Spokane moved into second place in the WHL's U.S. Division with Saturday night's 6-0 rout of the Portland Winter Hawks.
And then last-place Portland turned around Sunday and did Spokane a huge favor: The Hawks went into Kennewick and defeated the Tri-City Americans 4-2. It was the first of five consecutive games between the teams (interesting schedule that).
The Chiefs, meanwhile, will take its 36 points into Wednesday's home game against division leader Everett, which defeated Seattle 4-3 Saturday by rallying from a three-goal, third-period deficit. The loss didn't seem to hurt the Thunderbirds much, as they turned around and shut out Kamloops on the road Sunday.