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The Winterhawks scored twice in the first period to lead 2-0 after one and then added another early in the second to take a 3-0 advantage.
The Pats broke through late in the frame when Austin Pratt chipped in a rebound for his 16th of the season and 100th career Western Hockey League point. Regina trailed 3-1 after two.
In the third, Portland restored their three-goal lead at the 2:51 mark, but Liam Schioler got the Pats back to within two when he hammered home his fourth to make it a 4-2 contest. Regina pulled Dean McNabb for the extra attacker late but the Winterhawks would score into the empty net and take the game in a 5-2 final.
The Pats were outshot 35-26. The powerplay was 0/2 while the penalty kill 2/2. Dean McNabb made 30 saves.
- Austin Pratt recorded his 100th career WHL point with a goal in the second.
- Tyson Feist picked up his first point in a Pats uniform with a second period assist.
- Robbie Holmes has nine points in his last nine games.
The Pats (12-28-1-1) are back in action on Friday on the road against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Saturday against the Red Deer Rebels at 7 p.m. for Barret Jackman Bobblehead Night. Tickets are available at reginapats.com, the Brandt Centre Box Office and at any Regina Safeway, where Fun Zone tickets are $13 plus tax.