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Stromwall scores winner as the Americans edge the Chiefs 5-4 in OT

Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 2:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Malte Stromwall scored the winning goal 43 seconds into overtime as the Tri-City Americans came from behind to defeat the visiting Spokane Chiefs 5-4 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

The Americans (16-7-2), who trailed 4-3 in the final minute of regulation time, got a tying goal from Marcus Messier while skating with a sixth attacker to force extra time.

“We were 13 seconds away from a win,” said Spokane coach Don Nachbaur, who coached his 999th WHL game. “We made far too many mistakes for us to walk out of here feeling good about our game.”

Zach Yuen, Beau McCue and Mitch Topping also scored for the Americans, and Justin Feser and Drdyn Dow each had two assists.

Cole Wedman, Blake Gal, Brenden Kichton and Collin Valcourt all scored for the Chiefs (16-7-1), who lost for the first time in three outings.

Eric Comrie made 35 saves for his first career win over Spokane in six tries while Eric Williams turned aside 37 shots in a losing cause.

Both clubs went 0-for-2 on the power play.

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