Kris Foucault tied the game and then ended it as the Calgary Hitmen closed out their best of seven series against the Medicine Hat Tigers four games to two with a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory.
The Hitmen were down early after Tigers forward Emerson Etem potted his team leading seventh of the post-season just 2:45 into the first period.
However, less than a minute later resident Hitmen sniper Joel Broda responded with his team best eighth of the playoffs. Matt MacKenzie and Brandon Kozun, who are team point leaders at the respective positions, assisted on the goal to keep their playoff point totals climbing skyward.
All was quiet on the scoreboard until just 18 seconds into the third period when Tigers forward Tristan King ignited the Gas City with his third of the playoffs.
The Hitmen, who out shot the Tigers 46-27, did not let up on their attack and Foucault finally tied the contest with just two minutes left in regulation.
On the play both Hitmen defenceman Giffen Nyren and Tigers Captain Wacey Hamilton took two minute minors for roughing and slashing respectively. Thirty seconds later Hitmen forward Tyler Shattock took a hooking penalty giving the Tigers a four on three man-advantage for the rest of regulation time.
The Hitmen persevered and pushed the game into overtime where Foucault ended the game 18:17 into the extra frame.
The win propels the Hitmen into the Eastern Conference Final for the fourth straight year and will face either the Brandon Wheat Kings or the Saskatoon Blades.
Brandon currently leads the series three games to two. Game 6 goes Monday night in Saskatoon.