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Chet Pickard shuts down Spokane as Tri-City downs the Chiefs 2-1 @NHLdotcom

KENNEWICK, Wash. - As if facing one Pickard brother a week wasn't bad enough, the Spokane Chiefs got a double dose this weekend - and it wasn't pretty.

Tri-City goaltender Chet Pickard had 41 saves and the Americans' two goals in the first period stood up in a 2-1 victory over the Chiefs on Saturday night in Western Hockey League action.

The win gave Tri-City a little breathing room over Spokane in the U.S. Division standings. The division-leading Americans (42-16-0-3), who have won four straight, increased their lead over the Chiefs (39-18-0-3) to six points.

Spokane, which leads the 12-game season series 5-4, has one game in hand.

"I knew tonight was a big game," said Pickard, whose little brother Calvin, a rookie goalie for the Seattle Thunderbirds, shut out the Chiefs 3-0 on Friday. "I was jacked up. It's a team game, but the last time we played them I didn't feel I played well. The guys played well in front of me tonight."

Mitch Fadden and Adam Hughesman scored first-period goals for the Americans.

Mitch Wahl scored a short-handed goal for Spokane in the second period, while Dustin Tokarski finished with 34 saves.

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