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Winterhawks even playoff series with Chiefs

PORTLAND – The Spokane Chiefs had a chance to take control of their Western Hockey League playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks but they gave it back. Just 33 seconds …


Chiefs look toward Game 2 wary of Portland’s skills

PORTLAND – For every wide-open net the Portland Winterhawks missed, the Spokane Chiefs missed the net completely on a breakaway. Overall the “what ifs” were even in the first game …


Chiefs even series with Americans

The Spokane Chiefs aren’t where they need to be, but they took a step in that direction Sunday night. After dropping the first game of their best-of-7 Western Hockey League …


Tri-City grabs 1st game in best-of-7 series against Chiefs

It wasn’t a classic, not compared to the last time the Tri-City Americans and Spokane Chiefs met in a Western Hockey League playoff series three years ago. But Saturday night …


Chiefs recall classic playoff series against Tri-City

There were three smiles, best explained by Tyler Johnson. “That series was epic, to say the least,” he said.


Spokane clinches first-round series behind Gal’s 3 goals

Blake Gal thought about the question. Yes, he admitted, he may have scored a bigger goal in his career than the one he netted Saturday in the Arena to lift …


Spokane Chiefs tumble in OT

Only once in the regular season did the Spokane Chiefs take a lead into the third period and lose. But just three games into the Western Hockey League playoffs they …


Spokane Chiefs take 2-0 series lead in WHL playoffs

CHILLIWACK, B.C. – The Spokane Chiefs are in the driver’s seat of their Western Hockey League first-round series after posting a 5-0 victory over the Chilliwack Bruins on Saturday night. …


Chiefs have playoff luxury of two superb goaltenders

His last start was a shutout and his goals-against-average is second best in the Western Hockey League, but that might not be enough to get Mac Engel the start when …


Chiefs win finale, will face Chilliwack in playoffs

The Spokane Chiefs closed the Western Hockey League regular season with a 6-3 win at Portland on Sunday. Spokane, whose playoff fate as the third seed in the Western Conference …


Portland clinches U.S. Division with win, Spokane loss

KENNEWICK – The Tri-City Americans failed to cooperate in the Spokane Chiefs’ quest for a first-place finish in the U.S. Division of the Western Conference. Brendan Shinnimin and Kruise Reddick …


Chiefs go to shootout to defeat Chilliwack

A franchise record for shots and little to show for it. Except for the win.


Koper’s shootout goal sends Spokane Chiefs past Kootenay

When Spokane coach Don Nachbaur described the Chiefs’ game with the Kootenay Ice Saturday night as “hairy,” the implication was understood. In one of the tightest, most intense Western Hockey …


Chiefs use power-play power to dispatch Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Power plays were very, very good to the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday night. The Chiefs found the net three times in six opportunities with a man …


Spokane Chiefs outskate Americans at ‘playoff tempo’

Barely three weeks after hitting rock bottom, Mac Engel is red hot. The Spokane Chiefs’ goalie made 26 saves to beat Tri-City for the third time in eight days and …


Chiefs fall flat in 5-1 setback to last-place Seattle

For two teams on opposite ends of the Western Conference standings, the Spokane Chiefs certainly have a difficult time with the Seattle Thunderbirds. It was no different at the Arena …


Koper’s hat trick leads Chiefs past Everett

EVERETT – Levko Koper recorded his second hat trick of the season and defenseman Brenden Kichton scored twice Wednesday night to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 7-2 Western Hockey …


Chiefs score first, but lose to Seattle

SEATTLE – The Spokane Chiefs got on the board first midway through the first period, but that was all the offense they could muster in a 3-1 loss to the …


Best of the West: Chiefs’ Johnson wins four categories

Spokane native and Spokane Chiefs star Tyler Johnson was voted Top Defensive Forward, Best Over-Age Player, Best Skater and Best Faceoff Man in the Best of the West 2011 poll …


Spokane Chiefs whip Tri-City before sellout crowd

The truth is, when Tri-City collected what would have to be considered an easy goal less than five minutes into their Western Hockey League game with the Spokane Chiefs Saturday …


Portland uncorks five goals in 2 minutes to overwhelm Chiefs

In the beginning it seemed like a matter of time before the Spokane Chiefs would make first-place Portland crack. Through 15 scoreless minutes at the Arena, Mac Engel had come …


Chiefs’ Kramer adds special touch on and off ice

First, it’s important to know how the smile creased the face of often-dour Don Nachbaur. The subject was Spokane Chiefs forward and pugilist Darren Kramer and Nachbaur just lit up.


Chiefs cap victory over Seattle with 3-goal third period

SEATTLE – The Spokane Chiefs used a quick start and a fast finish to chalk up a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night. …


Blanchette: Nachbaur puts main jolt in surprising Chiefs

Just in case they don’t meet in the playoffs, the Western Hockey League schedule has arranged the next best thing: Eight of the Spokane Chiefs’ last 23 games are against …


Tri-City scores with 37 seconds left to turn back Spokane

There’s no doubt most of the sellout crowd of 10,474 at the Arena on Saturday night are likely to come back. Will the Spokane Chiefs?


Backup goalie posts shutout as Chiefs snap 2-game skid

After dropping two straight games, the Spokane Chiefs needed a win. Mac Engel needed one worse.


Chiefs have to band together

When Spokane Chiefs captain Jared Cowen missed 10 games to play in the World Junior tournament, his teammates responded with some of their best hockey of the season. Coach Don …


Winterhawks top Chiefs in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nino Niederreiter’s goal with 36 seconds left in overtime, his second tally of the game, gave the Portland Winterhawks a 6-5 Western Hockey League victory over the …


Chiefs’ home loss rare

Don Nachbaur’s assessment was plain, simple and direct. “That was awful,” the Spokane Chiefs coach said.


Chiefs in first place after beating Everett

EVERETT, Wash. — The Spokane Chiefs scored three times in the first 3 minutes, 8 seconds of the game and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Everett Silvertips on …