If you don’t count the two seasons when COVID-19 prevented the Western Hockey League from hosting playoffs, this spring will be the first time since the 2016-17 season that there will be no playoff hockey in Spokane.
The Spokane Chiefs had to ice a shorthanded lineup Friday night, and it was clear which team was outmanned. The Tri-City Americans, on the other hand, are still playing for seeding in the WHL’s Western Conference playoff race.
Spotting your opponent four goals is a good recipe for a loss. For the Spokane Chiefs, it did result in a loss, but not without a fight. The Chiefs roared back to tie the game with 2:02 remaining the game before ultimately losing in overtime.