Tri-City Americans

Holland caps Ams shootout win vs. Vancouver

LANGLEY, British Columbia -- Patrick Holland scored the game-winner in the shootout and Drew Owsley finished with 30 saves to become the league's first 30-game winner as Tri-City Americans rallied to beat the Vancouver Giants 5-4 on Saturday night.

The Americans (38-13-0-2, 78 points), who earned a spot in the playoffs Friday night, moved into a three-way tie for first place in the WHL standings with Saskatoon and Brandon. Tri-City leads the U.S. Division by seven points over Everett and Portland.

The Giants (33-20-1-3, 70 points) led 3-0 midway through the first period with goals by Lance Bouma, Brett Breitkreuz and James Wright.

After Wright's goal, Tri-City starter Alex Pechurskiy was replaced by Owsley, who shut down Vancouver until the waning seconds of the third period.

The Americans tied the game at 3 with goals by Neal Prokop, Justin Feser and Holland.

Tyler Schmidt scored with 5:29 remaining in regulation to give Tri-City a 4-3 lead.

Vancouver's Milan Kytnar scored with 11.5 seconds left in the third period to send the game into overtime.

After a scoreless extra session, Owsley stopped James Henry, Craig Cunningham and Kevin Connauton in the shootout to give the Americans their first ever season sweep of the Giants.

Holland, Feser and Prokop also had two assists apiece.