KENNEWICK, Wash. - Eric Comrie posted his third shutout of the season and the Tri-City Americans won their 13th consecutive Western Hockey League game on home ice with a 4-0 victory night over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Tuesday.
The Americans (34-10-0, 68 points) opened up their Western Conference lead over Kamloops to three points, and are five points up on Portland in the race for the U.S. Division title.
The Thunderbirds (17-23-1, 35 points) haven't won at Toyota Center since Jan. 27, 2008, a span of 20 games. The last time Seattle won in Kennewick, Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard wasn't old enough to play in the league.
With a goal and an assist, Patrick Holland has points in 12 consecutive games for the Americans.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Swift Current 3 Victoria 1; Calgary 5 Red Deer 1; and Lethbridge 6 Vancouver 3.
Jesse Mychan, Mason Wilgosh and Justin Feser also scored for Tri-City, while Adam Hughesman, Jordan Messier and Brendan Shinnimin all had two assists.
Comrie had 16 saves in the shutout, and none bigger than stopping Seattle's Luke Lockhart on a breakaway in the first period.
"That was a good save on the breakaway," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "That was an important save. They get that, they could have crawled back into it."
Pickard, who is winless in 14 starts in Kennewick, finished with 36 saves.
"Pickard was great," Hiller said. "One of the best games he's had in this building."
Broncos 3 Royals 1
At Swift Current, Sask., Taylor Vause led Broncos (18-22-5) with a goal and an assist in a win over Victoria (14-26-5).
Hitmen 5 Rebels 1
At Red Deer, Alta., Alex Gogolev scored a pair of goals as the Calgary (25-16-3) downed the Rebels (19-20-5).
Hurricanes 6 Giants 3
At Vancouver, Philip Tot scored two goals and added three assists as Lethbridge defeated the Giants.