WHL Roundup From SLAM - 2/29
- 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
To start off the second the Pats continued with their penalty trouble
and gave Chilliwack a two-man advantage after taking back-to-back
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
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
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
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