REGINA - The Regina Pats used a dangerous power play to defeat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 4-3 in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Regina (8-4-0) four goals on four power play opportunities to move the team into second place in the Eastern Division, while Lethbridge (4-7-1) remains near the bottom of the Central Division. Regina's Tim Kraus opened the scoring at 13:14 of the first when he completed a pretty passing play from Jordan Eberle and Nick Ross.
With just 38 seconds left in the first Regina added another goal, again on the power play, when Logan Pyett blasted a slap shot through a crowd and past Lethbridge goalie Juha Metsola.
Lethbridge managed to get back in the game at 7:20 of the second period after Pyett hauled down Mike Wuchterl on a breakaway attempt. Referree Andy Thiessen awarded Wuchterl a penalty shot and he made good, ripping a wrist shot over Regina goalie Linden Rowat's shoulder.
Lethbridge evened things up at 11:03 of the second when Cam Braes finished off two nice feeds from Dan Iwanski and Craig Orfino to record his first goal of the year.
All fired up with just over a minute left in the period, Lethbridge's Mitch Versteeg hammered Regina's Garrett Mitchell into the boards at the blue-line. Regina's Michael MacAngus took exception and went after Versteeg, who was subsequently handed a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct.
Making the most of the power play, Regina came out flying in the third, striking just 1:10 into the period and then again 10 seconds later to double-up Lethbridge 4-2. The go ahead goals were scored by Eberle, his 10th on the season, and Matt Streuby with his first.
Adam Chorneyko added one more for Lethbridge at 11:53 of the third to get the score to 4-3. But even with their goalie pulled and a late penalty against Regina, Lethbridge was unable to make do any better.
Rowat made 20 stops for Regina.
Metsola saved 21 shots for Lethbridge.