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Celebrating 100 Years: Fifth Decade, 1957-1966

 

The Regina Pats Hockey Club is excited to celebrate its 100th Anniversary Season in 2017-18. Over each of the 10 months from August to May, the club will feature every decade of Pats hockey. Up next, decade number five, 1957 to 1966.

The 1957-58 Season

During the off season the Humboldt Indians moved to Estevan to become the Bruins. League play consisted of 51 games (with the exception of Flin Flon who played 55, and 10 of them were 1 point games).

The Pats finished first in league play seven points up on Prince Albert. Finishing first meant a date with the Estevan Bruins in the league semifinal. In game one the Pats took a 2-0 first period lead and that was all they needed as the game ended with the same result. The Pats then took it to the Bruins in game two, opening up a 5-1 lead in the second period and held on for a 6-3 win. Game three was a hard-fought affair where the Bruins and Pats both proved worthy, but the Bruins scored the 2-1 victory. Game four was also a hard-fought game and the teams ended up in a 2-2 deadlock. The Pats got their stride back for game five and skated away with a 5-0 shutout. The Bruins opened up the scoring and led the game 2-0 but the Pats clinched the series with 7 unanswered goals to win 7-2.  Pats won the best of seven series 4 games to 1 with 1 tie.

The Pats faced the Flin Flon Bombers in the league final. The Bombers just so happened to be 27 points back of the first place Pats. The first three games of the series were played in Flin Flon. Game one went the way of the Bombers, 3-2. The Pats rebounded in game two with a 3-2 win of their own. The Pats lost game three 4-1 and returned home down two games to one. Once the Pats returned home, things turned. Gary Butler scored five goals in the final two periods of game four leading the way in an 8-3 thrashing of the Bombers. Pats head coach Frank Mario juggled the lines in game four and kept them that way in game five as the Pats easily won 6-2. The Pats continued the winning trend dispatching the Bombers 6-4 in the deciding game and won the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The Pats went on to the western Canada semifinal to face the Edmonton Oil Kings. Pats goalie Ken Walters was razor sharp in goal as the Pats won game one 6-2. Red Berenson collected one goal and added 6 helpers as the Pats defeated the Edmonton club 9-7 in game two. Game three was a much closer affair as the hometown Pats won 3-1 pushing the Oil Kings to the brink. Bill Hicke scored both Pats goals in game four as the Pats won 2-0 and eliminated the Oil Kings. Pats won the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

The Pats went on to face the St. Boniface Canadiens. The Pats rung up their eighth consecutive playoff win with a 7-5 decision in game one. Game two saw a Pats team that was out-hustled and out-skated as the Canadiens won easily in an 8-3 romping. The complete opposite happened in game three as the Pats, led by Bill Hicke’s hat trick, won 8-4. The Pats easily won game four 9-0 with Ken Walters making only 12 saves in the shutout. Game five saw the Canadiens (minus their coach who was in “ill-health”) bounce back giving the Canadiens a 5-2 win and hope. The hope was dashed in game six as the Pats (and Ken Walters) shutout the Canadiens 4-0. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

Under CAHA rules the Pats were allowed to pick up to six additions for the Memorial Cup. The Pats picked up Bill and Ken Saunders both of St. Boniface and Jerry Serviss of Estevan.The Pats went on to play the Ottawa-Hull Canadiens who were without a junior hockey league so the played their games against senior, minor professional and some OHA Junior A teams as tune-ups. This is the second series in a row that the teams competing were sponsored by the Montreal Canadiens.

Game one had Bill Hicke lead the way for the Pats in a 4-3 victory at the Ottawa Auditorium (the ice was said to be egg shaped). Ottawa scored four goals in the first period of game two and hung on for a 4-2 win. Game three had the Canadiens score 3 goals early and blasted the Pats 6-2. The Pats rebounded in game four taking the contest in overtime as Pats pickup Bill Saunders scored the OT marker. Game five was a close game and the Canadiens blew it up scoring 3 times in a just under 1:30 of the second period, the Pats couldn’t rebound losing the game 6-3. That seemed to be the end for the Pats as the club bowed out in the sixth game by a score of 6-1. The Canadiens won the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 1958-59 Season

The Moose Jaw Canucks were the newest entry in the SJHL. Due to the new Moose Jaw Civic Centre not being finished, the club moved to Weyburn January 1 to finish the season. The Pats finished in 3rd place behind the Flin Flon Bombers and the Estevan Bruins.

