REGINA - Jordan Eberle scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period to lift the Regina Pats to 3-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings in WHL action Sunday.
Coming into the game in second place in the Eastern division, the win improves Regina's record to 13-7-0 while the loss puts Brandon at 11-7-0-1.
As he has for much of the season, Regina captain Logan Pyett helped get his team on the scoreboard first when his slapshot from the point snapped the stick of a Brandon defender in two.
Essentially with a one-man advantage, Pyett's line mates got the puck back to their leader for another big blast. This time the shot made it through and resulted in a rebound Regina's Kirt Hill banged in for his second goal of the year. Also assisting on the goal was Troy Ofukany.
Regina's lead didn't last long. Just over a minute after Hill put Regina on the board, Brandon's Brayden Schenn tied things up with his sixth goal of the year with help from Keith Aulie and Scott Glennie.
A Brandon penalty then seemed to ease a bit of the tension in the rink, that is until Brandon's Daryl Boyle scored a short-handed goal at the 3:34 mark the second to put his team ahead 2-1. The goal, set up by Matt Lowry, was Boyle's third on the season.
Bailing out the league's top-ranked power play was Regina's Troy Ofukany, who evened things up again at the 11:59 mark of the second with his second goal of the year. However, Ofukany paid the price for his effort and was hammered into the boards by Brandon's Theran Yeo just as the puck hit the twine.
Yeo was sent to the box for boarding but yet Regina's power play was once again unable to produce.
Tied at 2 going into the third, both teams came out hard throwing big hits and creating lots of scoring chances back and forth.
Around the midway point of the period Brandon's Daniel Bartek looked to have a sure go ahead goal with a wide open net in front of him and Regina goalie Jeff Bosch down and out. But Bosch scrambled to his knees and made a desperate headfirst dive in Bartek's direction, managing to get a glove on the shot and deflect it over the net.
Eberle, the WHL's most valuable player for the month of October, then did what he does best and scored his league leading 17th goal of the season at 15:23 of the third. Marking the eventual game winner, Eberle's goal was set up by Michael MacAngus and Tim Kraus.
In the end, Bosch faced 24 shots for the win while Brandon goalie Joe Caligiuri saw 23.