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Mitch Lipon and Tyson Helgesen scored their first goals as Chiefs to highlight a 4-2 win over the Tri-City Americans as the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season began.
Marcus Messier has witnessed four Western Hockey League season openers between the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. But this year, in his final season in the league, Messier will experience the opener from the other side.
As recent tradition dictates, the Spokane Chiefs will open the WHL season against Tri-City at 7 tonight (Saturday) at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
To illustrate the depth of the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division, consider the Spokane Chiefs’ position last season. The Chiefs finished with 86 points in 2013-14 – a solid showing, to be sure, but only good enough to place fourth in the five-team division.
As was the case for most of the preseason, the Spokane Chiefs came up short offensively on Saturday night. Braden Purtill’s overtime goal gave Tri-City (5-3-0-0) a 2-1 win over Spokane (2-3-2-0) in a Western Hockey League preseason finale at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur doesn’t put much stock in the final score during Western Hockey League exhibition games.
The Spokane Chiefs didn’t get their victory, but they got Victoria.
You can always count on the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans to butt heads. Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 10,325 at the Arena was no different, as the Chiefs and Americans went to overtime for the third time in seven games this season.
KENNEWICK – A Canadian news reporter has been charged with threatening to kill her boyfriend, former Spokane Chiefs and current Tri-City Americans forward Jackson Playfair, after finding out he’d dated someone else. One count of felony harassment with domestic violence was filed Thursday against Tieja MacLaughlin in Benton County Superior Court with bail set at $50,000.
As Tim Speltz puts it, the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans aren’t exactly on each other’s speed dial.
The Spokane Chiefs announced today that they have acquired 19-year-old forward Marcus Messier from the Tri-City Americans in exchange for 19-year-old forward Jackson Playfair.
Most Spokane Chiefs fans haven’t had a chance to see their favorite team this season. The majority of hockey fans who have seen the Chiefs didn’t enjoy the view.
Most Spokane Chiefs fans haven’t had a chance to see their favorite team this season.
The Spokane Chiefs needed less than 6 minutes of the first period Saturday night to make the rest of their season opener a relative cake walk.
KENNEWICK — Face recognition technology will be tested at a hockey game next week at an arena in Kennewick.
KENNEWICK – More than any team with home-ice advantage in the Western Hockey League playoffs, the Spokane Chiefs needed to jump out to a 2-0 series lead. The Chiefs accomplished that by defeating the Tri-City Americans 4-1 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday at the Arena to take command of the first-round, best-of-seven series.
More than any team with home-ice advantage in the Western Hockey League playoffs, the Spokane Chiefs needed to jump out to a 2-0 series lead. The Chiefs accomplished that by defeating the Tri-City Americans 4-1 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday at the Arena to take command of the first-round, best-of-seven series.
One-third of the way through the Western Hockey League season, the Spokane Chiefs were vying for the third-best record in the Western Conference and a potential first-round playoff matchup against Victoria. Two-thirds of the way through the season, Victoria caught fire and threatened to drop the Chiefs into the sixth-place spot and a possible first-round series against Kamloops.
KENNEWICK – Forty minutes do not a hockey game make. The Spokane Chiefs found that out the hard way on Monday night. After scrapping their way to a 3-2 lead through two periods, the Chiefs had multiple breakdowns in the third period and Tri-City rattled off four straight goals – two of them just 14 seconds apart – and skated to a 6-3 win before 6,098 at the Toyota Center in the 23rd annual New Year’s Eve meeting between the U.S. Division rivals.
Forty minutes do not a hockey game make. The Spokane Chiefs found that out the hard way on Monday night.