Justin Hickman scored with 49 seconds left in regulation to rally the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans on Friday at the Red Lion Hotels Preseason Tournament at Toyota Center.
The Americans (1-4) led the entire game until Seattle’s Seth Swenson tied the score at 2-2 at 17:11 of the third period.
Tri-City opened the scoring at 2:23 of the second with a power-play goal by Ryan Chynoweth. Michael Sauer followed 1:13 later to give the Americans a 2-0 lead.
Troy Trombley finished with 33 saves for Tri-City, which killed off 4 of 5 Seattle power plays.
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Danny Mumaugh had 15 saves for Seattle, while Justin Myles stopped all 12 shots in playing the second half of the game.
In earlier games, Everett beat Portland 8-2 and Spokane topped Kootenay 5-1.