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Holmberg’s two goals help Chiefs to 1-0 series lead

The Spokane Chiefs began postseason play Friday night at the Arena with a 4-1 win over their biggest rivals, the Tri-City Americans. Mitch Holmberg scored the third and fourth goals for the Chiefs. The best-of-7 series continues Saturday night on Spokane's home ice. Read story See big picture story

Nachbaur said the game wasn't lopsided, despite the 4-1 outcome.

"It wasn't an easy game," he said. "Both teams had momentum at times in the game and we capitalized on our chances. It was a seesaw battle. I don't think 4-1 is indicative of how the game was played."

Holmberg said the scuffle with 7 seconds left was building during the final 2 minutes.

"It was a bunch of good players out there when it happened," he said. "It's something you want to see but you don't want to see at the same time, because you don't want anybody to get hurt. But I think it's bound to happen in this series."

Williams had an explanation for the long scoring drought from late in the first period to late in the third period.

"We kind of have that tendency to sit back once we're up and it kind of showed a little bit," he said.

Williams won three consecutive games heading in to the postseason.

"I thought I was playing pretty well, so it felt good coming into tonight and it paid off," he said.

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