Greg Chase forced overtime for Calgary scoring the tying goal with just under 12 minutes remaining in the third period.
Brady Brassart and Joe Mahon also scored for Calgary while Adam Tambellini had a pair of assists for the Hitmen who built a 3-0 second period lead only to see the Ice roar back with four unanswered goals.
Luke Philp had a pair of goals for Kootenay while Jagger Dirk and Sam Reinhart added singles. Philp also chipped in two assists to finish with four points.
The win moves Calgary into a tie with the Edmonton Oil Kings for first place in the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference at 101 points. The Oil Kings close out the regular season with a home-and-home series against the Red Deer Rebels with games Saturday and Sunday while the Hitmen will wrap up their campaign at home tomorrow in a rematch with Kootenay.
Calgary Hitmen 5 (SO) at Kootenay Ice 4
Friday, March 14, 2014 - Western Financial Place - Cranbrook, BC
Calgary 2 1 1 0 - 5
Kootenay 0 2 2 0 - 4
1, Calgary, Brassart 35 (Tambellini, Virtanen), 3:35.
2, Calgary, Mahon 9 11:58.
Penalties-Chase Cal (tripping), 7:00.
3, Calgary, Virtanen 44 (Tambellini, Brassart), 8:46.
4, Kootenay, Reinhart 35 (Dirk, Philp), 13:46.
5, Kootenay, Philp 29 (Dirk, Reinhart), 16:52 (PP).
Penalties-King Ktn (slashing), 1:18; Rissling Cal (major-fighting), 10:23; Martin Ktn (instigator, major-fighting, 10-minute misconduct), 10:23; Chase Cal (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:29; Vetterl Ktn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 11:29; Chase Cal (high sticking, unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:07; Harmsworth Cal (roughing), 15:46.
6, Kootenay, Reinhart 36 (Valiev, Philp), 6:02.
7, Kootenay, Philp 30 (Descheneau, Reinhart), 7:43.
8, Calgary, Chase 33 (Winther, Harmsworth), 8:16.
Calgary 1 (Tambellini NG, Padakin NG, Chase NG, Winther NG, Brassart NG, Virtanen G),
Kootenay 0 (Philp NG, Reinhart NG, Franko NG, Descheneau NG, Alfaro NG, Valiev NG).
Shots on Goal
Calgary 13-7-11-2-1-34. Kootenay 10-12-15-4-0-41.
Power Play Opportunities
Calgary 0 / 2; Kootenay 1 / 4.
Calgary, Driedger 28-14-3-4 (41 shots-37 saves). Kootenay, Skapski 28-20-2-2 (16 shots-13 saves); Hoflin 10-8-0-1 (17 shots-16 saves).
Referees-Curtis Marouelli (86), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Jeremi Del Campo (44), Cory Lundquist (128).