The Pats faced the Prince Albert Mintos in the one quarter-final and the Pats won the first game 6-3 over the 6th place Mintos at the Stadium. Gary Butler led the attack with a pair of goals. Game two took place in P.A. and the Pats held on to win 3-1 with Gary Butler scoring the winner early in the 2nd period, Gord Wilkie and Scott Watson scored the other two goals. Game three back in Regina ended in a 1-1 draw with Larry McNabb scoring the tying goal in the second period. The Minto goalie Bauman stopped 37 and Regina’s Ken Walters stopped 33 both had great performances in the draw. Game four played in Prince Albert, saw the Mintos score and empty netter with 2 seconds left to give them the 4-2 victory. Game five back in Regina had the Pats score 3 goals in the first period and the Mintos couldn’t get it going as the Pats took a 4-1 win. Pats win the best of five 3 games to 1 with 1 tie.

The Pats faced the Estevan Bruins in the semi-final. After Gary Butler scored with 26 seconds left in the game to force overtime, it wasn’t enough as the Bruins won game 1 in OT, 5-4. Game 2 was another 1 goal affair and Gary Butler scored the only goal for the Pats in a 2-1 loss. Game 3 in front of a packed house in Estevan, the Pats held off the Bruins with fantastic fore-checking to stall the Bruins 1-0, getting back into the series. Game 4 was a different story; the Bruins took it to the Pats as Dick Meissner scored 4 goals to lead Estevan to a 6-2 win. Bruins win the best of five series 3 games to 1.

The 1959-60 Season

Moose Jaw’s Civic Centre was complete, and the Canucks were back in Moose Jaw. The Pats finished in 2nd place behind the league powerhouse Flin Flon Bombers.

The Pats played the Mintos in the league semi-final opening up play in Regina for game 1. Costly penalties hurt the Pats as the Mintos won the game 3-2 in overtime, scoring the winner while on the powerplay. Game two had a similar result as the Mintos netminder played a great game stopping 32 Pats shots in a 4-3 overtime win. Heading back up to Prince Albert for game 3 the Pats scored the game’s final 5 goals in a rather convincing 6-2 win. Frank Mario was proud of his crew in game four as the Pats won the 2-1 to tie the series up at a pair. Gary Butler and Alex Hood scored the Regina goals. The Pats took a 3-2 series lead after a 4-2 win in game 5; Gary Butler led the way with a pair of goals, Norm Beaudin and Captain Terry Harper rounded out the scoring. Facing elimination in game 6 the Mintos scored 3 times in the first period and held on to the 3-2 win to stave off elimination and tie the series up at three. In front of their hometown crowd the Pats roared into the league final with a convincing 9-3 rout of the Mintos. Gary Butler led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists while Norm Beaudin and George Knippleberg each had a pair in the series clincher. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 3.

On to the league final where the Pats crossed paths with the Flin Flon Bombers. In something of a rare occurrence, the Pats and Bombers played in a penalty free 3-3 tie in game one of the series. Game two was another close checking affair where the Bombers held off the Pats 2-1 to take the series lead heading back to Regina for game three. In the third game the Pats were able to overcome a 2-goal deficit to send the game into overtime. A long shot from near centre ice fooled the Pats netminder just 14 seconds into overtime to give the Bombers a two-game lead. In game four coach Mario said that it was a “great morale victory as the Pats surprised the Bombers with a 6-0 win. Due to a horse show in Regina game five was played in Moose Jaw at the Civic Centre. The close checking was back as Flin Flon pulled out a 2-1 victory, scoring in the last minute to get seal the deal. A fluke goal midway through the third period sent the Bombers to a win in game six. With the win the Bombers claimed the SJHL Championship. Bombers win the best of seven series 4 games to 1 with 1 tie.

The 1960-61 Season

The Pats were back on top of the league finishing in first place one point up on Estevan.

The Pats played the Moose Jaw Canucks in the semi-final which opened up with game one in Regina. Pats captain George Knipelberg led the charge with two goals in a 4-0 win. The next night in Moose Jaw the Canucks rebounded with a narrow 3-2 win. Moose Jaw scored the winner with less than 3 minutes left. From the Leader-Post: “Pats took the setback in stride with the most dejected player being goalie Art Koberinski who suggested that he let the fellows down, “I should have had that first one and the final goal wasn’t in.” Art explained. “The goal judge didn’t even see the puck. I got my glove on it on the line. I’m dead sure it wasn’t over the line at any time.”

“It wasn’t your fault Art,” said captain George Knipelberg. “The whistle should have gone long before he (the referee) signalled a goal. The puck was jammed against the side of the net and was held there for several seconds.”

