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WHL Roundup From SLAM - 2/29

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    By THE CANADIAN PRESS Jordan Eberle recorded a hat trick and his 40th goal of the season to lead the Regina Pats to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chilliwack
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2008
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      By THE CANADIAN PRESS

      Jordan Eberle recorded a hat trick and his 40th goal of the season to
      lead the Regina Pats to a 5-4 comeback victory over the Chilliwack
      Bruins in the WHL Friday night. Making their first ever visit to Regina
      (39-21-4-2), the Bruins (26-31-4-4) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after
      three power-play goals in the first 12 minutes of the game.
      The first two came from Evan Pighin, his 16th and 17th of the year.
      Chilliwack's third goal, at the 11:33 mark of the period, came from
      Oscar Moller after he went hard to the net and roofed a bad-angle
      backhand for his 37th goal of the season.
      Down 3-0 just over halfway into the first period, Regina pulled goalie
      Linden Rowat and replaced him with backup Jeff Bosch.
      Regina then added a power-play goal of its own at the 13:44 mark of the
      first when Eberle picked up a loose puck, out-waited Chilliwack goalie
      Mark Friesen, and ripped a wrist shot top shelf to get Regina on the
      board.
      To start off the second the Pats continued with their penalty trouble
      and gave Chilliwack a two-man advantage after taking back-to-back
      penalties.
      But Regina managed to kill of Chilliwack's 5-on-3 and seconds after
      getting back to even strength Tim Kraus hammered home a nifty flip pass
      from Eberle to make it a 3-2 game.
      Two minutes into the third Regina scored its third straight goal to even
      things up, thanks again to a quick Eberle wrist shot from the slot.
      Chilliwack then took the lead again after the Pats had trouble clearing
      their zone and Brandon Campos banged in a rebound for his 25th of the
      year.
      Regina got the goal back at the midway point of the third when Eberle
      picked up a loose puck in front, patiently out-waited Friesen again, and
      popped it top shelf again to tie the game 4-4, complete his hat trick,
      and mark his 40th goal of his second WHL season.
      And the Eberle show wasn't over. With just under three minutes remaining
      in the game, the Regina scoring leader picked up a drop pass from
      Michael MacAngus near the blue-line, drew the two Chilliwack defenders
      towards him, then dished the puck off to a wide open Tim Kraus who
      snapped the game-winner and his second of the night.

      Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6 Moose Jaw 5 (SO); Brandon 4
      Lethbridge 0; Vancouver 5 Prince George 2; Saskatoon 5 Medicine Hat 4;
      Prince Albert 4 Kamloops 2; Tri-City 6 Red Deer 1 and Everett 2 Seattle
      0.
      At Regina, Earning the win off the bench while making nine saves for the
      Pats was Bosch (11-6-0-0). Playing well but taking the loss for
      Chilliwack and making 32 saves was Friesen (7-10-2-2).

      Hitmen 6 Warriors 5 (SO)
      At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brett Stone's shootout slapshot goal was the
      difference as the Hitmen (44-17-1-3) beat the Warriors (32-18-6-7).

      Wheat Kings 4 Hurricanes 0
      At Brandon, Man., Joe Caligiuri made 26 saves to backstop the Wheat
      Kings (38-22-2-2) to a 4-0 shutout of the Hurricanes (41-18-2-3).

      Giants 5 Cougars 2
      At Prince George, B.C., the Garet Hunt scored twice to lead the Giants
      (44-13-2-6) to an easy victory over the Cougars (17-43-1-3).

      Blades 5 Tigers 4
      At Saskatoon, Ondrej Fiala and Travis Toomey both scored a goal and
      added two assists as the Blades (25-34-3-4) edged the Tigers
      (37-21-5-2).

      Raiders 4 Blazers 2
      At Prince Albert, Sask., Ryan McDonald scored a goal and added an assist
      as the Raiders (24-36-3-2) doubled up the Blazers (26-35-2-2).

      Americans 6 Rebels 1
      At Red Deer, Alta., Americans (46-14-2-2) defenceman T.J. Fast scored
      twice and added two assists in a win over the Rebels (17-41-4-3).

      Silvertips 2 Thunderbirds 0
      At Everett, Wash., Silvertips (36-25-0-3) goaltender Leland Irving
      matched the league record for career shutouts, and Everett defeated the
      Thunderbirds (35-21-5-2).
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