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Kichton with five points as the Chiefs beat the Royals 5-3

Saturday, 10.06.2012 / 1:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Brenden Kichton scored twice and set up three more as the Spokane Chiefs beat the Victoria Royals 5-3 on Friday night in Western Hockey League action.

Mitch Holmberg also scored two goals for the Chiefs (3-1-0) while Mike Aviani scored into an empty net to round out Spokane's offence.

Austin Carroll, Brandon MaGee and Jamie Crooks scored for Victoria (4-2-0) as Alex Gogolev chipped in with two assists.

Eric Williams finished made 24 saves for the win as Patrik Polivka turned away 26-of-30 shots in a losing effort.

Spokane went 3-for-7 on the power play while Victoria went 1-for-7.

Earlier in the day Spokane released veteran goalie Mac Engel, who has returned home to Alberta and is waiting for a trade to another team. Engel went 42-28-7 as a Chief in 88 career appearances.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild