TCH: Americans wrap up 2013 with 7th straight loss

By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald

The Tri-City Americans have had their share of hardships in 2013, and the hopes of ringing in the new year on a winning note turned sour Tuesday night.

Mitch Holmberg scored two goals and Eric Williams made 32 saves to lead the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-2 victory over the Americans before a New Year’s Eve crowd of 6,019 at the Toyota Center.

“It’s really disappointing,” said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller, whose team has lost seven in a row. “They had an outstanding effort. I thought our veterans in the lineup dug in and led the way and the young players followed. What can you say, we get one of those at the end — and we had plenty of chances — then we are extremely happy. I’m not going to minimize the effort in any way shape or form.”

Spokane last won on New Year’s Eve in 2010 — the famed game with the hole in the ice that was rescheduled for Feb. 21, where the Chiefs won 5-1.

“This is definitely an exciting night for both teams,” Holmberg said. “The atmosphere in here was rockin’ and it was a fun game to play. It was a close one and kept the fans in it the whole way. We were lucky to get away with the two points.”



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