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Holmberg with a hat trick to lead the Chiefs over the Americans 5-3

Sunday, 09.30.2012 / 1:54 AM / News

The Canadian Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg scored three times as the Spokane Chiefs defeated the visiting Tri-City Americans 5-3 on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.

Mike Aviani had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs (2-0-0) while Dylan Walchuk chipped in with three assists.

Jason Fram scored a single goal to round out Spokane's offence.

Malte Stromwall, Marcus Messier and Justin Feser each scored for the Americans (1-3-0).

Eric Williams made 23 saves for the win as Eric Comrie turned away 26 shots in a losing effort.

Spokane went 1-for-5 on the power play while Tri-City failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round