KENNEWICK — Brendan Shinnimin was a one-man wrecking crew Tuesday night, and the Everett Silvertips were the unfortunate victims.
Shinnimin dominated the proceedings, tallying six points as the Tri-City Americans knocked off the Tips 7-2.
Shinnimin posted three goals and three assists as he became the first Tri-City player to reach the 100-point mark in a season since Eric Johansson in 2001-02.
Adam Hughesman added two goals and Patrick Holland had a goal and three assists for Tri-City (41-15-1-2), which kept pace with Portland in the race for the U.S. Division title. The Americans trail the Winterhawks by two points. Brian Williams also scored for Tri-City, while Ty Rimmer earned the win in goal with 21 saves.
Reid Petryk and Jordyn Boyd scored for Everett (16-34-1-8), which remained one point out of playoff position. For Boyd it was his fourth goal in the past three games after he had just three in his first 38.
Everett goaltender Kent Simpson stopped nine of the 13 shots he faced before being pulled in the second period. Austin Lotz stopped 23 of 26 in relief.
Everett got into some penalty trouble in the first period, and the Americans took advantage. Just as a power play was expiring, Shinnimin skated the length of the ice, drew the defense, then fed Williams at the back door for a tap-in, giving Tri-City a 1-0 lead at 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
Shinnimin struck twice early in the second period as the Americans went ahead 3-0. He scored on the back door on the power play at 4:46, then cut around defenseman Lucas Grayson and fired past Simpson at 6:07.
Everett got on the board at 8:03, Petryk poking the puck under Rimmer after a feed from Birkholz on the rush.
But just 21 seconds later it was Shinnimin at work again as he set up Hughesman on the back door to make it 4-1.
The Americans made it a laugher in the third. Hughesman scored on a back-door feed on the power play at 3:50. Then Shinnimin completed his hat trick and six-point night at 10:17.
Americans 7, Silvertips 2
First Period—1, Tri-City, Williams 8 (Shinnimin, Grist), 17:36. Penalties—Walters, Everett (holding), 2:17; Walters, Everett (slashing), 15:30; Fowlie, Everett (tripping), 18:58; Holland, Tri-City (kneeing), 19:22.
Second Period—2, Tri-City, Shinnimin 42 (Messier, Holland), 4:46 (pp). 3, Tri-City, Shinnimin 43 (Plutnar), 6:07. 4, Everett, Petryk 13 (Birkholz, Winquist), 8:03. 5, Tri-City, Hughesman 34 (Shinnimin, Holland), 8:24. Penalties—Petryk, Everett (tripping), 3:38; Chynoweth, Everett (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:21; Williams, Tri-City (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:21; Rankin, Tri-City (roughing), 9:32; Caron, Everett (hooking), 13:12; Grayson, Everett (fighting), 16:44; Walter, Tri-City (fighting), 16:44.
Third Period—6, Tri-City, Hughesman 35 (J. Messier, Shinnimin), 3:50 (pp). 7, Tri-City, Shinnimin 44 (Holland, Hughesman), 10:17. 8, Tri-City, Holland 21, 17:38. 9, Everett, Boyd 7 (Bauml), 19:39.
Shots on goal—Everett 6-7-10—23. Tri-City 10-14-15—39. Power-play opportunities—Everett 0 of 2. Tri-City 2 of 7.
Goalies—Everett, Simpson 14-27-1-5 (13 shots, 9 saves), Lotz (26 shots, 23 saves). Tri-City, Rimmer 24-10-0-1 (23 shots, 21 saves).