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Tacoma Rockets At Spokane Chiefs

Time: Tonight at 7.

Records: Spokane (19-31-1), Tacoma (31-20-1).

Radio:KGA-AM (1510) 6 p.m. Chiefs Talk with Craig West, 6:20 Mike Babcock Show, 6:50 pre-game.

Tickets: $9.50 and $7.50 with seats in the blue sections discounted to $6.50 for seniors, military, children under 14 and students with I.D. Season ticket or package ticket holders can exchange unused tickets for admission tonight.

Key players:

Spokane: C Jason Podollan (30, 22), GK Jarrod Daniel (3.79 goals-against), LW Greg Leeb (14, 23), D Sean Gillam (10, 33), C Trent Whitfield (4, 8), RW John Cirjak (16, 25), RW Jeremy Stasiuk (16, 21), LW Kevin Sawyer (5, 4). Tacoma: RW Vaclav Varada (36 goals, 28 assists), RW Marty Flichel (19, 39), D Alexandre Alexeev (14, 30), C/LW John Varga (24, 31), GK Todd MacDonald (3.12 goals against), RW Tavis Hansen (25, 27), D Dallas Thompson (7, 7) C Jason Deleurme (19, 18).

At a glance

Chiefs are without Bryan McCabe, who’s off for the Canadian Hockey League all-star game, and probably won’t have steady Jon Shockey (ankle). With rookie Joel Boschmann still finishing up with rehab (knee), the Spokane back line is short of warm bodies, leaving Gillam and Hugh Hamilton with important roles, and probably lots of ice time. “We want to prove to ourselves that we can win one without Caber,” Spokane coach Mike Babcock said after the Chiefs lost a close one to Kamloops Saturday night. It was Spokane’s third straight setback after having won eight in a row. The Rocks are playing well under coach Marcel Comeau. Tacoma shook Seattle 7-6 in overtime Saturday night before 8,111 in Tacoma with a power-play goal by defenseman Kyle McLaren. Varada had a pair of goals.

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