TCH: Americans fall to Chiefs 6-2 in WHL opener

Paul T. Erickson

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

Mitch Holmberg has played his share of games against the Tri-City Americans during his first four seasons in the Western Hockey League, and it never gets old.

With his career coming to a close, Spokane’s veteran forward started his final season with a bang Saturday, scoring three goals in a 6-2 victory as the Chiefs spoiled the Americans’ home opener at Toyota Center.

“It’s such a battle between the two teams,” said Holmberg, who also had an assist. “I don’t think it gets old, I think it gets to the point where you know each other a little bit more. It’s a good thing and a bad thing. You learn how to read them.”

It was the second consecutive year the Chiefs spoiled the Americans’ home opener. Tri-City, which had a long history of winning their home openers, saw the streak end at 11 last year when the Chiefs skated away with a 5-2 win.

“I thought we were overhelmed early, but when we got back to 4-2, I thought we were pushing a bit,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “The fifth goal, then the air went out of the tires. I think it was a rude awaking for some of our players — the veterans too. Some have bigger roles than they had last year and with that comes a great responsibility. I don’t think we lived up to that today. The only good thing about today, is there is always another day.”

The Americans will try to get back on track tonight when they host the Prince George Cougars.

 

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Playoff Stats

Goalie GP W SO GAA SV%
Eric Comrie 5 1 0 3.46 0.917
Evan Sarthou 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Player G A PTS PIM
Jessey Astles 1 0 1 2
Parker Bowles 1 2 3 4
Brandon Carlo 0 1 1 8
Ty Comrie 0 0 0 0
Jordan Davies 0 0 0 0
Morgan Geekie 0 0 0 0
Matthew Gelinas 0 0 0 0
Justin Gutierrez 1 3 4 2
Justin Hamonic 1 0 1 6
Riley Hillis 0 0 0 0
Justin Marreck 0 0 0 0
Devon McAndrews 0 0 0 0
Beau McCue 0 1 1 0
Lucas Nickles 0 0 0 4
Jackson Playfair 0 0 0 2
Michal Plutnar 0 0 0 2
Braden Purtill 0 0 0 2
Rodney Southam 0 0 0 0
Josh Thrower 0 0 0 5
Mitch Topping 0 2 2 4
Philip Tot 3 4 7 0
Taylor Vickerman 0 0 0 0
Brian Williams 3 2 5 4
Parker Wotherspoon 0 2 2 2
Standings
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  • East Division |
  • U.S. Division |
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Kelowna Rockets 72 57 11 0 4 118
Victoria Royals 72 48 20 1 3 100
Vancouver Giants 72 32 29 7 4 75
Prince George Cougars 72 27 37 3 5 62
Kamloops Blazers 72 14 53 2 3 33
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Edmonton Oil Kings 72 50 19 2 1 103
Calgary Hitmen 72 48 17 3 4 103
Medicine Hat Tigers 72 44 24 3 1 92
Kootenay Ice 72 39 28 2 3 83
Red Deer Rebels 72 35 32 1 4 75
Lethbridge Hurricanes 72 12 55 2 3 29
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Regina Pats 72 39 26 4 3 85
Swift Current Broncos 72 38 25 3 6 85
Brandon Wheat Kings 72 34 29 6 3 77
Prince Albert Raiders 72 35 32 3 2 75
Moose Jaw Warriors 72 21 42 3 6 51
Saskatoon Blades 72 16 51 2 3 37
Team GP W L OTL SL PTS
Portland Winterhawks 72 54 13 2 3 113
Seattle Thunderbirds 72 41 25 2 4 88
Everett Silvertips 72 39 23 7 3 88
Spokane Chiefs 72 40 26 3 3 86
Tri-City Americans 72 29 33 4 6 68