KENT -- Jordan Messier tied the game with 1:59 to play in regulation and Adam Hughesman scored the only goal in the shootout as the Tri-City Americans rallied to beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 on Wednesday night at ShoWare Center.
"You hate to have to do it that way, but when you do it feels pretty good," said Tri-City coach Jim Hiller of the come-from-behind win.
Seattle goalie Calvin Pickard leads the stingiest defense in the Western Hockey League, but he gave up two third-period goals to the Americans (13-9-1-1, 28 points) to force overtime.
With goalie Drew Owsley on the bench for an extra attacker, Kruise Reddick took a pass out of the corner by Hughesman and beat Pickard in the slot to pull Tri-City within 4-3 at 17:23.
Just 38 seconds later, with Owsley again on the bench, Neal Prokop set up Messier, who put the puck past Pickard to tie the game.
"More often than not it ends up in your own net," Hiller said of pulling Owsley. "But it worked out for us tonight."
It was the first game back for Prokop since breaking his left leg in the playoffs in March.
After a scoreless overtime, Hughesman beat Pickard, but Owsley stopped Colin Jacobs, Marcel Noebels and Burke Gallimore to pick up his 50th career win. Owsley finished with 42 saves.
Connor Rankin and Brendan Shinnimin also scored for the Americans, while Hughesman added two assists.
Jacobs scored a pair of goals for Seattle (10-5-3-4, 27 points), while Pickard had 55 saves.
The Americans will play host to Kootenay on Friday. On Saturday, the Portland Winterhawks will make their first trip to Toyota Center.