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Chet Pickard stops 26 shots, adds assist as Americans shut out Ice 3-0 @NHL

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Chet Pickard certainly knows how to celebrate.

The Tri-City goaltender marked his invitation to Canada's national junior selection camp with a 26-save shutout and an assist in the Americans' 3-0 victory over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action Wednesday. Pickard picked up his 16th win of the season and had offensive help from Jason Reese, who had a pair of goals as Tri-City (20-7-0-2) improved to 13-1 on home ice this season.

Mason Wilgosh also scored for the Americans, who were outshot 26-24.

Kootenay goalie Nathan Lieuwen finished with 21 saves as the Ice (16-12-2-3) fell to 1-3 on their swing through the U.S. Division.

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