November 19, 2012 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Spokane Chiefs
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST
vs. EVERETT SILVERTIPS
Spokane will host Everett for the third time this season. It will be their fourth of eight meetings this season. Spokane will play four times in Everett and four in the Spokane Arena. The Silvertips picked up a 6-5 win on October 26th in their first game of the year. The Chiefs outshot Everett 34-26. Todd Fiddler had two goals and an assist while Mike Aviani had a pair of assists. Five different players scored goals in Spokane's 5-0 win on Saturday, November 3rd. Connor Chartier, Todd Fiddler and Brenden Kichton each finished with a goal and assist. Eric Williams stopped 26 shots for the shutout. In their next game, just three days later on November 6th, Garret Hughson made 22 saves in a 4-0 win. Mikulas Rimmel, Connor Chartier, Dylan Walchuk and Adam Helewka scored goals. The Chiefs outshot Everett 35-22. Spokane finished with an 8-1-1-0 record with one win in overtime last season against the Silvertips.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD
at TRI-CITY AMERICANS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH
vs. TRI-CITY AMERICANS
The Chiefs will play a home-and-home series with the Tri-City Americans. Spokane is 3-0 on the season versus Tri-City including a 3-2 win on Saturday, October 27th. Jackson Playfair, Mike Aviani and Todd Fiddler all scored for the Chiefs and Eric Williams made 35 saves, including 16 in the third period. Spokane also won both halves of the season opening series with a win on 5-2 win in Kennewick on September 22nd and a 5-3 victory at home on September 29th. In the first game Spokane got five goals from five different players including a goal and assist from Mitch Holmberg, Liam Stewart and Carter Proft, and outshot Tri-City 35-31. The following week Holmberg had a hat-trick and Dylan Walchuk three assists in Spokane's home opener. Overall, the Chiefs are 3-11 on the power play and 10-10 on the penalty kill. Spokane and Tri-City are coming off their second straight season of facing each other in the playoffs and their sixth ever meeting in the post-season. In 2011, the Chiefs earned a six game series win while the Americans won last year's series in seven games. In its 25th year of existence the Chiefs lead the regular season series 146-126-1-5 with 13 ties.
NEWS AND NOTES
SCHEDULE...This week the Chiefs will play three games, two at home, continuing a stretch of eight out of 10 in the Spokane Arena. The Chiefs are 5-2 in the previous seven games. After Saturday's game versus Tri-City the Chiefs will play six games in a row on the road.
ROOFTOPS...Todd Fiddler scored his first career hat-trick in a 3-2 win at the Seattle Thunderbirds on November 17th. Fiddler now has 13 goals and 18 points in his last 12 games. He has 14-10-24 his last 19 games. The third goal of the night was his 50th career goal. Between Spokane and Prince Albert last year Fiddler played 73 games. Overall he had 12 goals and 28 points after tallying 8-10-18 in 38 games with Spokane.
BACK-TO-BACK...The Chiefs posted back-to-back shutouts for the seventh time in franchise history and for just the second time with two different goaltenders. Eric Williams made 26 saves in a 5-0 win over Everett on November 3rd and Garret Hughson stopped 22 in a 4-0 win over the Silvertips on November 6th. It is the first time since Kevin Opshal and Jim Watt stopped 31 and 25 shots, respectively, in November, 2004 versus Portland and Everett that two separate goaltenders had shutouts. James Reid is the last Chief goaltender to have back-to-back shutouts, doing it in December, 2010 versus Vancouver and Seattle.
THAT WAS FAST...The Chiefs scored two goals 15-seconds apart and had three over a 1:11 span in an 8-2 victory over Seattle on October 30th in the Spokane Arena. The franchise record for fastest two goals by the Chiefs was seven seconds set on November 21st, 2011 at Portland by Blake Gal and Anthony Bardaro. The franchise record for fastest three goals is 51-seconds set on February 6th, 1986 by Rick Hebert and Terry Perkins, who had two.
AVIANI FLEW... Mike Aviani had a six game point scoring streak snapped on November 6th versus Everett. Aviani had four goals and 12 points. Aviani recorded a career high four points, two goals and two assists, in an 8-2 victory over Seattle on October 30th. Aviani now has five goals, 15 points and is +8 in his last 11 games. He is also a team leading +15.
MOVING UP THE CHARTIER...Connor Chartier has five points, two goals and three assists, in his last five games.
HOLM-SCHOOL...Mitch Holmberg played both games of the Subway SuperSeries and recorded four shots on goal. Holmberg had a goal and assist in a 5-2 win over Kamloops on November 9th after missing five games with an injury. He has five three point nights this season including a one goal and two assist effort on October 23rd at Prince George in a 6-1 win. Holmberg led Spokane with 11 goals in the playoffs, including two in overtime (versus Vancouver in game four of the first round and game one of the second round versus Tri-City).
