Americans, Chiefs Announce 2013 First Round Playoff Schedule

John Allen

Kennewick, WA – With three games left in the 2012-13 regular season, the Tri-City Americans have guaranteed themselves an First Round playoff match-up against their U.S. Division rivals, the Spokane Chiefs, in the 2013 WHL Playoffs.  The 12-game regular season series, which will wrap-up with a home-and-home doubleheader this weekend, is currently knotted at five wins apiece.

While final seeding for the post-season will come down to the last weekend of the regular season, and the two teams in a tight race for the #4 and #5 seeds, the clubs have finalized the first six games of the series regardless of who finishes with the #4 seed and home-ice advantage.  Due to the Spokane Arena hosting the first two rounds of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in two weeks, Games 1 and 2 will be played in Spokane, while Games 3, 4 and potentially 5 will be played at the Toyota Center.  If necessary, Game 6 will return the Spokane Arena and, whichever team finishes with the #4 seed will host the potential Game 7 on Wednesday, April 3rd.

“Due to the city and Spokane Arena hosting the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, our availability for dates was limited,” explained Chiefs’ General Manager, Tim Speltz.  “We appreciate the Americans’ cooperation and flexibility in scheduling the dates to give us the opportunity to play in our building when we have it available to us.”

Speltz continued by saying that, “the NCAA Tournaments are fantastic events for our Arena and the City of Spokane.  The Chiefs, the Spokane Arena and our fans thank Bob Tory and his organization for being a good league partner.”

Tory added that, “Due to the situation of Spokane’s building availability, we were forced to become creative in finding solutions that met the needs of both teams.  With limited dates, and the cooperation of Tim Speltz and the Spokane Chiefs, we were able to come up with a solution that works well for both franchises considering the circumstances.”

The Chiefs and Americans meet in the post-season for a third consecutive season, with both teams earning a series win against their arch rivals in the Western Conference Semi-Finals the last two years.  Tri-City advanced to the Conference Finals last year after knocking off the Spokane in Game 7 in Kennewick.  Meanwhile, in 2011, the Chiefs moved on to the Conference Finals after ousting the Americans 4 games to 2.  It will mark the 4th time in the last 6 years that the long-time rivals will meet in the post-season and the seventh all-time playoff meeting between the clubs, but will be the first time since 2002 that they will face-off in the First Round.

Fans are encouraged to check the Americans’ website, www.amshockey.com, in the coming days for further playoff information.  8-Game and 16-Game Playoff packages are on sale now through the Americans’ offices by calling (509) 736-0606 or by stopping by the Toyota Center.  Single game tickets will on sale starting tomorrow, Thursday, March 14 at 11:00 AM through all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Toyota Center box office, all Fred Meyer outlets, or online at ticketmaster.com.

2013 WHL Playoffs – Western Conference Quarter-Finals
Game 1: Friday, March 22, Tri-City Americans at Spokane Chiefs, 7:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena
Game 2: Saturday, March 23, Tri-City Americans at Spokane Chiefs, 7:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena
Game 3: Tuesday, March 26, Spokane Chiefs at Tri-City Americans, 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center
Game 4: Thursday, March 28, Spokane Chiefs at Tri-City Americans, 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center
*Game 5: Saturday, March 30, Spokane Chiefs at Tri-City Americans, 7:05 p.m. at Toyota Center
*Game 6: Tuesday, April 2, Tri-City Americans at Spokane Chiefs, 7:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena
*Game 7: Wednesday, April 3, Tri-City Americans at Spokane Chiefs, 7:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena

*If necessary

Comments
James Kraft
This is giving Spokane home ice advantage with out them even having to win it. As a season ticket holder it feels like a to large concession has been made to them - and the playoff schedule is in favor of them already w/o the games being played. I don't feel as though the 16 games I have purchased is a good situation at this time.
Mar 14, 2013 - 06:09 AM

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
  • B.C. Division |
  • Central Division |
  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68