The Regina Pats received some good news Sunday - but not before enduring another offensive dry spell.
Adam Morrison turned aside 22 shots as the Saskatoon Blades upended the Pats 4-1 in Western Hockey League action. Morrison, a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2009 draft, lowered his goals-against average to 1.97 while improving to 11-2-2 all-time in his WHL career.
Facing the Pats certainly didn't hurt his cause.
Regina (1-4-0) has scored just 10 goals in its first five games, the second-lowest total in the Eastern Conference. But help is on the way for the beleaguered Pats, who learned Sunday night that forward Jordan Eberle was returning to Regina.
Eberle, the hero for Canada at last year's world junior hockey championship, was one of the final cuts from the Edmonton Oilers despite having a solid training camp.
"They saw that I can compete at this level but they want me to go back to junior and be a leader there," Eberle said following the Oilers' 5-4 overtime win over Vancouver.
"It's tough anytime you get cut but I'll go back down to junior and hopefully have a good year there and at the world juniors. It's another year to learn and get better."
Eberle led the Pats in scoring last season with 35 goals and 39 assists in 61 games. He is the franchise's active leader in several offensive categories, including goals (105) and points (209).
In other Western Hockey League action Sunday, it was: Portland 5 Prince George 1; and Calgary 3 Red Deer 2.
At Regina, Josh Nicholls led the way offensively with a goal and two assists for the Blades (2-1-1), while Stefan Elliott scored the game winner in the opening minute of the third period. Curtis Hamilton and Travis Toomey added singles.
Jordan Weal had the lone goal for the Pats (1-4-0), while Dawson Guhle made 27 saves in defeat.
Winter Hawks 5 Cougars 1
At Portland, Ore., the Winter Hawks used four power-play goals to beat Prince George.
Luke Walker, Travis Bobbee, Joe Morrow, Riley Boychuk and Ryan Johansen scored for Portland (3-1-0).
Marek Viedensky scored the lone goal for the Cougars (2-3-0).
Hitmen 3 Rebels 2
At Calgary, Joel Broda scored at 14:14 of the third period to lead the Hitmen past Red Deer.
Ian Schultz and Tyler Fidder each had a goal and an assist for Calgary (4-0-0).
Cass Mappin and Nathan Green countered with power-play goals for the Rebels (2-2-0).