VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Tri-City Americans scored four unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Vancouver Giants 5-3 on Saturday night in Western Hockey League action.
With the victory, the Americans (8-2-0) move into a tie for first place atop the U.S. Division standings with the Portland Winterhawks.
Vancouver (8-3-2) missed a chance to move into sole possession of first in the B.C. Division but are still tied with the Kamloops Blazers.
Vancouver needed just 22 seconds to open the scoring. Kevin Connauton led a rush from the left side and his unassuming shot from the point found its way through and under Tri-City goalie Drew Owsley's pads.
JT Barnett doubled Vancouver's lead at 15:16 of the first. Owsley made the initial save off a shot from the point but Barnett was there to tuck in the rebound.
Tri-City pulled one back at 6:47 of the second. Brooks Macek was played in on the right side and after fending off a Vancouver defenceman, shifted to his left side and flicked a backhand over Jamie Tucker in the Vancouver net.
Barnett's second goal of the night restored Vancouver's two-goal advantage. Nathan Burns' initial rush was stopped but Owsley took himself out of the play making the save and Barnett was there to knock in the rebound at 12:48.
Brendan Shinniman brought Tri-City back within striking distance just 1:07 into the third. Shinniman was fed in on a partial breakaway and his shot got through for his eighth of the season.
Tri-City tied the game with just over five minutes left. Mason Wilgosh scored his first of the season after controlling the loose puck on a scramble in front.
The Americans' winner came just under three minutes later. Adam Hughesman capped off a neat passing play to complete the comeback for Tri-City.
Shinnimin added an insurance goal with 35 seconds left in the game with a bizarre goal right off a faceoff.