It was teddy bear toss in Vancouver, spoiled by the Spokane Chiefs when Blake Gal was the only one of six shooters to score in the shoot-out. That's four wins in a row for the Chiefs heading into a home game tonight against Kamloops.
A year ago Jared Spurgeon was playing hockey for the Spokane Chiefs and fighting for his professional life. He had been drafted by wasn't signed. He had a great season, got a free agent try-out with Minnesota, was invited to camp, signed a contract and sent to Houston in the AHL. He's already in the NHL and getting noticed, as this story by Kent Youngblood of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune suggests.
Meanwhile, the Tri-City Americans made a big trade.