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WHL notes: Prince George makes its playoff push

With four weeks left in the Western Hockey League’s regular season, the Prince George Cougars appear to be the biggest threat to the Spokane Chiefs’ playoff hopes. Following Saturday night’s 4-2 victory over Moose Jaw, the Cougars (24-33-2-2, 52 points) have picked up points in six of their last eight games to close within six points of the Chiefs and five of Tri-City, the teams that would advance as wild cards if the season ended today.

WHL notes: Moose Jaw Warriors retire Ryan Smyth’s jersey

The Moose Jaw Warriors retired the No. 28 jersey of Ryan Smyth before last Friday’s game against the visiting Spokane Chiefs. Smyth totaled 110 goals and 224 points during 188 regular-season games with the Warriors from 1992-95.

Chiefs rally to improve winning streak to three

PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia – Three was the Spokane Chiefs’ magical number on Tuesday. The Chiefs improved their winning streak to three on the strength of three unassisted goals and three second-period goals in a span of less than 6 minutes.

WHL notes: Chiefs apologize for anthem incident

Spokane Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz apologized to fans Tuesday night for the actions of three nondressed players during the singing of the national anthem during last Friday’s home game against Seattle. “We sure feel it’s necessary for us to comment and address the inappropriate action of our players,” Speltz told Mike Boyle on 1510-AM before Tuesday’s road game against Seattle. … “When we make mistakes, we have to be responsible.”

Chiefs get outhustled in loss to Prince George

The Spokane Chiefs got outhustled and outplayed Saturday night in a 6-2 Western Hockey League drubbing by visiting Prince George at the Arena. While the Chiefs (2-1-1-0) appeared sharp early, the players lapsed into sloppy passing and allowed the Cougars (3-3-0-0) to eventually take control.

Prince George’s christening draws royal gathering

LONDON – Dressed in a lace and satin gown designed in the 1840s, Britain’s 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened Wednesday with water from the River Jordan at a rare gathering of four generations of the royal family. The occasion had historic overtones: the presence of Britain’s 87-year-old monarch and three future kings, Princes Charles, William and, of course, little George.

Walchuk’s goal with 24 seconds left lifts Chiefs

If three’s a crowd, imagine what it’s like when nearly 8,000 people are letting you know how they feel. There were 7,713 fans on hand Saturday night at the Arena to watch the Spokane Chiefs welcome back recently traded goalie Mac Engel – who is now playing nearly 700 miles north for the Prince George Cougars.