When you look at how the Spokane Chiefs’ season ended – in five games to the top-seeded Vancouver Giants – you can point to two stats: one power play goal in the series, and just one point for star defenseman Ty Smith.
Four poor periods and a power play that suddenly went ice-cold sunk the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Conference finals.
Down 3-1 heading into Game 5 Friday against the Vancouver Giants in Langley, British Columbia, the Chiefs must win three straight to advance to the Chynoweth Cup Finals.
The NHL franchise coming to Seattle doesn’t have a name yet. But Spokane artist Charlie Palmer is a step ahead of them, and he’s hoping team planners will give his work a look.
Vancouver’s Dawson Holt scored at 7:07 of the extra period Wednesday night, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the host Spokane Chiefs in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.
It wasn’t a must-win game, but it wasn’t far from one. The Spokane Chiefs, down 2-0 in the Western Conference Championship series against the Vancouver Giants, came home Tuesday looking to avoid going down 3-0.
LANGLEY, B.C. – Up 2-0 with 20 minutes to go, the Spokane Chiefs appeared to be in prime position to earn a road split heading home for Games 3 and 4. The Vancouver Giants had other intentions, unleashing a dominant third period while the Chiefs were left wondering what had just happened.
LANGLEY, B.C. – A flat effort in the opening game of the Western Conference Finals has the Spokane Chiefs in unfamiliar territory, trailing a Western Hockey League playoff series for the first time this postseason. The host Vancouver Giants jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 8:37 and never looked back, taking Game 1 on Friday night at Langley Events Centre by a 4-1 score.
With Filip Kral suspended for Game 5 against Everett, Ty Smith took over Kral’s spot on the second power-play unit. That meant Smith played just about every second of the Chiefs’ five power plays, in addition to his usual number of shifts on the team’s top defensive pair, alongside Nolan Reid.
Nolan Reid waited many years to play meaningful hockey games in April, so it’s a big deal to him that the Spokane Chiefs are in the Western Conference finals.
The Spokane Chiefs eliminated the U.S. Division champion Everett Silvertips four games to one with a 2-1 victory Saturday at the Arena.
Down 3-0 to the Spokane Chiefs in their second-round playoff series, the Everett Silvertips looked exactly like a desperate team with their season on the ropes.