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Jayden Halbgewachs' even strength goal at 3:10 of the first period stood up as the game-winner as the Warriors skated off with a 4-1 victory before a sixth consecutive sellout crowd of 6,484 in the Brandt Centre.
In fact the Warriors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Tristan Langan and Halbgewachs before the game was barely three minutes old. Sam Steel got the Pats on the board with his 31st of the season midway through the opening period and it was 2-1 for the Tribe after 20. Unfortunately for the Queen City Kids, that was all the offense they could muster on this night.
Brett Howden scored in the second frame for the Warriors and Halbgewachs added an empty-netter in the dying moments as the Warriors improved to 25-9-6-1 on the year and dropped the Pats' home record to 15-1-4.
Some are calling the outcome the "Scruffy Curse" as our Mitchell Blair filled in on the Public Address duties for regular announcer Darren Szabo who was absent.
Regina outshot the visitors 40-38 while going 0/1 on the powerplay and 2/3 killing penalties.
Moose Jaw's Zach Sawchenko won the goaltenders' duel, making 39 saves to collect the win while the Pats' Tyler Brown suffered the loss making 34 stops.
The win moved the Warriors to within four points of Regina for the Eastern Conference lead however the Pats still have three games in hand.
Next up for Regina (27-4-6-1) is a home date with the Tri-City Americans next Friday at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM.