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Rankin three points, Trombley 34 saves as the Americans blank the Chiefs

Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 1:34 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Rankin three points, Trombley 34 saves as the Americans blank the Chiefs

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Connor Rankin had two goals and an assist and Troy Trombley made 34 saves for his first Western Hockey League shutout as the Tri-City Americans blanked the Spokane Chiefs 6-0 on Saturday night.

"They earned it and we got what we deserved," Spokane coach Don Nachbaur said. "It was pretty obvious, one team prepared for a war and one team came looking for an easy game."

Parker Bowles and Marcus Messier each added a goal and an assist as the Americans (33-22-3) won for the second night in a row and jumped the Victoria Royals for fifth place in the Western Conference standings.

Brian Williams and Lucas Nickles also scored for Tri-City.

"Their nine forwards outskated our 12. They wanted it more than we did," added Nachbaur.

Eric Williams gave up four goals on 18 shots for the Chiefs (34-22-2) and was pulled after one period of action. Garret Hughson replaced Williams and stopped 19-of-21 shots in 40 minutes of play.

Tri-City went 1 for 7 on the power play while Spokane failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

Note to readers: Fixed Americans record in third paragraph

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

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