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Holmberg and Kichton lead the Chiefs over the Thunderbirds

Saturday, 12.15.2012 / 1:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg and Brenden Kichton supplied much of the offence as the Spokane Chiefs downed the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds 7-6 in a shootout on Friday in Western Hockey League action.

The two forwards combined for nine points and both scored in the shootout to give their club its eighth victory in its last 10 outings.

Holmberg scored three times and added two assists for the Chiefs (22-8-1) while Kichton set up four goals.

Mike Aviani, Dylan Walchuk and Riley Whittingham also scored for Spokane as Marek Kalus chipped in with three assists.

Luke Lockhart scored twice for the Thunderbirds (16-15-1), who have lost three games in a row, and Connor Honey had a goal and two assists.

Connor Sanvido, Roberts Lipsbergs and Justin Hickman also scored for Seattle while Shea Theodore, Riley Sheen and Alexander Delnov each had two assists.

Eric Williams started in goal for the Chiefs and allowed five goals on 18 shots through 40 minutes of action. Garret Hughson came in for the third period and stopped 2-of-3 shots in 25 minutes of relief to earn the win as Brandon Glover stopped 39-of-45 shots in a losing cause for Seattle.

Spokane went 2 for 7 with the power play while Seattle went 2 for 5.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery