REGINA - Jordan Eberle and Garrett Mitchell had two goals each to lead the Regina Pats to a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League Friday night.
Tomas Hrcina also scored for Regina (20-24-3).
Rhett Rachinski and Keegan Lowe replied for Edmonton (10-25-11).
The win is the fourth in five games for Regina while the loss marks the ninth straight for the struggling Oil Kings.
The Pats, holders of the second best power play in the league, had the opportunity to open the scoring early in the first after Edmonton's Klarc Wilson took a double-minor for high-sticking.
The Oil Kings, one of the worst penalty killing teams in the league, not only kept Regina from scoring but also got on the board themselves. Rachinski knocked a pass out of midair between Regina's two defencemen and then flipped a quick backhand past goalie Damien Ketlo.
In the second Regina's power play came to life and struck for three goals in eight minutes. Hricina got Regina on the board when he worked his way out of the corner, around the Oil King's defence and slid the puck under Oil King goalie Torrie Jung to get Regina on the board. Assisting on the goal was Hampus Gustafsson and Brandon Davidson.
Regina's other two second period power play goals came from Eberle, the first off a pretty give-and-go with Jordan Weal and the second a one-timer top shelf set up by Cody Carlson with a feed from Weal. Regina Captain Colten Teubert also picked up an assist on Eberle's first goal.
Eberle is now tied with Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen for second in league scoring with 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) while Weal's two assists place him third with 65 points (22 goals, 43 assists).
Regina added two more in the third, both by Garret Mitchell. The first was another power play marker and the second, just nine seconds later, an even strength effort. Assisting on the goals were Gustafsson and Teubert with their second helpers of the night and Cass Mappin and Matt Strueby.
Edmonton managed one more in the third, a breakaway goal by Keegan Lowe, son of Edmonton Oiler president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe.
Ketlo (13-11-2) made 19 stops for the win while Jung (7-20-7) stopped 41 shots.