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Ryan Kubic made 47 saves and Cameron Hebig scored the game winner in his debut as the Pats got by the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 on Friday night at the Brandt Centre.
The win solidified Regina's grip on the first wild card playoff berth (3 points up on Saskatoon) and pulled them to within a point of the Central Division-leading Tigers in the overall standings.
Regina opened the scoring Friday night when Josh Mahura picked up his 13th on a shot from the blue line and it was 1-0 after one.
The Tigers found the game tying goal in the second when Mark Rassell tipped in his 35th and it was 1-1 heading to the third.
In the final frame, Cameron Hebig scored his first with the Pats and 31st of the season on a beautiful toe drag snap shot into the top corner to make it a 2-1 game. Sam Steel added an empty netter late as the Pats picked up a big two points in a 3-1 final.
Ryan Kubic was outstanding making 47 saves while Josh Mahura paced the offence with a goal and an assist.
Regina was outshot 48-31, the powerplay was 0/3 and the penalty kill 2/2 in the victory.
- Cameron Hebig scored the game winning goal in his first game with the Pats.
- Ryan Kubic picked up his first win with the Pats, making 47 saves.
- Sam Steel scored a goal in his first game back after winning gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
- The attendance was 6033.
The Pats (22-19-4) are right back at it Saturday night against the Calgary Hitmen at 7 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box office or stop by any Regina Safeway where Fun Zone tickets are just $13 plus tax.
(With files from Phil Andrews/ReginaPats.com)