REGINA - Walker Wintoneak had a goal and two assists to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 5-4 victory over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action Tuesday night.
The Blades (29-11-3-1) did most of their damage in the first, scoring three times. The first came just over a minute in when Wintoneak hit a wide-open Adam Chorneyko with a perfect pass from behind the Regina net.
Halfway through the period Chorneyko returned the favour while on the power play with a brilliant feed from the corner, through the crease and onto Wintoneak's tape for an easy tap in.
Regina (20-22-1-4) managed to get on the board with five minutes left in the first when Victor Bartley jumped up in the action on the power play and knocked in a Brett Leffler rebound.
With just over a minute left in the first defenceman Jyri Niemi scored the Blade's third of the period when he intercepted a Regina pass at his blue-line, skated end to end and tucked the puck shortside behind Regina goalie Linden Rowat.
Both teams scored power-play goals in the second period, Saskatoon's care of Derek Hulak and Regina's from rookie Jordan Weal.
Saskatoon's Gaelan Patterson made it 5-2 in the third when he knocked one in following a scramble in front at the seven minute mark.
But the Pats, who out shot Saskatoon 43-26 on the night, made things interesting before the game was over and done with. Just after the midway mark Weal buried a rebound on the power play to make it 5-3. Then, with the goalie pulled early, Bartley blasted a slap shot in from the point for his second of the night, also a power play marker.
Earning the win for Saskatoon while making 39 stops was Braden Holtby (23-10-2-1). Making 21 saves in the loss was Rowat (13-13-1-2).