Parker Bell registered three goals to pace the Tri-City Americans to an 8-2 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Friday at Sandman Centre.
Tomas Suchanek turned aside 48 shots to pick up the win between the pipes for the visitors from Kennewick, Wash.
Jordan Gavin (2), Deagan McMillan, Adam Mechura and Elouann Lemonnier also scored for the Americans, who will square off against the Blazers in a rematch on Saturday, a 7 p.m. start at Sandman Centre.
Harrison Brunicke and Connor Levis scored goals for Kamloops, which led 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
Dylan Ernst allowed eight goals on 30 shots before he was pulled with 5:54 remaining in the third period.
Ethan Ernst, a forward for the Ams, was foiled on a penalty shot in the third period, with his brother, Dylan, making the save.
Backup goaltender Matthew Kieper stopped the only shot that came his way in relief.
Tri-City (20-16-3-1) was 4-for-4 on the power play. Kamloops was 0-for-5 on the man advantage.
The Blazers (25-9-4-2) are three points behind the Portland Winterhawks (28-8-2-1) and eight points behind the Western Conference-leading Seattle Thunderbirds (31-7-1-1).