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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 …


Chiefs cap victory over Seattle with 3-goal third period

SEATTLE – The Spokane Chiefs used a quick start and a fast finish to chalk up a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night. …


Tri-City scores with 37 seconds left to turn back Spokane

There’s no doubt most of the sellout crowd of 10,474 at the Arena on Saturday night are likely to come back. Will the Spokane Chiefs?


Blanchette: Nachbaur puts main jolt in surprising Chiefs

Just in case they don’t meet in the playoffs, the Western Hockey League schedule has arranged the next best thing: Eight of the Spokane Chiefs’ last 23 games are against …


Backup goalie posts shutout as Chiefs snap 2-game skid

After dropping two straight games, the Spokane Chiefs needed a win. Mac Engel needed one worse.


Chiefs’ Engel prepares to step in

When Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen missed 10 games to play in the World Junior tournament, his teammates responded with some of their best hockey of the season. Coach Don …


Winterhawks top Chiefs in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 36 seconds left in overtime, his second tally of the game, gave the Portland Winterhawks a 6-5 Western Hockey League victory over the …


Chiefs’ home loss rare

Don Nachbaur’s assessment was plain, simple and direct. “That was awful,” the Spokane Chiefs coach said.


Chiefs in first place after beating Everett

EVERETT, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs scored three times in the first 3 minutes, 8 seconds of the game and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips on …


Chiefs earn title ‘Great Outdoors’

Not distracted by their surroundings and with a sense of urgency born from an uncharacteristic poor outing, the Spokane Chiefs made the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic memorable. They simply rocked.


Blanchette: Chiefs lit the fuse on perfect outdoor outcome

The definition of an unqualified hockey success? When you run out of cannonballs for goal celebrations – and beer. As long as you can radio for backup beer, of course.


Spokane Chiefs creep closer to top of division

PORTLAND – The Spokane Chiefs took another big step Wednesday on their steady climb toward first place. Tyler Johnson and Dominik Uher paced the Chiefs with one goal and one …


Shots few for Spokane Chiefs, but enough go in

The Spokane Chiefs came up a little short this weekend, about 35 shots short. Not that they’re complaining.


Chiefs figure to stand pat

The Western Hockey League trading deadline is Monday afternoon and the Spokane Chiefs are surprisingly not sellers. They may not be buyers, either.


Koper’s hat trick leads Chiefs to victory

KELOWNA, B.C. – The Spokane Chiefs picked up in 2011 where they left off in 2010 – with a victory. Levko Koper scored three goals and the Chiefs breezed to …


Spokane Chiefs erupt in second period

The Spokane Chiefs marked the halfway point of the Western Hockey League in style Wednesday night, using a hat trick from leader Tyler Johnson to highlight an 8-2 thumping of …


Chiefs shut out Thunderbirds

SEATTLE – Tyler Johnson and Steven Kuhn provided the scoring and James Reid made 29 saves and earned his second straight shutout as the Spokane Chiefs (20-10-3-2) blanked the Seattle …


Chiefs head to break with win

You could excuse the Spokane Chiefs for humming the tune to “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” before Saturday night’s Western Hockey League game at Spokane Arena. It was the team’s …


Chiefs can’t hold 3-0 lead

There are a number of excuses the Spokane Chiefs could use for their 5-4 Western Hockey League overtime loss to Seattle at the Arena Wednesday night. They’ve been playing at …


Chiefs score eight to thump Thunderbirds

SEATTLE – Tyler Johnson scored his league-leading fourth short-handed goal and the offensive surge for the Spokane Chiefs continued Tuesday in an 8-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Seattle …


Chiefs among best with man advantage

Don’t look now, but the team that once squandered 23-straight power-play chances now sits second in the Western Hockey League with a 24.1 percent success rate. That would be the …


Ex-Chiefs coach has no regrets, but misses bus rides

When Hardy Sauter was fired as coach of the Spokane Chiefs in May he took the high road. He never uttered a negative word despite the fact he was released …


Spokane Chiefs uncork power in 12 straight games now

It sure seems like a long time ago – and it was just the third weekend of the Western Hockey League season two months ago – that the Spokane Chiefs’ …


Spokane Chiefs add defenseman

The Spokane Chiefs made a move to shore up their soon-to-be-thin defensive corps by picking up 18-year-old Davis Vandane. The former Saskatoon Blade joins the team in Vancouver tonight, the …