KENNEWICK — Tri-City broke open a tied game with four goals in the final period as the last-place Americans won 5-2 on Saturday evening and beat the first-place Everett Silvertips for the second time in two nights.
After a scoreless first period the teams traded goals in the second. Rhett Melnyk scored first for Tri-City before Jackson Berezowski tied it up at 1-1 with a goal for Everett.
Then the flood gates opened for the Americans.
Jake Sloan, Samuel Cho and Sasha Mutala scored unanswered goals in the third period to give Tri-City a 4-1 lead.
Ryan Hofer potted a goal to pull Everett to within two, but Tyson Greenway added an empty-net score for the Americans to seal the game.
Braden Holt stopped 32 of 36 shots for Everett (19-5-1-1).
Nick Avakyan stopped 34 of 36 shots for Tri-City (7-12-3-0).