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Holmberg Hat Trick Lifts Chiefs Past Kootenay

WHL leading scorer Mitch Holmberg netted a first period hat trick to lift the Chiefs past Kootenay on Saturday. WHL leading scorer Mitch Holmberg netted a first period hat trick to lift the Chiefs past Kootenay on Saturday.

by Spokane Chiefs Media Relations

SPOKANE, Wash. - Mitch Holmberg knows how tough it can be to collect a hat trick in one hockey game, but on Saturday night at the Spokane Arena the right wing achieved the sport's most recognizable single-game achievement in the first period alone. The Chiefs topped the Kootenay Ice 6-3 on Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade Breast Cancer Awareness Night.

Holmberg's natural hat trick pushed him up to fourth all-time in Chiefs goal-scoring history and seventh all-time in points. He is now just seven goals from tying Pat Falloon as Spokane's all-time goal scorer and eight away from taking the top spot for his own.

Just 11 seconds after Holmberg's third goal, Marcus Messier scored his ninth goal of the season to give Spokane a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period. Keanu Yamamoto earned the assist and extended his point streak to five games. The Chiefs outshot Kootenay 15-4 in the period, keeping the Ice off the puck for the majority of the 20 minutes.

The Chiefs would never look back as goalie Eric Williams kept the Ice at bay by saving 33 of 36 shots. The Ice pulled starting goalie Mackenzie Skapski and replaced him with Wyatt Hoflin at the beginning of the second period.

Carter Proft scored Spokane's fifth and sixth goals, both in the final period. They were his ninth and tenth goals of the season.

Spokane's penalty kill held strong on the evening as Kootenay was only able to score once on the one-man advantage despite its four opportunities; the power play goal came at the 18:36 mark in the third period. The Chiefs went 1-for-2 on the power play, as Holmberg's second goal of the night was on a one-timer with the advantage. Spokane outshot the Ice 36-33.

The Chiefs will return to the Spokane Arena tomorrow, Sunday, February 23rd, to face the Kamloops Blazers for Garage Sale Night at the arena, presented by The Washington Health Plan Finder. Puck drops at 5:05. Tickets are available in-person at the Chiefs' Ticket Office, over the phone at (509) 535-PUCK, via TicketsWest outlets and online at www.ticketswest.com.