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Swift Current Broncos rally to 4-3 shootout win over Regina Pats

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REGINA - Morgan Clark made 31 saves in relief as the Swift Current Broncos rallied to a 4-3 shootout victory over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

Brad Hoban and Cody Eakin scored in the shootout for Swift Current (24-21-2). Eakin also recorded a goal and an assist in regulation time to help the Broncos charge back from a 3-0 first period deficit.

Travis Bobbee and Justin Dowling also scored for Swift Current.

Jordan Eberle scored twice for Regina (20-25-3) and Tomas Hricina added a marker as well.

The game's first goal-and whistle-came 3:52 in when Eberle took a pass from Jordan Weal on the Regina side of the centre ice, skated through the Bronco's offence, around their defence then tucked a backhand top shelf behind Swift Current goalie Mark Friesen. The assist marked Weal's tenth point in four games.

Two minutes later Hricina muscled his way out of the corner, took a pass from Kyle Mulder and fired it past Friesen for his seventh of the year.

Eberle followed that up with another highlight reel effort when he grabbed a turnover deep in the Bronco's end, worked his way in tight then popped it between Friesen and the cross-bar from a near-impossible angle for his league leading 34th goal of the season.

Clark then replaced Friesen in net and the product of Flower Mound, Texas, shut the door on the Pats.

Clark made 14 stops in the second and the Broncos got right back in the game with three goals of their own.

First up was Eakin, who grabbed a Regina turnover in the Pats end, split the defence then slid the puck between Damien Ketlo's pads for his 33rd of year. Picking up an assist was Micahel Stickland.

Next was Justin Dowling, who held on during a two on two then fired a wrist shot over Ketlo's shoulder. Picking up an assist was Stepan Novotny, a member the Czech team at this year's World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon.

Swift Current then knotted it up with just 20 seconds remaining in the period when Eakin threw a perfect saucer pass over a crowd onto the stick if a streaking Travis Bobbee for an easy tip in.

Neither the third period nor an extra frame settled anything, sending the game to a shoot out in which Regina failed to score and Eakin and Hoban each buried beauties.

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