REGINA, SK — Newly acquired goaltender Ryan Kubic put together a heroic effort in a Regina Pats 3-1 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday night.
The St. Andrews, MB product was nearly flawless in a 47-save performance at the Brandt Centre, his second consecutive win with his new team. Kubic was traded to the Pats earlier in the week in a deadline deal with Saskatoon.
Cameron Hebig, also acquired by Regina in the same deal as Kubic, scored his first as a Pat, while captain Sam Steel and assistant captain Josh Mahura also found the net. Regina, this year's hosts of the MasterCard Memorial Cup, are now 22-19-4-0 on the season, winning six of the last ten.
Captain Mark Rassell scored the lone goal for the Tigers, ending a two-game point-less drought. The last time the 20-year-old went back-to-back games without a point was in late November. Rassell now has 35 goals on the year, one off his career high set last season.
The Tigers are now below .500 away from home, falling to 9-10-2-0 on the road, but still hold a commanding 10 point lead in the Central Division. Jordan Hollett, playing against his former team, stopped 28 shots.
Medicine Hat outshot the Pats 48-31.
Two days separated from making his Tigers debut, Bryan Lockner met his former team. The 17-year-old forward was acquired by Medicine Hat in a three-way deal involving the Pats and Blades. Lockner was held off the scoresheet, ending a four-game goal-scoring streak, and finished with a -2 rating on the evening.
Medicine Hat continues its four-game road trip with game three in Brandon on Saturday (6:30 p.m.) before wrapping up a difficult stretch of 'three games in three nights' against the WHL-leading Moose Jaw Warriors on Sunday (3:00 p.m.).
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