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Chiefs win thriller

The Spokane Chiefs pick up their first win of the Western Hockey League season in dramatic fashion.

Blake Gal scores with a minute left in regular and Mitch Holmberg scores in overtime - the second goal of the game for both - for a 6-5 win over the Tri-City Americans.

The story is here. The long box is posted below.

Chiefs 6, Americans 5

Spokane – Saturday:

First period

1, TC, Reddick 2 (Schmidt, Shinnimin) 4:43.

2, Spo, Gal 1 (Johnson, Koper) 6:38 pp.

3, Spo, Johnson 2 (Koper) 6:57.

4, Spo, Koper 2 (Johnson) 11:45.

5, TC, Macek 1 (Olstad) 12:48, pp

Penalties – Leedahl, Spo (hooking), Schmidt, TC (hooking), Yuen, TC (cross-checking) 8:50, Mort, Spo (interference) 12:10; Hughesman, TC (roughing), Gal, Spo (goalie interference), 18:45.

Second period

6, Spo, Holmberg 2 (Bardaro, Mort) 9:13.

7, TC, Holland 4 (Shinnimin), 19:21, sh

Penalties – McDonald, Spo (interference) 15:46; TC bench (too many men on ice, served by Hughesman) 18:40; Grist, TC (roughing), Shinnimin, TC (roughing), Gal, Spo (roughing), Gow, Spo (roughing), 20:00.

Third period

8, TC, Hughesman 4 (Holland, Shinnimin) 4:53.

9, TC, Hughesman 5 (Schmidt, Reddick) 5:52, pp.

10, Spo, Gal 2 (Holmberg, Bardaro) 19:00 pp

Penalties – Reddick, TC (slashinging) :18; Aviani, Spo (checking from behind) 4:53; Koper, Spo (interference) 10:39; J.Messier, TC (slashing) 17:29.


11, Spo, Holmberg 3 (Kuhn) 4:42.

Penalties – None.

Shots on goal by
Spokane        19-13-6-1_39

Goal (shots-saves) — Tri-City: Pechurskiy (L, 0-1) 39-33; Spokane: Reid (W, 1-2) 30-25.

Power plays (goals-chances) — Tri-City 2-5; Spokane 2-5.

Referee — Trevor Hansen, Brett Iverson. Linesmen — Jeremi  DelCampo, Jason Michelbook.

Attendance – 8,686.


Scratches – Tri-City: Chris Driedger, Drydn Down, Spencer Humphries, Mike Brown, Nikita Kardashev, Mason Wilgosh, marcus Messier. Spokane: Cole Hamblin, Brenden Kichton, Brady Brassart, Collin Valcourt.







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