The Tri-City American had difficulty playing quality hockey for three periods, however they were still able to come away with a 4-3 shoot-out victory against the Everett Silvertips on Saturday in Western Hockey League action.
?We didn?t start well, but I thought we played well for 55 minutes,? said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. ?We persevered."
Adam Hughesman scored the shoot-out winner while Brendan Shinnimin, Derek Ryckman and Jordan Messier scored in regulation time for Tri-City (21-7-0).
Cody Fowlie, Kohl Bauml and Ted Burns scored for Everett (5-18-5).
Eric Comrie finished with 24 saves for the win while Kent Simpson stopped 46 shots in defeat.
The Americans went 2-for-4 on the power play as the Silvertips failed to score on either of their chances with the man advantage.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Moose Jaw 2, Kootenay 1; Regina 5, Red Deer 3; Vancouver 3, Swift Current 2; Lethbridge 6, Saskatoon 3; Spokane 6, Medicine Hat 3; Kamloops 4, Victoria 2; Portland 7, Seattle 1 and Prince George 3, Kelowna 2.
At Kennewick, Wash., Everett jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead off goals from Fowlie and Bauml.
Messier scored a power-play goal for Tri-City at 11:58, cutting the lead in half heading into the first intermission.
After a scoreless second period, Ryckman scored early in the third period to tie the game at two.
The Silvertips regained their lead at 7:57 when Burns scored but the Americans tied it again at 11:50 when Shinnimin scored on the power play.
Shinnimin's goal eventually forced overtime and when no one scored in extra time Hughesman scored in the shootout to give Tri-City the victory.
Warriors 2 Ice 1
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Luke Siemens made 26 saves as the Warriors (18-8-3) defeated Kootenay (19-7-3).
Pats 5 Rebels 3
At Regina, Jordan Weal and Trent Oullette each had a goal and two assists as the Pats (14-12-2) beat Red Deer (14-11-3).
Giants 3 Broncos 2
At Swift Current, Sask., Cain Franson scored twice to lead Vancouver (19-10-2) over the Broncos (11-16-3).
Hurricanes 6 Blades 3
At Lethbridge, Alta., Sam Mckechnie and Russell Maxwell both had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes (9-20-1) doubled up Saskatoon (19-10-1).
Chiefs 6 Tigers 3
At Medicine Hat, Alta., Mitch Holmberg had a hat trick and Collin Valcourt scored twice to lead Spokane (13-8-4) over the Tigers (16-11-4).
Blazers 4 Royals 2
At Kamloops, B.C., Ryan Hanes scored the winning goal with 5:09 remaining in the third period as the Blazers (20-7-1) beat Victoria (12-16-2).
Winterhawks 7 Thunderbirds 1
At Portland, Ore., Ty Rattie had a goal and three assists and Taylor Leier scored twice as the Winterhawks (19-9-2) crushed Seattle (11-14-1).
Cougars 3 Rockets 2
At Kelowna, B.C., Alex Forsberg scored the winning goal 34 seconds into the third period to lift Prince George (9-18-2) over the Rockets (11-14-3).