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Rimmer stops 29 shots, Rankin scores 2 to lead Americans past Winterhawks 3-0

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Ty Rimmer posted his third shutout of the season and Connor Rankin added a pair of goals to lead the Tri-City Americans to a 3-0 victory over the Portland Winterhawks in Western Hockey League play Sunday.

The Americans (25-7-0) are 5-0-0 against Portland this season, and Rimmer has four of those wins, including two shutouts.

"It was a complete game for us," said Rimmer, who finished with 29 saves. "Guys were sacrificing their bodies, and I was able to get my toe and glove on a couple in the third and get the win."

Tri-City, which leads the Western Hockey League with 50 points, won its sixth straight to open up a seven-point lead over Portland in the U.S. Division and a five-point lead over Kamloops in the Western Conference.

Justin Feser opened the scoring for the Americans at 3:40 of the first on the power play, and Rankin put his first of the night past Mac Carruth at 16:24 for a 2-0 lead.

Rankin finished the scoring in the second, fighting for a puck in the crease with Portland defender Troy Rutkowski before it found its way over the line.

Carruth had 26 saves for the Winterhawks (20-11-3), who have lost three in a row.

"Two good teams that play each other five times, you'd like to think it would even out," said Portland assistant coach Travis Green. "We had a lot of the play in the third, but (Rimmer) had some outstanding saves."

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