For struggling Tri-City Americans netminder Chet Pickard, a game against the Chilliwack Bruins provided the perfect solution.
Mitch Fadden scored two shorthanded goals and Pickard made 26 saves to earn his second shutout of the season as the Americans blanked the Bruins 2-0 on Friday night in the Western Hockey League.
Pickard, who now has eight shutouts in his WHL career, had not recorded a victory since Nov. 8 against Kamloops, when he let in four goals on 23 shots as Tri-City (15-7-0-2) won in a shootout. In three starts since then, the Winnipeg native allowed nine goals, recording two losses and a shootout loss.
The Americans are 5-2-0-1 in the month of November. They have one more game remaining in their road-trip before returning to Kennewick, Wash., for an eight-game homestead.
Chilliwack (9-13-2-2) has been shut out five times this season, a symptom of its offensive woes. The Bruins are second-last in the WHL for goals scored with 61. Only the lowly Portland Winter Hawks have less goals (51).
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6 ,Prince Albert 1; Edmonton 3, Red Deer 1; Everett 5, Portland 2; Kelowna 7, Prince George 3; Kootenay 7, Brandon 6 (SO); Medicine Hat 2, Lethbridge 1; Spokane 6, Moose Jaw 2; Swift Current 4, Regina 1; and Vancouver 6, Kamloops 4.
At Chilliwack, B.C., Jason Reese assisted on both of Fadden's goals for the Americans.
Mark Friesen stopped 35 shots in a losing effort for the Bruins.
Hitmen 6, Raiders 1
At Calgary, Brett Sonne scored twice and added an assist as the Hitmen hammered Prince Albert.
Brandon Kozun and Kyle Bortis each had a goal and assist as Calgary's top line accounted for nine points to lead the Hitmen (22-4-1-0) to their ninth straight win. Paul Postma had a goal and set up another, Carson McMillan scored once, while Alex Plante chipped in with three assists.
Igor Revenko scored the lone goal for the Raiders (13-17-0-0), who have lost four straight games.
Oil Kings 3, Rebels 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Torrie Jung turned aside 36 shots to help Edmonton defeat the Rebels.
Jeff Lee, Brett Breitkreuz and Craig McCallum scored for the Oil Kings (10-14-1-3), who snapped a five-game losing skid.
Cass Mappin notched the lone goal for Red Deer (8-15-0-5).
Silvertips 5, Winter Hawks 2
At Everett, Wash., Tyler Maxwell had two goals and an assist, leading the Silvertips to victory over Portland.
Mike Alexander, Graham Potuer and Jordan Mistelbacher also scored for Everett (13-8-3-0), which won its fourth straight and second in three days against the Winter Hawks.
Killian Hutt and Joel Ridgeway scored for Portland (7-18-0-0), which lost its fourth straight.
Rockets 7, Cougars 3
At Prince George, B.C., Brandon McMillan had a five-point night, notching three goals and two assists as Kelowna trounced the Cougars.
Dylan Hood had a goal and four assists, while Tyler Myers, Colin Long and Cody Almond also scored for the Rockets (15-10-0-0).
Brian Matte, Alex Poulter and Brett Connolly replied for Prince George (10-15-0-1).
Ice 7, Wheat Kings 6 (SO)
At Brandon, Man., Dustin Sylvester scored two goals and added two assists, then scored again in the shootout as Kootenay topped the Wheat Kings.
Rookie Max Reinhart also scored for the Ice in the shootout, notched a penalty-shot goal in regulation and added two assists. Andrew Bailey, Tyler Vanscourt and Kevin King also scored for Kootenay (14-9-2-3).
Matt Calvert notched two goals, while Andrew Clark, Mark Schneider, Nathan Green and Scott Glennie recorded singles for Brandon (13-9-1-1).
Tigers 2, Hurricanes 1
At Lethbridge, Alta., Zdenek Okal's goal early in the second period ended up being the game-winner as Medicine Hat hung on to beat the Hurricanes.
Mark Isherwood opened the scoring for the Tigers (15-7-2-3) midway through the first period.
Eric Mestery scored in the third period for Lethbridge (11-12-0-1).
Chiefs 6, Warriors 2
At Moose Jaw, Sask., the Warriors stumbled in the third period, turning a close and competitive game into a rout as Spokane scored three unanswered goals.
Levko Koper opened the scoring and added another in the third for the Chiefs (15-7-0-3), who also got goals from Drayson Bowman, Mitch Wahl, Seth Compton and Stefan Ulmer.
Quinton Howden and Jason Bast replied for Moose Jaw (7-15-0-1).
Broncos 4, Pats 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Matt Tassone scored twice to lead the Broncos past Regina.
Keegan Dansereau assisted on both of Tassone's markers. Swift Current (16-10-0-0) also had goals from Geordie Wudrick and Brad Hoban.
Jordan Eberle scored the lone goal for the Pats (15-9-1-3), his team-leading 19th of the season.
Giants 6, Blazers 4
At Vancouver, the Giants got goals from six different players in a 6-4 comeback victory over Kamloops.
Lance Bouma, Craig Cunningham, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Mikhail Fisenko, James Wright and James Henry all scored for Vancouver (19-1-0-3).
Shayne Wiebe, Tyler Shattock, Giffen Nyren and Cole Grbavac had the other goals for the Blazers (11-13-0-3).