Jesse Mychan scored his first career hat trick and Parker Bowles added two goals as the Tri-City Americans dismantled the Vancouver Giants 9-5 on Wednesday night at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Weve played a lot of close, tight games where we havent scored a lot, Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. It was nice to see them score some goals and Mych to get a hat trick. In the end, two points is two points, but its nice to see the guys score.
The Americans (26-16-1-2, 55 points), moved within two points of fourth-place Spokane in the Western Conference standings. The Chiefs dropped a 5-3 game at Kelowna on Wednesday. The Rockets have won 18 consecutive games on home ice.
The Giants (12-33-0-0), who are last in the Western Hockey League with 24 points, trailed 5-0 before Travis McEvoy scored at 3:34 of the second period.
Mychan, who also had an assist for his first career four-point night, scored two goals in a span of five minutes in the second period, then scored his third unassisted at 3:36 of the third.
Veteran defenseman Drydn Dow added a goal and two assists, as did team captain Justin Feser.
Brian Williams and Mitch Topping also scored for Tri-City, which got 12 saves from starter Luke Lee-Knight and seven from affiliate player Troy Trombley, who played the last half of the third period.
The Americans were 2-for-3 on the power play and killed off 5 of 6 Vancouver power plays.
The power play was very good, Hiller said. We did a good job on special teams. There were a lot of good things tonight.
Tristan Sieben, Luca Leone, Thomas Foster and Dalton Sward also scored for Vancouver, which is 3-7-0-0 in its last 10 games.
Notes: After a second look at goals, Connor Rankin, Tyson Dallman, Justin Feser and Malte Strömwall all were credited with secondary assists from their game Tuesday at Everett.