Prince Albert, Saskatchewan – Who would have though one player would make this much of a difference, but when your name is Jordan Eberle, it makes all the difference in the world for the Regina Pats as they were in Prince Albert tonight to face the Raiders.
Pats open the scoring in the first Jordan Weal streaked down the left side and chipped it out front and it went off of a defenceman, and after a quick review, it was a 1-0 Pats lead.
They made it 2-0 on the power play as Jordan Eberle took advantage of a poor clearing attempt from Raider goaltender Steven Stanford
The second started much the same as the first with the line of Eberle, Weal and Leffler connecting with Eberle went cross ice to Jordan Weal and he went shelf to make it 3-0
The blue and white went on the power play again...this time Brayden Metz tipped a Tomas Hricina shot for his first goal making it 4-0. That goal chased off Raider goaltender Steven Stanford and Jacob Edwards came in.
He didn’t fare any better when the Pats took a 5 goal lead just over a minute later, as Brett Leffler stepped over the blue line and wired one that was stopped, but Jordan Eberle was there for the rebound.
The Raiders did get on the scoreboard on a goalmouth scramble that was buried by Jordan Hickmott to cut the Pats lead to 5-1.
The offensive flurry continue, with Eberle making an unbelievable stick handling move at the blue line and then fed Matt Strueby for a breakaway that he went backhand and then forehand to beat Edwards. The goal was Strueby’s 4th of the season.
The five goal second period explosion finished with Jordan Weal picking up the hat trick off a Kyle Mulder rebound and that made it a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes.
The Pats found themselves in some tremendous penalty trouble with 3 consecutive 5-on-3’s and the Raiders Dustin Cameron scored on the third 2-man advantage.
The Raiders scored their second straight power play goal 36 seconds later as Jordan Hickmott scored his fourth of the season to cut it to 7-3.
On another Raider power play, the Pats cashed in with their second shorthanded goal as Brett Leffler went in on a breakaway for his first goal of the night.
The scoring was rounded out on a Pats power play when the newly acquired Killian Hutt scored his first goal in his first game as a Pat.
Pats Head Coach, Curtis Hunt was booted out of the game at the 12:54 mark of the game after Tomas Hricina was run from behind by Harrison Ruopp, the was no penalty called, so Hircina took things into his own hands. Hunt threw a water bottle at the official after missing the latent hit from behind.
Molson Cup 3 Starts:
3 – Brett Leffler
2 – Jordan Weal
1 – Jordan Eberle