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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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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.

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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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