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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 can forge their second five-game winning streak of the season with a victory over the Tri-City Americans. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Arena.
In the Western Hockey League, nights spent in cramped buses after games far away from home are the norm. For the Spokane Chiefs, an early morning arrival after a long journey home from Kamloops, B.C., contributed to tired legs and an eventual 5-3 loss to the Tri-City Americans in front of 9,183 fans at the Spokane Arena.
Garret Hughson deflected the last dangerous Tri-City shot and Don Nachbaur deflected any talk about his 600th career win. Hughson improved to 2-0 as Chiefs starting goaltender and Nachbaur became the fourth coach in Western Hockey League history to record 600 career wins Saturday during a 3-2 win over Tri-City in Spokane’s home opener at the Arena.
KENNEWICK – As to the nagging question of who will score for the Spokane Chiefs this season, the early answer appears to be: “anybody.” 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 at the Toyota Center.
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.