Tag Archives: Spokane

68 down, 4 to go

It’s the final week of the regular season and not much has been decided in the US Division ahead of the playoffs. A quick look at what the last few games hold and what they mean for the playoffs starting next week. (more…)

WHL playoff format

This season, the WHL will switch to a more division-based playoff format, similar to the one used by the NHL. We’ll take a closer look at how this playoff format works and what it means for potential matchups for the Thunderbirds. (more…)

TBirds attendance trend for 2014-15

Much was made about the fact that there were two teams in the WHL who had attendance increases last season: Portland and Seattle. In fact, the Thunderbirds attendance numbers for last season probably went a long way to their marketing department winning an award from the WHL. It’s early but let’s take a look at […]

Game day: @ Spokane 10/10

If you enjoy the Spokane Chiefs-Seattle Thunderbirds rivalry, the next 6 days are for you. This is the first of 3 matchups in the next 6 days between these two teams. Tonight, the TBirds are in Spokane for this first time this season. This is the last of the US Division teams that Seattle hasn’t […]

Understanding the new WHL playoff format

If you listened to this year’s first edition of the US Division podcast with Scott Sepich, you heard a discussion about the new WHL playoff format. He and Larry Fisher of the Kelowna Daily Courier covered it fairly well.  We’ll take a little bit of a deeper dive and see how it would affect matchups. […]

2014-15 schedule released

The WHL released the 2014-15 schedule today. We already knew what the first two Seattle games would be, based on the home opener schedule released last week. The TBirds will open the season in Portland on Sept 19 and will start their home schedule the next night vs the team they eliminated in the playoffs, […]

19 and under

With no games to watch from the Memorial Cup yesterday, my mind started to wander. It got me thinking that the TBirds have to make a couple of important decisions soon (assuming they haven’t already) regarding next year’s roster. As examined previously, there’s both overage and import problems to solve. I took a look at […]

What an (April) Fool Believes: Round 2 West predictions

(If you didn’t get a chance to see the round 1 roundup and round 2 predictions for the East, you can read those here.) Let’s take a look at how I did with round 1 in the West: (1) Kelowna 118pts v (8) Tri-City 68pts Prediction: Kelowna in 4 Actual: Kelowna in 5 As I […]