Matt Hewitt made 32 saves in a first star performance as the visiting Regina Pats edged the Calgary Hitmen 3-2 Friday night at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The Hitmen built a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes on a goal from Trevor Cheek outshooting Regina 11-4 in the process.
In the second period Jordan Weal scored and Lane Scheidl scored back-to-back goals to give the Pats the lead. Regina then extended the lead to 3-1 on the eventual game winner from Matt Marantz 6:38 into the third period.
Victor Rask with his team leading 16th goal of the season would pull the Hitmen to within a goal on a two man advantage with just under eight minutes remaining but Calgary would get no closer thanks to Hewitt's work in the Pats net.
The 19-year-old puck stopped made two brilliant saves in the final 15 seconds, one off Brooks Macek and a second off Alex Gogolev to preserve the win.
Regina moves two points ahead of Calgary in the battle for seventh in the Eastern Conference.
Regina Pats 3 at Calgary Hitmen 2
Friday, December 16, 2011 - Scotiabank Saddledome - Calgary, AB
Regina 0 2 1 - 3
Calgary 1 0 1 - 2
1, Calgary, Cheek 12 (Clayton, Brooks), 8:37.
Penalties-Scheidl Reg (hooking), 1:36; Jobke Reg (hooking), 19:28.
2, Regina, Weal 18 (Stephenson), 6:51.
3, Regina, Scheidl 11 (Blidstrand, Marantz), 17:18.
Penalties-Bidlevskii Reg (roughing), 3:42; Gogolev Cal (hooking), 9:59; Bowman Cal (charging), 12:21.
4, Regina, Marantz 5 (Weal, Stevenson), 6:38 (PP).
5, Calgary, Rask 16 (Bubnick, Bowman), 11:19 (PP).
Penalties-Blidstrand Reg (high sticking), 0:12; Cheek Cal (cross checking), 2:01; Kornelsen Cal (tripping), 5:36; Klimchuk Reg (slashing), 10:18; Kirkland Reg (high sticking), 11:03; Macek Cal (hooking), 14:25; Brassart Cal (match-attempt/injure), 18:05; Davidson Reg (hooking), 19:50.
Shots on Goal-Regina 4-6-6-16. Calgary 11-8-15-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Regina 1 / 6; Calgary 1 / 6.
Goalies-Regina, Hewitt 16-10-1-1 (34 shots-32 saves). Calgary, Glover 8-5-0-0 (16 shots-13 saves).
Referees-Steve Papp (17), Sean Raphael (28).
Linesmen-Jeff Jobson (52), Scott Sharun (103).