Hitmen Take Out T-Birds

Brian Liesse

Wedman and Andrusiak score in 5-2 loss to Calgary

KENT, November 23, 2018 — The Calgary Hitmen defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-2 Saturday night in front of 4,225 fans at accesso ShoWare Center.

The T-Birds next game is Saturday at 6pm as they travel to Portland to face the Winterhawks in a game that is being broadcast on JOEtv. JOEtv can be seen on Channel 22/Cable 110.

Calgary (10-13-2-0) took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mark Kastelic at 4:41 of the first period. Luke Coleman and Kaden Elder had the assists.

Kastelic scored a power-play goal at 6:12 of the second to extend the Hitmen lead to 2-0. Carson Focht and Jake Kyrski had the assists.

Both teams had 10 shots on goal in the first period.

The Hitmen took a 3-0 lead at 1:59 of the second period on a goal by Carson Focht.

Seattle (8-11-3-0) cut the lead to two goals with a shorthanded goal by Matthew Wedman at 7:55 of the second. Wedman outraced a Hitmen defenseman to the puck in the offensive zone for a breakaway. Wedman came in on Calgary goalie Carl Stankowski and went forehand then backhand and then roofed the over goalie’s left pad.

The T-Birds have scored a shorthanded goal in back-to-back games and in three of the last four games.

Calgary had a 22-17 advantage in shots after two periods by outshooting Seattle 12-7 in the second period.

Zack Andrusiak looking to shoot the puck against the Calgary Hitmen on Friday, November 23, 2018, at accesso ShoWare Center.

Zack Andrusiak scored at 10:05 of the third period to cut the Hitmen lead to one goal. Simon Kubicek took a shot from the right point that deflected off a Hitmen defenseman to Andrusiak in the right circle. Andrusiak got the loose puck and ripped it over Stankowski’s left shoulder for his 11th goal of the season. Andrusiak has a five-game goal streak. Wedman had the second assist.

Seattle pulled goalie Liam Hughes for an extra attacker with 1:21 left in the game. Coleman hit the empty net at 18:49 to put the Hitmen up 4-2. The T-Birds pulled Hughes again and Coleman scored a second empty-net goal at 19:40 of the third.

Hughes had 31 saves on 34 shots and Stankowski had 24 saves on 26 shots.

Single game tickets are on sale online on the T-Birds website and at the accesso ShoWare Center box office.

The T-Birds are now taking orders for Flex-24 Ticket packages. Fans that purchase the 24-Flex Ticket Package will be able to select any available premium seat for any game, in any ticket combination, during the 2018-19 season.


First period – 1, Calgary, Kastelic 20 (Coleman, Elder), 4:41. 2, Calgary, Kastelic 21 (Focht, Kryski), 6:12 (pp). Penalties – Huo, Sea (checking from behind), 5:09. Kubicek, Sea (major-fighting), 5:09. Coleman, Cal (major-fighting), 5:09. Krebs, Cal (10-minute misconduct), 5:09. Carriere, Cal (roughing), 5:09. Lee, Sea (roughing), 5:09. van de Leest, Cal (hooking), 14:46. Yeryomenko, Cal (cross checking), 17:03. Toder, Cal (kneeing), 17:52.

Second period – 3, Calgary, Focht 5 (J. Prokop), 1:59. 4, Seattle, Wedman 8, 7:55 (sh). Penalties – Stotts, Cal (tripping), 2:25. Huo, Sea (hooking), 6:05. Savey, Sea (roughing), 11:57. Campbell, Cal (roughing), 11:57. van de Leest, Cal (kneeing), 16:37.

Third period – 5, Seattle, Andrusiak 12 (Kubicek, Wedman), 10:05. 6, Calgary, Coleman 6, 18:49 (en). 7, Calgary, Coleman 7 (Elder), 19:40 (en). Penalties – Toder, Cal (unsportsmanlike conduct, major-fighting), 11:49. Savey, Sea  (major-fighting), 11:49. Krebs, Cal (delay of game), 19:58.

Shots on goal – Seattle 10-7-9 26, Calgary 10-12-14 36. Goalies – Seattle, Hughes 34 shots-31 saves (8-9-3-0); Calgary, Stankowski 26-24 (6-6-2-0). Power plays – Seattle 0-7; Calgary 1-2. A – 4,225. Referees – Adam Griffiths, Nick Swaine. Linesmen – Spencer Lockert, Justin Nicol.

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