EVERETT -- Brendan Shinnimin scored with 30.5 seconds left in regulation and Kruise Reddick notched the game-winner in the shootout as the Tri-City Americans slipped past Everett 4-3 in a key U.S. Division game Friday night at Comcast Arena.
"It was like a playoff game out there," Shinnimin told the Everett Herald. "Coming down the stretch, all these points are important. It was back and forth, just a battle between two great teams. It was exciting, nerve-wracking, everything you enjoy playing hockey."
The win gives Tri-City (43-17-1-2, 89 points) a four-point lead over Everett (40-19-3-2, 85 points) in the division standings.
The Americans opened the scoring late in the first period as Patrick Holland beat Thomas Heemskerk with a backhander at 17:27.
Shinnimin would score his first of the night unassisted off a face-off just 1:09 into the second period for his first goal in 11 games. The 2-0 lead would stand at the end of two periods.
But in the third, the Silvertips turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead with 1:32 left in regulation.
Everett's Clayton Cumiskey scored a pair of goals and Scott MacDonald gave the Silvertips their short-lived lead at 14:58.
With time running out, the Americans pulled goalie Alex Pechurskiy for an extra attacker, and Shinnimin picked up a loose puck in the crease and tied the game at 3.
After a scoreless overtime, Everett elected to shoot first in the shootout. Tyler Maxwell was denied by Pechurskiy, but Shinnimin beat Heemskerk.
Byron Froese tied the shootout with a goal, while Johnny Lazo missed on his shot for Tri-City. In the third round, Shane Harper missed for the Silvertips, and Reddick put the game-winner in the net.