KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Tri-City Americans won their first ever U.S. Division title Saturday night, beating rival Spokane 2-1 before a soldout crowd of 5,969 at Toyota Center.
Chet Pickard made 28 saves and Blair Macaulay and T.J. Fast scored goals for the Americans, who end the regular season on a five-game win streak.
The Americans also set franchise records for wins in a season (51) and points in a season (108).
The 108 points also gives the Americans the Scotty Munro trophy, awarded to the team with the most points at the end of the season.
Tri-City (52-16-2-2) will play Kamloops in the first round of the playoffs, while Spokane will face Everett.
Spokane's (50-15-1-5) lone goal came from Judd Blackwater in the third period. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski finished with 27 saves.