HUH-LEWKA, I LIVE ON THE SECOND FLOOR...Adam Helewka has five goals and 10 points in his last 13, including two goals in a 2-1 win on October 19th over the Seattle Thunderbirds. Helewka scored 24 goals last year for the Vancouver Giants of the BCMHL. He was originally listed by Spokane in December, 2011.
Text Box: SPOKANE CHIEFS DEFENSEMEN - ALL-TIME LEADERS CAREER GOALS CAREER ASSISTS CAREER POINTS 1- Brenden Kichton-53 1- Brenden Kichton - 154 1- Brenden Kichton - 207 2- Sean Gillam - 40 2- Frank Evans - 146 2- Bryan McCabe - 184 3- Bryan McCabe-39 3-Bryan McCabe - 145 3- Sean Gillam - 182 4- Jared Cowen-37 4- Sean Gillam - 142 4- Frank Evans - 177 Jared Spurgeon-37 5- Jared Spurgeon - 133 5- Jared Spurgeon - 170 IN YOUR KICHTON...Brenden Kichton has four goals, eight points and is a +7 in his last seven games. Kicthon recorded his 50th career goal and 200th career point on October 30th in an 8-2 win over Seattle. Kichton recorded two goals and two assists in a 5-3 win over the Victoria Royals on October 5th. Kichton has become the all-time leading scorer as a defenseman in Chiefs history and now has 207 points, which is 22nd overall. His 284 career games are ninth in franchise history. Kichton was named Captain of the Chiefs in a pre-game ceremony prior to their home opener on September 29th, 2012. Last season Kichton was named the WHL's Western Conference Defenseman of the Year as he led all blueliners with 74 points, including 17 goals and 57 assists. Kichton was selected in the fifth round in 2011 by the New York Islanders.
GOW SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR...Reid Gow has points in 11 of 18 games this season with two goals and 13 assists. Gow was selected as the winner of the WHL's Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy for the Scholastic Player of the Year last season. Gow earned a cumulative 95% in his core classes. The defenseman from Killarney, Manitoba scored 22 points, including 20 assists, in 54 games last year. Gow recorded a career high four assists, in a 7-2 win over Tri-City on October 1st, 2011.
WALLY'S WORLD...Dylan Walchuk's 16 assists in 21 games are already two better than he had in 34 games last season as a rookie. Walchuk had 10-14-24 last season. He had 6-16-22 in 21 games this year. Walchuk scored the game winning goal versus Prince George on October 20th with just 24-seconds remaining to preserve a 3-2 victory. In 2010-11 he led the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL in points with 24-32-56. He added another 13-7-20 in 24 playoff games as Vernon finished as a runner-up in the Royal Bank Cup Championship, the Canadian Junior A National Title, one year after winning it. Walchuk joined the Chiefs after splitting time in 2011-12 at Northern Michigan University and Vernon.
IN THE CREASE...Eric Williams recorded his first shutout as a Chief with a 26 save effort on November 3rd, 2012 in a 5-0 win over Everett. In his last seven games Williams is 5-2-0-0 with a 2.11 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. Williams was acquired in a trade in December, 2011 with the Prince Albert Raiders. Williams finished last post-season with the league's third best goals against average at 2.22. He won his first five playoff starts and had a .927 post season save percentage.
HUGH-G EFFORT...Garret Hughson earned a shutout with 22 saves in just his third career start in a 4-0 win over Everett on November 6th. Hughson won his first career start with 14 saves in a 6-4 win over Prince George on October 20th.
NACHBAUR TO LEAD TEAM WHL/JOIN TEAM CANADA...Spokane Chief Head Coach Don Nachbaur will coach his 1,000th WHL game on November 24th versus Tri-City. To this point of his career Nachbaur is 531-382 with 83 games finishing in a tie, overtime loss or shootout loss. Nachbaur was the head coach of Team WHL for the Subway Super Series and went 1-1 in the two games versus Team Russia. Nachbaur will also be an Assistant Coach on Canada's National Junior Team for the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia. Steve Spott, head coach and general manager of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers, will be the head coach. Former captain and assistant coach Kevin Sawyer will join the organization in an interim basis as a Coaching Assistant while Nachbaur attends to his duties with Hockey Canada. Jon Klemm will be the head coach while Nachbaur is away, beginning December 8th. Nachbaur will not return until early January.
INJURY REPORT...Marek Kalus (upper body, week-to-week), Tanner Mort (upper body, indefinite), Blake Gal (lower body, week-to-week)
NHL DRAFT...Brenden Kichton (New York Islanders, 5th round, 2011)