CRANBROOK, B.C. - The Tri-City Americans scored four goals in less than four minutes in a 5-4 win over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Marcus Messier, Brendan Shinnimin, who scored twice, Patrick Holland and Adam Hughesman each scored in the third period as the Americans (13-5-0) roared back to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Jesse Ismond scored a hat trick for the Ice (12-4-3) while Brock Montgomery added a single.
Kootenay opened the scoring on a power play that featured five forwards and needed just 13 seconds to score after Ismond deflected a shot from Elgin Pearce.
The Ice made it 2-0 on a two-on-one break as Montgomery combined with Adam Rossignol before tucking the puck behind Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie.
Shinniman cut Kootenay's lead to one in the second period after scoring on a one timer during a power play.
But the Ice regained a two-goal lead with the man advantage when Dylen McKinlay fed Ismond near the net for his second of the game at 6:06 in the third period.
Less than two minutes later the Americans began their rally with power-play goals by Messier and Hughesman while Shinnimin and Holland each scored within a 17-second span to make it 5-3.
Kootenay pulled goaltender Nathan Lieuwen for the extra attacker and capitalized when Ismond completed his hat trick in the final minute of regulation.
Comrie earned the win with 24 saves while Lieuwen stopped 35 shots.