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Round 3
Stanley Cup Final

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

Saturday, 11.24.2012 / 2:24 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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

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.

Quote of the Day

Obviously he's been my favorite goalie since I grew up. He's kind of close to my hometown so I've been watching him my whole life. It's a pretty special moment for me to score two goals on Lundqvist in such an important game as this.

— Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky after scoring his first two Stanley Cup Playoff goals against his childhood idol Henrik Lundqvist