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"Sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper."

Knute Rockne may not be guiding the Tri-City Americans, but had George Gipp been watching on Friday night, he would have been proud.

Summoning his own inner-Rudy, Tri-City rookie Brendan Shinnimin capped off a four-goal, third period comeback, leading the Tri-City Americans' (45-16-0-3, 93 pts) past the Everett Silvertips (25-30-7-2, 59 pts) 5-4 in front of 7,154 at Comcast Arena. With the win, the Americans stretched their winning streak to seven games, while wrapping up their 10-game season series vs. the 'Tips with an 8-1-0-1 record. The win also maintained Tri-City's eight-point lead in the U.S. Division over the rival Spokane Chiefs, who drubbed the visiting Portland Winter Hawks 8-0. Meanwhile, Everett has now dropped their last four contests and their previous five match-ups with the Americans.

Starting early in the first period and lasting all night, penalties proved costly for Tri-City. Just 4:03 into the contest and on the power play, Taylor Ellington let a shot go that bounced off Mitch McColm's skate and past Chet Pickard, giving the 'Tips an early 1-0 lead. Then, with less than a minute remaining in the period and back on the power play, Kellan Tochkin redirected a Mike Alexander shot, putting Everett on top 2-0 after the first 20 minutes.

Just 6:28 into the second, Tri-City cut the deficit in half. After a long stretch pass from Jarrett Toll, Taylor Procyshen was able to break in all alone into the Everett zone. After splitting two defenders, Procyshen buried a shot past Kent Simpson, tying him with Stu Barns (111 goals) for 10th on Tri-City's all-time goals scored list.

Still down 2-1 to start the third period of play, Tri-City started their comeback bid...twice.

Just three minutes into the period, Jason Reese tied the game at 2. Then, 52 seconds later, Mitch Fadden beat Simpson with a slap shot, giving the Americans their first lead of the game at 3-2.

However, the Silvertips power play would be heard from again, as Everett scored back-to-back power play goals, just over a minute apart, retaking the lead at 4-3. Tying the game at 3, Shane Harper let an innocent shot go that Pickard was able to glove. But, the puck slipped out of his glove and across the line. Then, 1:13 later, Tochkin registered his second of the night when he glanced a shot off Pickard's leg.

But, with 8:32 remaining in regulation, Tri-City started their second come back. While on the power play, Toll let a wrist shot go from the right circle, beating Simpson to tie the game at 4. Then, with just under two minutes remaining in regulation, Jordan Messier set-up Shinnimin, who beat Simpson low on the glove side, completing the turnaround.

Pickard stopped 28 saves in route to his 34th win of the season. Meanwhile, Simpson collected 27 of the 32 shots he faced in the loss. Tri-City finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play, while Everett was 4-for-11 on the man-advantage.

The Americans will now take their winning streak back east, as they travel to Spokane to take on the rival Chiefs tomorrow, Saturday, February 28. Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena. Spokane currently leads the 12-game season series 5-4. Tri-City comes into tonight's match-up having won their previous three road games, but has gone 0-4 in Spokane this season. The game will be broadcast live on KVEW-TV's My Network channel 280 or 35.2/42.2 on your digital tuner. Also, fans can catch all the action live, via WHL WebTV, at the Americans' home away from home, Kimo's Sports Café and R.F. McDougall's in Richland, starting at 7:00 p.m. And, as always, you can catch all the action live on NewsTalk 870 AM, starting with the Sterling Savings Bank Warm-up Show at 6:45 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Three Stars:

1, Shane Harper, Everett

2, Kellan Tochkin, Everett

3, Mitch Fadden, Tri-City

Taylor Procyshen's 'Go Pro' MDA Challenge Update:

After 64 games, Tri-City has recorded 241 goals = $964

If you would like to join Taylor's MDA Challenge, contact the Americans office at 509.736.0606 and ask how you can contribute.
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