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Feser scores hat trick as Tri-City Americans beat Seattle Thunderbirds 5-3

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:44 PM The Canadian Press

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Justin Feser had a natural hat trick and an assist to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 5-3 victory Sunday over the Seattle Thunderbirds in Western Hockey League action.

With his third goal of the night, Feser hit the 300-point mark for his career.

"I read that I needed a certain number of points, but I didn't focus on that," said Feser, the Americans' team captain. "Getting the two points tonight was more important than my personal stats."

Zach Yuen and Justin Gutierrez also scored for Tri-City (24-16-3), while Malte Stromwall added three assists and Luke Lee-Knight made 26 saves in his first home start this season.

Gutierrez's goal was the first of his career.

"I was as happy for his first goal as I was my 300th point," said Feser, who also played his 292nd consecutive regular-season game, which ranks second all-time in the WHL.

Branden Troock, Andrew Johnson and Seth Swenson scored for Seattle (16-25-3), which has lost 14 consecutive games. Brandon Glover made 26 saves in the loss.

Seattle had a goal disallowed at 3:59 of the third period for interfering with the goalie. The goal would have tied the score at 3-3.

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