTLAND –The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks returned to form on Saturday night in the pivotal fifth game of their Western Hockey League series. Sven Bartschi scored one goal and …


Portland seizes 2-1 series lead with OT win over Chiefs

It was just like old times – and that isn’t good. Brendan Leipsic skated down the left slot and fired a high shot past James Reid at 7 minutes, 44 …


Winterhawks even playoff series with Chiefs

PORTLAND – The Spokane Chiefs had a chance to take control of their Western Hockey League playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks but they gave it back. Just 33 seconds …


Chiefs look toward Game 2 wary of Portland’s skills

PORTLAND – For every wide-open net the Portland Winterhawks missed, the Spokane Chiefs missed the net completely on a breakaway. Overall the “what ifs” were even in the first game …


Chiefs even series with Americans

The Spokane Chiefs aren’t where they need to be, but they took a step in that direction Sunday night. After dropping the first game of their best-of-7 Western Hockey League …


Tri-City grabs 1st game in best-of-7 series against Chiefs

It wasn’t a classic, not compared to the last time the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs met in a Western Hockey League playoff series three years ago. But Saturday night …


Chiefs recall classic playoff series against Tri-City

There were three smiles, best explained by Tyler Johnson. “That series was epic, to say the least,” he said.


Spokane clinches first-round series behind Gal’s 3 goals

Blake Gal thought about the question. Yes, he admitted, he may have scored a bigger goal in his career than the one he netted Saturday in the Arena to lift …


Chiefs dispatch Chilliwack to take 3-1 lead in WHL series

Déjà vu? Not quite, but it did get a little dicey for the Spokane Chiefs and the 5,016 fans at the Arena Thursday night.


Spokane Chiefs tumble in OT

Only once in the regular season did the Spokane Chiefs take a lead into the third period and lose. But just three games into the Western Hockey League playoffs they …


Spokane Chiefs take 2-0 series lead in WHL playoffs

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – The Spokane Chiefs are in the driver’s seat of their Western Hockey League first-round series after posting a 5-0 victory over the Chilliwack Bruins on Saturday night. …


Reid, Engel give Chiefs two solid options

His last start was a shutout and his goals-against-average is second best in the Western Hockey League, but that might not be enough to get Mac Engel the start when …


Chiefs win finale, will face Chilliwack in playoffs

The Spokane Chiefs closed the Western Hockey League regular season with a 6-3 win at Portland on Sunday. Spokane, whose playoff fate as the third seed in the Western Conference …


Portland clinches U.S. Division with win, Spokane loss

KENNEWICK – The Tri-City Americans failed to cooperate in the Spokane Chiefs’ quest for a first-place finish in the U.S. Division of the Western Conference. Brendan Shinnimin and Kruise Reddick …


Chiefs go to shootout to defeat Chilliwack

A franchise record for shots and little to show for it. Except for the win.


Koper’s shootout goal sends Spokane Chiefs past Kootenay

When Spokane coach Don Nachbaur described the Chiefs’ game with the Kootenay Ice Saturday night as “hairy,” the implication was understood. In one of the tightest, most intense Western Hockey …


Chiefs double up Everett in pursuit of divisional title

One down, one to go. Six more times.


Chiefs top Silvertips in pursuit of West

One down, one to go. Six more times. That’s how the West will be won if the Spokane Chiefs have their say. The Chiefs overcame a mental blunder and held …


Chiefs use power-play power to dispatch Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Power plays were very, very good to the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night. The Chiefs found the net three times in six opportunities with a man …


Spokane Chiefs outskate Americans at ‘playoff tempo’

Barely three weeks after hitting rock bottom, Mac Engel is red hot. The Spokane Chiefs’ goalie made 26 saves to beat Tri-City for the third time in eight days and …


Chiefs fall flat in 5-1 setback to last-place Seattle

For two teams on opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, the Spokane Chiefs certainly have a difficult time with the Seattle Thunderbirds. It was no different at the Arena …


Kichton, Johnson score twice apiece as Chiefs pound Tri-City 6-2

KENNEWICK – The second period was very, very good for the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League action Saturday night. The Chiefs found the net four times in the second …


Koper’s hat trick leads Chiefs past Everett

EVERETT – Levko Koper recorded his second hat trick of the season and defenseman Brenden Kichton scored twice Wednesday night to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 7-2 Western Hockey …


Best of the West: Chiefs’ Johnson wins four categories

Spokane native and Spokane Chiefs star Tyler Johnson was voted Top Defensive Forward, Best Over-Age Player, Best Skater and Best Faceoff Man in the Best of the West 2011 poll …


Chiefs score first, but lose to Seattle

SEATTLE – The Spokane Chiefs got on the board first midway through the first period, but that was all the offense they could muster in a 3-1 loss to the …


Spokane Chiefs whip Tri-City before sellout crowd

The truth is, when Tri-City collected what would have to be considered an easy goal less than five minutes into their Western Hockey League game with the Spokane Chiefs Saturday …


Portland uncorks five goals in 2 minutes to overwhelm Chiefs

In the beginning it seemed like a matter of time before the Spokane Chiefs would make first-place Portland crack. Through 15 scoreless minutes at the Arena, Mac Engel had come …