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The NHL suspended Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen three games for his late hit to the head of Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen. Cowen, a former Spokane Chief, was assessed a minor penalty for interference Saturday. Jokinen was shaken up but returned to the game. The league on Monday noted the lateness of the hit plus the fact Cowen’s shoulder made contact with Jokinen’s head. The second suspension of Cowen’s career will cost him more than $113,000 in salary. He is eligible to return March 3 at Minnesota. Jokinen skated into the Senators’ zone and completed a pass when he was hit. Cowen said he “didn’t mean to hurt anyone” and calls the three-game ban “a bit much.” He said he’s “trying to be a physical player” and to do that “you’ve got to play on the edge.” – AP
When the Spokane Chiefs’ season ended 10 days ago, it was, as always, emotional for the 20-year-olds whose Western Hockey League careers were officially over. “It’s pretty tough,” Tyler Johnson said. “These were the best years of my life. For them to be over is a shame. I’m really proud to be a Chief.”
Whatever tonight brings for the Spokane Chiefs – one more game to play or none at all – it’s good to remember that hockey in May seemed the least likely of all outcomes back in September. Oddly enough, the Chiefs still do.
Whatever tonight brings for the Spokane Chiefs – one more game to play or none at all – it’s good to remember that hockey in May seemed the least likely of all outcomes back in September. Oddly enough, the Chiefs still do. “We were picked to be last and look where we are now,” offered defenseman Jared Cowen. “People didn’t think we were going to be very good, and none of us really forgot that all year. “We’ve kept it in the back of our heads, even now.” Not that backup motivations are needed tonight, when they meet Portland in Game 6 of the Western Hockey League’s Western Conference finals at the Spokane Arena, with the Chiefs a loss away from elimination. “But it’s just human nature,” Cowen said, “to want to be better than people think you are.”
Spokane Chiefs defenseman Jared Cowen said he knows when he plays poorly and doesn’t need anyone to remind him. That’s why the generally reticent captain didn’t expect to get in the face of any teammates after a subpar effort cost them a chance to take command of the Western Conference finals in the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Spokane Chiefs coach Don Nachbaur has the same reaction as everyone else when he looks at the Portland Winterhawks. “Their skill jumps out at you,” Nachbaur said. “If you make a mistake they make you pay for it dearly. They’ll never be out of a game because of that. They can have an off period, an off two periods then they get one opportunity and it’s in the back of the net. They have some pure snipers and some pure passers on that team.”
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – At times, it must have seemed to Spokane goalie James Reid and his Prince George counterpart, Ty Rimmer, that they were in a shooting gallery – as the targets. Four goals came in 5 minutes, 7 seconds in the second period; there were two-goal bursts of 24 and 16 seconds; and another pair of goals came 2:47 apart in the third.