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Dust Devils/Indians marathon recalls memorable WHL series

Interesting thought I had last week as I was listening to the Dust Devils lose a 1-0 heartbreaker in 13 innings up in Spokane.

An amazing defensive battle for 12 innings that had each team on the verge of putting the game away more than once only to be stopped just short.

And the game kept going on.... and on.... and on.....

But the tension kept mounting, which made for even better drama.

If anybody from Tri-City was listening in to our beloved Mike Boyle on KALE 960, was it just me or did it have a ring of deja-vu to it?

Here's why it might: just over two months ago, two teams from Tri-Cities and Spokane were battling in another series in an entirely different sport. Of course, I'm talking about the Western Conference Finals of the Western Hockey League between the Tri-City Americans and the Spokane Chiefs.

If you had the good fortune to experience it, you don't need to be reminded of how amazing a series it was. It went seven games. Five of those games went to overtime - three of them to double overtime - in a finish that literally came down to the final period of Game 7 with the teams tied at 1-1.

Spokane fired out with three goals in that final period to defeat the Americans. After that the Chiefs ended up winning eight straight games on their way to the Ed Chenowyth Cup and eventually the Memorial Cup.

It was a pretty impressive battle, and I'm lucky to have been in the rink to see it. And to battle like that against a division rival gave it even more meaning for the players and the fans alike.

Coincidentally, Boyle also does play-by-play for the Spokane Chiefs. Hearing him talk about making that journey with the Chiefs, you can hear the excitement in his voice. But he agreed that whoever had come out of that Western Conference Final would have done the same.

But hearing Boyle announce the 13-inning marathon up at Avista Stadium in Spokane, it brought back some of my own memories of the hockey series and the drama that had built up between the teams over the course of a long season.

So here's hoping there's a few more dramatic moments in the Northwest League this year.

And it would be even nicer to see another epic Tri-City/Spokane battle - this time for the NWL East Division title.