The Regina Pats dropped a back and forth affair in Moose Jaw to the Warriors 5-4 on Friday night. The Warriors took a 2-0 lead early in the first. The Pats responded with four unanswered and led 4-2 at the break. The Warriors turned things around in the second with three goals and took the lead back 5-4. The Warriors held the Pats off in the third and climbed to within three points of the Pats for first in the East Division. Luc Smith scored twice in the loss for the Pats, Chase Harrison and Sam Steel also had two point outings. Tyler Brown stopped 24 of 29 shots faced in the loss. The Pats will host a rematch with the Warriors on Saturday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 p.m.
Moose Jaw – Nikita Popugaev (21) from Noah Gregor and Dmitry Zaitsev – 0:36.
Moose Jaw – Noah Gregor (18) from Brett Howden and Josh Brook – 6:48 PP.
Regina – Luc Smith (6) unassisted – 10:39.
Regina – Luc Smith (7) from Jake Leschyshyn and Chase Harrison – 11:04.
Regina – Sam Steel (22) from Chase Harrison – 14:12.
Regina – Dawson Leedahl (13) from Sam Steel and Sergey Zborovskiy – 14:39.
Moose Jaw – Noah Gregor (19) from Nikita Popugaev – 0:12.
Moose Jaw – Brayden Burke (6) from Nikita Popugaev and Brett Howden – 12:10 5v3 PP.
Moose Jaw – Tristin Langan (2) from Jett Woo and Colin Paradis – 13:11.
Shots on Goal
Regina 18-7-12-(37) Moose Jaw 8-8-13-(29)
Regina 0/3 Moose Jaw 2/5
– The Pats fall in regulation for just the third time this season.
– Sam Steel had a goal and an assist in his return from Team Canada selection camp.
– Chase Harrison had two assists in his return to the lineup from an upper body injury.
The Pats return to the Brandt Centre Saturday night in a rematch with Moose Jaw at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at reginapats.com or at the Brandt Centre Box Office.