Holmberg lifts Chiefs to OT win at Medicine Hat

Holmberg lifts Chiefs to OT win at Medicine Hat

Holmberg lifts Chiefs to OT win at Medicine Hat

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by Spokane Chiefs

KREM.com

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Mitch Holmberg's goal 1:58 into overtime lifted the Spokane Chiefs to a 5-4 win over the Eastern Conference leading Medicine Hat Tigers Wednesday night in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Holmberg's league leading 19th goal of the season gave the Chiefs their 8th win in 11 road games this season and kept the Chiefs tied for second in the WHL's U.S. Division. Medicine Hat took a 1-0 lead just 2:02 into the game and had a chance to extend the lead to two on the power play midway through the first. Holmberg fed Mike Aviani on a 2 on 1 rush and Aviani scored shorthanded at 9:31 of the period to tie the game at one. The Tigers re-gained the lead when Cole Sanford scored on the power play at 15:38 to make it 2-1 Medicine Hat. The Chiefs would even the game at 18:31 on Riley Whittingham's 3rd goal of the season from Carter Proft and Reid Gow. Aviani would notch his second goal of the game at 7:43 of the second on the power play for his 17th goal of the year to give Spokane a 3-2 lead after two. Aviani is now second in the league in goals scored, and the goal was his 9th power play goal of the year, leading the WHL. The Tigers would score two goals just 16 seconds apart early in the third period to take a 4-3 lead. The Chiefs Adam Helewka would score on the power play at 13:57 from Gow to bring the Chiefs back even at 4-4 and eventually send the game to overtime. It appeared the Chiefs won the game on a Gow goal in OT, but Aviani was ruled to have interfered with Tigers goalie Marek Langhamer and the goal was waived off. After the ensuing face-off, Holmberg stole the puck in neutral ice and skated in and roofed home his league leading 19th goal of the year to give the Chiefs their 3rd straight win in overtime. Holmberg finished the night with three points as he leads the league with 45 points. Helewka and Gow picked up 2 points apiece as Spokane is now 13-6 on the year. The Chiefs will continue the road trip Friday in Lethbridge, Alberta when they face the Hurricanes in the two teams only meeting of the year. Mike Boyle will have the call on 1510 KGA beginning with the pre-game show at 5:30pm Pacific and the puck drop at 6pm.

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