REGINA - Michael MacAngus scored two third period goals to lead the Regina Pats to a 5-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Regina (11-4-0-0) opened the scoring with goals from a couple of unlikely sources. Near the end of a fast-paced first period, Regina's Garrett Mitchell scored his first WHL goal in style when he knocked the water bottle off Swift Current goalie Travis Yonkman's net.
Mitchell's linemates were just as excited as he was and helped celebrate the occasion by piling on top of him. Mitchell's marker was assisted by Matt Strueby and Josh Elder.
Regina struck again just 44 seconds later when team penalty minutes leader Colten Teubert's centring pass went off a leg and found the back of the net. The unassisted goal was Teubert's second of the season.
After a scoreless second period, Regina's usual suspects finally came to life and gave the home team a comfortable lead midway through the third. MacAngus converted a nice pass from sniper Jordan Eberle and Tim Kraus to put Regina up 3-0.
A face-off and 39 seconds later, MacAngus was at it again, going top shelf after a carbon copy set up of his previous goal from Eberle and Kraus. The two quick strikes were MacAngus's fourth and fifth goals on the season.
Up 4-0, Regina gave Swift Current (8-4-0-2) a chance to get back in it by giving up a power play goal at the 16:51 mark and an even strength goal at 18:29. The shutout breaker was off the stick of Keegan Dansereau while Cody Eakin's effort cut the Pats lead in half.
But with time running out and the Swift Current goalie on the bench, Eberle added an empty-netter for his league-leading 14th goal in 13 games. Along with his two assists on the night, Eberle now has a total of 23 points on the season, putting him on top of the league top scorers list.
Regina goalie Linden Rowat made 24 saves for the win while Yonkman turned away 25 in the loss.