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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

Winterhawks win Game 1

Ty Rattie had a natural hat trick in the third period and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the second period Friday night as the Portland Winterhawks defeated the Spokane Chiefs 7-2 to open the WHL Western Conference best-of-seven semifinals at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The teams...

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Shock roll to third consecutive win

At first glance, Spokane's 2013 AFL schedule looked daunting at the outset with three straight road games, but the Shock rolled to a three straight wins, the latest a 66-43 rout over Iowa on Friday. Erik Meyer passed for 330 yards and nine touchdowns, three...

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Portland takes 4-2 lead after two

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the second period to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-2 lead over the Spokane Chiefs after 40 minutes at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Todd Fiddler scored a shorthanded goal during the period for the Chiefs. Portland has a 29-25 edge...

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Chiefs, Winterhawks tied after one period

Mike Aviani's goal on a 4-on-4 play midway through the first period Friday allowed the Spokane Chiefs to tie the Portland Winterhawks at 1 after 20 minutes of their WHL Western Conference semifinal opener at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Aviani's goal was his fourth of the...

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Chiefs, Winterhawks set for second round

The Spokane Chiefs face a tall task in the second round of the Western Hockey League Western Conference playoffs. The Chiefs begin the best-of-seven conference semifinals tonight at Portland's Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Portland had the best record in the WHL and was 7-2 against the...

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Time to move on 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It seemed inevitable, even with all the inevitable denials. But after word surfaced earlier this week Pac-12 coordinator of officiating Ed Rush had offered a reward for a technical on Arizona's Sean Miller – joking or not – during the conference...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013

Rested Chiefs ready for next round

As the first Western Hockey League Western Conference team to clinch a second-round berth, the Spokane Chiefs had plenty of time to wait and see who their next opponent would be. It turned out to be the Portland Winterhawks, but the Chiefs spent their off...

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Shock travel to Iowa

After five days in Chicago, the Spokane Shock will bus to Des Moines today to continue preparations for Friday's game against Iowa. The Shock remained in the Midwest after defeating Chicago on Sunday. Here's a look at how they're spending their time.

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Catching up on defections, plus links 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- Before Washington State returns to the practice field this afternoon for its seventh workout of the spring, we decided it might be a good idea to recap the list of players who have left the team in recent weeks. Also, we...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

Chiefs draw Winterhawks for second round

It took four days to find out, but the Spokane Chiefs' next postseason assignment will be the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL Western Conference semifinals. The Chiefs wrapped up their first-round series against Tri-City on Saturday night, but they had to wait until Wednesday night...

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Winning the right way

A GRIP ON SPORTS If you had a chance to watch the Mariners play last night, you were lucky. They played the way baseball is supposed to be played. I'm not sure how many times it will happen in 2013, but I'm going to enjoy...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

Chiefs still don't know semifinal opponent

The Kelowna Rockets, who lost the first three games of the series, forced a Game 7 in their Western Hockey League opening-round playoff against Seattle by beating the Thunderbirds 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night in Seattle. The second-seeded Rockets and seventh-seeded Thunderbirds will play the...

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Bertaggia boosted Chiefs' offense

Alessio Bertaggia came to the Spokane Chiefs in January in a trade with Brandon. An injury sidelined him for four weeks, but the Chiefs have won 15 of 20 games overall since his return. Unfortunately for Bertaggia fans, the 19-year-old Swiss native has signed a...

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk tries to score as Southern’s Brandon Moore, right, elevates to defend. (Colin Mulvany)

More honors for Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk joined select company when he was named Associated Press first-team All-American on Monday. Dan Dickau and Adam Morrison are the only other Zags to be AP first-teamers. Olynyk also made the Wooden Award All-American team (10 players) later Monday. He's the fifth Bulldog...

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It's time for a change 

A GRIP ON SPORTS I fully expected to get up this morning and write about the Mariners and their 2-0, opening-day win over Oakland last night. To pound out about a thousand words concerning Felix's dominance of the defending AL West champions. I didn't figure...

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Chiefs will meet Portland or Kamloops

The Western Hockey League Western Conference semifinals are 75 percent set after Portland and Kamloops won Monday night to polish off their opening-round series. The Spokane Chiefs clinched their semifinal berth on Saturday night in Kennewick. The last remaining series to be decided is second-seeded...

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