REGINA -- Sam Steel was the only player to score in the shootout as the Regina Pats outlasted the Moose Jaw Warriors 5-4 before a capacity crowd of 6484 in the Brandt Centre Friday evening.
In the opener to a weekend home-and-home series between the heated WHL rivals, Moose Jaw led 2-1 after the first period on goals by Dryden Hunt and Tristin Langen. Adam Brooks opened the scoring for the Pats with his 36th of the year.
The teams were tied 3-3 after the middle frame as the Warriors built up a 3-1 lead only to see Regina's Rykr Cole and Cole Sanford tie it before the period was out.
Lane Zablocki put Regina up 4-3 in the third and the Pats were hoping to end it in regulation however Moose Jaw's Nikita Popugaev tied it with 25.6 seconds remaining.
Each team had two shots in the overtime session which included a Warrior powerplay however nothing was decided. Jordan Hollett stopped all Warrior shooters in the shootout and Steel put the game away after Brooks and Sanford were stymied by Moose Jaw netminder Zach Sawchenko.
Regina outshot the Tribe 48-28 while going 0/1 on the powerplay and 3/3 on the penalty kill.
The Pats (33-27-3-5) visit Moose Jae Saturday night at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM.