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UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Future looks bright after Chiefs’ best season since 2011

When you look at how the Spokane Chiefs’ season ended – in five games to the top-seeded Vancouver Giants – you can point to two stats: one power play goal …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

Comeback falls short as Spokane Chiefs ousted from WHL playoffs after 3-2 loss to Vancouver

Four poor periods and a power play that suddenly went ice-cold sunk the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Conference finals.


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs have little room for error in must-win game at Vancouver

Down 3-1 heading into Game 5 Friday against the Vancouver Giants in Langley, British Columbia, the Chiefs must win three straight to advance to the Chynoweth Cup Finals.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 11:04 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs squander third-period lead, lose in overtime to Vancouver

Vancouver’s Dawson Holt scored at 7:07 of the extra period Wednesday night, giving the Giants a 4-3 win over the host Spokane Chiefs in Game 4 of the Western Conference …


Chiefs at home hoping to erase 2-0 deficit against Giants

The Spokane Chiefs were 20 minutes away Saturday from earning a road split to open the Western Conference Championship against the Vancouver Giants. But in just 3:21, their 2-0 lead …


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 11:29 p.m.

Chiefs collapse in third period, drop Game 2 at Vancouver

LANGLEY, B.C. – Up 2-0 with 20 minutes to go, the Spokane Chiefs appeared to be in prime position to earn a road split heading home for Games 3 and …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs’ Ty Smith skates the extra mile when called upon

With Filip Kral suspended for Game 5 against Everett, Ty Smith took over Kral’s spot on the second power-play unit. That meant Smith played just about every second of the …


UPDATED: Sun., April 14, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Lot of similarities in Chiefs-Giants Western Conference Final showdown

When the 2018-19 season started, the Spokane Chiefs were a trendy pick in the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division. The Chiefs even started the season in the Canadian Hockey League’s …


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 11:31 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs move to Western Conference final after completing series win over Everett

The Spokane Chiefs eliminated the U.S. Division champion Everett Silvertips four games to one with a 2-1 victory Saturday at the Arena.


Quick-scoring Everett avoids playoff sweep by turning back Spokane Chiefs

Down 3-0 to the Spokane Chiefs in their second-round playoff series, the Everett Silvertips looked exactly like a desperate team with their season on the ropes.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Defensive-minded Spokane Chiefs take 3-0 playoff series lead over Everett

Conventional wisdom says the Spokane Chiefs shouldn’t be up 3-0 in their second-round playoff series with the Everett Silvertips. The Chiefs have been outshot in all three games against the …


John Blanchette: Spokane Chiefs’ depth makes powerful statement in postseason

The consensus is that for drama, hockey’s playoffs have it all over basketball – the big-league, best-of-7 kind, anyway – despite all those tension-filled advanced-the-ball timeouts in the NBA’s DNA.


Mike Boyle on the Press Box Podcast: Spokane Chiefs have ‘found their game’

On Tuesday, the radio broadcaster joined Larry Weir to talk all things Chiefs, from the early season poll that had Spokane ranked No. 2 in the Canadian Hockey League, to …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019, 10:31 p.m.

Chiefs use third-period surge to win Game 1 at Everett 6-3

Ethan McIndoe scored two goals and added an assist, and the Spokane Chiefs used a four-goal third period to pull away and defeat the Everett Silvertips in Game 1 of …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 10:16 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs leave regular-season record against Everett in rearview mirror ahead of WHL playoff series

In eight games during the regular season, the Spokane Chiefs won just twice against the Everett Silvertips, their second round playoff opponent in a series that begins Saturday in Everett.


UPDATED: Thu., April 4, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Adam Beckman has gone from ‘wait-and-see’ prospect to rookie phenom for Spokane Chiefs

Adam Beckman now looks entirely like the kind of 17-year-old player NHL scouts linger after a game to meet.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs return home with two-game advantage in playoff series with Portland

After splitting the first two games in Spokane, the Chiefs needed to overcome two-goal deficits in the third and fourth games in Portland, and needed a hero in overtime in …


Adam Beckman’s overtime goal caps Chiefs’ late rally at Portland

Adam Beckman’s power-play goal 4 minutes, 39 seconds into overtime capped Spokane’s rally from a 3-1 third-period deficit Wednesday night as the Chiefs pushed Portland to the brink of elimination …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

Riley Woods’ overtime goal gives Spokane Chiefs 2-1 series lead over Portland

Riley Woods’ overtime goal Tuesday gave the Spokane Chiefs a 5-4 victory against the Portland Winterhawks in Game 3 of their Western Hockey League first-round playoff series at Veterans Memorial …


UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane squanders early lead as Portland levels playoff series with 5-3 win

The Spokane Chiefs entered Saturday’s third period up 2-1 on the Portland Winterhawks and were 20 minutes away from heading to Portland up 2-0 in their first round playoff series.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 11:13 p.m.

Chiefs ride power-play unit to playoff-opening win over Portland

The Spokane Chiefs had the league’s best power-play unit during the regular season. Now that the playoffs have started, the team isn’t letting up.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs trending in right direction ahead of WHL playoff opener against Portland

The Spokane Chiefs and Portland Winterhawks enter the first round of the playoffs heading in slightly different directions.


Portland defeats Spokane Chiefs in Game 7 of Western Hockey League first-round playoff series

Cody Glass shattered the Spokane Chiefs’ dream of a playoff series victory Tuesday.


Chiefs roll past Portland Winterhawks, force Game 7

Facing another must-win situation, the Chiefs kept their season alive, thoroughly outplaying the Portland Winterhawks and winning 5-2 to force a Game 7 in Portland on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Kailer Yamamoto keeps Chiefs alive in WHL playoffs with overtime winner against Portland

Kailer Yamamoto, the team’s player of the year, scored the winning goal on a one-timer from the top of the circles at 9:19 of overtime to give Spokane a 5-4 …


Quick scores allow Portland to take 3-1 lead over Chiefs in Western Hockey League playoff series

Seven seconds. That’s a blip on the radar in a 60-minute hockey game, but 7 seconds is all it took for the Spokane Chiefs to go from being on their …


Costly mistakes hurt Chiefs as Portland takes 2-1 lead in Western Hockey League playoff series

The playoffs are an unforgiving group of games and leave little margin for error.


Spokane Chiefs’ rally falls short in 4-3 loss to Portland to even series at 1-1

The Spokane Chiefs’ rally from a four-goal deficit fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Portland Winterhawks on Sunday that evened their first-round, best-of-seven Western Hockey League playoff series …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Luke Toporowski scores in OT to give Chiefs 1-0 playoff lead over Portland

Luke Toporowski scored his first-career playoff goal in overtime and the Chiefs defeated the Portland Winterhawks 4-3 on Saturday night in a WHL playoff opener at Memorial Coliseum.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs return to postseason with tough test against Portland Winterhawks

The WHL’s playoff structure mirrors that of the National Hockey League, where the top three in each division qualify, as well as the next two best teams in the conference. …