REGINA - Leffler had two goals and an assist to lead the Regina Pats to a 5-4 victory over the Kootenay Ice in WHL action Wednesday night.
The win is the Pats' (4-2-0-2) fourth in a row after losing their first four of the season. Leffler started the scoring for Regina just two minutes in. Following a turnover in the Kootenay end, Leffler picked up the puck along the boards and muscled his way in tight against Kootenay goalie Nathan Lieuwen. Leffler picked up his own rebound then buried it for his first goal of the year.
Just over a minute into the second Regina added to its lead when Matt Streuby set up Colten Teubert his third goal of the year.
Strueby then set up Leffler for his second of the night to make it a 3-0 game.
Leffler's goal, a soft wrist shot from a bad angle, ended Lieuwen's night and brought in goalie Thomas Heemskerk for Kootenay (2-5-0-3).
Midway through the second Leffler was called for hooking then given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing the call. Regina bench also took a bench minor on the play and on the ensuing, extended man-advantage, Kootenay evened things up with three straight power-play goals in a two-minute span.
Andrew Bailey, Steele Boomer and Kevin King each scored for Kootenay.
But Leffler made amends when got out of the box - setting up Strueby's team-leading fifth goal of the season to put Regina up 4-3.
Near the midway mark of the third Regina went ahead 5-3 after Jordan Eberle picked off a pass up the middle by Heemskerk, stepped over the blue-line and hammered a slapshot top shelf.
The unassisted short-handed marker was the eventual game winner after Ian Barteaux added one more for Kootenay with three seconds left in the game.
Earning his first win of the season while facing a whopping 42 shots was Jeff Bosch. At the other end Heemskerk took the loss after entering the game in the second and allowing two goals on 14 shots.