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Spokane knocks out Ams 4-1 in Game 7

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -  The Americans season is over. Spokane won Game 7 4-1 Tuesday night in Kennewick and ended the Ams season one game short of the WHL Finals. It's the farthest the Ams have ever gone in the postseason.

With five overtime games over the first six meetings, the Spokane-Tri-City series will go down as an epic battle between two evenly matched clubs.  But Game Seven was all Spokane.

After David Rutherford scoerd to make it 1-0, the Ams tied it in the second on a Colton Yellow Horn rebound.  But the Ams surrendered three goals in the third and lost 4-1. It was  painful scene afterwards for goalie Chet Pickard

"When you make it to even games and you make it to the conference finals, and it's been a season like it has, its something thats not gonna go away overnight," he said. "It's disappointing. I'm disappointed, but it's been a great season. We should all walk out of here with our heads up high."

"Everybody worked hard and nobody quit," said Yellow Horn.  "They had us ranked 19th out of 22 teams and to come this far is a great thing. It's too bad we couldn't prove them wrong in the final series here."

"When you have time to reflect on what we've done this season we'll pat ourselves in the back," said Coach Don Nachbaur. "But this time here, we fell short."

Chiefs goalie Dustin Pickard was MVP of the Series. Spokane will meet Lethbridge Friday in Spokane for Game One of the WHL Finals.