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Game Day Preview: Chiefs @ Americans

Dec 31, 2012 - 05:21 PST

Monday, December 31, 2012
Spokane Chiefs (24-11-1-0, 49 pts) at Tri-City Americans (20-14-1-2, 43 pts)
Toyota Center, 7:05 p.m.
Listen: NewsTalk 870
Watch: MeTV 42.2, Charter 280; WHL Live

Previous Game
Spokane:
7-3 Loss vs. Kootenay

Tri-City: 4-3 Loss at Portland

Point Leaders
Spokane:
Todd Fiddler, 22G-19A--41PT; Mitch Holmberg 9G-30A--39PT; Brenden Kichton 23G-15A-38PT

Tri-City: Justin Feser, 21G-23A--44PT; Malte Strömwall 12G-17A--29PT; Connor Rankin 14G-8A--22PT

Notes
Spokane and Tri-City both come into this game looking to turn around their current streaks. Spokane is coming off of a home loss to Kootenay, while Tri-City is trying to shake off back-to-back losses to the Portland Winterhawks on Friday and Saturday. Spokane has won four of the six meetings this season, winning two at home and two away. Tri-Cities only home win was on Black Friday 5-4 in overtime on a Malte Strömwall goal. The last meeting also belonged to the Americans as they won in Spokane 2-1 on the Chiefs Teddy Bear Toss Night. The Americans are 15-5-1-0-1 all-time on New Year’s Eve and are currently on a four game win streak. The Americans won last year’s meeting 4-1 and last lost in 2006. The Americans in the 2012 calendar year are 41-25-3-4 in the regular season. Brenden Kichton is the captain of the Chiefs and he leads all defenseman in assists this season. Captain Justin Feser is the anchor of the team, leading the team in points with 44 which is 15 more than second on the team in points Malte Strömwall.  

Players to Watch
Spokane:
LW Todd Fiddler: Fiddler is on a roll this season, recording career highs in goals, assists and points including being tied for the league lead in goals.       

C Mike Aviani: The 19-year-old has three goals and four assists and a +6 rating against the Americans this season.
Tri-City:
C Connor Rankin: Rankin has started the second half of the season strong, scoring two goals in three games and is now third on the team in points and second on the team in goals.     

RW Malte Strömwall: Strömwall has been deadly against the Chiefs this season, scoring five goals and three assists against Spokane so far this season.   

Keys to the Game
New Year’s Eve History: The Americans always bring their best to the arena on New Year’s Eve, having won the past four meetings excluding one meeting in which the game was postponed. The last loss was in 2006 when the Chiefs won in a shootout 4-3.

Not So Home Sweet Home: But the Americans have not played as well at home this season as they have in previous years. Tri-City is 9-7-0-2 this season at home, and come into the game with a four game home losing streak. The Americans have defeated the Chiefs once at home this season on Black Friday 5-4 in overtime, but lost the home opener 5-2 and lost in late October 3-2. Tri-City needs to feed off of the New Year’s Eve crowd tonight and earn their 10th home victory.  

Next Game
Spokane:
Jan. 4 at Everett

Tri-City: Jan. 4 at Victoria

Game Day Promotions
The tradition continues when your Americans host the rival Spokane Chiefs in the 24th annual Toyota of Tri-Cities New Year’s Eve contest, presented by 97 Rock, KVEW-TV and Tidbits.  It’s another Preston Premium Wines Premium Game.  Simply purchase fifty dollars or more online at Preston wines dot com and get two tickets to the game for free, while supplies last.  On-ice entertainment includes a performance by the All American Spirit, followed by another round of the Toyota of Tri-Cities Titanic Trike Races and Ranch and Home’s Chuck-A-Puck.  Tickets are going fast for this Tri-Cities tradition, so be sure to swing by the Toyota Center box office and get yours tonight.  And, if you have a group of 10 or more going to the game, you can save yourself some money by contacting the Americans’ offices at 509.736.0606 or by visiting the Americans’ Ticket Sales table behind Section D and arranging a group night.  Be a part of the fun and excitement of New Year’s Eve with your Tri-City Americans!