CRANBROOK, British Columbia -- Brendan Shinnimin scored two goals and had two assists, and Adam Hughesman added a goal and three assists to rally the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 victory Wednesday night over the Kootenay Ice at the Cranbrook Recreation Complex.
"It was one of those games we haven't seen a lot of this year," Americans coach Jim Hiller said. "It was a good win against a really good team and a solid goaltender (Nathan Lieuwen). We scored some really nice goals, some goals that have been missing this year."
The Americans' Central Division trip will continue Friday at Medicine Hat and Saturday at Lethbridge.
Wednesday night, Kootenay (12-4-1-2, 27 points) led 2-0 after the first period with goals by Jesse Ismond and Brock Montgomery.
The Americans (13-5-0-0, 26 points), who have won three in a row, got on the board at 10:20 of the second with a power-play goal by Shinnimin.
Ismond gave the Ice a 3-1 lead early in the third, only to see the Americans score three goals in a 3-minute, 14-second span.
Marcus Messier pulled Tri-City within a goal with a power-play goal at 8:26. Shinnimin and Patrick Holland later scored 17 seconds apart to give the Americans a 4-3 lead with 9:20 left in regulation.
Hughesman scored his team-leading 14th goal at 12:14 on the man advantage for a 5-3 Tri-City lead. Hughesman has 32 points this season, good for fourth in league scoring.
For Shinnimin, it was his biggest output of the season after scoring 96 points last year. Hughesman is on track to surpass his total of 81 points from last year.
"They had some nice goals," Hiller said. "Tonight was the closest they have looked to the last couple of seasons."
Ismond finished the scoring for the Ice with 19 seconds left in the game for his third career hat trick.
Rookie Eric Comrie finished with 24 saves for the Americans, while Lieuwen stopped 35 of 40 shots for the Ice.
The Tri-City power play, which clung to life support before the game, came alive with three goals on five chances.
"Sooner or later, I knew we would score and get on a roll," Hiller said. "It says a lot about your team when you beat a good team at their place. It takes a good effort to do something like that."