EVERETT -- It's that time of the season when teams must help themselves to points, and the Everett Silvertips took two big points off the Tri-City Americans on Saturday night.
The Silvertips scored three goals in the second period to break a 1-all tie and hand the Americans a 4-1 loss at Comcast Arena.
The Americans (45-17-1-2, 93 points) remain third in the Western Conference after Portland (96 points) beat Seattle 7-3 on Saturday. B.C. Division-leading Kamloops (93 points), which lost 4-3 in overtime at Kelowna, is seeded second.
Tri-City will play at Portland today, but no matter the outcome, the Winterhawks will remain in first place in the conference and U.S. Division.
Everett (19-37-1-8, 47 points) is eighth in the Western Conference playoff race, one point behind Victoria.
Tri-City, which had its seven-game win streak snapped with a loss to Portland on Friday, never could get into the flow of its offense.
Everett opened the scoring with a goal by Reid Petryk at 5:48 of the first, and the Americans answered less than 2 minutes later as Brendan Shinnimin netted his 53rd goal of the season. Shinnimin leads the league in scoring with 119 points.
Patrick Holland, who assisted on the goal, became the third Americans player to reach 100 points this season, joining Shinnimin and Adam Hughes-man (103). It's the first time since the 1991-92 season (Terry Degner, Brian Sakic and Vladimir Vujtek) that Tri-City has had three players with 100 or more points.
Everett broke the game open in the second with goals by Josh Winquist, Josh Birkholz and Manraj Hayer.
Eric Comrie finished with 27 saves for the Americans, who were 0-for-4 on the power play.
Kent Simpson had 31 saves for the Silvertips, who have won two in a row.