REGINA - Brayden Schenn had a goal and two assists to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.
The win marks the third in a row for Brandon (23-13-2-1) while Regina (19-19-1-4) - missing Jordan Eberle, Colten Teubert and Czech Rudolf Cerveny to the World Junior Hockey Championship and rookies Jordan Weal and Dominick Favreau to the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Port Alberni - has lost five of its last six.
After one period of play the Pats went to their dressing room with a 1-0 lead thanks to a power-play goal by Garrett Mitchell with just five seconds left in the first.
But Mitchell's goal didn't get anywhere near the cheer the 4,115 in attendance let out a minute into the second when they saw on the jumbotron that Pats sniper and hometown boy Jordan Eberle score to give Team Canada a 3-2 lead over the Russians. Eberle's goal turned out to be the high point of the period as Brandon went on to outshoot Regina 19-6 and score two power-play goals in the last two minutes of the frame to take a 2-1 lead.
The goals came from Scott Glennie, his 21st of the season, and Matt Lowry with his ninth. Both were set up by pretty pinpoint passes from Brayden Schenn. Also assisting on the goals were Matt Calvert and Colby Robak.
Half a minute into third Mitch Czibere got Regina back in it when he redirected a Brett Leffler shot past Brandon goalie Andrew Hayes for his sixth of the year.
The crowd - the smallest of the season in Regina - then let out the loudest cheer of the year when they witnessed Eberle strike again, this time tying the game 5-5 with six seconds left in the game and the Team Canada net empty.
By this time all eyes were on the big screen and those in attendance hardly noticed when Brandon's Darren Bestland scored the eventual game winner and Schenn added an empty netter. But thanks to Eberle's shootout goal and Team Canada's thrilling victory, 4,115 hockey fans walked out of the rink into a -45 C night with smiles on their faces.
Earning the win for Brandon while making 19 saves was Andrew Hayes. Taking the loss for Regina while making 40 saves was Linden Rowat.