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Chiefs win first WHL title since 1991

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs arrived back at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to a hearty welcome Thursday morning after sweeping Lethbridge  in the WHL Championships.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs arrived back at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to a hearty welcome Thursday morning after sweeping Lethbridge  in the WHL Championships.>>

LETHBRIDGE, Alberta - The Spokane Chiefs won their first Western Hockey League title since 1991 as Spokane defeated the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-1 in game 4 of WHL finals. With the win, Spokane won the series 4-0 to advance to the Memorial Cup in Kitchener, Ontario.

Mitch Wahl would stake the Chiefs to a 1-0 lead with his 6th goal of the playoffs at 13:14 of the first period. Wahl would take a home run pass from linemate Drayson Bowman in stride at the Hurricane blue line and snap one past Lethbridge goalie Juha Metsola to give the Chiefs the lead after one. Spokane would outshoot Lethbridge 9-4 in the period.

Tyler Johnson's third goal of the playoffs gave Spokane a 2-0 lead at 3:37 of the second period. Johnson's 5th of the playoffs was assisted by Levko Koper and Justin McCrae. Nick Hotson would bring Lethbridge within 2-1 at 5:28 of the period as Spokane was outshot by the Hurricanes 7-6 in the period.

David Rutherford's power play goal at 2:40 of the third period extended Spokane's lead to 3-1. Judd Blackwater and Ondrej Roman picked up the helpers on Rutherford's 9th goal of the playoffs. Roman would cap the scoring with his 9th of the playoffs from assists from Blackwater and Rutherford at 16:08. Spokane outshot Lethbridge 25-18 in the contest.

The Spokane Chiefs have access to a limited amount of seats to the MasterCard Memorial Cup May 16th through the 25th in Kitchener, Ontario. Chief's fans can purchase full tournament passes through the Chief's office only from 9:00 am through 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 8th.  There will be no availability to purchase single game seats to Chiefs games.

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