The Everett Silvertips put themselves in position to claim the Western Hockey League's U.S. Division title and the Western Conference's top seed Saturday night.
Thomas Heemskerk made 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the Silvertips blanked the Chilliwack Bruins 5-0 in WHL action Saturday night.
Everett's victory, coupled with Tri-City's loss to Spokane, means that the Silvertips and Americans are tied atop the division and conference.
Tri-City's season is already complete, while Everett travels to Spokane Sunday. The Americans hold the tie-breaker.
The team that finishes in second in the U.S. Division will place third in the conference and be at a significant disadvantage in the competitive post-season.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was Spokane 5 Tri-City 4; Prince Albert 8 Saskatoon 3; Brandon 3 Regina 1; Swift Current 4 Moose Jaw 3 (SO); Kootenay 2 Edmonton 1; Medicine Hat 4 Lethbridge 1; Kelowna 6 Prince George 5 (SO); Vancouver 6 Kamloops 5 (SO) and Portland 3 Seattle 1.
At Everett, Wash., Shane Harper scored twice for the Silvertips (46-20-5), while Chris Langkow had a goal and three assists. Zack Dailey and Byron Froese also tallied.
Braden Gamble stopped 34 shots in goal for Chilliwack (32-33-7), which enters the playoffs at the eighth seed from the Western Conference.
Chiefs 5 Americans 4
At Kennewick, Wash., James Reid stopped 37 of 41 shots for Spokane to hand Tri-City a significant loss.
Tyler Johnson, Brett Bartman, Corbin Baldwin, Anthony Bardaro and Kenton Miller all scored for the Chiefs (44-22-5).
Justin Feser, Kruise Reddick, Neal Prokop and Adam Hughesman supplied the offence for the Americans (47-22-3).
Raiders 8 Blades 3
At Prince Albert, Sask., after a disappointing campaign, the Raiders ended their season with a win over Saskatoon.
Igor Revenko and Craig McCallum each scored two goals as Prince Albert (32-35-5) finished in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Dustin Cameron, Brandon Herrod, Jonathan Parker and Mark McNeill also scored for Prince Albert.
Darren Dietz had a power-play marker for Saskatoon (46-19-7). Marek Viedensky and Travis Toomey each netted short-handed goals to put the Blades ahead 3-1 in the first period.
Wheat Kings 3 Pats 1
At Brandon, Man., Andrew Hayes made 34 saves to backstop the Wheat Kings to a win over Regina.
Travis Hamonic, Jay Fehr and Brenden Walker scored for Brandon (50-18-4), who placed first in the East Division.
Jordan Eberle replied with his 50th goal of the season for the Pats (30-35-7), who will miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
Broncos 4 Warriors 3 (SO)
At Swift Current, Sask., Stepan Novotny scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Broncos to a win over Moose Jaw.
Michael Stickland, Justin Dowling and Michael Hay tallied for Swift Current (36-30-5).
Jason Bast scored twice in regulation for the Warriors (33-27-11), while Kevin Smith tied the game with 52 seconds left in regulation time.
Ice 2 Oil Kings 1
At Cranbrook, B.C., it took 51 shots but Kootenay eventually scored twice and held on to a 2-1 win to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
James Martin and Kevin King provided the offence for the Ice (43-24-5).
Sebastian Svendsen was the lone scorer for Edmonton (16-43-13).
Tigers 4 Hurricanes 1
At Medicine Hat, Alta., the Tigers closed out the regular season by defeating Lethbridge.
Bretton Cameron scored twice for Medicine Hat (41-23-8), while Emerson Etem and Taylor Gal netted singles.
Dustin Donaghy replied for the Hurricanes (20-44-8).
Rockets 6 Cougars 5 (SO)
At Kelowna, B.C., Brandon McMillan had four goals in regulation to lead the Rockets to a shootout victory over Prince George.
Tyson Barrie and Brett Bulmer scored in the shootout for Kelowna (35-31-6), while Mitchell Callahan added a marker.
Brett Connolly, Daniel Medland-Marchen, Jaroslav Vlach, Tyler Halliday and Parker Stanfield tallied for the Cougars (12-56-4), while Alex Rodgers had a shootout goal.
Giants 6 Blazers 5 (SO)
At Langley, B.C., it was a rough night for goaltenders as Vancouver defeated Kamloops in the shootout.
Kevin Connauton had the winner for the Giants (41-25-5), while J.T. Barnett, Milan Kytnar, James Wright and Brett Breitkreuz scored in regulation.
C.J. Stretch, Dalibor Bortnak, Brendan Ranford, Colin Smith, and Linden Saip found the back of the net for Kamloops (32-33-7).
Winterhawks 3 Thunderbirds 1
At Kent, Wash., Mac Carruth made 39 saves to help Portland to a win over Seattle.
Brad Ross, Ryan Johansen and Nino Neiderreiter scored for the Winterhawks (44-25-3).
Brandon Rouse had the only goal for the Thunderbirds (18-41-12).
(With files from Brandon Sun, Medicine Hat News, Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Prince Albert Daily Herald)