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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 …


Chiefs earn title ‘Great Outdoors’

Not distracted by their surroundings and with a sense of urgency born from an uncharacteristic poor outing, the Spokane Chiefs made the Rockstar Outdoor Hockey Classic memorable. They simply rocked.


Blanchette: Chiefs lit the fuse on perfect outdoor outcome

The definition of an unqualified hockey success? When you run out of cannonballs for goal celebrations – and beer. As long as you can radio for backup beer, of course.


Spokane Chiefs creep closer to top of division

PORTLAND – The Spokane Chiefs took another big step Wednesday on their steady climb toward first place. Tyler Johnson and Dominik Uher paced the Chiefs with one goal and one …


Shots few for Spokane Chiefs, but enough go in

The Spokane Chiefs came up a little short this weekend, about 35 shots short. Not that they’re complaining.


Chiefs figure to stand pat

The Western Hockey League trading deadline is Monday afternoon and the Spokane Chiefs are surprisingly not sellers. They may not be buyers, either.


Koper’s hat trick leads Chiefs to victory

KELOWNA, B.C. – The Spokane Chiefs picked up in 2011 where they left off in 2010 – with a victory. Levko Koper scored three goals and the Chiefs breezed to …


Spokane Chiefs erupt in second period

The Spokane Chiefs marked the halfway point of the Western Hockey League in style Wednesday night, using a hat trick from leader Tyler Johnson to highlight an 8-2 thumping of …


Chiefs shut out Thunderbirds

SEATTLE – Tyler Johnson and Steven Kuhn provided the scoring and James Reid made 29 saves and earned his second straight shutout as the Spokane Chiefs (20-10-3-2) blanked the Seattle …


Chiefs head to break with win

You could excuse the Spokane Chiefs for humming the tune to “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” before Saturday night’s Western Hockey League game at Spokane Arena. It was the team’s …


Chiefs can’t hold 3-0 lead

There are a number of excuses the Spokane Chiefs could use for their 5-4 Western Hockey League overtime loss to Seattle at the Arena Wednesday night. They’ve been playing at …


Chiefs score eight to thump Thunderbirds

SEATTLE – Tyler Johnson scored his league-leading fourth short-handed goal and the offensive surge for the Spokane Chiefs continued Tuesday in an 8-2 Western Hockey League victory over the Seattle …


Ex-Chiefs coach has no regrets, but misses bus rides

When Hardy Sauter was fired as coach of the Spokane Chiefs in May he took the high road. He never uttered a negative word despite the fact he was released …


Chiefs among best with man advantage

Don’t look now, but the team that once squandered 23-straight power-play chances now sits second in the Western Hockey League with a 24.1 percent success rate. That would be the …


Spokane Chiefs uncork power in 12 straight games now

It sure seems like a long time ago – and it was just the third weekend of the Western Hockey League season two months ago – that the Spokane Chiefs’ …


Spokane Chiefs add defenseman

The Spokane Chiefs made a move to shore up their soon-to-be-thin defensive corps by picking up 18-year-old Davis Vandane. The former Saskatoon Blade joins the team in Vancouver tonight, the …


Chiefs wallop Winterhawks, move into a tie for 2nd

It was a dominating performance, worthy of a first-place team – except it was the first-place team that was dominated. The Portland Winterhawks, with the most points in the Western …


Plucky Chiefs beat the best on Teddy Bear Toss night

It would have been easy to have a different outcome, but the Spokane Chiefs stuffed the Portland Winterhawks on Teddy Bear Toss night 4-3, in the process ending a 10-game …


Fresh-legged Kelowna spoils late Chiefs rally

Don Nachbaur wasn’t going to throw his team under the bus, maybe because they’ve spent so much time on a bus. The Spokane Chiefs played tired for two periods before …


Chiefs’ production line: Kuhn, Miller, Gal

Seconds after Spokane center Steven Kuhn dropped to the ice to block a shot from the point, Kenton Miller slipped a little drop pass to Blake Gal, who went backhand …


Chiefs make move in big way

Last place – OK, technically, a three-way tie for eighth in the 10-team Western Conference – didn’t sit well with the Spokane Chiefs. Even though the basement view wasn’t ugly, …


Chiefs survive up-and-down road trip

That the Spokane Chiefs picked up three points last weekend in it’s critical three-games-in-three-days Western Hockey League road trip wasn’t a surprise. What was surprising was the manner in which …


Chiefs dump Portland Winterhawks

PORTLAND – Blake Gal and Anthony Bardaro scored 7 seconds apart in the first period as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday. …


Tri-City Americans stomp Chiefs

KENNEWICK – Rather than finding a way to get back on the winning path, the Spokane Chiefs ran into a buzz saw Saturday. The Tri-City Americans (12-8-1-1) scored four goals …


Chiefs silence Tri-City Americans

It was a game that was played on the edge until the Spokane Chiefs pushed the Tri-City Americans over it. Three goals in the last half of the second period …


Chiefs passed road-trip test

It’s not often a stretch of three wins and three losses is cause for enthusiasm. But there is an exception, and that comes during every Western Hockey League season when …


Chiefs end trip with win

SWIFT CURRENT, Saskatchewan – Steven Kuhn and Tyler Johnson scored back-to-back goals in the third period and the Spokane Chiefs ended their six-game Western Hockey League Eastern Conference road swing …


Spokane Chiefs lose to Raiders in Saskatchewan

PRINCE ALBERT, Saskatchewan – The Spokane Chiefs’ recent domination of the Prince Albert Raiders ended Wednesday night, although the final score didn’t reflect the action on the ice. Todd Fiddler’s …


Kichton’s hot hand carries Chiefs past Blades

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – Brendon Kichton’s first two-goal game of his career gave the Spokane Chiefs a 2-0 lead in the first period, leading to a 3-2 victory over Saskatoon in …


Chiefs pick up road win

Brendon Kichton’s first two-goal game of his career gave the Spokane Chiefs a 2-0 lead in the first period, leading to a 3-2 victory over Saskatoon in WHL action Tuesday …