Time: Tonight at 7 in the Arena.
Records: Spokane (3-1-0), Portland (2-2).
Tickets:$6, $8, $10, $12.
Radio: KGA-AM (1510) 6 p.m. Hockey Tonight with Craig West. Mike Babcock Show 6:20, Portland coach Brent Peterson, 6:40.
Key Players: Spokane: D Sean Gillam (1 goal, 6 assists), C Darren Sinclair (4, 3), C Trent Whitfield (4, 5), GK David Lemanowicz (3.12 goals-against), LW Joe Cardarelli (3, 5), RW John Cirjak (3, 2), D Hugh Hamilton (1, 3), RW Randy Favaro (2, 2), RW Jay Bertsch (1, 1).
Portland: RW Brad Isbister (4 goals, 9 assists), GK Scott Rideout (4.0 goals against), C Dave Scatchard (5, 4), C/RW Matt Davidson (2, 3), RW Richard Zednik (2, 4), C Todd Robinson (3, 3), LW Colin Forbes (2, 5).
At a glance: The Winter Hawks are maturing into a West Division contender, although coach Brent Peterson insists they’re young and lacking experience. When Zednik and Robinson come around - Peterson says they’re not playing up to capabilities right now - the Hawks are double tough. “They’re the best team in our division 3 on 3 low in the offensive zone,” Chiefs coach Mike Babcock says. “They pick well and they’re good at cycling the puck.”
Isbister, on fire, had 3 points in Wednesday night’s 5-4 loss to Tri-City. “This will be a tough game for us,” Peterson said. “It’s something we have to go through to get better.” Unbeaten at home, the Chiefs have jumped on the opposition from the get-go. Should Kamloops let its guard down tonight in Prince George, the Chiefs could wake up Saturday in a tie for the WHL West lead. Chiefs may be without defenseman Scott Fletcher (hand) and Jared Hope (concussion).
Around the league: The Tampa Bay Lightning has signed Daymond Langkow of the Tri-City Americans and the NHL club will keep Langkow on its roster.
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