“Flagrant stalling tactics, brawling on and off the ice that bordered on “foul play” on more than one occasion, marred what should have been a first class hockey game,” that was the story for game three in Regina. “Even some of the spectators got into the act and helped delay the game in the penalty-filled second period. One battling fan came hurtling onto the ice surface as if he were returning to earth from a trip in outer space.” The Pats eventually won the contest 6-3. Game four was much less dramatic as the Canucks won the game 4-2 in a deserving fashion. Gary Peters led the charge for the Pats in game five back in Regina scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists for a five-point night. The Pats downed the Canucks in a thrilling sixth game by a score of 3-2 in Moose Jaw to finish off the series. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

In the league final the Pats went on to face the Estevan Bruins. The series opened up in Regina and Norm Beaudin’s second goal of the game, which happened to be the overtime winner in a 6-5 victory in game one. Game two with a sellout crowd in Estevan, the Pats played one of their finest two-way performances taking the game 4-1 as Gary Peters picked up 3 points in the victory. Game three was back in Regina and the Pats top trio of Gary Peters, Gary Butler and Norm Beaudin figured in on 5 of the 6 goals with Butler scoring the hat trick. The Pats finished the sweep with a thrilling 2-1 victory in game four with Norm Beaudin scoring the winner on the powerplay in the third period. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

In the western Canada semi-final the Pats were facing the Alberta superpower Edmonton Oil Kings who had outscored the British Columbia representative Trail Smoke Eaters 32-7. Under the CAHA regulations the Pats were able to add some replacements. Frank Mario added Dave Padzerski, Jim Kozie and John Roger from the Estevan Bruins.

The series opened up in Edmonton and they used the home ice to their advantage as the Oil Kings trounced the Pats 8-1 in the first game of the series. Game two was a bit closer but the Oil Kings had little trouble with the Pats winning the game 5-1. Game three reverted back to Regina and the Pats got in the win column as Wilf Martin scored the deciding marker in double overtime giving the Pats a 4-3 victory. The Pats were able to get 7 on the Oil Kings in game four winning the game 7-4 as Norm Beaudin scored a pair in the victory. The home team winning continued into game five as the series shifted back to Edmonton as the Oil Kings crushed the Pats 10-1 taking a stranglehold in the series. Game six was played in Regina and after two scoreless periods four goals were scored in the third…. Edmonton scored 3 of them in a 3-1 win finishing off the series in 6 games. Oil Kings win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 1961-62 Season

The Weyburn Red Wings were added to the fold this season.The Pats finished in 2nd place, trailing only the Estevan Bruins. This year the league decided on a round robin format for the playoffs that included the Pats, Melville Millionaires, Saskatoon Quakers, Moose Jaw Canucks, Flin Flon Bombers and Estevan Bruins. Each team met twice for a total of 10 games.

Game one was versus Melville and the Pats and Millionaires skated to a 3-3 draw in front of 700 spectators that braved 30 below zero temperatures in the unheated Melville Arena. Game two was at home versus Saskatoon and the Pats blanked the Quakers 6-0 as Dick Wiest led the way with a pair and Ken Baum turned away 19 shots for the shutout. Game three in Flin Flon was not a close one as the Pats clobbered the Bombers 7-2, Gary Peters led the way with a pair.  Back in the Queen City for game four against Moose Jaw and the Pats won that contest 4-0 with goals from Alex Hood, Norm Beaudin, Norm Schmitz and Gary Peters. Game five was a return match in Moose Jaw and the Canucks soundly beat the Pats 7-2 as their captain Bobby Riou scored three and assisted on three others. The sixth game was in Regina against Melville, Brian Harper sparked the Pats offence with two goals in a 4-1 victory. Game seven was in Regina against the Bombers and the Pats skated to a 5-3 victory, Wilf Martin had 2 goals in the win. Game eight was also in Regina and it pushed the league champion Bruins to the brink as Brian Harper scored the overtime winner in a 3-2 win. Game nine Estevan’s Jim Kozie scored twice as the Bruins beat the Pats 3-1. The Pats clinched first place in the round robin with a 4-1 win in game ten against the Quakers, the Pats outshot the Quakers 50-10 as Ken Baum had an easy night in net making 9 saves. The Pats finished the round robin 7-2-1 which was good enough for first place and home ice advantage in the league final. Moose Jaw and Estevan finished tied for 2nd but Moose Jaw got 2nd due to the fact they scored more goals (48 to Estevan’s 34).

