The Spokane Chiefs need one win in their next two playoff games with Everett to force a Game 6 that would be played Tuesday in Spokane. Read story
The eight-game regular-season series between the Chiefs and Silvertips was about as competitive as possible. Although Everett won five of the eight contests, the Silvertips only outscored the Chiefs 29-27.
That pattern has continued through three games of their best-of-7, first-round series. Everett leads 2-1, having outscored Spokane 9-8.
Penalties have also been fairly even during the rough-and-tumble series. The Chiefs have been whistled for 37 infractions for 123 minutes. Everett has drawn 34 penalties for 109 minutes.
Both teams have excelled at the penalty kill. Spokane has stopped 16 of 19 Silvertips power-play chances while Everett is 14 for 17 on the penalty kill.
A note about attendance: The Chiefs only drew 3,624 for Wednesday's game, but they expect a bigger gate for Friday's Game 4. Everett averaged 3,848 for the first two games at Xfinity Arena.