Despite a late-season push from the Portland Winterhawks, the Tri-City Americans are the U.S. Division champions for the fourth time in the last five years.
Ty Rimmer made 31 saves as Tri-City defeated the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-1 on Friday in Western Hockey League action.
?It feels pretty surreal to win the U.S. Division and the Western Conference in a span of 60 minutes,? said Rimmer, who picked up his 31st win. "We all worked so hard for 71 games ? I feel we deserve this.?
Adam Hughesman scored twice and set up one more for the Americans (50-17-4), who won 50 games in a season for only the second time in franchise history, while Zachary Yuen and Jordan Messier picked up a goal apiece.
?I?m really happy for Hughey,? Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. ?The last couple of weeks he?s dug right in and has been rewarded with goals. He?s taken it to another level.?
Brendan Shinnimin increased his league-leading point total to 133 with two assists. With a 14-point lead atop the scoring race, it is expected that Shinnimin will win the Bob Clarke trophy as the WHL scoring leader.
Reid Petryk scored the lone goal for the Silvertips (21-40-10), who with the loss moved into a tie with the Seattle Thunderbirds for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Kent Simpson stopped 31 shots in a losing effort.
Tri-City went 0 for 3 on the power play while Everett failed to score on their only opportunity with the man advantage.
Elswhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6, Kootenay 5 (OT); Moose Jaw 4, Prince Albert 1; Brandon 2, Regina 1; Saskatoon 5, Swift Current 3; Edmonton 4, Medicine Hat 2; Red Deer 3, Lethbridge 2; Kamloops 10, Prince George 4; Seattle 4, Spokane 3; Victoria 3, Portland 1 and Vancouver 5, Kelowna 4 (OT).
At Kennewick, Wash., after a scoreless first period, Messier opened the scoring for Tri-City at 14:32 of the second.
Petryk scored at 13:43 of the third to tie the game but the Americans scored three straight goals to finish the game.
Yuen scored what would stand up as the game winner at 15:35, Hughesman followed with the final two goals, the last going into an empty net with 40 seconds to play.
Hitmen 6 Ice 5 (OT)
At Cranbrook, B.C., Spencer Humphries scored the winner in overtime and Alex Gogolev and Brooks Macek each had three assists as Calgary (43-25-3) beat Kootenay (36-25-10) to move into third in the East standings.
Warriors 4 Raiders 1
At Prince Albert, Sask., Spencer Tremblay stopped 36 shots and Cam Braes had a goal and an assist as Moose Jaw (44-19-8) beat the Raiders (21-44-6) for its third straight victory.
Wheat Kings 2 Pats 1
At Regina, Michael Ferland scored both his club's goals and Mark Stone picked up an assist on each as Brandon (38-28-5) moved to within one point of the Pats (37-26-8) in the East standings.
Blades 5 Broncos 3
At Swift Current, Sask., Josh Nicholls had two goals and an assist and Andrey Makarov made 30 saves as Saskatoon (40-28-3) downed the Broncos (26-37-8).
Oil Kings 4 Tigers 2
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Laurent Brossoit made 36 saves, earning the game's first star, as Edmonton (49-15-7) picked up its 10th straight victory by defeating the Tigers (42-24-5).
Rebels 3 Hurricanes 2
At Red Deer, Alta., Adam Kambeitz scored the winning goal with less than seven minutes to play in the third period and Bolton Pouliot made 34 saves as the Rebels (32-33-6) edged Lethbridge (28-42-1).
Blazers 10 Cougars 4
At Kamloops, B.C., nine different players on the Blazers (47-19-5) recorded a multi-point game as Kamloops officially ended Prince George's (23-46-2) chances of making the playoffs.
Thunderbirds 4 Chiefs 3
At Spokane, Wash., Burke Gallimore scored the winning goal with less than five minutes remaining in the third period as Seattle (25-43-2) kept its playoff-push alive with a win over the Chiefs (37-25-9).
Royals 3 Winterhawks 1
At Victoria, Keith Hamilton made 37 saves, earning the game's first star, as the Royals (24-41-7) secured post-season action with a win over Portland (48-19-4).
Giants 5 Rockets 4 (OT)
At Vancouver, Jordan Martinook had three goals, including the winner in overtime, and an assist as the Giants (40-26-5) got past Kelowna (30-31-10).