KENNEWICK -- It had been 10 years since the Tri-City Americans had a player score 100 or more points.
That drought has ended.
Brendan Shinnimin needed four points to reach 100 entering Tuesday night's game against Everett. He ended up having a six-point night -- three goals and three assists -- to lead the Americans to a 7-2 victory over the Silvertips before an announced crowd of 3,749 at the Toyota Center.
"To be honest, I didn't think it would happen tonight," said Shinnimin, whose 100th point came on an assist on an Adam Hughesman goal at 8:24 of the second period. "I just wanted to play my hardest, and everything fell into place. "
The last Tri-City player to reach the century mark was Eric Johansson, who had 103 points during the 2001-02 season.
"What an achievement," Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said of Shinnimin. "In this day and age, it's so difficult the way the game is played to hit that plateau."
The Americans (41-15-1-2, 85 points), who have won three in a row, trail the Portland Winterhawks (87 points) by two points in the U.S. Division and the Western Conference race. Kamloops, with 86 points, leads the B.C. Division.
"Three really good games in a row for us," Hiller said. "Good starts, good energy and we played the same way all three games."
Everett (16-34-1-8, 41 points), ninth in the Western Conference, trails Victoria and Seattle by a point in the race for a playoff spot. The Silvertips face the Americans again Friday in Kennewick.
Shinnimin, who has 15 goals and 28 points during his 10-game point streak, got his night started with an assist on Brian Williams' goal at 17:36 of the first period to give him 300 career points.
Shinnimin brought the puck up ice, then sent it across the slot to Williams, who had an open net behind Everett goalie Kent Simpson.
Shinnimin added goals at 4:46 and 6:07 of the second to give Tri-City a 3-0 lead. The first came on the power play when he put the puck between Ryan Murray's skates and into the net.
Everett's Reid Petryk got the Silvertips on the board at 8:03 of the second, but that would be it for Everett until the game's waning seconds.
Hughesman scored the first of his two goals at 8:24 of the second, giving Tri-City a 4-1 lead and chasing Simpson from the net after making nine saves on 13 shots.
Hughesman scored again to open the third, and Shinnimin finished off his hat trick at 10:17. Holland, who had three assists, scored unassisted at 17:38 to make it 7-1.
Everett's Jordyn Boyd finished the scoring, finding the net with 40 seconds left in the game.
"These were two big points, and it was a solid team effort," Shinnimin said. "We have to get back at it come Friday. (The Silvertips) are fighting for a playoff spot, and it won't be easy."
Ty Rimmer finished with 21 saves for Tri-City to earn his 24th win.
While Shinnimin was having a career night, Parker Bowles, 16, played his first WHL game for the Americans. He had a couple of shots on goal and earned third star honors for his effort.
"I felt awesome," said Bowles, who will return to his midget team today. "I can't believe it -- the fans and everything. As the game went on, Jim started giving me more shifts, and I just tried to do what I could every shift. I can't wait to get back here and do it again."
Shinnimin, for one, was impressed with Bowles.
"He will be a hell of a player," Shinnimin said. "He has the smarts to play in this league."
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