Chiefs win on Holmberg’s overtime goal

MEDICINE HAT, Alberta – Mitch Holmberg’s league-leading 19th goal lifted the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-4 overtime win over Medicine Hat on Wednesday before a sellout crowd of 4,006 at Medicine Hat Arena.

Holmberg also assisted on two goals by Mike Aviani to give him 45 points, tops in the Western Hockey League by eight points.

Aviani, who scored his league-best ninth power-play goal, is second in the WHL with 17 goals.

The Eastern Conference-leading Tigers (11-3-3-0) took a 4-3 lead early in the third period on goals by Miles Koules and Trevor Cox 16 seconds apart.

Adam Helewka, with his seventh goal in the last four games, tied the score on a power-play goal at 13:57. Reid Gow picked up his 22nd assist of the season, tied for third in the league.

Spokane (13-6-0-0, 26 points) improved to 3-0 in OT games, 8-3 on the road and 5-1 against the East.

The Tigers are ranked ninth in this week’s CHL poll. The Chiefs, No. 3 last week, dropped out.

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