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Sauter: Despite trend, playing at home is advantage

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Spokane is 0-for-7 against Portland at Spokane Arena this season (Photo: SWX) Spokane is 0-for-7 against Portland at Spokane Arena this season (Photo: SWX)
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    Deciding game between Chiefs, Winterhawks aired live on SWX

    Deciding game between Chiefs, Winterhawks aired live on SWX

    Tuesday, March 30 2010 5:47 PM EDT2010-03-30 21:47:34 GMT
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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs are hoping to buck a trend in their playoff series against the Portland Winterhawks.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs are hoping to buck a trend in their playoff series against the Portland Winterhawks. So far, the home team has lost every game in the series, with Spokane getting the most recent win at Portland on Monday night to force a game 7.  The final, deciding game is Wednesday - in Spokane.More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs have one more chance to make things right.  Once more chance to put Portland away for good.  The Chiefs and Winterhawks face off Wednesday night at Spokane Arena in a deciding Game 7. The loser goes home.  The winner advances to play Vancouver in the semifinals.

The game at 7 p.m. can be seen live on SWX-TV. Fans outside the Spokane area can watch a tape-delayed version of the game beginning an hour later at 8 p.m.

Spokane will be working against two strange trends: not only are they trying to become the first home team to win a game in the current series, but they've also lost every game they've played against Portland in Spokane Arena this season.  They're 0-for-7 this year.

Spokane Chiefs on SWX

Spokane Chiefs
vs.
Portland Winterhawks

Playoff Game 7
Date: Wed., Mar. 31
Time: 7:00 p.m.

LIVE on SWX-TV!

Head coach Hardy Sauter said playing at home is an advantage nonetheless.

"It's unique to say the least," said Sauter. "But all year we worked hard to get home ice in the first round - at worst.   We've done that.  We get game seven at home and I think it's going to matter.  I think the crowd's going to matter.  I think staying in our own beds is going to matter. I think just being in the comfort of our own arena is going to matter. "

The Chiefs forced a game seven on Monday by beating the Winterhawks 4-3 in Portland. Levko Koper scored a pair of goals and Tyler Johnson helped with three assists in the Chiefs' victory.

Wednesday will be the fifth time that Spokane and Portland will play a final, deciding game against each other.

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