In week nine of the Pats history series: The Pats first. A line-brawl. Another defenseman hat-trick. A five-point game, a defensive struggle and much more.
This week we cover February 15 to 21.
1918: The Pats played their first-ever playoff game.
The Patricias and Regina Victorias finished tied for first place in league play forcing a sudden-death playoff game.
Willie Molisky got the scoring started for the Pats with the lone goal of the first period. Brothers Bill and Frank Broadfoot scored to give the Pats a 3-0 lead. Vadis Lindsay got the Victorias on the board. Frank Broadfoot then scored his second goal of the game to give the Pats a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Bill Baldwin and Lindsay, with his second, got the Victorias to within striking distance at 4-3. The Pats hung on for the rest of the game and secured their first-ever playoff win.
The third Broadfoot brother, Walter, the Pats 15-year-old goalie picked up the win for the Pats. Alphonse Paquet took the loss for the Victorias.
1969: With 3,802 Young Canada Day fans at the Stadium, the Pats delivered a 7-4 win over the Weyburn Red Wings.
Ron Garwasiuk and Don Saleski each scored in the opening frame to give the Pats a 2-0 first-period lead. The teams played an even second period with both clubs denting the twine three times. Garwasiuk scored two of them to complete the hat-trick. Laurie Yaworski scored the other goal in the period for the Pats. Ross Butler scored all three Red Wings goals. With a 5-3 lead heading into the third Barry Cummins and Yaworski, with his second of the game gave the Pats a 7-3 lead. Wayne Pushie scored Weyburn’s fourth goal to make the final score 7-4.
With a 30-8-1 record, the Pats have 61 points and a 22-point lead over the second-place Red Wings, who have 39.
2001: The Pats won their ninth straight home contest with a 7-1 rout over the Saskatoon Blades before 4.679 fans. The win pushed the Pats’ home record to 18-9-1 at the Agridome.
The Pats took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission while outshooting the Blades 12-4. When the second period was just 6:27 old, with the score still 2-1, an old-fashioned line brawl happened. Eight players were ejected including both teams’ starting goalies. Matt Hubbauer, Curtis Austring, Tyler Findlay, and Donald Choukalos got the boot for the Pats. Trent Adamus, Kane Ludwar, Justin Kanigan, and Tony Kolewaski were shown the exit for the Blades. After the smoke cleared, the Pats scored two more in the second to give them a three-goal lead at 4-1. The Pats added three more in the third to give them a 7-1 win. The final shots read 34-18 for Regina.
Seven different players scored for the Pats in the win. Five of the Pat goals came by the way of special teams. Brett Lysak scored his league-leading seventh shorthanded goal. Gable Gross and Ryan Thomas also connected while shorthanded. Garth Murray and Karel Mosovsky added goals on the powerplay. Blake Evans, with the winner, and Kevin Korol scored while the teams were even strength. Choukalos faced five shots before his ejection, his replacement, Chad Davidson stopped all 13 he faced.
Ludwar scored the Blades lone goal, a powerplay marker in the first. Kolewaski allowed two goals on 16 shots prior to his ejection. Michael Garnett allowed five goals on 18 shots the rest of the way.
1994: Jeff Friesen scored at 2:08 of overtime to cap a 7-6 Pats comeback over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors. Seven powerplay goals were scored in the game, with the Pats connecting on five of them.
Ryan Smyth opened the scoring for the Warriors with a powerplay marker early in the first. Defenseman David Wilkie scored twice, and Friesen also scored powerplay goals to give the Pats a 3-1 first-period lead. The tide turned in the second period with Moose Jaw scoring three. Bobby Graham, Rob Trumbley, and Chris Armstrong sniped the Warriors’ goals to give them a one-goal lead after 40 minutes. Curtis Brown scored twice in the first half of the third to get the Warriors up 6-3. The Pats stormed back to tie it up with three goals in the last 4:08. Karry Biette scored on the powerplay at 15:52. Wilkie completed his hat-trick with a powerplay goal at 17:35 to cut the lead to one. Cory Dosdall scored at 18:25, tying the game at 6-6 to force overtime. Friesen then finished the game off with his overtime marker.
Wilkie also had an assist. He has 16 goals in 17 games since he was acquired from Kamloops in January.
Moose Jaw outshot Regina 46-45 in the game. Jody Lehman made 39 saves for the Warriors. Mike Walker made 33 saves on 39 shots before leaving the game in the third. Chad Mercier replaced Walker and made seven saves on seven shots picking up the win.
1983: Despite some inconsistent play of late the Pats downed the hometown Prince Albert Raiders by a 9-2 count. Dale Derkatch led the Pats offensively scoring a hat-trick and added an assist for a four-point game. It was Derkatch’s fifth hat-trick of the season.
Marc Centrone, Taylor Hall, and Bobby Lowes scored for the Pats in the first period giving them a 3-0 lead. Derkatch made the score 4-0 before Dan Hodgson got the Raiders on the board. Brad Wells and Derkatch then scored to give the Pats a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes. Lyndon Byers scored one minute into the third period to give the Pats a six-goal cushion. Derkatch completed his hat-trick just 16 seconds later. Dale McPhee scored for the Raiders with just over five minutes left to make the score 8-2. Jeff Frank added the Pats’ ninth goal with just four seconds left.
Todd Lumbard made 33 saves in net for the Pats. Raiders Mike Bloski made 27 saves on the 36 shots he faced in the loss.
1973: The Pats downed the visiting Winnipeg Jets 10-3. Glen Ing, Jim Minor, and Rob Laird all scored before the game was eight minutes old. The Jets made a game of it, scoring the next two goals. Don Larway and Greg Warren pulled the Jets to within one at 3-2. Before the first period was finished, Doug Marit ripped home a slapshot from the point to make it 4-2. The Pats continued to add to their lead in the second period. Clark Gillies scored twice, and Dennis Sobchuk added one to give the Pats a 7-2 lead after forty minutes of play. Rod Loynachan, Sobchuk, with his second, and Mike Wanchuk continued the Pats’ scoring to give the Pats an eight-goal advantage. Winnipeg’s Dave Elliott rounded out the scoring with just over four minutes left to play. The final score 10-3 for the hometown Pats.
Sobchuk also had three assists in the game, giving him a five-point game.
Ed Staniowski made 35 saves for the Pats in picking up the win. Frank Turnbull and Jim Foubister combined to make 39 saves for the Jets.
1958: Ken Walters made 17 saves as the Pats opened the SJHL playoffs with a 2-0 win over their arch-rival Estevan Bruins. The shutout was Walters’ fourth of the campaign (three in the regular season). A tight-checking battle saw the Pats outshoot the Bruins 20-17 overall.
Billy LeCaine started the scoring for the Pats at the 5:47 mark of the opening frame. The goal assisted by Joe Lunghamer, wound up being the game-winner. Red Berenson added to the Pats lead scoring at 17:13 of the first on a goal assisted by Bill Hicke. Both teams shored up their defense for the second and third periods, where they combined for just 22 shots. Fred Cluff made 18 saves for the Bruins in the loss.
Another week in the books. In many seasons the playoffs are well underway while in others the stretch drive is just beginning. Things are really starting to get interesting.