REGINA - Walker Wintoneak scored the winner as the Saskatoon Blades edged the Regina Pats 2-1 in Western Hockey League action Sunday.
It was the Pats' (24-15-1-1) third loss of the season against the cellar-dwelling Blades (13-21-2-1).
Derek Hulak added a goal for Saskatoon, while Colten Teubert replied with the only goal for Regina.
Regina was missing head coach Curtis Hunt and team captain Logan Pyett, both of whom are representing Canada at the world junior hockey championship in the Czech Republic.
Saskatoon was without leading scorer Colten Gillies, who's also on the Canadian squad.
The game was an ugly affair.
With the score tied 1-1 and both teams at even strength, Saskatoon's Teigan Zahn killed the last 17 seconds of the first holding the puck behind his net, earning a chorus of boos from the 5,088 in attendance.
Shortly after Wintoneak's goal in the second period, Regina's Tim Kraus took a Juraj Valach point shot square in the head. Kraus dropped to the ice, dropped his mitts, then quickly got back to his feet and made a beeline to the locker room.
Regina outshot Saskatoon 8-0 in the third period but couldn't beat Blades net minder Braden Holtby. Frustration spilled over in the form of a line brawl with a couple minutes left.
Holtby turned away 23 shots for the victory while Linden Rowat made 14 stops in the loss.