The league final opened with Moose Jaw taking a 4-3 victory as Metro Prystai’s Canucks outhustled the Pats for much of the 60 minutes, but it took until the 19:59 mark of the final period for the Canucks to get the deciding goal in game one. The second game was much the same, even though Pats forward Norm Beaudin triggered a hat trick the result was a Canucks 5-4 win. Game three was in Moose Jaw and Norm Beaudin led the charge with a pair of goals in less than thirty seconds in the first period of a Pats impressive 4-1 win. Game four, the Canucks were just too much for the Pats as they blew out the Pats 8-3. Two nights later back in Regina the Pats returned the favour destroying the Canucks 11-3, Gary Schall and Alex Hood each had five points. The fifth-place finishers became the Cinderella team that knocked the defending League Champion Pats with a stunning 2-0 whitewash in game six. Canucks win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 1962-63 Season

The Pats finished fifth in league play as Estevan and Melville were the two big dogs finishing one-two with Melville trailing only by a single point.

Finishing fifth meant a date with Estevan in the first round of the playoffs. The round opened in Estevan where the Bruins skated to a 5-1 victory in game one. Brian Harper scored the lone Pats tally. Game two saw Fran Huck score the opening goal to give the Pats the lead in the first frame, but thanks to some brilliant goaltending from Estevan’s Jack Norris the Pats couldn’t inflict any more damage and the Bruins scored once in each of the final two periods for a 2-1 win. In game three the Bruins scored with 13 seconds left, with their goalie pulled to give to tie the contest at 4-4 (no overtime was played). Game four was suspended in the third period, here’s what Ron Campbell of the Leader Post had to say:

“Somewhere in the vicinity of Regina, there must be a really proud character today. Friday night, with just one cowardly act, an unidentified person forced the suspension of what was one of the finest Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff games of the season.The act of hooliganism occurred at the 13:47 minute mark of the third period and forced suspension of the fourth game of the semi-final playoff between Regina Pats and Estevan Bruins. The clubs were deadlocked at 2-2 when play was halted because Scotty Munro, coach of the Bruins, was struck on the temple by a two-inch steel construction nut. Seconds later a bottle tossed into the Estevan players’ box narrowly missed a team official.”

Scotty Munro was unable to continue coaching that night so play was suspended. The clubs moved on to game five in Estevan the next night and the Bruins scored two empty net goals and won the contest 5-2. Game six was in Regina and with the Pats trailing 3-1 heading into the third the club rallied back to take the game and keep their playoff hopes alive.

After a 15-minute break the two teams continued the game 4 suspension at the 13:47 minute mark. Needing a victory, Pats coach Dunc Fisher pulled Len Kleisinger in the last minute of play but Estevan’s captain Skip Krake “battled the puck out of his own end, streaked after it and simply guided the puck into the open net.” It gave the Bruins a 3-2 win and a 4 games to 1 series win with 1 tie.

The 1963-64 Season

There were no overtime games this season and the league increased their schedule to 62 games. They also had a partial schedule with the Edmonton Oil Kings. Estevan Bruins finished first place in the league with the Pats in second 7 points behind.

The Pats played host to Weyburn in game one of the quarter final. The Red Wings came in without a win in Regina on the season but out-skated, out-checked and out-played the Pats in a 4-0 victory. Game two saw the same intensity from Weyburn, where the scrappy hustling Red Wings picked up a 4-2 win and a two-game lead in the series. Stan Gilbertson and Norm Beaudin each scored a pair in a 6-4 win back at the Stadium in game three. Game four saw a fired up Weyburn club that jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and hold on for a 6-3 win and a commanding 3 games to 1 lead. The Pats facing elimination roared back with a convincing 7-3 win with Andy Black scoring a pair. The next night the Pats yet again staved off elimination with a hard fought 1-1 tie with Fran Huck scoring the Pats lone marker. Still facing elimination in game seven Fran Huck scored a hat trick as the Pats trounced the Red Wings 8-3. The league Commissioner made the decision to play and eighth and deciding game in Melville. The Pats hustle, desire and superb goaltending helped the club win the game 6-3 and the series in 8 games. Pats win the series 4 games to 3 with 1 tie.

