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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

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

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.

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