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J.D. Watt's two points help Pats take out Hitmen in 3-1 victory

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REGINA - J.D. Watt had a goal and an assist to help the Regina Pats knock off the Calgary Hitmen 3-1 in the WHL Sunday night.

Coming into the game, Regina (40-21-4-2) held the top spot in the Eastern Conference's east division while Calgary (44-18-1-4) held first place in the conference's central division.

Following a scoreless first period, Regina broke the ice midway through the second thanks to an individual effort from Watt.

After picking up a loose puck in the neutral zone Watt rushed down the right wing and carried it deep into the Calgary zone. Watt then circled behind the net, threw a hard pass in front of the net that hit a skate and went in for his 12th goal of the season.

Just under a minute into the third Regina captain Logan Pyett added another goal to put his team ahead 2-0. On a 2-on-1 with Scott Doucet, Pyett ripped it five-hole past Calgary's Dan Spence to record his 19th of the season. Also assisting on the play was Watt.

Calgary answered right back 25 seconds later when Brandon Kozun beat Regina goalie Linden Rowat for his 15th of the year.

Regina added one more with just over three minutes to go when defenceman Victor Bartley also decided to jump up in the play and managed to beat Spence with a bad-angle shot from the corner for his 10th of the year.

In the end Calgary out-shot Regina 33-18 but was unable to score on seven power-play attempts.

Earning the win for Regina was Rowat (29-15-4-2) while the loss went to Spence (28-10-1-3).

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