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Hickey scores twice as the Thunderbirds defeat the Regina Pats 5-3

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REGINA - Thomas Hickey scored two goals to help the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Regina Pats 5-3 in Western Hockey League action Friday night.

The first period was marked by a flurry of scoring in which Seattle (8-11-1-2) and Regina (13-8-1-3) combined for four goals in a two-minute span. Seattle's Luke Lockhart opened the scoring after walking out of the corner untouched and burying his own rebound for his second goal of the year.

Less than a minute later Hickey added his first of the night, but the Pats got two quick goals of their own, one from Jordan Eberle and one from Brett Leffler.

Tied 2-2 to start the second, Prab Rai put the Thunderhawks ahead when he converted a nice two-on-one feed from David Richard. Regina's Michael MacAngus scored a power-play goal set up by a beautiful backdoor feed from Eberle to knot the score at 3-3.

But the Thunderbirds, holders of one of the worst records in the league, kept pressing and reclaimed the lead for good with 25 seconds left in the period thanks to Hickey's second goal, scored on a power-play.

Charles Wells added one more for Seattle in the third.

Jacob DeSerres made 27 saves to earn the win for the Thunderbirds. Regina goaltender Damien Ketlo stopped 37 shots.

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