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Eberle has three points as Regina Pats rally past Kootenay 5-4

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REGINA - Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists to lead the Regina Pats to a stunning 5-4 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Kootenay Ice in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

Cody Carlson, Mitch Spooner, Carter Ashton and Andrew Rieder also scored for the Pats (24-25-7).

Jesse Ismond had a hat trick for Kootenay (34-17-5), while Dustin Sylvester added a marker.

Making 27 saves for the win was Damien Ketlo. Turning away 22 in defeat was Mathews.

Regina opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Max Reinhart forced a turnover in the Pats end and Ismond's centring pass hit something in front and went in.

Regina scored two goals with less than two minutes left in the game to force the overtime, the first from Carlson with an assist from Eberle with 1:53 remaining and the second yet another clutch goal from Eberle with just 56 seconds on the clock.

Eberle then forced the turnover and picked up an assist that lead to Spooner's winner 2:15 into the extra frame. Also assisting on the play was Jordan Weal.

Both teams scored twice in the second, the first of which was a short-handed goal by Kootenay captain Sylvester on a two on none after Regina's Brett Leffler coughed up the puck at centre ice. The goal, Sylvester's 29th of the season, also marked his 13th career short-handed goal with Kootenay.

Regina managed to get the goal back just as the penalty expired then added another one two minutes later. The first came from Tampa Bay pick Ashton and the second from fourth-liner Andrew Rieder, both banged in off rebounds. Picking up assists were Myles Bell, Hampus Gustafsson, Tomas Hricina and Spooner.

Kootenay appeared to have things under control when Ismond ended the second with a goal then completed his hat trick midway through the third. Both goals were set up by Matt Fraser.

But with less than two minutes left and many of the 4,361 in attendance starting to head for the doors, Regina's Carlson took passes from Eberle and Colten Teubert then beat Kootenay goalie Todd Mathews with a point shot through a screen.

Eberle's late game heroics are hardly surprising anymore but always a thrill and those who opted not to beat the traffic were treated to more magic from the future Edmonton Oiler.

After taking passes from Weal and Ashton, Eberle circled his way in tight then fired a quick wrist shot from a sharp angle under the crossbar to force the overtime period.

After suffering shutout losses in their last three games, the overtime victory and the post-game celebration appeared to be the highlight of an otherwise rough season for the struggling Pats.

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