In the league semi-final the Pats faced the Saskatoon Quakers. In game one the Quakers got an early 2-0 lead and never trailed as they held on to beat the Pats 6-5. Game two saw the Pats relentless forecheck in the final period holding the Quakers to just 4 shots keep them at bay as the Pats registered a 4-2 win. Ernie Hicke’s second goal of the game gave the Pats a 6-5 victory in game three, giving the Pats a 2 games to 1 lead in the series. Game four was called with four minutes and 20 seconds left. From The Leader-Post “They didn’t want to play hockey,” fumed Boucher in a corridor near the referees’ room after it was all over. “I didn’t want a mind one or two fights, but when the sticks start swinging it’s time to stop.” The Pats were up 5-1 when the game was called, hence were victorious. Frank Huck put the exclamation point on the series with another hat trick in game five as the Pats trounced the Quakers 8-2 finishing off the series in five games. Pats win the series 4 games to 1.

The Pats were then put to task against the regular season leaders the Estevan Bruins. Estevan counted the victory in game one as the Pats couldn’t stay out of the penalty box falling 6-3. The Pats rebounded in game two and made the most of a couple of penalties to score a well-deserved 4-1 win, Peter Sternig lost his shutout bid with less than 2 minutes left. The Pats took the series lead with a 4-3 win in game three, led by a hat trick from ex-Bruin Stan Gilbertson. The Bruins outhustled the Pats in game four and scored a 4-1 victory to tie the series up. Yet another 4-1 game in the series as the Bruins clipped the Pats in game five. Game six needed sudden death where Bruins’ rookie centre Wayne Green got the sudden-death goal that decided the three-hour-and-25-minues struggle, ending the game 7-6 at 4:05 of the second overtime. Bruins win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 1964-65 Season

The Brandon Wheat Kings were the newest club to enter the SJHL and the league schedule was lowered from 62 games to 56. The Pats opened the season with an 18-game unbeaten streak (14 wins, 4 ties). Pats head coach Bobby Kirk resigned at the end of the season as he had been in poor health for several months. John Hudson the “B” coach assumed the coaching duties for the balance of the season. The Pats finished in first place in the league with 84 points, nine more than the 2nd place Weyburn Red Wings.

In the league semifinal the Pats faced off with the Estevan Bruins and the Pats pulled out a narrow 2-1 victory in game one, giving John Hudson a big win in his first game as head coach. Game two the Bruins broke loose with four third period goals en route to a 6-3 win. In game three the Bruins battled back from a three goal second period deficit to give them a 6-4 win. Game four was a rough and tumble affair where there were 53 minutes in penalties in the first period and the Pats led by Stan Gilbertson with two goals won 4-3. Game five saw the Pats score 4 times with the man advantage taking the contest 5-1, defenceman Mike Fischer scored 2 power play markers in the game. Andre Lagueux led the charge in game six with two goals and 2 assists as the Pats stomped the Bruins 8-1 in the deciding game. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

Weyburn was up next in the league final. Weyburn scored five times in the third period, all of them unanswered in a 7-2 win in game one. An attendance record was established in Weyburn for game two, 2,677 people jammed into the Weyburn Colosseum only to see their hometown Red Wings downed 5-3 by the Pats. Stan Gilbertson and Andy Black led the Pat attack with 2 goals apiece. Four second period goals helped the Pats to a 5-4 win in game three of the series. The Pats went up 3-0 in the first period of game four and never looked back holding on to a 4-2 win…. But hold the phone! The Red Wings protested the officiating in the third period and the Commissioner Boucher ordered the last 16 minutes and 47 seconds of game four replayed before the next contest. So, rewind just a bit so instead of a 4-2 win the game picked up with the Pats leading 3-0. It didn’t matter as the Red Wings could only muster one goal in the replay and the Pats won 3-1. Game five saw the Pats jump out to a 3-0 lead, but Weyburn stormed back to pull out a 5-3 victory. Trailing by a 3-1 score the Pats rallied back to force overtime and Barrie Meissner notched the fifth goal in the 5-4 victory. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The Pats went on to face the New Westminster Royals in the western Canada quarter-final. Too much poise and polish were shown by the visiting Pats in game one as they went on to a one sided 10-4 victory, defenceman Mike Fischer led the charge with three goals and three assists. Game two was a self-described lackluster performance by the Pats, even though they won the contest 4-2 taking a commanding lead heading back to Regina for game three. In game three the Pats took a 3-0 lead after the first period and didn’t look back winning the game 7-2 and sweeping the series. Pats win the best of five series 3 games to 0.

Under CAHA regulations the Pats were able to pick up Weyburn’s Morris Mott, Jim Cardiff and Bill Lesuk. The CAHA also took it into their own hands to take home ice away from the Pats and give it to the Alberta champions.

