Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: A Look at Friday's Games: WHL Roundup: A Look at Friday's Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

WHL Roundup: A Look at Friday's Games: WHL Roundup: A Look at Friday's Games

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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.

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