KENT -- The Tri-City Americans finished the 2010-11 season with a three-game win streak, capping things off with a 4-3 overtime win Sunday over the Seattle Thunderbirds at ShoWare Center.
The Americans (44-4-2-2, 92 points), finished fourth in the Western Conference and will play Vancouver in the first round of the WHL playoffs, starting Friday at Toyota Center.
Tri-City, which holds home-ice advantage over the Giants, will play host to Games 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday, followed by two games at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver on March 29 and 30. If needed, the remainder of the schedule would be April 1 at Toyota Center, April 2 at Pacific Coliseum and April 5 at Toyota Center.
The Giants (35-32-1-4, 75 points) won their last two games to edge Chilliwack by one point for fifth place.
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In other Western Conference playoff matchups, top-ranked Portland will play No. 8 Everett, No. 2 Kelowna will play No. 7 Prince George, and No. 3 Spokane will play No. 6 Chilliwack.
On Sunday, Kruise Reddick scored the game-winner at 2:39 in overtime. The Americans' team captain finished the season with 20 goals and 68 points.
Jordan Messier had a three-point night for the Americans, scoring his 26th goal of the season at 6:30 of the second period. He also had two assists, including one on Reddick's overtime goal.
Drydn Dow and Justin Feser also scored for the Americans, who got 30 saves from rookie goalie Chris Driedger, and two assists from Patrick Holland.
Marcel Noebels, Connor Sandivo and Tyler Alos scored for the Thunderbirds, who finished the season 27-35-5-5 (64 points) and out of the playoffs.
Seattle starting goaltender Calvin Pickard had the night off after playing in 68 of 72 games. Michael Salmon finished with 28 saves.
Tri-City defenseman Zach Yuen finished the regular season with a plus-41 rating, the best by a Tri-City player since Dylan Gyori had a plus-50 rating during the 1998-99 season.
The Saskatoon Blades won the Scotty Munro trophy for the best regular-season record (56-13-1-2, 115 points).
Medicine Hat's Linden Vey was the WHL's top scorer with 116 points, one better than Spokane's Tyler Johnson, who led the league in goals scored with 53.