Fran Huck scored three times and added two assists as the Pats took game one at home 7-5. Game two also in Regina the Pats skated to a 5-2 overtime victory the winner coming 5 seconds into the extra frame. The series shifted back to Edmonton for the next three contests and the Oil Kings took advantage. Game three was a closely played contest ending in a 3-1 final. The Oil Kings were just getting started, game four ended Oil Kings 8, Fran Huck 3. Game five wasn’t much different as the Oil Kings took it to the Pats 9-3. Game six was back in Regina and the fans must have sensed the teams impending doom as only 2,097 fans showed up to see the Pats free wheel to an 8-1 win forcing a game seven. Fran Huck led the way again with 4 goals and 2 assists. Back to Edmonton for game seven, it was anybody’s game as the teams were tied at 2-2 after the second. The Oil Kings erupted for four third period goals taking the game 6-2 and the series in seven. Oil Kings win the best of seven series 4 games to 3.

The 1965-66 Season

For the 1965-66 season Bob Turner was brought into the mix as head coach for the Pats. The Pats finished in fifth place in the league and a chance to face the Weyburn Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.

Game one of the quarter-final was played in Weyburn and fans saw a third period brawl as the Red Wings skated out with a 2-0 shutout win with the second goal scored as Tim Tabor was pulled for an extra attacker. Game two played back in Regina saw the Pats bounce back with some great goaltending by Tabor and a pair of markers by Ernie Hicke saw the Pats take the game 3-2. Game three was back in Weyburn where the Red Wings tied up the game in the third period forcing a 10-minute overtime where Weyburn scored twice (one empty netter) in the teams’ 6-4 win. Overtime was needed again in game four as the Pats rallied late to tie up the contest only to fall in the extra frame 4-3. Game five was played before a standing room only crowd of almost 2,200 (in a 1,900 seat Weyburn Colosseum) the Red Wings peppered Pats goalie Tim Tabor where he stopped 45 shots, but it wasn’t enough, and Weyburn won the game 4-2. Red Wings win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

The 1966-67 Season

In the first season of what we know as the current Western Hockey League, the Pats joined up with six other clubs to form the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League. Joining the Pats were the Estevan Bruins, Moose Jaw Canucks, Weyburn Red Wings, Saskatoon Blades, Calgary Buffaloes and the Edmonton Oil Kings. A conflict between the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and the newly created league where the new league upped their max player age to 21 (CAHA had a 19-year-old max age) resulting in the league not able to vie for the Memorial Cup.

The Pats finished in third place behind Edmonton and Estevan and had a date with Weyburn in the quarter-final.

A solid team effort and sparkling goaltending by rookie goaltender Glenn “Chico” Resch helped lead the Pats to a 3-1 game one victory at the Stadium. The Pats scored a 6-5 come from behind victory at Weyburn in game two, Resch made 39 saves in the contest. No ice was available so there was a 10-day layoff between the second and third games. That didn’t seem to affect anyone, and the Pats took a four goal second period surge to defeat the Red Wings 6-4 in game three. In a do or die game four the Red Wings didn’t die winning the game 7-5. The Pats finished the series in the fifth game in a 9-4 thumping. Ron Garwasiuk led the way with the hat trick. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

In the league semifinal, the Pats faced the Bruins. Estevan staked out with a 5-1 victory in game one in front of their home crowd. The Pats rebounded in game two posting their own 5-1 victory squaring up the series. Game three ended in a 5-5 draw as Rick Sentes tied the contest with only four minutes left in regulation. Although he allowed five goals Tim Tabor put on a spectacular goaltending display giving the Pats the saves they needed in a 6-5 game four Pats win. Hard forechecking and a three-goal performance by Rick Sentes gave the Pats a 7-3 win in game five. The Pats wrapped up the series in convincing fashion winning 6-3, with Rick Sentes yet again scoring the hat trick in game 6.

The league final pitted the Pats against the Moose Jaw Canucks. Game one had the Canucks score 3 first period goals leading them to a 5-2 victory. Moose Jaw scored twice in the opening 3 minutes of game two and held on for a 3-1 win. The Pats rebounded in game three with a 5-0 shutout. Game four was not even close as the Canucks clobbered the Pats 8-3 in Moose Jaw. The first CMJHL champion was the Canucks as they defeated the Pats 4-2 in game five. Canucks win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

COACHES
1957-58: Frank Mario

1958-59: Frank Mario

1959-60: Frank Mario

1960-61: Frank Mario

1961-62: Frank Mario

1962-63: Dunc Fisher

1963-64: Dunc Fisher

1964-65: Bobby Kirk (Regular Season)/John Hudson (Playoffs)

1965-66: Bob Turner

1966-67: Bob Turner

CAPTAIN’S
1957-58: John Palenstein

1958-59: Terry Harper

1959-60: Terry Harper

1960-61: George Knipelberg

1961-62: Garry Peters

1962-63: Garry Peters

1963-64: Doug Piper

1964-65: Doug Piper

1965-66: Rick Sentes

1966-67: Rick Sentes

REGULAR SEASON STATS
GP G-A-PTS
Leading Scorers:
1957-58: Bill Hicke 49GP 54-43-97

1958-59: Gord Wilkie 48GP 36-41-77

1959-60: Gord Wilkie 58GP 32-62-94

1960-61: Garry Peters 57GP 36-46-82

1961-62: Garry Peters 56GP 45-69-114

1962-63: Granger Evans 54GP 33-46-79

1963-64: Fran Huck 62GP 86-67-153

1964-65: Fran Huck 56GP 77-61-138

1965-66: Barrie Meissner 60GP 48-57-105

1966-67: Rick Sentes 56GP 66-61-127

Defenceman Leaders

1957-58: John Palenstein 47GP 10-27-37

1958-59: Don Rodgers 48GP 7-17-24

1959-60: Terry Harper 59GP 18-19-37

1960-61: Doug Piper 60GP 4-19-23

1961-62: Doug Piper 55GP 3-18-21

1962-63: Doug Piper 54GP 6-30-36

1963-64: Norm Schmitz 60GP 12-42-54

1964-65: Doug Piper 56GP 10-68-78

1965-66: Don Fedun 58GP 10-40-50

1966-67: Murray Flegel 56GP 15-60-75

PIM Leaders

1957-58: Bill Hicke 144

1958-59: Terr Harper 79

1959-60: Larry McNabb 122

1960-61: Garry Peters 94

1961-62: Don McGowan 113

1962-63: Mike Fischer 117

1963-64: Gary Gresdal 186

1964-65: Stan Gilbertson 148

1965-66: Don Fedun 169

1966-67: Ernie Hicke 184

Goalies

1957-58: Ken Walters 18-8-2, 3.07 GAA, 3 SO

1958-59: Ken Walters 27-17-4, 2.84 GAA, 3 SO

1959-60: Art Koberinski 26-13-6, 2.17 GAA, 5 SO

1960-61: Art Koberinski 31-14-5, 2.72 GAA, 6 SO

1961-62: Ken Baum 28-12-7, 2.46 GAA, 3 SO

1962-63: Len Kleisinger 15-9-7, 3.43 GAA, 1 SO

1963-64: Pete Sternig 31-21-9, 3.94 GAA, 1 SO

1964-65: Pete Sternig 38-8-8, 3.35 GAA, 1 SO

1965-66: Tim Tabor 26-20-7, 4.18 GAA, 1 SO

1966-67: Tim Tabor 26-16-7, 3.80 GAA, 1 SO

PLAYOFF TOTALS include the Memorial Cup playoffs and playoff statistics.

