The Spokane Chiefs will reach the halfway point of their Western Hockey League schedule tonight with their traditional New Year’s Eve game in Kennewick.
Their 72-game schedule may be hitting its middle point, but the Chiefs are at their high point. Spokane (20-12-3-0, 63 points) has won a season-high six consecutive games heading in to its contest against the Tri-City Americans (18-16-0-1, 37) at Toyota Center.
The Chiefs have outscored opponents 26-13 during the streak, which began Dec. 12 with a 4-3 win at Portland that snapped the team’s 16-game losing streak against the Winterhawks.
Win No. 6 in the streak came Sunday, another 4-3 decision at Portland that allowed Spokane to move into second place in the U.S. Division.
Spokane is 4-1-0-0 against Tri-City this season. The Americans have lost eight of 12 games since their lone win over the Chiefs, Nov. 15 at the Arena.
Tri-City holds a 15-7-0-1 advantage (with one tie) in the New Year’s Eve contest, which celebrates its 25th year.
The Chiefs continue a four-game road swing with back-to-back contests at Victoria on Friday and Saturday.
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