A 15-2 start propelled by back to back threes by Venzal Russell and Jamie Searle helped the team get a small cushion off the tip.
Matthew Schmidt led the team with a career high 19 points off the bench in 16 minutes of play. Five other 'Wolves were in double figures including Joe Jones with 13, Russell, Searle and Cam Hornby with 11 and Ryan Thomson with 10.
Lakehead shot 18-27 from three point land but only 14-32 from the free throw line.
Paul Gareau and Matt Campbell led the Cougars with 22 and 18 respectively in a game that saw some unquestionable lapses in transition defence:
Coach Morrison Quote:
"We did some good things in transition in creating some steals and easy buckets off turnovers. At the same time Regina often made us pay for overplay in the backcourt which led to easy hoops on the other end. Tomorrow we have to try to use our ball pressure without gambling and taking chances. I thought Regina did a better job on the boards than we did and we were bailed out with some good outside shooting."
Tip off in game 2 of the series is Saturday night a 7pm with the Thunderwolves-Nor'Westors alumni game taking place at 530pm.