KENNEWICK, Wash. - Tri-City and Seattle made Western Hockey League history Friday night when the Pickard brothers faced each other in goal.
The Americans' Chet Pickard, last season's WHL and CHL goaltender of the year, got the upper hand on his little brother Calvin as Tri-City beat Seattle 6-4.
Tri-City had a 4-0 lead over the Thunderbirds when Calvin Pickard replaced Jacob DeSerres - who gave up four goals on 16 shots - at the start of the second period.
Taylor Procyshen, Brendan Shinnimin, Jason Reese and Adam Hughesman scored for the Americans in the first period, but the lead was put in jeopardy in the second as Seattle outshot Tri-City 21-8 and pulled within two goals.
The Thunderbirds gave their rookie goalie a bit of confidence with a pair of goals by Prab Rai and another by Chris Cloud to make the score 4-3. The Americans closed out the period with a goal from Johnny Lazo with 1:31 remaining.
Hughesman gave Tri-City a 6-3 lead at 8:12 of the third and Seattle's Devon LeBlanc closed out the scoring at 14:06.
Chet Pickard finished with 39 saves, while Calvin Pickard had 12.