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WHL US Division: Spokane Chiefs Notebook: Chiefs on a roll

What's behind the Chiefs hot streak?

Staring contest.
Staring contest.
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With a 5-2 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday night, the Chiefs have now won three games in a row and 8 of their last 10.

And it hasn't been against low-level teams either. During that stretch, the Chiefs have victories over Red Deer (32 points), Calgary (29 points) and Kelowna (35 points, tops in the Western Conference).

So what's behind the hot streak?

Adam Helewka, perhaps?

Helewka was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in this past summer's draft and spent the first part of the season with the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks' AHL affiliate, before being sent back to major junior.

The 20-year-old has 17 points in his 11 games (9g, 8a). In those 11 games, the Chiefs are 8-2-1-0. Helewka is already fourth on the team in scoring.

I covered the Chiefs' 4-1 win over Swift Current last Friday for The Spokesman-Review. After the game, Helewka gave me an expected answer, telling me he was bummed to be sent back but he's happy to be back in Spokane.

It's clear the team was missing another goal scorer to skate alongside Kailer Yamamoto. Helewka's demotion is a plus for Spokane.

The Chiefs have a golden opportunity to continue the hot streak, as the next two games are at home against Vancouver and on the road at the Tri-City Americans, the bottom two teams in the Western Conference.

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