KENT, September 6, 2013 - Justin Hickman scored with 49 seconds left in regulation Friday night to give the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 3-2 victory over the Tri-City Americans in their first game at the Red Lion Hotels' Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center.
Both Branden Troock and Hickman made their preseason debuts in the game. Troock was recently cleared to play after having off-season shoulder surgery. Hickman missed the first three preseason games because of a suspension from last season that carried over to this season. He will also miss the first three games of the regular season.
Troock and Mathew Barzal who played on a line with Hickman Friday night had the assists on the game winning goal. Barzal also scored the T-Birds first goal of the game.
Seth Swenson tied the game 2-2 for the T-Birds with 2:22 left in the game. Defenseman Evan Wardley and Connor Honey had the assists.
Prior to the preseason tournament in Kennwick the T-Birds won all three of their games at the Everett Silvertips preseason tournament over the Labor Day weekend. The T-Birds will face the Portland Winterhawks at 3:00pm in their second game at the Red Lion Hotels' Preseason Tournament at the Toyota Center.
Tri-City went in front 1-0 at 2:23 of the second period on a power-play goal from Ryan Chynoweth. Brian Williams and Parker Wotherspoon had the assists.
The Americans took a 2-0 lead at 3:36 of the second when Michael Sauer scored. Tyson Dallman and Riley Hillis were credited with the assists.
Seattle got one back at 8:01 of the second on Barzal's third goal of the preseason. Barzal's goal was a power-play goal and was assisted by Jerret Smith.
Danny Mumaugh started in net for the T-Birds and made 15 saves on 17 shots in just over 30 minutes of action. This was Mumaugh's first game action of the preseason. He was replaced by Justin Myles.
Seattle outshot Tri-City 36-29 in the game.
Myles ended up stopping all 12 shots he faced to get the win, his second of the preseason.
Troy Trombley played the whole game in net for Tri-City and made 33 saves on 36 in the loss.
The T-Birds close out the preseason schedule with a home-and-home series against the Everett Silvertips. The T-Birds visit Everett on Friday, September 13, for a 7:35 puck drop against the Silvertips. The T-Birds then make their only pre-season appearance at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 14, for a 7:05pm contest against the Silvertips. Single game tickets for the home preseason game are currently on sale.
The T-Birds will drop the puck for the 2013-14 regular season against the Portland Winterhawks at ShoWare Center on Saturday, September 21 at 7:05pm.
T-Birds single game tickets for the 2013-14 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.
T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.
First period - No scoring. Penalties - Gelinas, Tri (hooking), :59. Dallman, Tri (slashing), 9:00.
Second period - 1, Tri-City, Chynoweth 1 (Williams, Wotherspoon), 2:23 (pp). 2, Tri-City, Sauer 1 (Dallman, Hillis), 3:36. 3, Seattle, Barzal 3 (Smith), 8:01 (pp). Penalties - Honey, Sea (high-sticking), :34. Wotherspoon, Tri (cross checking), 6:06. Dallman, Tri (tripping),12:53. Nickles, Tri (roughing) 19:14.
Third period - 4, Seattle, Swenson 2 (Wardley, Honey), 17:22. 5, Seattle, Hickman 1 (Troock, Barzal), 19:11. Penalties - Folk, Sea (slashing), 8:42.
Shots on goal - Seattle 11-14-11 36, Tri-City 11-9-9 29. Goalies - Seattle, Mumaugh 17 shots-15 saves, Myles 12-12 (2-0-0-0); Tri-City, Trombley 36-33 (0-2-0-0). Power plays - Seattle 1-5, Tri-City 1-2. Referees - Ian Croft, Curtis Marouelli. Linesmen - Anthony Guzzo, Jason Michelbook.