Tri-City Americans

Ams hand Oil Kings 15th straight loss

EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Tri-City Americans got goals from seven different players and Alex Pechurskiy posted his third shutout of the season in a 7-0 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Friday night at Rexall Place.

The Americans (37-12-0-2, 76 points) lead the U.S. Division by nine points over Everett, and have the best record in the Western Hockey League -- three points ahead of Brandon.

Edmonton (10-31-4-7, 31 points), which has not won since beating Red Deer on Dec. 18, has lost 15 straight.

Johnny Lazo opened the scoring at 2:14 of the first, scoring his team-high 31st goal, and Patrick Holland followed at 4:20 as his shot from the left corner hit Edmonton goalie Cam Lanigan's skate and ricocheted into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Tyler Schmidt gave Tri-City a 3-0 lead at 5:14 of the second with a power-play goal.

The Americans scored four goals in the third -- the first two short-handed by Kruise Reddick and Justin Feser -- for a 5-0 lead.

"In the third we were really aggressive," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller. "It was a strong period. You never count on those (short-handed goals), but they were a couple of great individual efforts."

Neal Prokop and Eric Mestery finished the scoring for the Americans, who were 2-for-6 on the man advantage and killed off four Edmonton power plays.

The Oil Kings were awarded a penalty shot at 7:16 of the third period when Pechurskiy tossed his stick to stop what would have been a short-handed goal by T.J. Foster. Foster missed the ensuing penalty shot.

"Alex didn't make a lot of saves, but he made the big saves," said Hiller, whose team outshot the Oil Kings 29-20.

Today is an off day for the Americans, who will take in the Calgary Flames-Edmonton Oilers game tonight at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary.

Sunday, the Americans have a matinee against the Calgary Hitmen, who have lost their last three games against the Americans.

Tri-City will welcome back Brendan Shinnimin, who was suspended for Friday's game by the league after making an inappropriate gesture toward the referee at the conclusion of Wednes-day's game in Red Deer, according to Rick Doerksen of the WHL.