PLAYOFFS
Leading Scorers:
1957-58: Bill Hicke 28GP 27-18-45

1958-59: Gary Butler 9GP 5-2-7 & Gord Wilkie 9GP 4-3-7

1959-60: Gary Butler 13GP 10-5-15

1960-61: Garry Peters 16GP 12-14-26

1961-62: Garry Peters 16GP 10-14-24

1962-63: Fran Huck 6GP 4-2-6

1963-64: Fran Huck 19GP 22-18-40

1964-65: Fran Huck 22GP 25-23-48

1965-66: Ernie Hicke 5GP 3-3-6 & Barrie Meissner 5GP 1-5-6

1966-67: Barrie Meissner 15GP 12-17-29

Defencemen Leaders
1957-58: Aut Erickson 16GP 6-5-11

1958-59: Don Rodgers 9GP 2-2-4

1959-60: Terry Harper 13GP 3-7-10

1960-61: Norm Schmitz 15GP 3-2-5

1961-62: Norm Schmitz 16GP 1-6-7

1962-63: Norm Schmitz 6GP 1-1-2

1963-64: Norm Schmitz 19GP 5-8-13

1964-65: Doug Piper 22GP 1-22-23

1965-66: Murray Flegel 5GP 0-3-3

1966-67: Murray Flegel 16GP 2-10-12

PIM Leaders
1957-58: Gord Berenson 63

1958-59: Larry McNabb 26

1959-60: Wayne Kartusch 20

1960-61: Brian Harper & Gary Butler 15

1961-62: Brian Harper 27

1962-63: Garry Peters 15

1963-64: Stan Gilbertson 72

1964-65: Stan Gilbertson 71

1965-66: Rick Sentes 23

1966-67: Ernie Hicke 70

Goalies
1957-58: Ken Walters 18-9-1, 3.13 GAA, 5 SO

1958-59: Ken Walters 4-4-1, 2.46 GAA, 1 SO

1959-60: Art Koberinski 5-7-1, 2.27 GAA, 1 SO

1960-61: Art Koberinski 10-6-0, 3.61 GAA, 1 SO

1961-62: Ken Baum 9-6-1, 2.76 GAA, 2 SO

1962-63: Len Kleisinger 1-4-1, 3.33 GAA, 0 SO

1963-64: Pete Sternig 10-8-1, 3.59 GAA, 0 SO

1964-65: Pete Sternig 14-8-0, 3.67 GAA 0 SO

1965-66: Tim Tabor 1-4-0, 3.38 GAA, 0 SO

1966-67: Tim Tabor 7-2-1, 3.70 GAA, 0 SO

Top 10 Scorers (not including playoffs)

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Frank Huck 1962-65 146 167 139 306
2 Garry Peters 1959-63 200 127 160 287
3 Gary Schall 1960-64 212 142 127 269
4 Gary Butler 1957-61 193 145 123 268
5 Ken Faranski 1963-67 154 134 133 267
6 Ernie Hicke 1963-67 192 95 166 261
7 Rick Sentes 1963-67 184 116 131 247
8 Barrie Meissner 1963-67 168 110 134 244
9 Andy Black 1962-66 199 109 124 233
10 Norm Beaudin 1959-62 170 120 105 225


Top 10 Playoff Scorers

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Fran Huck 1962-65 47 51 43 94
2 Ernie Hicke 1963-67 62 25 35 182
3 Garry Peters 1959-63 47 27 32 59
4 Stan Gilbertson 1963-65 41 28 30 58
5 Barrie Meissner 1963-67 43 22 35 57
6 Gary Butler 1957-61 65 35 19 54
7 Norm Beaudin 1959-62 45 32 18 50
8 Bill Hicke 1957-58 28 27 18 45
9 Gary Schall 1961-64 41 15 28 43
10 Doug Piper 1960-65 79 4 37 41
11 Gord Wilkie 1957-60 50 12 29 41


Top 10 Combined Scorers

 # PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Fran Huck 1962-65 193 218 182 400
2 Garry Peters 1959-63 247 154 192 346
3 Gary Butler 1957-61 258 180 142 322
4 Ernie Hicke 1963-67 254 120 201 321
5 Gary Schall 1960-64 253 157 155 312
6 Barrie Meissner 1963-67 211 132 169 301
7 Ken Faranski 1963-67 197 148 143 291
8 Rick Sentes 1963-67 242 136 146 282
9 Norm Beaudin 1959-60 215 152 123 275
10 Andy Black 1962-66 243 131 139 270


Year-by-year Standings:

Regular Season first/Playoffs Second

# SEASON LEAGUE GP W L T GF GA PCT. GP W L T GF GA PCT.
28 1957-58 SJHL 51 36 12 3 246 160 0.735 28 18 9 1 118 87 0.661
29 1958-59 SJHL 48 27 17 4 163 140 0.604 9 4 4 1 24 23 0.500
30 1959-60 SJHL 59 36 17 6 234 142 0.661 13 5 7 1 43 31 0.423
31 1960-61 SJHL 60 38 17 5 282 177 0.675 16 10 6 0 56 59 0.625
32 1961-62 SJHL 56 33 16 7 237 156 0.652 16 9 6 1 64 45 0.594
33 1962-63 SJHL 54 22 24 8 210 195 0.481 6 1 4 1 14 22 0.250
34 1963-64 SJHL 62 31 22 9 332 247 0.573 19 10 8 1 80 69 0.553
35 1964-65 SJHL 56 38 10 8 314 195 0.750 22 14 8 0 99 83 0.636
36 1965-66 SJHL 60 28 25 7 312 260 0.525 5 1 4 0 12 18 0.200
37 1966-67 CMJHL 56 31 18 7 324 230 0.616 16 9 6 1 72 63 0.594
 
TOTAL 562 320 178 64 2654 1902 0.626 150 81 62 7 582 500 0.563

Regular Season:  Goals For 4.72 // Goals Against 3.38

Playoffs: Goals For 3.88 // Goals Against 3.33

Courtesy Kevin Shaw, www.theblueliner.com

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