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The Canadian Press
11/4/2012 1:31:20 AM
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For the second time in as many nights, the Moose Jaw Warriors let a third-period lead slip away.

The Seattle Thunderbirds rallied to a 4-3 shootout win over the Warriors in Western Hockey League action Saturday.

Alexander Delnov and Riley Sheen scored in the shootout for the Thunderbirds (8-7-1), while Brendan Rouse, Seth Swenson and Robert Lipsbergs scored in regulation.

Andrew Johnson and Tanner Eberle scored in the first period for Moose Jaw (7-7-4), while Sam Fioretti added one more in the third.

"We definitely want to be known as a team that can close out a game. You want to be tough to play against -- especially when you have a lead late in the third period," said Warriors left-winger Jordan Messier. "We have to address it.

"If we play like we played in the first 20 (minutes) we're going to like the result most nights."

Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 4 Brandon 2; Vancouver 6 Kootenay 3; Lethbridge 5 Saskatoon 4 (SO); Seattle 4 Moose Jaw 3 (SO); Regina 4 Prince Albert 1; Edmonton 2 Swift Current 1; Portland 6 Victoria 2; Kelowna 5 Prince George 0; Spokane 5 Everett 0 and Tri-City 5 Red Deer 2.

At Moose Jaw, Sask., Johnson and Eberle staked the Warriors to a 2-0 lead, but Swenson scored for Seattle in the second and Lipsbergs tied the game 3:23 into the third on the power play.

Fioretti's goal put Moose Jaw back on top but Rouse added another power-play goal for the Thunderbirds at 14:43 to force extra time.

"Any time you sit back in this league -- it doesn't matter the team -- they're going to make you pay for it," said Messier. "We came out hard in the first period and we sat back and let them back in the game and it cost us."

Former Warriors goaltender Brandon Glover made 22 saves for Seattle, while Daniel Wapple stopped 28 shots for Moose Jaw.

Hitmen 4 Wheat Kings 2

At Brandon, Man., Greg Chase set up three goals to lead Calgary (10-4-3) past the Wheat Kings (8-7-3).

Giants 6 Ice 3

At Cranbrook, B.C., Marek Tvrdon scored twice and added two assists in Vancouver's (5-11-0) victory over Kootenay (4-10-1).

Hurricanes 5 Blades 4 (SO)

At Lethbridge, Alta., Jay Merkley was the lone scorer in the shootout as the Hurricanes (10-7-2) edged Saskatoon (7-9-1).

Pats 4 Raiders 1

At Regina, Sask., goaltender Matt Hewitt made 36 saves as the Pats (7-11-1) dumped Prince Albert (11-5-2).

Oil Kings 2 Broncos 1

At Swift Current, Sask., Michael St. Croix scored his team-leading 11th goal with 11:43 left in regulation to spark Edmonton (10-4-3) to a win over the Broncos (7-8-5).

Winterhawks 6 Royals 2

At Portland, Ore., the Winterhawks (12-3-1) won their eighth in a row, as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to dump Victoria (9-8-0).

Rockets 5 Cougars 0

At Kelowna, B.C., Jackson Whistle made 21 saves as the Rockets (10-6-2) blanked Prince George (7-8-2).

Chiefs 5 Silvertips 0

At Spokane, Wash., Eric Williams made 26 saves as the Chiefs (12-6-0) shut out Everett (6-11-2).

Americans 5 Rebels 2

At Kennewick, Wash., Justin Feser and Brian Williams had two goals apiece to lead Tri-City (11-6-2) past the Rebels (9-9-2).

Seattle Thunderbirds (Photo: TSN)

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