Ryan Kubic was the story at the Brandt Centre on Friday night as the Regina Pats slipped past the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1 to improve to a record of 6-2-1 since the Christmas break and a record of 22-19-4 overall.
Kubic, acquired from the Saskatoon Blades at the WHL trade deadline, stopped 47 of 48 shots to record the victory—his first in a Regina uniform.
The game was tied at 1 midway in the third period when Cameron Hebig–who was also acquired in the same trade that brought Kubic to Regina–rifled a shot under the crossbar at the 3:48 mark to give Regina a lead it would not relinquish.
Sam Steel added an empty-netter in the dying seconds as he returned to the club after spending a month away from the team as he was winning gold for Team Canada at the World Juniors.
Pats forward Nick Henry had an assist on the first goal of the game from Josh Mahura giving him 100 career WHL points.
Before the game, the team honoured some of their alumni from 1987-1996 including Frank Kovacs, Mike Sillinger, Kelly Markwart and Rod Houk.
The Pats will look for another victory on Saturday night when the Calgary Hitmen in a 7 o’clock start as the team finishes off a four-game homestand. 620 CKRM will have the game starting at 6:35.