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Williams stops 35 shots as the Chiefs down the Americans 3-2

Sunday, 10.28.2012 / 1:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Williams stops 35 shots as the Chiefs down the Americans 3-2

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Eric Williams stopped 35-of-37 shots as the Spokane Chiefs held on to defeat the host Tri-City Americans 3-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League play.

Mike Aviani, Jackson Playfair and Todd Fiddler each scored for the Chiefs (10-5-0), who led 3-0 after 40 minutes of play.

Marcus Messier and Malte Stromwall scored third period goals for the Americans (9-5-2), who have dropped back-to-back games.

Eric Comrie turned aside 17 shots in a losing cause.

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

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