Jordan Eberle considered his time at Edmonton Oilers training camp a valuable learning experience. Wednesday night, he put his lessons to good use.
Eberle scored twice and added two assists in his first game of the season, leading the Regina Pats to a 9-3 drubbing of the Prince Albert Raiders in Western Hockey League action.
One of the final Oilers cuts heading into the NHL regular season, Eberle provided the Pats (2-4-0) with a much needed spark Wednesday. Regina entered the game with just 10 goals in its first five games, second-fewest in the WHL.
Eberle, the team's leading scorer last season, wasted no time getting reacclimated with the Pats. With Regina already leading 1-0, the 19-year-old scored on a power play at 8:34 of the first period. He added an assist on Jordan Weal's second goal of the game early in the second, and his short-handed goal 8:36 into the period extended the Pats' advantage to 5-0.
Eberle assisted on Matt Strueby's fourth goal of the season seven minutes later for his fourth point.
In other WHL action Wednesday, it was: Edmonton 5 Medicine Hat 0; Moose Jaw 4 Red Deer 1; and Kamloops 5 Lethbridge 3.
At Prince Albert, Sask., Weal finished with three goals for Regina, which enjoyed its highest single-game output since an 11-3 win over Lethbridge on Dec. 21, 2006. Eberle also had two goals and two assists in that game.
Brett Leffler had a short-handed goal and three assists in the rout, while Strueby and Brayden Metz each added a goal and an assist. Killian Hutt had a single, while Brandon Davidson chipped in with three helpers.
Jordan Hickmott had a pair of goals to lead the Raiders (2-3-0), who have lost two straight home games. Dustin Cameron added a single.
Regina finished 3-for-4 with the man advantage, while Prince Albert scored twice in nine power-play chances.
Pats netminder Damien Ketlo stopped 30 shots to earn the victory.
Prince Albert starting netminder Steven Stanford was pulled 7:28 into the second period after allowing four goals on 25 shots. Jacob Edwards replaced him, and made 20 saves the rest of the way.
Oil Kings 5 Tigers 0
At Edmonton, Torrie Jung stopped 31 shots to lead the Oil Kings past Medicine Hat.
Brent Raedeke scored twice while Michael Burns, Robin Soudek and Brett Breitkreuz added singles for Edmonton (3-1-1).
Tyler Bunz and Devon Dubyk combined to make 29 saves for the Tigers (2-1-1).
Warriors 4 Rebels 1
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brendan Rowinski's hat trick propelled the Warriors past Red Deer.
Spencer Edwards added a goal for Moose Jaw (3-2-0).
Josh Cowan's power-play goal provided the lone offence for the Rebels (2-3-0).
Blazers 5 Hurricanes 3
At Kamloops, B.C., Tyler Shattock scored on a penalty shot to lead the Blazers past Lethbridge.
Brendan Ranford, C.J. Stretch, Dylan Willick and Shayne Wiebe also had goals for Kamloops (4-1-0).
Cam Braes, Carter Ashton and Craig Orfino replied for the Hurricanes (0-6-0).