EDMONTON - The Regina Pats scored two goals nine seconds apart late in the third period in a 7-5 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings in Western Hockey League action Wednesday night.
Tomas Hricina scored his first and second career WHL goals in the victory, his second the game winner as he tipped the puck past Edmonton goalie Dalyn Flette. Scott Doucet opened the scoring for Regina (5-3-1-2), beating Flette with a tip-in at the side of the net, followed by Matt Strueby on the power play on his second crack at a cross-ice pass from Michael MacAngus.
A pair of power-play goals by the Oil Kings (5-6-1-0) tied it at 2-2. Brett Breitkreuz scored on a rebound, then 1:02 later Mark Pysyk one-timed it past Pats goalie Damien Ketlo.
Jordan Weal restored the Pats lead early in the second at 3-2 on a sharp angle shot. Breitkreuz and the Edmonton power-play clicked again to tie it at 2:59, then a minute later Brent Raedeke gave Edmonton the lead, beating Ketlo through a screen.
Hricina tied it 4-4, beautifully deking Flette and scoring on a backhand.
Jordan Eberle put the Pats ahead 5-4 just 31 seconds into the third frame before Robin Soudek evened it up at 6:43 with a blistering slapshot past Ketlo's blocker. It was Soudek's first WHL goal.
After Hricina's second goal, Garrett Mitchell gave the Pats an insurance marker with a shot past Flette's glove.