Garret Hughson stopped 37 shots in 38 opportunities, including 14 in the third period, to lift the Spokane Chiefs to a 4-1 win over the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night. The game was the seventh and final of the pre-season for the Chiefs as they evened their record at 3-3-0-1.The game's first 20-minutes went scoreless as Tri-City outshot Spokane 11-3.Eighteen-year-old rookie Blair Oneschuk began the scoring for Spokane with his first of the pre-season 1:13 into the second period. Keanu Yamamoto and Adam Helewka assisted. Tri-City tied it up at 5:28 with a power play goal from Mitch Topping.Matt Sozanski, a 17-year-old rookie defenseman, scored his second of the pre-season at 14:38 to give Spokane a 2-1 lead after the second. Sozanski finished the pre-season with two goals and three assists in five games.Veterans Jason Fram, at 8:29, and Liam Stewart, at 14:49, pushed the Chiefs lead to 4-1 in the third period. Troy Trombley made 25 saves on 29 shots for the Americans.Spokane finished the night 10-11 on the power play and 0-5 on the power play.In four pre-season games the 18-year-old Hughson finished with a 1.61 goals against average and .944 save percentage. Hughson is entering his second season in Spokane after winning 11 games with a pair of shutouts as a rookie last season.The Chiefs and Americans will begin the regular season on Saturday, September 21st in Kennewick. Spokane will open up at home, also against Tri-City, one week later on Bud Light Opening Night on Saturday, September 28th.Tickets for all home games are currently on sale by calling the Chiefs office at (509) 535-PUCK or logging onto ticketswest.com.
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