Justin Hickman scored twice, including the game winner to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 5-4 win over the Calgary Hitmen Friday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The flood gates opened early in the game with Seattle building a 2-1 lead just under four minutes into the first period on goals from Luke Lockart and Connor Sanvido sandwiched around a Hitmen goal from Danny Gayle.
Calgary rallied to take a 3-2 lead getting goals 16 seconds apart from Alex Roach and Brady Brassart. But Seattle would add two more, the first from Hickman and the second on a powerplay from Marcel Noebels, to close a wild first period with a 4-3 lead.
In the second period, Calgary drew even midway through when rookie Alex Gogolev buried his fifth goal of the season. The Hitmen had other chances to score but Gogolev hit a post and Brassart was stopped on a breakaway.
Then with timing winding down in the middle frame Hickman scored on a Calgary turnover with 12.1 seconds remaining to give Seattle a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish.
With the loss Calgary drops to 8-9-1-1. The Hitmen will host the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a Sunday matinee at Scotiabank Saddledome. Game time is 2:00 p.m.
Seattle Thunderbirds 5 at Calgary Hitmen 4
Friday, November 11, 2011 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Seattle 4 1 0 - 5
Calgary 3 1 0 - 4
1, Seattle, Lockart 3 (Gallimore, Pickard), 1:10.
2, Calgary, Gayle 4 (Lubin, Gogolev), 2:18.
3, Seattle, Sanvido 3 (Aschim), 3:58.
4, Calgary, Roach 1 (Gogolev, Gayle), 7:03 (PP).
5, Calgary, Brassart 5 7:19.
6, Seattle, Hickman 3 (Laroque, Rouse), 10:05.
7, Seattle, Noebels 8 (Gallimore, Sutter), 12:10 (PP).
Penalties-Noebels Sea (hooking), 6:35; Hauf Sea (roughing), 10:43; Bubnick Cal (roughing), 10:43; Gayle Cal (hooking), 11:12; Roach Cal (cross checking), 13:17; Kosterman Cal (tripping), 14:30; Elliot Sea (tripping), 16:53; Chase Cal (inter. on goaltender), 18:20.
8, Calgary, Gogolev 5 (Gayle), 9:36.
9, Seattle, Hickman 4 (Noebels), 19:47.
Penalties-Troock Sea (tripping), 2:41; Cheek Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 4:33; Sutter Sea (boarding), 10:59; Aschim Sea (roughing), 14:00; Doty Sea (roughing), 14:00; Clayton Cal (roughing), 14:00.
Penalties-Elliot Sea (major-fighting), 3:06; Kosterman Cal (major-fighting), 3:06; Clayton Cal (hooking), 6:30; Chase Cal (high sticking), 10:20.
Shots on Goal
Seattle 15-6-6-27. Calgary 12-7-8-27.
Power Play Opportunities
Seattle 1 / 7; Calgary 1 / 5.
Seattle, Pickard 7-9-0-0 (27 shots-23 saves). Calgary, Driedger 6-4-1-1 (15 shots-11 saves); Glover 2-4-0-0 (12 shots-11 saves).
Referees-Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Scott Sharun (103), Justin Slimm (105).