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Mitch Wahl scores winner as Chiefs defeat Americans 2-1

Wednesday, 03.18.2009 / 4:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Mitch Wahl scored the winning goal with 2:18 left in the game to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 2-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Tuesday night.

Rookie goalie James Reid finished with 34 saves and Drayson Bowman scored a short-handed goal to in the second period for the Chiefs (46-23-0-3, 95 points).

The U.S. Division champion Americans (49-20-0-3, 101 points) had a goal from Tyler Schmidt and 19 saves from rookie netminder Brett Martyniuk.

The game, moved from Saturday because half of the Spokane team came down with food poisoning, had no bearing on the standings or playoff positioning.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday