Three goals in under three minutes did in the Regina Pats and their playoff hopes on Tuesday night.
Swift Current scored three times in a 2:54-span in the second period as the Broncos topped the Pats 5-2 in Western Hockey League action. The loss mathematically eliminated the Pats from the playoff race in the Eastern Conference. Regina played most of the final four minutes with the net empty in an attempt to fight their way back into the game.
Cody Eakin scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season, including an empty net goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, as the Broncos (34-29-4) earned their third straight victory on home ice.
Travis Bobbee and Taylor Vause scored power-play goals 1:06 apart in the second period on both ends of a five-on-three.
Justin Dowling opened the scoring after a scoreless first period with his 28th of the season.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Calgary 5 Prince Albert 0; Moose jaw 4 Lethbridge 0; Everett 5 Kamloops 2; and Tri-City 5 Portland 1.
At Swift Current, Sask., the Pats (27-33-7) scored both of their goals on the power play. Jordan Eberle scored his 46th goal of the season and added an assist. Pats forward Matt Strueby collected his 35th goal of the season.
Swift Current netminder Morgan Clark made 36 saves, while Regina rookie goaltender Dawson Guhle gave up four goals on 32 shots.
Hitmen 5 Raiders 0
At Calgary, Martin Jones stopped all 25 shots he faced to lead the Hitmen over the Raiders.
For Jones, it was his sixth shutout of the season and 14th of his career to set a new Hitmen franchise record, surpassing the old standard of 13 career shutouts previously set by Justin Pogge.
Joel Broda, Ian Schultz and Michael Stone had a goal and an assist each for the Hitmen (46-17-3), who clinched top spot in the Central Division and at least the first or second seed overall in the Eastern Conference for the first round of the WHL playoffs.
Giffen Nyren and Tyler Shattock also scored, while Zak Stebner chipped in with a pair of assists.
For the Raiders (30-31-5), it was their fourth straight loss and seventh in their past 10 games.
Warriors 4 Hurricanes 0
At Lethbridge, Alta., Jeff Bosch made 31 saves for Moose Jaw as the Warriors blanked the Hurricanes.
The win marked Bosch's seventh shutout this season.
Dylan Hood opened the scoring for the Warriors (32-24-9) just 36 seconds after puck drop in the first period.
Chad Suer, Quinton Howden and Spencer Edwards followed with goals of their own.
Lethbridge's Brandon Anderson turned away 31 shots in defeat for the Hurricanes (19-40-8).
Silvertips 5 Blazers 2
At Kamloops, B.C., Shayne Harper scored once to help Everett over the Blazers.
Harper scored the game's first goal. It was his 39th of the season, breaking the franchise record set by John Lammers in 2005-06.
Clayton Cumiskey, Zack Dailey, Dan Iwanski and Scott MacDonald also scored for Everett (42-19-5).
Mark Hall and Austin Madaisky replied for Kamloops (30-32-6).
Americans 5 Winterhawks 1
At Portland, Ore., Brooks Macek had a pair of goals to lift Tri-City to a 5-1 victory over the Winterhawks.
Tri-City (45-18-3) was two for five on the power play. Macek and Neal Prokop scored for the Americans with the man advantage.
Justin Feser and Jordan Messier also had goals for Tri-City.
Nino Niederreiter replied with the only goal for Portland (40-25-3), making it his 35th of the year.