EDMONTON - Chet Pickard turned aside 30 shots as the Tri-City Americans moved into a tie atop the Western Hockey League standings Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings.
Pickard's only mistake came on Craig McCallum's 13th goal of the season midway through the first period. The 18-year-old Winnipeg native was otherwise perfect as he earned his league-leading 39th win of the season, one more than Vancouver netminder Tyson Sexsmith.
The win ends a three-game losing streak for the Americans (45-14-2-2), who vaulted into a tie with the idle Giants and Spokane Chiefs atop the league standings.
Petr Stoklasa scored the game winner 16:22 into the first, tipping a Taylor Procyshen shot past Oil Kings netminder Alex Archibald after the Americans killed off a full two-minute two-man disadvantage midway through the period.
Procyshen opened the scoring 5:42 into the first period, converting a Shaun Vey pass from the half-wall with the Americans enjoying a two-man advantage.
McCallum tied it after some sustained pressure by Edmonton (20-32-4-7), tucking the puck between Pickard's pads.
Less than two minutes later, Edmonton defenceman Adrian Van de Mosselaer drew two penalties driving to the net; Tyler Schmidt tripped him as he crossed the blue-line, and Mitch McColm cross-checked him into the net.
Tri-City's first-ranked penalty kill and a great blocker save by Pickard off the stick of McCallum kept the game tied. Stoklasa gave the Americans the lead for good two minutes later.
After a scoreless second, Colton Yellow Horn blasted a puck past Archibald's glove side short-handed to extend Tri-City's lead 5:33 into the third. Yellow Horn then assisted on a tip-in by Jason Reese on a power-play at 12:17.
Hughesman closed out the scoring with a one-timer glove-side past Archibald 1:09 later.
Notes: Cumiskey and Drew Nichol returned from injury to rejoin the Oil Kings lineup. ... Oil Kings captain Matt Swaby spent his first three years with Tri-City, playing 186 games with the club. ... Yellow Horn leads the league with 46 goals in 58 games and is third in overall scoring with 87 points.