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Weal has four-point night as Regina Pats top Chilliwack Bruins 5-3

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REGINA - Jordan Weal had two goals and two assists to help the Regina Pats to a 5-3 win over the Chilliwack Bruins in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.

Jordan Eberle scored and added two assists for Regina (26-29-7), while Brett Leffler and Hampus Gustafsson chipped in as well.

Chilliwack (27-29-6) had singles from Jamie Crooks, Shane Niegum and Ryan Howse.

Both teams entered the game needing to make up some ground towards a possible playoff spot with Regina in tenth place in the Eastern Conference and Chilliwack in eighth in the Western Conference.

After one period of play Regina was up 2-0 thanks to goals from Weal and Leffler. The first came during a delayed penalty after Eberle was tripped up just inside Chilliwack's blue-line. Weal grabbed the loose puck, cut to the net then slid a backhand between Chilliwack goalie Braden Gamble's legs. Also picking up an assist was Travis Sparrow.

Just over 20 seconds later Regina struck again when Leffler knocked in a rebound for his 16th of the year. Picking up assists on the play were Myles Bell and Strueby.

The two teams swapped goals in the second, both pretty. Five minutes in Eberle worked his way out of the corner with his back to the net then quickly spun around and fired a wrist shot top corner for his 42nd goal of the year. Assisting on the goal were Weal and Strueby.

Chilliwack answered back near the end of the frame when Crooks picked up his own rebound, circled behind the net then made good with a wrap-around attempt. Assisting was Dylen McKinlay and Chris Collins.

Chilliwack inched a little closer seven minutes into the third when Grant's attempted wrap-around went off something and in. Shane Niegum was credited with the goal that made it a 3-2 game.

Regina replied with two, an unassisted effort from Gustafsson and another from Weal with a pretty assist from Eberle.

Howse added one more for Chilliwack, his 39th of the year, but that was as close as the Bruins would come.

Making 22 saves for the win was Damien Ketlo while Gamble, the Bruin's back-up goalie, stopped 23 in the loss.

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