WHL: A look at the Americans-Chiefs series

Tri-City HeraldMarch 21, 2013 

Americans vs. Chiefs

Road to the playoffs

Tri-City — 40-27-2-3, 85 points, third in U.S. Division, fifth in Western Conference.

Spokane — 44-26-2-0, 90 points, second in U.S. Division and fourth in the Western Conference.

We meet again

This is the seventh time the teams have met in playoffs, with Spokane holding a 4-2 record: 1995 (Tri-City 4-3), 2000 (Spokane 4-0), 2002 (Spokane 4-1), 2008 (Spokane 4-3), 2011 (Spokane 4-2), 2012 (Tri-City 4-3).

Playoff experience

Tri-City 270 games — 163 between Justin Feser, Connor Rankin, Zach Yuen and Mitch Topping. Americans have 11 players with zero playoff experience, including goalies Troy Trombley and Luke Lee-Knight.

Spokane 294 games — Blake Gal (48), Brenden Kichton (33) and Mike Aviani (28) lead the way. Goalie Eric Williams has 15 games of experience. Chiefs have 10 players with no postseason experience.

Leading scorers

Tri-City — Justin Feser (44 goals, 62 assists, 106 points); Malte Strömwall (21-45-66); Connor Rankin (32-26-58); Parker Bowles (21-23-44); Zach Yuen (9-35-44).

Spokane — Brenden Kichton (22-63-85); Mitch Holmberg (39-41-80); Todd Fiddler (42-35-77); Mike Aviani (30-38-68).

Goalies

Tri-City — Troy Trombley 8-4-1-1 (2.92 goals against average, .911 save percentage, 1 shutout); Luke Lee-Knight 110-9-0-0 (3.90 GAA, .881 save percentage).

Spokane — Eric Williams 32-19-2-0 (3.14 GAA, .897 save percentage, 4 shutouts); Garret Hughson 11-6-0-0 (3.20 GAA, .891 save percentage, 2 shutouts).

By the numbers

1,013 — Number of regular-season wins by the Chiefs over 26 seasons.

321 — Consecutive games played by Tri-City’s Justin Feser, earning him the WHL Iron Man title.

106 — Points scored by Feser during the regular season.

85 — Points by Spokane’s Brenden Kichton, who led the WHL in defenseman scoring.

27 — Playoffs wins by Tri-City coach Jim Hiller (tied with Don Nachbaur).

17 — Tri-City Western Conference first-team all-stars.

1 — Goals by Spokane’s Jeremy McIntosh in 65 regular-season games.

0 — Games of playoff experience for three of the four goalies in the series.

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