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Holmberg with three points as the Chiefs down the Americans 5-2

Sunday, 09.23.2012 / 2:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg scored once and setup two more as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the host Tri-City Americans 5-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Liam Stewart and Carter Proft each had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs (1-0-0) and Mike Aviani added a single goal.

Malte Stromwall and Parker Bowles scored for the Americans (0-1-0), who at one point were down 4-0 in the second period.

Mac Engel turned away 29 shots for the win as Eric Comrie allowed four goals on 34 shots against in a losing effort.

Spokane went 1 for 6 on the power play while tri-City failed to score on three chances with the man advantage.

The Americans had won 11 consecutive home openers, including six over the Chiefs. They last lost a home opener Oct. 7, 2000 — an 8-0 loss to Spokane.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory