The Tri-City Americans' winning streak is alive and well thanks to some last-minute heroics from Brooks Macek and Spencer Asuchak.
Macek and Asuchak scored 41 seconds apart late in the third period to rally Tri-City to a wild 4-3 victory over the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League action Saturday night. With the win, the Americans ran their win streak to nine straight. The franchise record is 10, set back in the 1991-92 season.
Spokane's Tyler Johnson scored on penalty shot six minutes into the third to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead, but a power-play goal by Macek tied the game with six minutes remaining. Asuchak scored less than a minute later to put the Americans ahead for good.
Macek, eligible for the 2010 NHL entry draft, is on a point-a-game pace to start his second WHL season. The Winnipeg native has 14 points in 13 games and is on a four-game point streak with three goals and three assists in that span.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 5 Everett 2; Kelowna 4 Vancouver 3 (OT); Medicine Hat 7 Edmonton 1; Moose Jaw 1 Kootenay 0; Prince George 5 Chilliwack 4 (SO); Saskatoon 4 Kamloops 1; and Swift Current 2 Regina 1.
At Spokane, Wash., Sergei Drozd and Brett Plouffe also scored for Tri-City (11-2-0), with Drozd also adding two assists.
Drew Owsley finished with 29 saves for the Americans.
Kenton Miller and Matt Marantz also scored for the Chiefs (5-4-1), while James Reid stopped 18 shots.
Wheat Kings 5 Silvertips 2
At Everett, Wash., Brandon used four straight third-period goals to defeat the Silvertips.
Brandon trailed 2-1 heading into the third period, but two goals by Jay Fehr, one by Matt Calvert and an empty-netter by Scott Glennie helped the Wheat Kings (8-6-1) swamp the Silvertips in the final 20 minutes. Toni Rajala also scored.
Byron Froese and Zack Dailey scored for Everett (6-4-0).
Rockets 4 Giants 3 (OT)
At Kelowna, B.C., Mitchell Callahan scored in overtime as the Rockets rallied past Vancouver.
Cody Chikie, Antoine Corbin and Stepan Novotny, with his 10th goal of the season, also scored for Kelowna (7-5-1), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Milan Kytnar, J.T. Barnett and Mike Piluso scored for the Giants (9-3-3), who entered the contest having earned points in eight of their past 10 games.
Tigers 7 Oil Kings 1
At Edmonton, Tristan King led Medicine Hat to a rout of the Oil Kings with two power-play goals and two assists.
Emerson Etem had a short-handed goal and two assists, and Bretton Cameron, Matt MacKay, Linden Vey and Jace Coyle all scored for the Tigers (8-3-4).
Josh Koper scored for Edmonton (6-8-2), which has now lost their last four games, and seven of their last nine.
Warriors 1 Ice 0
At Cranbrook, B.C., Jeff Bosch's 18 saves helped Moose Jaw blank the Ice.
Dylan Hood was credited with the only goal of the game when Travis Hamonic's point shot deflected off Hood's leg and into the net. The goal stood to give the Warriors (10-4-0) their fifth straight win.
Todd Mathews stopped 34 shots in the Kootenay (5-10-0) loss.
Cougars 5 Bruins 4 (SO)
At Prince George, B.C., Nick Buonassisi scored the lone goal of the shootout as the Cougars outlasted Chilliwack.
Dallas Jackson tied the game for Prince George (3-10-0), while Buonassisi also scored in regulation, Parker Stanfield had a goal and two assists and James Dobrowolski added a goal.
Kevin Sundher had a goal and two assists, while Jamie Crooks, Dylen McKinlay and Brandon Manning all added a goal and an assist for the Bruins (4-6-4).
Blades 4 Blazers 1
At Saskatoon, Derek Hulak had a goal and two assists as the Blades made short work of Kamloops, outshooting them 49-24.
Sam Klassen and Walker Wintoneak opened the scoring Saskatoon (9-3-2) with first-period power-play goals less than two minutes apart. Stefan Elliot also scored.
Jake Trask got one back for the Blazers (8-7-2) in the third period but it wasn't enough to muster a comeback.
Broncos 2 Pats 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Cody Eakin scored with 17 seconds left in regulation to lift the Broncos over Regina.
Michael Stickland had the other Swift Current (9-5-1) goal.
Jordan Weal had the lone marker for the Pats (5-8-2).