With three games left in the regular season, the Spokane Chiefs are in a tight race for the last remaining playoff spots in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference. Just two points separate the sixth- and ninth-place teams.
Games against basement dwellers like the Tri-City Americans are the kinds of games the Spokane Chiefs need to win if they want to secure a playoff spot. That’s why Saturday’s 6-3 loss to Tri-City might come back to bite the Chiefs as the season winds down.
When the Spokane Chiefs fired coach Adam Maglio on Feb. 10, the team sat in last place in the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference with a 12-26-3-1 record. Flash forward almost five weeks and the Chiefs are suddenly in the thick of the playoff picture.
The Spokane Chiefs used a three-goal third period to dispatch the Vancouver Giants Wednesday at the Arena, moving into a tie for seventh in the Western Conference and two points behind sixth place as the playoff push gets into high gear.
The Spokane Chiefs are pushing for a spot in the Western Hockey League playoffs, but Friday’s result in Kent showed once again that there is a clear separation between the top handful of Western Conference teams and those at the bottom.