Tri-City Americans head coach Jim Hiller was impressed with his teams 3-1 victory Saturday night against the Spokane Chiefs in Western Hockey League action.
"I thought that was probably the best game we have played," said Hiller. "When you play Spokane, you accept that challenge. We needed to measure ourselves against a team like that."
Brendan Shinnimin scored two goals to lead the Americans (10-5-0) while Justin Feser rounded out the scoring witha goal and an assist.
Blake Gal was the lone goal scorer for the Chiefs (8-2-1).
Both goalies were busy as Ty Rimmer made 28 saves for the win and Mac Engel stopped 39 shots for the loss.
Spokane went 1-for-6 on the power play while Tri-City went 0-for-7.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Brandon 3, Edmonton 2; Calgary 3, Everett 1; Kootenay 4, Portland 1; Red Deer 5, Lethbridge 0; Moose Jaw 3, Regina 2; Saskatoon 4, Prince Albert 3; Medicine Hat 5, Swift Current 0; Prince George 2, Vancouver 1; Kamloops 4, Kelowna 3 and Victoria 7, Seattle 3.
At Kennewick, Wash., Shinnimin opened the scoring 7:26 into the game to give the Americans a 1-0 lead.
Gal tied the game on the power play before the first period was finished.
Both goalies played well as neither team could score in the second period.
"It was a classic goaltending battle," Rimmer said. "The first guy to crack usually ends up with the loss. This is a huge rivalry and a huge two points."
Shinnimin scored his second of the game, and what would be the game winner, at 12:59 of the third period.
Feser added an empty net goal to secure the victory for Tri-City
Wheat Kings 3 Oil Kings 2
At Brandon, Man., Mark Stone extended his point-scoring streak to 15 games with a power-play goal as the Wheat Kings (9-5-1) defeated Edmonton (9-5-2).
Hitmen 3 Silvertips 2
At Calgary, Spencer Humphries had two assist to lead the Hitmen (5-6-1) over Everett (4-10-2).
Ice 4 Winterhawks 1
At Cranbrook, B.C., Eric Benoit and Max Reinhart each had two goals to lift Kootenay over Portland
Rebels 5 Hurricanes 0
At Lethbridge, Alta., Matthew Dumba had two goals and Patrick Bartosak made 29 saves as Red Deer (9-4-1) shutout the Hurricanes (2-13-1).
Warriors 3 Pats 2
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brett Lyon's seventh goal of the season was the difference as Warriors came from behind to beat Regina.
Blades 4 Raiders 3
At Prince Albert, Sask., Michael Burns had a goal and an assist to lead Saskatoon (9-4-1) over the Raiders (4-12-2).
Tigers 5 Broncos 0
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Emerson Etem had three goals and an assist while Tyler Bunz stopped all 30 shots he faced to lift the Tigers (11-5-0) over Swift Current (6-8-2).
Raiders 2 Giants 1
At Prince George, B.C., Drew Owsley made 28 saves as the Cougars (4-11-1) beat Vancouver (8-7-1).
Blazers 4 Rockets 3
At Kelowna, B.C., Dylan Willick scored two goals to lead Kamloops (11-3-0) over the Rockets (5-9-1).
Royals 7 Thunderbirds 3
At Victoria, B.C, Kevin Sundher scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Royals (9-7-1) over Seattle (5-6-0).