KENNEWICK -- The Tri-City Americans aren't a team that's going to roll out the red carpet for their guests.
As one of the most inhospitable teams in the league, the Americans won their 11 straight game on home ice Saturday with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Giants before a crowd of 5,239 at Toyota Center.
Brendan Shinnimin had two goals and an assist and Patrick Holland and Adam Hughesman added a goal and an assist each as the Americans improved to 16-2-0-1 at home.
"It takes good players -- committed and focused good players," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller of his team's home winning streak. "That's why we have had success."
Tri-City (27-12-1-1, 56 points), which has won four in a row, is within three points of U.S. Division-leading Portland and one behind Spokane.
"It's going to be an exciting road to the finish," Hiller said. "We have been going up, down and sideways. Our goal was to play consistently. Now that we have achieved that, we can look at the standings."
Vancouver (21-19-1-4, 47 points) is 0-2 against the Americans this season, and just like the last time they met, Tri-City got off to a quick start and never looked back.
The Americans took advantage of their first power play to take a 1-0 lead just 2:16 into the game.
Goalie Drew Owsley gathered in the puck after Vancouver's penalty kill unit cleared the zone and handed it off to Justin Feser, who took it to mid-ice before sending it up to Holland.
Holland got behind the defense, and when Vancouver goalie Brendan Jensen ventured a bit too far out of the crease, Holland had an easy goal.
For Owsley, it was his first assist of the season.
Hughesman gave Tri-City a 2-0 lead at 8:57, sliding the puck inside the right post in the midst of a pileup next to Jensen.
"It's makes life easier if you get the first couple of goals," said Tri-City defenseman Matt MacKenzie, who played his third game after being acquired from Calgary on Monday. "You get off to a big start and the crowd gets behind you. It's nice to be on a team that scores a lot and is winning."
Jensen was successful twice in getting a poke check on Carter Ashton in the first and stopped 11 of 13 shots he faced. On the night, Jensen had 28 saves.
The Americans just kept rolling along in the second as the line of Ashton, Hughesman and Brendan Shinnimin parlayed a couple of nice passes into a 3-0 lead at 9:27.
Ashton held up along the boards to the left of Jensen, dished off to Hughesman, who sent the puck toward the net where Shinnimin finished the play.
"It feels good when you are scoring and helping your team win," said Shinnimin, who has points in 13 straight games. "It's great to have a guy like (Ashton) out there. He's a big guy with a lot of skill. That makes it easier for me and Hughey."
Feser, who has points in five of his last six games, added a goal to his assist late in the second, redirecting a shot by MacKenzie at the point for his 15th goal of the season at 18:24.
"These groups of forwards are pretty special," said MacKenzie, who had two goals. "If you can get a shot through, they can do the rest. We are getting scoring from the guys up front and Ows is playing well."
Shinnimin scored his second of the night 1:24 into the third before Vancouver scored a pair of goals by Michael Burns and Spencer Bennett on rookie Chris Driedger, who relieved Owsley at 5:36 of the third.
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