By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
The Edmonton Oil Kings rolled into the Tri-Cities on Saturday night, a roster chock full of highly drafted players and a hold on first place in the Eastern Conference.
The Tri-City Americans were not impressed. Nor did they feel threatened. Instead, they struck gold against the second-best team in the Western Hockey League.
Jesse Mychan had two goals, Justin Feser had a five-point night with one goal and four assists, and the Americans got 36 saves from Troy Trombley in steamrolling the Oil Kings 8-1 before a crowd of 5,083 at Toyota Center.
“Hockey is a game where each and every night a different story unfolds,” Tri-City coach Jim Hiller said. “As long as you bring your belief and you compete, you have a chance. Our goalie made some good saves, and we knew he’d have to. We battled and we earned our goals.”
The Americans (36-22-1-2, 75 points), who have won a season-high five games in a row, held onto fourth place in the Western Conference standings. The Spokane Chiefs are one point back after beating Kamloops 2-0 on Saturday.