The Regina Pats and Moose Jaw Warriors were both officially eliminated from playoff contention Saturday.
But the Regina Pats enjoyed the experience a lot more than the Warriors did.
The Pats skated to a 7-2 win over the Warriors in Western Hockey League action. Both teams were later mathematically eliminated from the playoff chance when the Kootenay Ice beat the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-2.
Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson each had a goal and three assists to lead the Pats (23-35-3-4).
The rivals wasted no time getting into it in the second half of a home-and-home series. The first of three fights came 18 seconds into the game.
“It was a pretty heated game. Especially after (Friday’s) game,” said Warriors forward Tanner Eberle who fought Regina’s Dyson Stevenson on the opening shift. “Any time we’re getting out-played in our own barn, it makes guys frustrated and angry. That brought out the fighting and what-not.”
The Pats finished 4-for-9 on the power play and the Warriors were 1-for-2.
The Warriors took 124 minutes in penalties which included seven 10-minute misconducts. The Pats only earned one.
Lane Scheidl and Emil Sylvegard gave the Pats a 2-1 lead after the first period. Stephenson and Jack Rodewald scored in the second period and Kyle Burroughs iced the game with an early power play goal in the third period. Patrick D’Amico scored his first WHL goal with 9.1 seconds left for the Pats.
Matt Hewitt made 35 saves in goal for Regina.
“We know they’re a good team off the rush,” said Eberle. “We had enough chances again. (Matt) Hewitt played well, but we really have to bear down on our chances. It seems to be that whenever we don’t they come back and get one.”
Tyler Bell scored for the Warriors (21-34-4-6) in the first period to tie the game. Kendall McFaull scored a power play in the third period.
Justin Paulic stopped 26 shot for the Warriors.
The Warriors will look to snap the Saskatoon Blades’ 18-game winning streak Sunday (6 p.m., Mosaic Place).