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SPOKANE -- The Spokane Chiefs' outdoor hockey game is expected to draw a big crowd on Saturday. It will be the first outdoor game in the Western Hockey League. But rain could put a damper on the big game.

Crews say it all depends on how much rain we get. They say the ice rink at Avista Stadium can handle a little. But there could be problems if the rain comes down hard.

The Western Hockey Leaguesays if the rain is light enough, rain drops will freeze whenthey hit the rink. They say that wouldn't be bad. But a big downpour could potentially cause problems in the form of standing water. If that happens, officials and players will make a game-time call.

It's kind of a discretionary call. Talk to players, refs and make a decision on what they're feeling and seeing out there, said WHL Consultant Mike Craig.

There are a few options if we get a heavy downpour Saturday afternoon. They can wait the storm out or delay the game by a couple hours. If it's really bad, they would possibly hold the game on a different day.

The puck drops at 1:00 p.m. at Avista Stadium against the Kootenay Ice.

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