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Rested Tri-City Americans Outlast Silvertips 4-1

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It's amazing what a little time off can do.

After spending nearly all of last week on the road, the Tri-City Americans used this week to rest up and practice.

Refreshed and recharged, the Tri-City Americans (32-13-0-3, 67 pts) outlasted the Everett Silvertips (21-20-5-1, 48 pts) 4-1 in front of 4,319 fans at Toyota Center. With the win, the Americans improve to 4-1-0-1 against the 'Tips this season, including 3-0 in Kennewick. The win also snapped Tri-City's brief two-game slide and kept them six-points up on the second-place Spokane Chiefs, who downed Seattle 3-1 in Kent. The two division rivals will meet up tomorrow, Saturday, January 24 in Spokane.

Entering tonight's game, the Americans were 6-3-0-1 throughout the month of January, outscoring their opponents 19 to 7 through the first period.

Tri-City continued that trend; jumping out to a 2-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of play. The first came at the 4:41 mark of the period, off the stick of rookie Brooks Macek. With the goal, Macek has collected goals to back-to-back games and has four points in his last three games. Then, with less than two minutes remaining in the period, fellow rookie Brendan Shinnimin connected for his eighth goal of the season. Shinnimin has also been hot recently, collecting goals in three straight games and points in four of his last five contests.

Early into the second period, Everett cut the lead in half. Off an assist from Mike Alexander, Shane Alexander beat Chet Pickard, between the pads, for his 20th tally of the season. But, it proved to be all the offense the 'Tips could muster, as Pickard made numerous spectacular saves in route to first-star honors.

Entering the third period and, still clinging to a one-goal lead, Taylor Procyshen gave the Americans some breathing room. Off a pass from Justin Feser, Procyshen launched a bullet over Thomas Heemskerk's shoulder, putting Tri-City up 3-1. For Procyshen, his 26th goal of the season also snapped his four-game pointless streak, his longest of the season.

In a last ditch effort to get back into the game, Everett pulled Heemskerk with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But, with less than two minutes left, Johnny Lazo buried an empty-netter, capping the scoring in the contest. For Lazo, his 15th goal of the season also gave him a new career-high for points in a month (10).

Pickard returned to his winning ways, stopping 32 of 33 shots. Meanwhile, Heemskerk collected 33 saves in the loss. Tri-City finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play, but was a perfect 1-for-1 on the penalty kill.

Tomorrow's match-up between the Chiefs and Americans will be Game 8 of their 12-game regular season series. Tri-City is 3-2-0-2 thus far against Spokane this season, including 0-2-0-1 at Veterans Memorial Arena. The Chiefs win last Saturday in Tri-City was the first road victory for either team, as Spokane enters Saturday's contest riding a seven-game winning streak. The game will be broadcast live on KVEW-TV's My Network 280 starting at 7:00 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live, via WHL WebTV, at the Americans' home away from home, Kimo's Sports Café and R.F. McDougall's in Richland. Fans unable to watch the game 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, Chet Pickard, Tri-City

2, Brendan Shinnimin, Tri-City

3, Brooks Macek, Tri-City
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