Eberle helps Pats beat Bruins
December 3, 2008
REGINA -- Jordan Eberle scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists on Tuesday, leading the Regina Pats to a 4-3 win over the host Chilliwack Bruins.
Captain Victor Bartley added a pair of goals for the Pats (17-11-1-3), who got a single from Michael MacAngus and two assists from rookie Jordan Weal.
“It wasn’t our best performance,” said head coach Dale Derkatch, whose team was up 4-2 after 40 minutes. “We came out in the first (period) and were OK. Then in the second I thought we played really well and kind of dominated. Then (the Bruins) came back in the third and made it very close. We were lucky enough to bide our time and get through it.”
Ryan Howse, Andy Smith and Kevin Sundher replied for the Bruins (9-16-2-2), who got 23 saves from Mark Friesen. Linden Rowat made 22 saves for the Pats after missing two games due to illness. Regina outshot Chilliwack 15-6 in the second period but the Bruins turned the tables with an 11-4 advantage in the third.
“These (lower-placed) teams are like any other team, if you’re not ready to play you can lose,” said Derkatch, noting that Chilliwack beat the league-leading Vancouver Giants 3-2 on Nov. 11. “We had a lot of chances to score and we didn’t. That could have made it a little easier on us.”
The victory gave Regina a record of 2-1-0-0 at the midway point of its six-game West Coast road trip. The final score of Wednesday’s game in Vancouver was unavailable at press time.
EXTRAS: D Myles Bell, playing his first WHL game, picked up an assist on Bartley’s first goal. The 15-year-old prospect, Regina’s first pick (17th overall) in the 2008 bantam draft, was called up as a temporary fill-in for injured D Mike Scarborough (concussion/broken nose). Scarborough is expected to be out until the New Year … The Pats were also without RW Brett Leffler, who suffered a deep bone bruise in one of his ankles when he blocked a shot in practice on Monday.
NOTE: The Swift Current Broncos released a statement Wednesday declaring their intention to work to resolve the issues surrounding the 2010 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, which will force the WHL club out of the Credit Union i-plex in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos, as well as WHL commissioner Ron Robison, had previously expressed frustration that the arena's main tenant had not been properly consulted on the staging of the event. The WHL is seeking an alternate site for next year's playoffs, assuming Swift Current qualifies for the postseason.
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