In week five of the Pats history series: we have a five-goal game. A few hat-tricks and an SJHL record broken. As well as the boat club is back, did they improve? Well, no.
This week we cover January 18 to 24.
1966: The high-flying Regina Pats shellacked the visiting Moose Jaw Canucks 12-4 before 1,084 at the Stadium. The Pats took 4-2 and 7-2 leads into the intermissions.
Brian Shaw, the usually outspoken head coach and general manager of the Canucks took a different approach.
“You see what happens when I stay calm. I didn’t say a word, never got excited and we got bombed.” – Brian Shaw
Pats captain Richard Sentes scored five times to lead the charge. Ken Faranski and Andy Black each netted a pair of goals. Dave Farrow, Ernie Hicke, and Brian Lavender were the Pats’ other marksmen. Lavender also picked up four helpers in the win. Faranski and Don Fedun also chipped in with three assists each. Tim Tabor had a strong game for the Pats. “I thought Tim played a really good game. He made some great saves out there on shots that should have been goals.” Pats coach Bob Turner.
The Pats found the back of the net four times on the man advantage.
Mike Chernoff scored a hat-trick for the Canucks in a losing cause. Newcomer Corky Agar scored the other goal. Dwight Bearchell played the full sixty minutes and faced the full brunt of the Pat attack.
Coming… Pratt, a 19-year-old offensive right-shooting defenseman was the type of player that the Pats were looking for. Pratt went on to finish the season with two goals and four assists in 24 games. In the playoffs, he added another four points on two goals and two assists in nine games. He was later traded to Portland for a conditional draft pick.
Going… Jensen, an 18-year-old right-winger would finish the season with seven goals and six assists in 20 games with the Raiders. In his second season with the Raiders, he scored 34 goals and 43 assists in 70 games. In the playoffs, he would add another 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists in 14 games. He started his overage season with the Raiders before finishing his career in Medicine Hat.
1923: The Pats faced the Regina Boat Club for the second time on the season. You may remember that the Pats dispatched of the Boat Club 9-2 last week. Was the second time the charm? No. The Pats led 4-0 and 6-0 by period. A Boat Club substitute, Rennick scored early in the third period to pull the team to within five. The Pats then scored ten goals to end the game and seal a 16-1 win.
Sil Acaster led the Pats with four goals and four assists for an eight-point outing. Gord Cameron also had four goals in the win. Eric Pettinger and Emory Collins scored hat-tricks in the route. Harvey Naismith also had a decent game scoring twice and adding three assists for five points. Collins and Cameron each also picked up an assist. Howie Milne had a pair of assists for the Pats. Cliff Schwindt picked up the victory for the Pats. Frank Foster took the loss.
1985: The Pats traveled down Highway One to Moose Jaw for a clash with the Warriors. With 2,161 fans in attendance, the Pats took the clash and came home with a 10-5 win. Kevin Clemens, Stu Grimson, and Bryan Wells each scored twice for the Pats. Len Nielsen, Brent Fedyk, Doug Trapp, and Tim Iannone scored one apiece. Defenseman John Miner had a three-assist night, while Robert Dirk, Nielsen, and Clemens had a pair of assists each.
“Physically, we were dominant which you have to be against these guys. They really skate and you have to punish them. You have to do that for 60 minutes. When you do, the result is, hopefully, like it was today.” – Bob Strumm
Even though the Warriors scored four powerplay goals it was not enough on this day. Theoren Fleury, Kevin Herom, Kent Hayes, Troy Edwards, and Mark Mackay had the Warrior markers who trailed 4-2 and 6-3 by period.
The Warriors outshot the visiting Pats 43-42 in the contest. Ed Jones made 38 saves for the Pats, while Darryl Gilmour made 32 for the Warriors.
1996: With 4,561 in attendance the Pats defeated the Saskatoon Blades 8-3 at the Agridome. Left-winger Tony Vlastelic scored a hat-trick and added a pair of assists for the Pats. Vlastelic now had 10 goals and seven assists in just six contests against the Blades on the season. Josh Holden, a top prospect for the NHL entry draft, helped his stock by completing his own hat-trick. Russ Hewson did his part grabbing four points on a goal and three assists. Perry Johnson completed the scoring for the Pats. Chad Mercier had an assist and made 29 stops in the victory.
Frank Banham, Jeremy Schaefer, and Cory Sarich replied for the Blades in the loss. Dennis Bassett faced 30 Pats shots repelling 22 of them.
1964: Fran Huck scored his 67th and 68th goals of the season as the Pats walloped the Flin Flon Bombers 9-1 at the Stadium. With his first goal of the night, Huck broke the SJHL goal scoring record. The record was held by Gordon Turlik of the Prince Albert Mintos who scored 66 in 1959-60.
“Gee, I’m glad that’s over.” – Fran Huck
The Pats roared out to a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the game and led 4-0 after the first period. A shorthanded goal by the Bombers in the second pulled the Bombers to within three goals entering the second intermission. The Pats then took over scoring the last five goals in the 9-1 win.
Also scoring twice for the Pats were Stan Gilbertson and Rich Sentes. Defenseman Doug Piper, Ray Holmes, and Ernie Hicke each had single markers for the Pats. Holmes also picked up two assists as did Gary Schall. Peter Sternig picked up the victory for the Pats.
Kenny Block was the lone Bomber to dent the twine. Gary Holland allowed the record goals by Huck and took the loss in net.
1957: Bill Hicke was in on half of the Pats’ goals as they walloped the visiting Saskatoon Quakers 10-1. A crowd of 581 watched the impressive Pats outing at the Stadium. Hicke scored a hat-trick and grabbed two helpers for five points.
The Pats led 1-0 and 5-1 by periods, added five more in the third for the 10-1 win. At the end of the night, the Pats had a 49-16 advantage on the shot clock.
Jerry Kolb added two while singles went to Joe Lunghamer, Billy LeCaine, Jerry Walker, Gary Butler, and Bryan Whittal. Tony Kollman earned three assists for the winners. Ken Walters made 15 saves in the win.
Don Wilson broke Walters’ shutout bid with a second-period goal on a defensive lapse in the Regina zone. Art Lariviere’s busiest period was the first where he made 19 saves. Overall, he stopped 39 Pats shots.
1982: The Pats erupted for the last six goals in an 11-5 win over the visiting Portland Winter Hawks. The 2,969 Agridome audience watched as the Pats outshot the Hawks 19-5 in the third period and 49-23 overall. New goaltender, Chris Smith was lost to the Pats with a dislocated shoulder in the early stages of the game. The Pats lost defenseman Barry Trotz to a knee injury the previous night. Pats coach Bill LaForge was still confident in the rest of his group.
“They work so hard in practice that the games are almost picnics. Playing three games in three nights isn’t any harder than three practices in three days.” – Bill LaForge
Brent Pascal paces the Pats with a hat-trick. Wally Schreiber added a pair of goals for the winners. Dave Michayluk, Dale Derkatch, Jock Callander, Garth Butcher, Taylor Hall, and Ray Plamondon notched singles. Callander and Schreiber extended their point streaks to 35 consecutive games. When Smith went down with an injury, Ken Heppner was called upon in relief. They combined to make 18 saves.
Replying for the Winter Hawks were Curt Brandolini, Kelly Hubbard, Doug Saunders, Brian Shaw, and Kevin Griffin. Darrell May and Al LaRochelle combined to make 38 saves in the loss.
The win was the Pats’ 14th in their last 18 contests.
Yet another interesting week in Pats’ history. More trades, more goals, more interesting facts, and stats still to come. The closer it gets to the playoffs; the better things will get. Stay tuned.