EVERETT -- Patrick Holland had two goals and rookie Brian Williams scored what would be the game-winner as the Tri-City Americans beat the Everett Silvertips 5-1 on Saturday night at Comcast Arena to run their win streak to five games.
"It was an excellent game," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "It got better as it wore on. The third period was outstanding."
The Americans (24-7-0-0, 48 points) have the best record in the WHL heading into today's game against the Portland Winterhawks at Toyota Center. Tri-City holds a five-point lead over Portland (20-10-2-1, 43 points), which was idle Saturday.
"They are dangerous," Hiller said. "They have a great offensive team and they can hurt you in a hurry."
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Adam Hughesman scored his team-leading 22nd goal at 17:23 of the first period, but the Silvertips would even things up just 2:05 into the second with a goal by JT Barnett.
It was all Tri-City from there.
Williams gave the Americans the lead for good at 18:54 of the second. Holland scored twice in the third, and Brendan Shinnimin added a power-play goal as Tri-City improved to 17-0 when leading after two periods.
Rookie Eric Comrie finished with 22 saves for the Ams for his 11th win of the season.