KENNEWICK -- For the second game in a row, Brendan Shinnimin was more than the Everett Silvertips could handle.
Shinnimin had three goals and one assist, and Adam Hughesman scored the game winner as the Tri-City Americans rallied to beat Everett 4-2 on Friday night before a crowd of 4,812 at Toyota Center.
With the win, Tri-City (42-15-1-2, 87 points) kept pace with Western Conference leaders Kamloops (90 points) and Portland (89 points). The Americans, who are at Spokane tonight, have a game in hand on both teams.
"Give credit to them, they came out strong," Hughesman said of Everett. "After we got down 2-0, we played good for 50 minutes. It may have been an ugly win, but we'll take it. We expect a tough game (today). We have to play better than we did (Friday)."
With 106 points, Shinnimin overtook Brandon's Mark Stone (105 points) for the lead in the league scoring race.
Everett (16-35-1-8, 41 points), which has lost two in row, trails Seattle by one point for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Silvertips jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first with power-play goals by Josh Birkholz and Dominik Bittner, and would lead until early in the third period.
Birkholz sliced between two defenders on his way to the net, and lifted the puck past Eric Comrie at 5:35.
Bittner gave the Silvertips a 2-0 lead at 8:37 as his shot off the left wall beat Comrie far side with just 1 second left on the man advantage.
"Everett was really good," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. "They were strong, they cycled the puck well and caused problems in our offensive zone."
Shinnimin, who had a six-point night Tuesday against Everett, put the Americans in the board at 15:59 on the power play as his blast in the slot at the top of the circles beat Austin Lotz for his 45th goal of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Shinnimin scored a short-handed goal on a give-and-go with Patrick Holland at 2:16, and Hughesman put the game winner in the net at 11:52. Holland assisted on all four Tri-City goals and leads the Americans with 67 assists.
"Shinny was the difference," Hiller said. "Not to single him out, but he's on a roll. When it's not going our way, we someone to take control. That was a nice short-handed goal. That's not coaching. They are two of the elite players on the league and we are lucky to have them."
Shinnimin finished off his second hat trick in as many games with an empty-net goal 51 seconds left in the game.
"When I get the puck, I'm looking to shoot," said Shinnimin, who has 18 goals and 32 points during his current 11-game point streak. "On that power-play goal, a lane opened up. Short-handed, I made a pass to Holly, he made a great fake, gave it back and I tapped it in. Then Hughesman scored the game winner. It was a great team effort. We showed great character against a team desperate for points."
Comrie finished with 20 saves to earn his 18th win, and the Americans welcomed back team captain Mason Wilgosh, who missed 13 games with a broke bone in his foot.
NOTES: With two points, Hughesman has 94 and is just six shy of 100. ... Holland has 88 points. Two more, and the Americans will have three players with 90 or more points for the first time since 1991-92 (Terry Degner, Brian Sakic and Vladimir Vujtek). ... With a plus-41 rating, Tri-City defenseman Zach Yuen leads the WHL, along with Stone.